Writing Residencies: Timing, Planning & Stars Aligning
Well, it’s a long time since I’ve blogged. I haven’t had much to say! I’ve been locked down, head down, or writing down the bones of my manuscript as Natalie Goldberg would say in her excellent writing book of the same name. For the past week and a half, I’ve … Read More
The Year That Wasn’t …
2020 was the year that wasn’t at all what it was supposed to be for many of us. So many plans were cancelled or delayed, or never saw daylight due to lockdowns. But, alongside some major disappointments, the year also brought many positives for me. This post, being February, is … Read More
HNSA Colleen McCullough Residency 2019
When I first saw the Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) announcement of their inaugural Colleen McCullough Residency, I was blown away by the generosity of the prize and the amazing opportunity open to all eligible attendees at the 2019 HNSA Conference in Sydney last weekend. Who wouldn’t want to spend … Read More
Permission to Write Crap and Crap on!
It’s time for me to get back to blogging, but, from now on, without always spending hours researching or pedantically connecting all my posts to serious writing subjects, which takes away from real, actual writing time. At the beginning of a new novel project real writing is top of my … Read More
Oh, what a feeling..!
That feeling when your brand new story/character/world becomes real and – OMG, it/he/she speaks to you! Especially when you feared after finishing your previous project (of many drafts and years) that the same passion might never strike you again. Despite reading many blogs/interviews/author biographies to the contrary – the promise … Read More
It takes a village…
The thing I love about being part of SCBWI (Vic) is the support of fellow creationists who share and care and encourage each other. So standing up to speak in front of a large group of them last Saturday to share my Varuna Fellowship experience was a real pleasure, actually fun, … Read More