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