The Winter Solstice

Today is the Winter Solstice, and the morning began all drizzly grey and cold, here in Sydney. This afternoon, the sun removed its veil and smiled upon us for several hours before retreating once again behind the clouds. And what clouds they were! Monstrous billows of blinding white and charcoal, towering miles into the rain-washed … More The Winter Solstice

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Poetry & Prose

Last week I decided I was becoming stale – the worst obstacle to creativity after writer’s block. Having blitzed Children of the Vines and gone through the intensive process of publication, I resolved to put novel #3 in the trilogy on the back burner. Fine! This relieved some of the pressure. I’d identified the reason … More Poetry & Prose

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The Creative Life

It has been a while since I blogged. The new year began and life became busy after the usual January hiatus.  I have been finishing my novel – more than five years in the writing, and after numerous drafts – and wrestling with the issues raised by the creative process. For a long time I … More The Creative Life

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A Writer’s Retreat

 When I decided to downsize and move to an over 55s village in Sydney, uppermost in my thoughts were the convenience of village life, safety from the increasingly serious bushfires that ravage my former location in the Blue Mountains, and the health benefits of a warmer climate. Naturally, I also considered the ways in which … More A Writer’s Retreat

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