Thank You, 2015

Thank You, 2015

Here's a summary of my 2015—it was a good one ... THE NOVEL As most of you know, my novel, Ida's Children, was shortlisted for the 2015 TAG Hungerford Award. It didn't win, so I sent it off to an agent, who gave me loads...

My Week: A Camp, A Concert, & An End Of An Era

My Week: A Camp, A Concert, & An End Of An Era

I haven't done this for a while, so here's a wee update: 1. Son #1 arrived home yesterday after a twelve-day camp. I know I sound like a soppy mother, but the sight of him in a beanie, sunburnt and unwashed, and smiling at me from the other side of the road ranks...

A Touch of Writer’s Block and A Remedy

A Touch of Writer’s Block and A Remedy

It's been a while since I've written a post, and here's why: About six weeks' ago, maybe even more, my novel stalled. I was nearing the end of the rewrite, but the words weren't coming. I knew how I wanted the story to end, but I didn't...

My Non-Writing Week

My Non-Writing Week

1. I haven't written any new words or edited any old ones in my novel for a couple of weeks. The kids are on school holidays, except for my Year 12 daughter who is sitting her mock exams. There have been concerts, camps, birthdays, and I...

My Week: Wildflowers and Writing

My Week: Wildflowers and Writing

1. I had a lovely time out and about last Sunday on a wildflower walk around Forrestdale Lake. Being spring, the wildflowers were out, looking colourful and inviting. I just wish I could remember their names—my memory isn't what it used to be,...

My Week—Errands and Exams

My Week—Errands and Exams

1. I'll skim over the progress of my novel, because it's going slowly and there's not much to report. However, I do have plans to devote myself to it this weekend ... 2. I have two doctor friends who've also written novels (both...

Photos of Winter

Photos of Winter

Winter arrived in Perth last week, and for some reason bad weather never fails to stimulate my writing. I think it's a combination of the sounds—rain on a tin roof, wind rushing through the trees—and sights—grey skies, water...

Humps and Troughs

Humps and Troughs

I thought I'd squeeze a blog post in before the end of the financial year—so here's an update: The Novel: Unfortunately, I don't have much to report on this front, except that I'm stuck. So stuck, I'm considering seeking help. When I wrote the previous blog post,...

Storyboarding and More …

Storyboarding and More …

I know I said I was taking a break from blogging, but I thought I'd give you an update on what I've been up to over the past week. The Novel As you know from my last blog post, I'm rewriting Ida's Children. I'm not thinking...

A Break from Blogging

A Break from Blogging

This is a quick post to let you know I'll be taking a break from blogging in order to concentrate on my novel. The thing is, an agent has kindly sent me some feedback. By 'kindly', I mean 'bluntly', and by 'some' feedback, I mean 'loads',...

How Liz Gilbert Won Me Over

How Liz Gilbert Won Me Over

Firstly, let me confess: Confession #1: I hated 'Eat, Pray, Love'. It irritated me from the outset, but I persevered until chapter eight (of the 128 chapters in the book) when I closed the covers once and for all, and I have not looked...