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Six new (and old) books for boys

Given that we're in the middle of the school holidays and we're all about the books 'round here right now, it seems an opportune moment for a round-up of some of the boys' recent reading favourites. The Misters have been enjoying a mix of brand spanking new titles and...

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Balancing act

Balancing act

People often ask me if life is different now that The Mapmaker Chronicles has been published. The answer is no... and yes. Mostly, on a day-to-day basis, life goes on as always. I spend my days walking Procrasti-Pup, writing features, marking assignments for the...

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Not drowning, juggling

Not drowning, juggling

My, but I've been quiet lately, haven't I? I blame it on the juggling. Sometimes I'm so busy watching all the balls in the air that I fail to look down and realise that my feet haven't touched the ground in weeks. One of both the joys and frustrations of being a...

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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 what she calls 'ambient noise'. She even went so far once as to buy this app, which recreates the...

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The week that was: routines rule

The week that was: routines rule

As the sun sets on the school holidays and I begin to plan a bumper week of work next week to catch up, I'm thinking about writing routines. I know that routine is a dirty word in a world where freedom and spontaneity rule, but I am here to buck the trend (as I do...

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