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Ups and Downs

This last few weeks have been a roller coaster, with the high of winning second prize in the Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction and the downer of receiving a rejection for a manuscript submission. From the competition win, new pathways to … Continue reading

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What a day

Last weekend, I attended the Latrobe City Literary Festival. It was a wonderful day and exhausting, not the least because I helped to organise it. Following the Regional Ambassadors meeting at Writers Vic late last year, a fellow Gippsland writer … Continue reading

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Multi tasking: a good thing or spreading myself too thin?

I’m currently writing novel number two. The first one languishes, timid and shy, in the bottom drawer for fear of being laughed at. And with good reason. It’s pretty ordinary. And in the too hard basket for editing. The second … Continue reading

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Plunge in or plan it?

Are you a plunger or a planner? When I did a TAFE writing and editing course last year I learnt about the Snowflake method of writing long fiction. The basic premise is your centre and you add layer upon layer … Continue reading

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Genres, crossing the boundaries with your writing.

I had some happy news this week – I won a writing award (The Mary Grant Bruce Gippsland Writer in the FAW Literary Awards) for a children’s story and it was the second year in a row that I have … Continue reading

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Media star or waffling idiot?

Having had what I think of as the misfortune of being interviewed for local radio and local television in recent weeks I came to wonder at what point do writers become less camera shy and more at ease with putting … Continue reading

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Eclectic? Nothing wrong with that.

What’s wrong with being diverse?  Nothing!  I have come to notice just how eclectic my tastes in things like music, reading and cinema are.  And it’s reflected in my writing where I’ve dabbled in romance, historical, comedy, horror and everything in … Continue reading

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Lyrics

I’m just a little excited that on Monday night, after 30 years of waiting, I am finally going to see Duran Duran in concert.  Whilst the days of believing I was going to marry John Taylor are long behind me, … Continue reading

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Wedding Vows

I attended a beautiful wedding over the weekend: my gorgeous neice Gillian married her handsome young man, Steve, in a lush garden setting.  There were some wonderful touches – guests were given bubble mixture to blow at the end of the ceremony, Gill … Continue reading

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I’m delighted to have won the January 2012 Global Short Story competition with a story I wrote a while ago (and have revised, revised, revised).  It’s certainly a great thrill to have won a competition that truly does bring together writers of all nationalities.  For those of you who haven’t visited the site, it’s well worth a visit.  You can read previous winners, catch up on John Dean’s great blog and mingle with other writers on the forums. 

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