Remembrance Day, note to self

1. Get up. Be grateful, be brave, and be kind. Do your work. 2. Do not give up. Humans with hearts the same as yours…

The best review ever

This is Joan, 87-years-old, who always wanted to be a writer but quit school at 10 to help feed her family. She was a pineapple…

7 years (i)

Seven years ago this week I arrived in Manchester. I had big dreams, big PTSD after leaving a physically and psychologically violent man, my life…

The home stretch

I’m on the last bend of the journey before my novel goes out to publishers. The home stretch has looked something like this: 17 September, 2016…

IMAGINE

A little magic can take you a long way. – Roald Dahl. When I’m stuck, I don’t know any other way to move onwards in…

Oh, baby: Brussels, here we come

12 months ago: “One day I might go to Brussels to meet my European literary agent, and we’ll Skype my Australian literary agent in Sydney…

Gardens of books, books of gardens

Saturday mornings. Making coffee. Watering plants. Standing at the sink and daydreaming. Remember the seemingly unassuming toadstools or circles of dark grass at the bottom…

Idle Hours

Now is a time I’ve come to know as The Waiting: the sudden arrival of quiet, empty, peaceful days, while somewhere out there my book…

Happiness vs. Wholeness

“I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that – I don’t mind people being happy – but the idea that everything we do…