More Images of Varuna

More Images of Varuna

I'm on the downhill week of my stay at Varuna and I'll be sad to leave this enchanted place. I've been hard at work on my novel. Last week, I met with Carol Major, one of the consultants here, who gave me some wise and valuable suggestions for my novel. I've taken on...

Images of Varuna

Images of Varuna

Welcome to Varuna: This is my home for the next two weeks. For anyone who doesn't know, Varuna is in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. It was the family home of Eric and Eleanor Dark, and since 1989 it has served as a writers' centre. Writers come to work on their...

Cicada, by Moira McKinnon

Cicada, by Moira McKinnon

'Cicada' is Moira McKinnon's first novel and what an epic it is. Moira is a doctor who has worked extensively in the Kimberley. The landscape and the people obviously left their mark, and this is not the first time she has written about the area—her essay, 'Who Killed...

Happy Birthday, Dear Blog

Happy Birthday, Dear Blog

The blog turned one-year-old this week, on March 25th to be exact. Just before its first birthday, the blog hit 20,000 views. Considering that it doesn't have a theme, I don't blog on a particular subject of expertise, and I don't have a product (yet), I was happy...

My Husband

My Husband

This is my husband: He also looks good in a suit: When we met in May, 1991, he looked like this: He looked good in a suit back then, too. We met on a pub crawl, as you do when you're medical students and in your early twenties. I held a beer in one hand and a...

The Novel: An Update

The Novel: An Update

I haven’t been writing as much for the blog, nor stalking reading and commenting on other blogs. I’ve spent less time on Facebook (a good thing), replying to emails (not so good), and my poor family haven't seen much of me (definitely bad). I've appeared at...

The Light Between Oceans, by M L Stedman

The Light Between Oceans, by M L Stedman

This is M L Stedman's debut novel, released in 2012. The story is set in the 1920’s, on Janus Rock, a tiny island off the Western Australian coast. Tom and Isabel Sherbourne are the sole inhabitants of Janus, where Tom is the lighthouse-keeper. They are meant to be...

Why I Walk

Why I Walk

Every day I walk—it's become something I have to do. It keeps me sane, as well as fit. The dog enjoys it, too. I need to exercise outdoors—I’ve never been a fan of gyms. One year, I bought a gym membership for $440 and used it eight times. At only $55 per visit, that...

Letting Go

Letting Go

Our daughter is leaving home in just over a week. She’s moving interstate to go to university. There's a good uni ten minutes down the road, but she wants to experience a different city, live in a different part of Australia, and who knows where she'll go after that....

Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett

Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett

Wow! I can't write a review of this novel in my usual way so this is more of a 'reflection'. That's because of the emotions this story stirred. As a reader, I was completely captivated. And heartbroken. I forgot I was a writer. I only wish I could write a book...

‘Sea Dog Hotel’, by Marlish Glorie

‘Sea Dog Hotel’, by Marlish Glorie

Sea Dog Hotel was self-published late last year by Western Australian author Marlish Glorie. Don't let the fact it was self-published put you off -- this work has been professionally and thoroughly edited so it presents as if from a publishing house. Anyone who has...

Back in the Attic

Back in the Attic

Well, it was nice to get out of the attic and roam around Tassie for a while: we hauled backpacks through Cradle Mountain National Park, then visited the sights in and around Hobart. My family then left and I spent six days alone in the northeast of Tassie,...

Tribute to a Sister

Tribute to a Sister

This piece was first published as a series on my blog in September, 2013, which I've edited and pulled together to make this essay.  After my sister died in 1987, I wanted to write about her and her death, but it took me over 25 years. There were many reasons for...