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
It's the 23rd of April, and I've just popped a couple of trays of Anzac Biscuits into the oven. On the 25th it's ANZAC Day. But for this one year, it'll be an Anzac Day like no other - except once, which was in 1918 during the Spanish Flu Pandemic. Anzac Day commemorates the first … Continue reading #StandAtDawn
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
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
I sat outside today, and watched what we call 'Bird TV.' We have three indoor cats, and they all enjoy watching birds visit, have baths, and eat from seedblocks. We got into the habit of making sure there's always water and seed outside because of the drought. We've now had some rain, but sadly, not … Continue reading Bird TV
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
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
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?
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?
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