The blessed quiet

If you’ve listened to my podcast with Valerie Khoo, you’ll know that we take a different approach to writing. Val likes to write in cafes and other places that have …

The late-night people

When I was breastfeeding my oldest son, there were many nights when I felt as though I was the only person in the whole world awake. As I paced the …

Everything is … Awesome.

The boys and I went to see The Lego Movie on Sunday, with a few friends. Actually, by the time we then ran into a few other friends, our children …

The power of imagination

Mr7 has added a new trick to his impossibly large catalogue of amusing moments. I first noticed it a few weeks ago, just in passing, furrowed my brow and forgot …

Inspiring me today

Sometimes, a writer just needs to drop the words for a minute. I’ve written thousands already and have thousands more to write as the week goes on. And so I’m …

Let’s talk about the weather…

Longtime readers of this blog will know that the Weather Obsession gene runs long and strong in my family. Currently, however, it seems that the whole country has been swept …

2013: The wrap-up post

It’s time to hang up my keyboard for 2013 and go and stare at the waves and share some time with the people characters in my head. I have some …

The ‘Bring A Plate’ post

What do you bring when you’re asked to ‘bring a plate’? It’s a question I find vexing. I prefer the ‘bring a salad’ or ‘bring dessert’ approach – you know …

Finding inspiration on Facebook

Every once in a while, I have to like to crowdsource a blog post. When inspiration is thin-to-nonexistent, I turn to my friends on Twitter or Facebook to tell me …

Gone… writing

There are some words that need my attention… I’ll be back next week.  

Friday night lite

I remember when Friday nights used to be the biggest night of my week. All day, the anticipation would build. Where would we go? What would we do? What would …

Does anyone understand Linked In?

John Birmingham, whom I admire and enjoy greatly as a writer, shared a piece this morning about Facebook – specifically, about how he’s breaking up with it. Because it used …

Can you whistle?

So, can you whistle? It’s easy, remember? All you do is just pucker up your lips and blow*. Except I can’t. Whistle, that is. Oh, I make this kind of …

The trouble with social media

I keep cannibalising my own blog. Seriously. I eat small chunks out of it every day and then wonder why it’s less satisfying as a main meal. A year ago, …