Pitchwars — Hello, welcome to my humble abode

Well hello there, come inside. You’ll see the place is quite new and I’m not used to visitors. But don’t let that put you off. Let’s get to know each other. How about an ice-breaker? Okay, I’m going to share a story. An embarrassing one. When I was sixteen and a senior in high school, the afternoon bus stopped outside … Read More

Mid-year wrap-up — Part 1

It was just over a year ago when I made a command decision. I had one completed MS and the basic outline for another four or five MSs rattling through my brain. I had recently resigned from my corporate, sixty to seventy hours a week, soul-sucking job and was taking some time out. “What do you want to do next?” … Read More

My big YA love: Chime by Franny Billingsley

It’s been a while since I posted — yes, all due to the house sale of death. I would try to swear you and I into never speaking of it again, but I know I won’t keep my end of the bargain. Especially since we’re about to order passports for all the family members.  Things are finally getting exciting… With … Read More

First Kids and YA Festival (and a small taste of success!)

Yesterday I attended my first Kids and YA festival at the NSW Writers Centre.  It was my fourth festival overall, but there’s something really exciting about attending a festival that specifically caters to the age group for which you write.  Like all other festivals preceding it, there’s an atmosphere which is difficult to describe.  I imagine it as a beehive’s … Read More

Playlist – 26th June 2014

I wasn’t writing today.  Instead, I spent the day painting our bathrooms, preparing to put the house on the market.  This particular job has been on the list for a while, because it’s fiddly.  Not quite in the realm of The Last Box to Be Packed*, but annoying enough due to all the bits and pieces we have to paint … Read More

Just a few stray thoughts for a Saturday

Continuing the theme of my Laini Taylor life-crush, I started reading DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE.  Well, I’m about 180 pages in, and I have to confess my admiration for the girl has not dimmed.  And here is one of the reasons why –  a quote from page 154, where three of the main characters are playing a game called … Read More

Reading List – 12th June 2014

I read just before bed and at the moment – with the rewrite and having just discovered the wonderful writer’s network that exists on Twitter – I’m burning the candle at both ends.  This often means 3-5 pages into my nightly read, I’m flaked out with a book splayed across my face.  Whereby my husband finds me several hours later … Read More

Where it all began: The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce

I remember the day I fell in love with books.   Fell so hard there was no going back.  Oh, there had been special friends up to this point – The Milly Molly Mandy series, Tove Jansson’s Moomins and Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree adventures – but none of these evoked the full range of emotions I experienced while … Read More

Revision soundtrack 1

I’m heavily influenced by music so it’s a tricky business choosing the right soundtrack for my revision process.  Quite a lot of my usual go-to songs don’t work because they are either too distracting or don’t suit the mood of the characters in the scene.  Listening to Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go while working on a scene where the … Read More

How to lose characters and improve people

Time has been pretty tight this week.  My husband and I are planning a big overseas move and everything is happening at once.  In spite of my best intentions, I’ve had to let the blog lapse this week.  Every time I feel guilty, I remind myself it’s the blog or the MS. Because I am working on the MS.  I’m … Read More