I have another of my writing friends in the attic today: Rae Hilhorst.

Here’s the serious, factual bio for Rae:

Rae lives in Perth Western Australia and is a married mother of two adult daughters. Her blog is her hobby, a means to explore creative writing. When brave enough, she wants to dip her toes in the ocean, so to speak—so far, her pinky toe has made it. Her goal is to be worthy of print.  

By day, she works as a trainer and assessor, and her work goals are to develop, mentor and support her students.

Her motto is: ‘I have one life to make a difference.’

Now, here’s my version of Rae’s bio:

Rae and I first met when I started blogging back in 2013, and since then, through our shared love of writing and reading, we’ve become firm friends. 

I know of few people like Rae. For starters, how many people stop on their way to work to buy a homeless man a toastie and coffee? She’s one of the truly good people on this earth, but she has no idea how good she is. She’s intelligent, generous and courageous. She has boundless energy, can always laugh, and she just accepts everyone as they come. I always feel good after spending time with her, and I think I’ve got the better end of the deal in our friendship. She’s as genuine in person as she comes across online.

You can find Rae at her website, I opened my mouth and it ran away without me (this happens to me, too, Rae—no wonder we’re friends), and on Twitter.





Why do any of us write? That is a stupid question to myself that I don’t have an answer to.

Do I write for peace of mind, to share a story, or to contain, those voices in my head? To escape into another world, a fantasy? To walk an imaginary life while in someone else’s shoes? Be it the love of language, of reading, or fulfilling a dream, or whether you’re a reader, a writer, or a wannabe, write for the joy it gives you; write for that gift that you have even if you don’t know you have that gift.

Be it the love of language, of reading, or fulfilling a dream, or whether you’re a reader, a writer, or a wannabe, write for the joy it gives you; write for that gift that you have even if you don’t know you have that gift.

You do.

Find Your Tribe

A tribe that won’t judge, assume or laugh at you, but will laugh with you. I have writing fits and starts. Life gets in the way. Prioritise, I hear you holler. Sometimes that’s easier said than done. I have learnt not to be too hard on myself. Stress sometimes takes it toll on my confidence. I worry that I’m wasting my time, but what the hell? I’m writing for me first—those thoughts calm the quakes in my body. Of course, knowing if I’m any good would make my heart sing. My mentor tells me to just write. That I can do.


Ruby’s story will not let leave me alone. Often when walking or alone, Ruby talks to me. Sometimes we argue. Conversations that we have between us are laughable. Observers probably think I’m mad—perhaps I am. I wonder where she will go, how will she escape from where I’ve placed her. In danger, in love, her fierceness troubles me. She’s ruthless, or is she ruthlessness enough? She is plotting to murder someone. She’s an introvert and here I worry that those who don’t truly understand introverts won’t get it. Ruby is the silent, but deadly type. Am I asking too much of her?

What have I learnt so far?

Attend workshops and surround myself with like-minded people. That makes my soul do a happy dance. As does falling into my story.

Do I doubt that I can write? HELL YES!

Do I fear being laughed at and talked about? HELL YES!

Have I got a thick skin? HELL NO!

Would I do it all over again? HELL YES!

Life is too short so they say. Follow your dreams they encourage. Take every opportunity that floats your way, and most important of all: find someone who believes in you.

Rae x


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