All the way back in 1994, barely two months into my Honours year in Philosophy at Monash, I had to withdraw due to illness. My teachers and tutors had, they told me, been concerned as they watched me descend into exhaustion, and were relieved I was willing to take a break and care for my … Continue reading Let’s try that again… at a distance.
I wasn't going to go but I'd been looking forward to, and saving up for, the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show all year, so I went and I'm glad I did. I cuddled some lambs and kids (the goat kind) and picked up the looms I'd been saving for from lovely Libby from Ashford New … Continue reading Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show 2017
My mother died yesterday. It is an understatement to say that she wasn't a great mother but also to say that she was a great talent. You wouldn't have known her name but if you have ever walked along the St. Kilda foreshore or enjoyed Catani Gardens since their regeneration in 1989-90, attended a wedding … Continue reading Vale Jillian le Patourel
Every time I give myself permission to have a do-little day, listening to my pain, I find I end up achieving more than I expected by doing gentle, little things (like making this onigiri) a little at a time. Every time I focus on how little I'm doing compared to all I'd rather be doing … Continue reading Onigiri and life lessons.
Hello Readers!Thank you all for your incredible support in 2014! This time last year I was madly working on the last chapters of As Long As She Lives, the Wattpad draft, and I was thrilled and shocked at the 30,000 reads it had had while writing - I never dreamed that a year later that … Continue reading Happy New Year!
While hunting for a new desktop photo from my 2009 writing retreat in New Zealand, just now, I found this shot of my work table and had a realization. See that yellow legal pad? That's the beginning of As Long As She Lives! It's on the legal pad because I was working on another novel entirely … Continue reading From little things…
Not that I think anyone hangs on my every blog post, or that I post so very regularly but I thought I should note that my recent silence is not due to lack of enthusiasm or laziness! Next Friday I'm going to be having some major surgery and so I have been and will continue … Continue reading A little hiatus
** This post is dedicated to my dear friend and sister in storycraft, Kim Koning. In the little corner of the online writing and reading community that I occupy, I often come across photos, memes, slogans and posts extolling the virtues of the printed book over the eBook. I usually avoid the discussion because my appreciation … Continue reading Don’t tell me eBooks have no soul
The House Hunt is over! We will be able to move in from the 13th of April, but will need too co-ordinate the Air Shipment from Thailand (which should already be here, but isn’t), the shipment from Storage in Sydney (should take 1 week or so), and the Sea Shipment from Thailand (6-8 weeks). Luckily, … Continue reading The House Hunt is Over!