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  • Good-bye for Now - Today is exactly one month before Christmas. As always at this time of year I’m taking a break from Pieces of String but I will return in 2020 and, if you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure I’ll still be adding things there (probably in the sporadic way I do now). I want to take […]
  • NYC Midnight - I’m a big fan of flash fiction. I love writing the stories for Two-Sentence Tuesday (if you’d like to contribute your own two-sentence story, contact me) and I recently took part in the NYC Midnight flash fiction challenge. I had never done a writing challenge before, but I saw an ad for the NYC challenge […]
  • Kindness Matters - I’ve been feeling low lately. Really low. Being low the way I feel at the moment is different to how I feel when my anti-depressants need altering. It’s a low based on real things, real events and fears and sadness, as opposed to the chemicals in my brain being out of kilter which can be […]
  • The Countdown Has Begun - Oo, the Christmas countdown has begun. In my part of the word the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, the days are heating up and it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas (of course, depending on who you are it could also be feeling a lot like Hanukkah). Christmas is, without doubt, my […]
  • Comma Problems - I have recently discovered something about myself. I am a comma-ophile. Yes, I did just make that word up but you get the gist. I am someone who loves commas. Judging by the work I’m editing now, I have never found a sentence that wouldn’t benefit from a comma…or two. I’m going to talk about […]
  • For a Friend - So now go, bold traveller, To that last unexplored land. The sounds will be familiar, Though you have never heard them. The sights will be known to you, Though you have never seen them. For the first time and the last time You will be truly home.
  • And Term Four Begins -
  • Winner! - Recently I entered the first chapter of my WIP into a competition being run by a publisher. Last week they sent me an email with the results and, even before I’d opened it, I knew what it would say. The first few words came up in the teaser in my inbox. “Dear Wendy, thank you […]
  • Spring Has Sprung - Spring has sprung, The grass is riz, I wonder where the flowers is Here in Australia we’ve finally, officially, stepped back into Spring. As far as the calendar is concerned, anyway. As far as my garden is concerned, it’s been spring for a couple of weeks with flowers blooming and buds bursting all over the […]
  • Illustrations for dPICTUS unpublished picture book showcase. - Sorry, I’ve been AWOL, but I have a good excuse. I’ve been putting together a dummy for my picture book, Salty, about a salt-water crocodile who escapes from his cage and gobbles up the children he finds in the zoo – only to discover they taste disgusting. I do have an interest in art but […]