Stephen Fry and Linguicide

I happened to stumble across a program on ABC last night with the inimitable Stephen Fry. That fascinating man was looking at languages, most particularly the 6000 plus languages in the world that are ‘threatened with linguicide’. I never even knew there was a word such as ‘linguicide’, but what a fascinating word that is. And how sad to think … Read More

Inspiration – where does it come from?

I often ponder this question. Given I’m a writer it seems particularly pertinent to me. But I wonder about it in a general sense too. I often worry about if there is a finite element to it – once you’ve used up your quota of inspiration, will that be it? Or is it an endless thing – that like the … Read More

Perserverence – a word we should get to know

I’ve just read a great blog by one of my favourite bloggers, Kristen Lamb. I always get so much from her blogs, because not only does she give great advice to writers, much of what she says has great pertinance for life in general. The latest one is a case in point. Check it out here: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/doubt-fear-false-alarms-giving-birth-to-our-dreams What she says … Read More

I’ve just finished the 1st Draft of my new WIP: Healer Moon

Woo hoo. There is nothing quite so euphoric as writing the words ‘THE END’ at the end of a novel. There is also nothing quite so sad, or terrifying. Sad, because I will never again take that same, unknown journey of discovery with those characters, and terrifying, because now I know I’ve got to delve back in and redraft, cutting … Read More

It’s my opinion – and that’s okay

Wow. I must have missed some amazing explosion on social media about SHIELD and various other things while I was writing my own take on the show (and oops – I think I spelled Whedon incorrectly – bad me!) But as usual, Chuck fills in my lack of social media prowess so that I at least know there was a … Read More

Why Entering Contests Could Help You

I have recently become the Contest Co-Ordinator for Romance Writers of Australia and I’ve had many people ask me what’s so important about entering contests in the journey of a writer. I get the reticence, particularly from writers who are working by themselves and haven’t had much experience with getting their work critiqued by a critique partner or don’t belong … Read More

Destiny said yes to Dark Moon.

I’ve had some lovely news that I’ve been sitting on for a few weeks, but now I feel free to tell the world – Dark Moon is going to be published by Destiny. I’m so excited. It was a nail biting time waiting to hear back from them (the usual worries of would they like it were added to by … Read More

Winner of Revelry Competition

Sorry, I’ve been remiss in announcing the winner of Peta Crake’s competition for a copy of her new novel, Revelry (life has been a bit hectic – I apologise to Peta for my lag!) The Winner Is: IMELDA EVANS Her comment about a shapeshifting owl caught Peta’s attention, not to mention, her name was the one she drew out of … Read More

RWA Conference – here I come!

I’m heading off to the Romance Writers of Australia annual conference tomorrow morning with my dear friend, Marnie (a talented writer from one of my writing groups who has taken this year off to write and is going to pitch pitch pitch at the conference. Lots of fingers crossed for Marnie. 🙂 I, like many other romance writers, look forward … Read More

Embrace what you love.

A writer I know, M.J Scott, had a wonderful rant yesterday about people who tell you what you should love and that what you do love is wrong – it was really quite special, you should check it out http://blog.mjscott.net/2013/08/01/on-liking-stuff Anyway, the gist of this rant was that people should be allowed to love what they love and not be … Read More