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  • Here’s to 2021 - Around this time last year I wrote this post, little knowing what 2020 would bring. While many of us may have gone into 2020 full of hope, maintaining that hope throughout the year was a mammoth task. And yet, we’ve made it. You may be bruised and battered. You may have experienced loss and grief. […]
  • Merry Christmas, and Goodbye 2020 - I haven’t really been there for you all this year. To be honest, I haven’t done a lot of writing myself. It’s hard to be creative when the world is in upheaval. As I take my leave until 2021 I want to thank all of you who kept reading my sporadic thoughts and advice. I […]
  • Farewell for Now - Oh dear! On Wednesday my darling children will again be learning at home. For me this is something of a mixed blessing – on the one hand they’re disappointed that they won’t be at school with their friends and teachers, and I’m sorry that my writing and creating time will be curtailed. But on the […]
  • For the Love of Learning - I’m excited. This week I’m starting an online workshop with Writers Victoria – Writing Children’s Stories with Jane Godwin. Jane is a prolific Australian author and I’m looking forward to getting her, and the other participants, opinion on my work (and, I’ll admit, a little nervous). Getting feedback is always a little bit confronting. Writing […]
  • So, How Are You Really? - No, really. Coz I’ve got to say, I’m on edge. I am scanning the news for information, hanging on the words of politicians and medical specialists and generally wondering, “Do I have this?” Since March the message I’ve been giving my kids is, “Remember the three Cs – calm, cautious, common sense.” Buuuuuuut, sometimes is […]
  • Why I Support Publishers Who Support Authors From Marginalised Communities - If you’ve reached a stage in your writing career where you submitting your work to publishers you’ve probably noticed that many of them say they welcome or encourage submissions by authors from marginalised communities. Usually it’s only a sentence at the end of the submission instructions. It’s an important sentence. I am a straight, white, […]
  • Hello Again! - My goodness, I feel like I’ve been gone for years! Although, to be fair, every day at the moment has the feeling of coming out of cryostasis and finding that world is not as you knew it. Anyway, I’m back. The kids are on holidays (here in beautiful Victoria) so my teaching duties are done […]
  • One of Those People - I am one of those people. One of those people who doesn’t really know what they’re doing, who’s always looking for the thumbs-up or the gold star to tell me I’m on the right track. It’s not that I don’t have internal motivation to follow certain paths, it’s more that I don’t trust that internal […]
  • Happy Easter…Passover…Ramadan - I was looking at my calendar this morning and I realised that April is a really busy month for God. Easter, Orthodox Easter, Passover and Ramadan are all celebrated in April this year. Perhaps God thought we would need a boost during our Covid-19 isolation? I personally was brought up Christian, although my faith is…mmm…ever […]
  • Turn the Pressure Down - Feeling anxious? Me too. Anxiety for me is not something new. I’ve mentioned before that I have an anxiety and depression disorder, which I control with cognitive behaviour therapy and medication (I love my medication. For me it has made the world of difference). But in circumstances like we’re in now, anxiety is a pretty […]