#julycreativechallenge

#JulyCreativeChallenge – Complete!

July was long. July was busy. Hard. And still I managed to finish the #JulyCreativeChallenge - I honestly don't know how, especially when I put everything together. There's a lot! Of course, there's a fluctuation of quality in the micro poems: I can spot a few I like as is, a few I'd like to expand, and some that are frankly a bit of a fail. … [Read More...]

plain pasta

A Family Guide to Eating in Europe (In Pictures)

Europe is famous for its cuisine. This fame comes in many guises, including the "oh my goodness, how delicious, we are never leaving" way to the "why does everyone make such a big deal about it, I could make something better at home" complaint. To be honest, we experienced both ends of the spectrum. … [Read More...]

Friday Celebrations

Friday Celebrations #8

In all honesty, I don't feel like celebrating. If you read yesterday's post, you'll know why. I've sat down to try and work these few days and my thoughts vaporise like frost in the morning sunshine. But as I stepped outside my door this morning to take the kids to school I looked up and snapped the … [Read More...]

voiceworks NYWF 2015

7 Steps to Kat

Yesterday, the Australian literary community lost one of its own. A treasure. A glowing, wonderful treasure in the form of Kat Muscat. This is for her. I count the steps in my head. If I was sitting down at my desk I would swivel the chair around, stand up and walk three steps to the door and … [Read More...]

What I'm Reading July 2015

What I’m Reading July 2015

I admit to feelings of confusion, bewilderment and frustration upon finishing Haruki Murakami's The Strange Library. I shut the book and thought to myself, "What the hell was that?" Not an altogether unusual reaction to reading his fiction, or so I hear from people who dislike his novels. But there … [Read More...]

MELBOURNE WRITERS FESTIVAL 2015

10 Session Picks for the 2015 Melbourne Writers Festival

The program for the Melbourne Writers Festival was released late last week to much excitement and fanfare (including a site crash, I believe, due to traffic). After getting home from my travels to Sydney, I sat down to go through it thoroughly and was very impressed. So many excellent events and I … [Read More...]

sydney

Friday Celebrations #7

  I'm heading off to Sydney this afternoon to teach at the NSW Writers' Centre tomorrow. It's always nice to get back home (part of me will always call it that, no matter how long I live in Melbourne) and I hope to get down and spend some time harbour-side. I miss it. I can usually count on … [Read More...]

books and writing

Should I Enter Competitions if I’m not a “Serious Writer” Yet?

Should I Enter Competitions if I'm not a "Serious Writer" Yet? I received the above question the other day during an email exchange with a reader and I've reproduced it here - with permission - because I've heard it on a number of occasions over the years. I hope that by formulating some semblance … [Read More...]

colosseum

A Family Travel Guide to Rome

Where did we stay? We stayed in the Monti district, on the Via Merulana. Honestly, I didn't know much about the place ahead of booking our Airbnb and chose it mostly because it was close to Termini - the major railway station, where we would be arriving from Venice and so I wanted to get there by … [Read More...]

friday

Friday Celebrations #6

Oh, how I wish I was frolicking around in sun-drenched fields at the moment, as opposed to shivering through an Antarctic Vortex! Never mind, we push on regardless, don't we? All the more reason to celebrate the good things going on this week. I went to the optometrist a month or so ago after … [Read More...]

5 literary accounts

5 Literary Accounts to Follow on Twitter

Over the years, through my writing, or teaching/mentoring, or working at the Emerging Writers' Festival, I've gained a huge appreciation and respect for the literary organisations or initiatives that continue in their advocacy for writers. This isn't easy - nor, I suspect, has it ever been - but as … [Read More...]

4th arr

Family Travel Guide to Paris

Where did we stay? We stayed in the 4th arrondissement, which is smack in the centre of Paris. If you do a Google Map search, you'll see it's within walking distance to many of the big attractions and train stations. You can also catch a bus up the Boulevard de Sebastopol that will let you off at … [Read More...]

friday celebrations

Friday Celebrations #5

1. Beginning with this lovely blue sky of wispy clouds earlier in the week - lucky we made the most of this weather while we could because our part of the country is going to be blasted by ice, wind and snow over the coming week! 2. I taught an amazing class of blogging students - and the course … [Read More...]