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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 trickling down a pane of glass. Whatever it...

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, I...

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 about the number of drafts and rewrites I've...

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', and my novel needs a huge...

More On Writing a Novel: Feedback

In my last blog post, I talked about some of the lessons I've learned while writing a novel. Besides learning how to write, I've also learnt a fair bit about editing, having revised my novel countless times now. There's a lot more involved in editing a novel than I'd...

Final Draft 2.0 and Carving Out Time to Write

It's been school holidays for the past couple of weeks, and up until the last couple of days, the weather has been cold, wet and gloomy—and perfect for writing! I took the opportunity to immerse myself in an unscheduled home writing retreat, during which I took to my...

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 back. At the time I read it, I...

TAG Hungerford Award—Post Script

  Last Thursday, after an agonising three-and-a-half month wait, the winner of the 2014 City of Fremantle-TAG Hungerford Award was announced at Fremantle Arts Centre. The winner was 'Troppo', by Madelaine Dickie, which will be published next year. 'Troppo' is set...

Dear Mr Premier

I sent the following letter to the Premier of Western Australia, Mr Colin Barnett, and WA's Minister for Culture and the Arts, Mr John Day, following the announcement last week that the WA Premier's Book Awards will be held biennially, instead of annually. I'd...

Thank You and Happy Christmas

Dear Reader, Thank you for joining me on this long-haul writing 'safari'—you've jumped aboard even without the promise of a destination, and I can't thank you enough. Each time you read my words, or 'Like', or comment, you encourage this fledgling writer/author. Thank...

Shortlisted for 2014 TAG Hungerford Award

I'm finally allowed to tell everyone that my novel, 'Ida's Children', has been shortlisted for the 2014 City of Fremantle-TAG Hungerford Award. This is the nicest present I've ever been given, and a wonderful way to end...

The Final Countdown

Hopefully, I'm on the downhill run with this novel. I've finished the latest draft, draft #12 at least (but who's counting?), and I feel as if it's ready to send out to agents and publishers. Please note, I also felt it was ready after Draft...

Rejection

It's a long time since I've been rejected for anything—a boyfriend, a job—mainly because I haven't put myself in line for it, being happily married and not looking for work. But last week my manuscript was rejected for the QWC-Hachette Manuscript Development...

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