All Systems Go!

All Systems Go!

Dear reader, welcome to my new website! You’ll notice that it has lots of bells and whistles, and is also far easier to navigate than the old one. It has new sections for my different book categories. It has more detail about what kind of talks, presentations...

Writing exciting

In an otherwise trying week, I had a burst of writing-related serendipity on Wednesday.  Sometimes, with writing, you feel like you’re trying to melt glass with your breath: it just won’t yield, and no matter the effort you expend.  Sometimes it’s not the writing...
Bits and pieces

Bits and pieces

1.  Back in the early 90s, when I first got into the writing scene in Perth, there was an incredible bubbling of energy, ideas and poetry collections from writers like Morgan Yasbincek, Tracy Ryan, Barbara Temperton, Marcella Polain, and Sarah French, to name but a...
Things various

Things various

Some thoughts: 1.  After my decision to quit YA, I thought I’d be relieved.  Instead, I felt depressed (and also really touched by the sweet responses I had from folk – thank you).  I’m not sure what kind of perversity it is, to want to do something you have no time...
Chess Nuts in reviewland

Chess Nuts in reviewland

It’s always nerve-racking to receive your first reviews for a book – almost as nerve-racking as wondering if you’re going to get any. So I was very pleased that Chess Nuts has had two great reviews, last week by Jane Barry in The Courier Mail and this week by Susan...