Plan…D (or is it E)?

Plan-D-or-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

Books Read 2014 Part 2 — Favourite Reads and More!

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

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

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

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

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