What I miss about Christmas

I love Christmas. I love the decorations – the colour and sparkle in my house makes me feel happy. I love the Christmas trees (I love decorating mine – and this year, my boys really helped, listening when I explained that the tree needed to be balanced and therefore putting all the same things in the one place isn’t the … Read More

Dr Who? Not if my kids could help it.

I’ve just come back after watching the Dr Who 50th anniversary special – Day of the Doctor – at my mum and dad’s house and I know I’m going to have to watch it again. Not just because I enjoyed it – because I did – but because what with the kids running around and making noise and deciding 7.30pm … Read More

Prioritising – how do you know when enough is enough?

I’ve just read this great post on Kristen Lamb’s blog about prioritising. She uses a great a great analogy about reaping and sowing that I won’t repeat here – if you’re interested, check out the brilliance directly here: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/author-success-the-laws-of-sowing-reaping I know for my own part I often struggle with prioritising. People think I’m so organised, but to use a swimming … Read More

Meet Alex Adsett – my new agent!

I am thrilled to announce that Australian agent, Alex Adsett, has agreed to represent me and my novel Dark Moon and it’s subsequent series. It seems she is as enamoured of witches and warlocks, werewolves and shifters, magical occurances and all things paranormal fantasy romance (not to mention the things that go bump in the night) as I am. Alex … Read More

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