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Writing With(out) Kids

I haven't spent much time on my novel since I returned from Varuna. There are many reasons for this—every time I've sat down to write, the phone has rung, or there's been a knock at the door, or a child tapping on the attic door, or someone off sick from school, or...

My Journey to Writing

If someone had asked me a decade ago what I would be doing in ten years' time, writing a novel would not have been on the list, nor on the horizon. It wasn't even on the planet. I'd always thought of myself as Maths/Science orientated as I found those subjects so much...

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

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...

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...

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 school...

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...

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, writing. I...

Blogging the Personal

After almost every blog post, I worry that I've revealed too much about myself or my family. It keeps me awake at night -- the fear that I've exposed too much, or made myself look stupid, or upset people I didn't mean to upset. I worry, too, for my kids -- that I've...

Launch of Jukebox

As of yesterday, it is official: I am a published author. I must say, I felt thrilled and anxious at seeing my words in print for the first time. Thrilled because I want people to read what I've written, but anxious because people can read what I've written, and maybe...

BREAKING NEWS …

I interrupt normal blog transmission to share breaking news of the novel's progress: I have been selected as a 2014 Varuna Residential Fellowship Recipient. What is that? I hear you ask. Well, it's bed and board and a writing desk for two weeks, at Varuna, the...

2. Trusting My Voice

I think I've learnt to do this. Finally. When I started writing, I was embarrassed to show my ignorance, so I tried to sound literary. I’ll show you: ‘The mountain rose out of the horizon and watched over and nourished the district, like a good mother. She sent the...

1. Toss the Plan

Yes, I have a first draft. It’s complete – well, as complete as a first draft can be. It’s printed and sitting on the desk next to me: a pile of A4 paper that looks nothing like a novel. I've learnt a lot from writing this draft. Practical things, like how to use...

Coming Out

  Okay, I've decided it's about time I came out and told everyone that I write. There, I've said it. I'll even say it again: I write. That must make me a writer, although I feel fraudulent saying that. It feels strange, embarrassing even. Like people are going to...

 

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