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 not get into those), don’t extend to a God who would be so petty. But also, the phrase seems terribly defeatist. What does it mean? … Read More

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 to shift from your own. Will they be more honourable than you? Will they do things you wouldn’t dream of doing, and if so, how … Read More

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 insist I have more in common with the stereotypical male partner in a relationship. Both my husband and I have forgotten our wedding anniversary on … Read More

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 to one day join; 2) my stats at the end of last year were woeful in terms of Australian content; 3) having a more books … Read More

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 at finishing NaNaWriMo. And then chapter seven happened. I take a hybrid approach to the plotting versus pantsing thing. I don’t want to know too … Read More

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 dozen, and then some. Most of the books were by Australian women authors. The question I kept asking myself was: “Why don’t I read more … Read More

Books Read 2014 Part 2 — Favourite Reads and More!

This post is coming later than planned — are we really two weeks into the new year? As promised, here are my favourite reads of 2014 (youngest age category to oldest): Middle Grade Savvy  by Ingrid Law: Savvy was the stand-out MG read for me last year. It traipsed between real-world and magical, dropping the odd marvelous word such as … Read More

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 next post will explore the fun stuff — the highlights and notable reads of 2014. So here we go. In total, I commenced 39 books … Read More

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 and somehow having to work out how to get along and rebuild their relationship. After many such dinners, my friend said: “When are you actually … Read More

Na No Wri Mo — Hold Me, I’m Scared

One of my favourite songs “Even Though I’m a Woman” by Seeker Lover Keeper starts like this: Oh oh I I’ve got a secret I think I’m in love with missing you More than I’m in love with you And it got me thinking. I’ve got a secret too. I think I’m in love with editing more than writing the … Read More