The Perils of Social Media During a Pandemic

Social media and online connectedness is both a blessing and a curse at this time in history. It's a blessing in that I can video call my parents, who are in their 80s and 90s and are thousands of kilometres away. I can also keep in touch with our kids, who are also thousands of … Continue reading The Perils of Social Media During a Pandemic

Dog Walking and Peace

I've just walked our dogs. I decided to walk them around the middle of the day on the grounds that I wouldn't meet many people, therefore making physical distancing easier. I was correct about that. What I forgot, was that the forecast today was for 27 degrees C. (80.6F). Our doggies were very excited to … Continue reading Dog Walking and Peace

Book Launch

Amethyst Pledge is due for release on the 17th of April. I was going to have a lovely affair down at Double Picc, one of our local cafes where I often sit to write, involving coffee, snacks and book signings. This is looking incredibly unlikely right now. We're not 'locked down' as such (although I … Continue reading Book Launch

A Letter To Our City Brethren

This morning I had the weirdest shopping experience of my life. We were out of cat litter (we have three cats), and we needed both cat and dog (two dogs) food. Cat and dog spam below.... Boots Socks (Yes I know, but it wasn't deliberate.) Nosey Diva (small dog in big bed) and Jace (bigger … Continue reading A Letter To Our City Brethren

Surely We Can Be Better Than This?

Everything's in flux. Things are currently changing daily, seemingly hour by hour. We're being slammed with all kinds of information, via media, government releases, and of course the Facebook meme. People are frightened, I understand that. This is the unknown menace, a fearful spectre of history, or a fanciful movie theme, and now it's here, … Continue reading Surely We Can Be Better Than This?

How to Respond?

A few months ago, Australia was burning. We saw incredible scenes, from dramatic escapes and heroic actions by firefighters and other emergency services personnel to walls of flame moving faster than anyone could ever believe. We also saw incredible generosity - of finances, goods, and more than anything else, of spirit. We banded together as … Continue reading How to Respond?

Countdown to New Book, and the Great Toilet Paper Crisis

The 17th of April now is only about six weeks away. That's when Amethyst Pledge will be officially launched. It's been up for a few weeks on Netgalley as an ARC with some pleasing reviews. The launch will be held at one of our local cafes, Double Picc, where part of the story was written, … Continue reading Countdown to New Book, and the Great Toilet Paper Crisis

It Rained – on Both Sides of the Continent!

It has rained. Not everywhere, but in many places across this dry and dusty continent. In some places, they've gone from drought-dry, fire-scorched landscape to flooded. It's a rain event to provide much hope across at least parts of Eastern Australia. Here, in my home town, it has rained. Not nearly enough to break the … Continue reading It Rained – on Both Sides of the Continent!

Australia in Drought, Fire and Flood

In case you missed it, Australia is in drought, and we’ve had severe fires. What’s been very heartening, however, is the connection that people feel due to the marvel that is the internet. I’ve had queries from online friends, making sure we’re all right from a variety of places across the world. I think it’s … Continue reading Australia in Drought, Fire and Flood