Big Winds

The day of the big winds we got a call to collect our eldest son. 'Quiet' they said. He came home and was quiet in bursts, then energetic then complaining of a sore tummy. I was happy to have my brood all under our roof with the winds raging outside. The day after the big [...]

Dear Damsels

Dear Damsels

a story I wrote that happens to include journeying with a baby has been published today over on Dear Damsels .

Goodreads reviews – November

The Chicken Soup Murder by Maria Donovan My rating: 5 of 5 stars The first thing to say about this book is that it is a page turner. I read it in about three sittings over three days. I got captivated early on, not just by the mystery, but also the characters. Maria Donovan brings [...]

A writer’s guide to reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

A writer’s guide to reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

What can a close reading of Never Let Me Go, by Nobel Prize in literature winner Kazuo Ishiguro teach you as a writer?

How to Act like a Traveller at Home

How to Act like a Traveller at Home

True travel addicts share how they keep the travel vibe alive on home turf.

Easter – remembering and looking forward

For me Easter will always be a special holiday. It is a holiday which smells, not like chocolate, but like boat fuel mixed with salt water. It feels like crisp mornings which will turn into sunny days. For most of my life Easter was spent camping in Mallacoota. A seaside town on the very edge [...]

The Sleep Series – Part two. The Bermuda Triangle

I am committed to writing positive sleep stories, and I will get there, but first I need to write out the Bermuda triangle of bad bed times we experienced this week – and then I will get to something positive! Just now I am nostalgic for good bedtimes. It has been a bad week for [...]

The Sleep Series – Part one. I can’t remember where I slept last night

  I walked in the door this afternoon and it flashed across my mind, for no particular reason that I could not remember where I slept last night. I don't have a wild lifestyle. I just have two small children.   Sleeping Woman For the first few weeks after going into his own bed Rafa [...]