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My Month

It's been a while since I've written an update here, hence this post covers a month rather than a week. Thank goodness for Midweek Moments, which have kept this blog ticking over whilst I've been otherwise occupied. I have a reason for my absence: Over the past six...

A Plug for the Booklength Project Group

I was just going to reblog a post I wrote on 'Coping With Negative Feedback On Your Writing' for the Booklength Project Group (BLPG), but then I thought I might as well give a plug for the group, which I convene. We meet at Mattie's House, part of the Federation...

Rewrite is Done!

I finished rewriting my novel last week. The elation and relief! I looked back over my blog posts and saw that I'd started rewriting it in early June last year, so it took me nearly nine months to complete. I won't reiterate how hard I found it at times and how many...

My Week: Story and Sculptures

I've interrupted the novel rewrite to show you this: That's how many pages I have left to edit. It's a thin stack, isn't it? Only 25 pages thick. Twenty-five. That. Is. All. I'm a slow writer, and it's given me a boost to see how close I am—now I'm striving to get to...

Magda Szubanski at the Perth Writers’ Festival

For the first time ever, I was able to spend the whole weekend at the Perth Writers' Festival without worrying about children's music or sport commitments, and without feeling guilty for slipping away on my daughter's birthday—it didn't fall on one of the Festival...

I’m Guest Blogging

Gulara Vincent invited me to write a guest post about my novel, Ida’s Children, and the story behind its evolution. Gulara left the topic broad, and told me I could write either about the development of my novel or why I started writing in the...

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 of feedback and I spent the last six months of...

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 haven't been able to carve out...

When Good Enough Isn’t

I've just returned from a holiday to Tasmania, my birth state. I went back for my cousin's 21st birthday, and tacked a couple of days on at the beginning for writing. I stayed in a cottage at Branxholm, a rural town in the northeast of Tasmania. I've stayed there...

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