Sadness

I'm writing again with much sadness in my heart. I've blogged several times about MND, or Motor Neurone Disease. You can read those posts here and here. Our friend, Graham, who has fought with MND for many years, passed away on Good Friday. Graham defied the odds in many ways. He had the ALS form … Continue reading Sadness

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Storms of Future Past

Cyclone Debbie is bearing down on the north Queensland coast as I type. It's a funny feeling. We lived in one of the most cyclone prone areas of the world (Pilbara region in WA) for many years, but have now lived in NSW for the last fifteen years. It's sort of weird, because now our … Continue reading Storms of Future Past

Ponderings

I was thinking quite a lot about being a woman today, probably because it's International Women's Day. I've just watched a short video about books, which demonstrates the relative proportions of books that 1) actually feature girls, 2) feature girls who speak and 3) feature girls who aren't princesses, waiting for their prince charming. The … Continue reading Ponderings

Do Yourself a Favour – Go and See Hidden Figures

I went and saw Hidden Figures this afternoon. I was looking forward to seeing a good movie, but I actually saw a great one. The story was compelling, based on fact, and emotional. Despite knowing about segregation, and the lack of equality between black and white, and between male and female, seeing it depicted drove … Continue reading Do Yourself a Favour – Go and See Hidden Figures

Ominous

Today has an ominous feel to it. It's the second day of extreme heat here, and now there's a howling gale. The fire danger is described as catastrophic, and there's just a hint of smoke on the breeze, which is probably coming from Cassilis/Dungog way. There's a fire out there, which is burning with so … Continue reading Ominous

Australia Day #changethedate

It's Australia Day. All around the world, Australians are celebrating being Australian. For some, it doesn't get much further than contemplating a barbecue, eating a lamington or two, or maybe having Vegemite on toast for brekkie. For many indigenous Australians, this particular date is problematic. Some other Australians don't get this, however. You see, this … Continue reading Australia Day #changethedate

When You Have to Rearrange Your Story

I've been writing the second part of a fantasy trilogy. None of it's published at this point, but for the last few weeks it's been hard going. Partly because during the whole Christmas and New Year period there's been an awful lot of stuff going on, and partly because although I know exactly where this … Continue reading When You Have to Rearrange Your Story