Too Much On Your Plate? Is this your to-do list?

Too Much On Your Plate? Here’s The Solution.

Work, exercise, family, study, community or voluntary work, hobbies, socialising – how do you fit it all in?  Do you find yourself exhausted by the end of the week, berating yourself for all the things you didn’t have time to do?  Overwhelmed when you look at your to-do list?  Not achieving the goals you’ve set […]

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Why I Love Travel Journals

Why I Love Travel Journals

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. These are the words of St Augustine, a Christian theologian who died in 430 AD. And travel back then meant endless days under the beating sun or frozen sky on economy class donkeys, sustained by meagre portions of dried bread […]

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A bookcase in the library

Writers’ Rituals and Why They Work

We writers are a weird bunch… For a start, anyone who spends a lot of their time hanging out with imaginary people has to be just a wee bit crazy. And never more so than when it comes to writing rituals. Now you’d  think that sitting down to write would be easy. Just plonk your […]

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What Genre is That? Laptop with ebooks

What Genre Is That?

If you ask an author what genre of book they’re writing, they’ll readily tell you it’s a fantasy or crime or romantic comedy, or whatever it is. If they’re still deciding they might say, ‘It’s a zombie thriller with lots of comedy, a couple of vampires and a touch of romance.’ But ask a reader […]

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From Would-Be To Published Author - The Long And Winding Road

From Would-Be To Published Author – The Long And Winding Road

Every author’s journey is different. Some start with all guns blazing and have half a dozen novels under their belt by the time they’re 30. Others take up different careers, raise families and begin writing later in life when they have more time and freedom. For some, it’s a desire they’ve had buried deep inside […]

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The Novella - Don't Sell It Short

The Novella – Don’t Sell It Short

I’m excited! I’ve just started on a new project – writing a novella. The novella, the novel’s little brother, has traditionally been overshadowed by its larger sibling, but is now coming into its own. And I want to be part of it!  The fact that I only have to write around 40 000 words, 50 […]

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New Year Resolutions the Maheno on Fraser Island

Back To The Future

I swore I wasn’t even going to mention New Year resolutions in this blog post, but that was before I read a post by Annabel Candy, in her blog Get in the Hot Spot. Inspired by blogger Chris Guillebeau in his post ‘2014 Annual Review,’ Annabel also reviewed 2014, compiling a list of what went […]

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End of year burnout

‘Tis The Season To Be Grumpy

  Around this time of year, I start to feel out of sorts – snapping at my partner for leaving his clothes on the floor (whereas for the rest of the year I just blithely ignore it), feeling so weary I long to fall into bed at 6pm, wanting the whole world to go away […]

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Does Public Speaking Scare You To Death .Caloundra Library Talk

Does Public Speaking Scare You To Death?

Stammering, sweating, red-faced – that was me as a school student when I had to stand up in front of the class and give a presentation. It was my worst nightmare, akin to the one where I turned up to school still in my pyjamas. As an adult I avoided giving speeches or presentations where […]

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photo of Wendy MacManus

Baby Boomer Wendy MacManus – From Accounting To Shoes

  I’ve interviewed people all over the world in my Baby Boomers Making A Fresh Start series, but I was extra excited to meet Wendy MacManus, as she lives just down the road from me. Relatively speaking, that is – just a mere 40 kilometres away at Tewantin on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. […]

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