Are we there yet?

This is a question I constantly ask myself – Are we there yet? It’s a question kids annoy their parents with on long (or sometimes short, but they feel long) car trips. It is a question that makes said car trips even longer – an endurance test that most parents only survive by gritting their teeth and trying hard not … Read More

It’s true what they say – practice makes perfect

In my other life, I’m a swimming teacher. The thing that often frustrates and bemuses me and my fellow swim teachers is that parents will come to us and say that they don’t think their child is progressing very fast. The conversation goes something like this: “My child, little Ben, isn’t progressing very fast.” “Well, he is progressing, but just … Read More

Writers: a writer’s best friend.

Right now, I’m in the grips of Submission Lag. Never heard of Submission Lag? It’s a real thing. I’ve done research on it (well, I’ve asked my writing friends if they go through the same thing – and they do! I’ve also read about it – other authors call it different things – on other writer’s websites.) Submission Lag is … Read More

Synopsis Writing – writer’s hell or writer’s help?

At the recent Romance Writers of Australia Conference held on the Gold Coast, Belinda Byrne from Penguin was asked what she thought of a synopsis – were they important in the general scheme of things and does she even read them? Her answer to both questions was yes. There was general grumbling and I completely understand why, particularly as you … Read More

Don’t Drop Dead from Shock

That’s what I’m going to have to say to all my friends when I tell them that I’ve actually entered the ‘real world’ by having my first foray into the WWW by starting my own blog/website. You must of course take into account that I am the only person I know who doesn’t have some kind of smart phone that … Read More