Freedom

There's been a lot of stuff going round about 'freedom' on social media. I think we've all seen people dodging police on borders, vowing they won't wear masks, and others protesting against a vaccine that doesn't even exist yet. I've seen social media posts about organisations, religious bodies, and businesses declaring their 'freedom' to do … Continue reading Freedom

Well, That Was An Interesting Week…

It's Sunday night, and I have 'been in' New Zealand most of the past week at ConZealand, this year's WorldCon. By 'being in' New Zealand, I was of course referring to being at the convention 'virtually.' This has been the very first completely online WorldCon, courtesy of COVID-19. As everyone has been fond of saying … Continue reading Well, That Was An Interesting Week…

Responsibilities

The COVID situation in Australia has become a bit precarious. Today, Victoria clocked up 459 cases and 10 deaths. NSW managed another 14 cases. From what seems to be a catastrophic failure of hotel quarantine, coupled with a variety of other factors, some places in our country stand at a tipping point. You can follow … Continue reading Responsibilities

It’s About Us

A week ago I wrote a post called It's Not About Me. This last week has been momentous - everywhere. While the global pandemic continues, the spotlight this week has been shifted to #BlackLivesMatter. The catalyst has been the death of George Floyd in the US. Here in Australia, we've seen protests as well - … Continue reading It’s About Us

It’s Not About ‘Me’

In times like this, when we're experiencing the first global pandemic in living history, the digital world is both a blessing and a curse. I live in NSW, Australia. My aged parents live in Western Australia, as does my sister and her family, our son, our niece, my sister in law, and much more of … Continue reading It’s Not About ‘Me’

Random Thoughts on Things

It's been a year like no other so far. From drought, to fires and extreme heat, to a global pandemic, it feels sometimes like Australia is working its way through the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Slowly Australia is reducing restrictions due to COVID-19, but for some it's too slow, and some it's too fast. … Continue reading Random Thoughts on Things

Language Shifts in a Global Pandemic

I've been thinking about how our language has suddenly changed in the last few months. Not so much individual words, but how we put them together. As a writer, language always interests me, and sometimes the way we change things annoys me. As an Australian who is now in her fifties, I much prefer the … Continue reading Language Shifts in a Global Pandemic

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