If YA Novels Were Dogs…

Last night as I was falling asleep, I was trying to think of how I would describe my feelings toward the stack of YA novels I’ve read recently. For some reason — I think it…

Plan…D (or is it E)?

An old acquantaince once told me a joke: “How do you make God laugh?…Tell him your plans.” At the time I found the saying really annoying (I still do). Partly because my beliefs (and let’s…

Don’t Do Anything I Wouldn’t Do…

In my experience, one of the trickiest things to manage in terms of character development is the issue of morality. Unless the character is autobiographical, then at some point your character’s moral compass is going…

About the Mushy Love Stuff

If I were a character in a movie, I’d be Jules from My Best Friend’s Wedding (minus the crazy wedding sabotage stuff). My husband says I’m the least sentimental person ever, and my friends openly…

Australian Women Writers Challenge — The List

  At the beginning of the year I signed up for the AWW Challenge. It seemed like a good idea for the following reasons: 1) I’d be supporting the group of published authors I hope…

A Stitch in Time…

The first six chapters of my WIP were easy to write. I’m almost ashamed to admit how effortlessly the words poured onto the page. This is great, I thought. There was even a running shot…

Australian Women Writers Challenge — Sign Me Up!

I was lucky enough to attend a few writing courses and conferences last year. In addition to stepping away from each experience feeling revved up and inspired, my To Be Read list grew by the…

Books Read 2014 Part 1– the stats

When I started to think about the books I read in 2014, I realised there was too much to squeeze into one post. So this first post will focus purely on the stats and the…

Finishing Touches — A Less Than Perfect Transformation

This project began over several dinners with a friend. It started as a vague tossed-around idea involving a plucky girl with an eccentric scientist father. The characters were estranged, thrown back into each others lives…