Natalie Muller, Publisher at Black Cockie Press

Ever wondered what it takes to become a publisher? Natalie Muller has done just that. An experienced teacher, she became increasingly drawn to the world of books. After completing a Master of Arts in writing, she published her own novel, Poisoning the Nest. Today, she runs Black Cockie Press and The Wild Goose literary e-magazine.

A Beginner’s Guide to Formatting a Manuscript

If you want to submit a manuscript to an agent, but don't understand the basics of formatting on Word, this post is for you. To avoid the telltale signs of an amateur – tabs or spaces to indent paragraphs, or returns in place of page breaks – read on for a step by step guide.

Bob Romanes, Teacher A1 Mine Settlement

The year was 1955, and fresh out of Ballarat teachers college, Bob Romanes was assigned to the A1 Mine Settlement School, south of Mansfield, near Woods Point. Join me for a glimpse into this unique slice of history as he talks about about death, theft and depression.

Flash Fiction – Stripping the Words Bare, Part 3

Today, I post the final 10 of my entries in Writers Victoria flash fiction competition, which they ran to celebrate their 30th anniversary. For 30 days they posted a prompt at 8:00 am and we had until midnight to write a 30 words response. I was lucky enough to win April 7 for the prompt Saltwater. … Continue reading Flash Fiction – Stripping the Words Bare, Part 3

Kelli Virtanen, Mansfield Mother, Wellness Coach, Author

New Zealander Kelli Virtanen, or Kelli Vee as she is known professionally, moved to Mansfield 20 years ago and has been here ever since. In that time, besides riding the highs and lows of parenting, she has studied extensively in the wellness field and established an international business. If you have ever wondered what a healer does and how she spends her days, read on …

Flash Fiction – Stripping the Words Bare, Part 2

To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Writers Victoria ran a flash fiction competition in April, 2019. For 30 days they posted a prompt at 8:00 am and we had until midnight to write a 30 words response. I was lucky enough to win April 7 for the prompt Saltwater. I posted my first 10 stories here. … Continue reading Flash Fiction – Stripping the Words Bare, Part 2

Eve Foster, Mansfield Lawyer

Eve is a poster child for creating a flexible workplace. She juggles two kids and her own legal practice, while her husband manages a construction business. In part, this is achievable by living in Mansfield, where the commute times are low and the lifestyle is more relaxed than in the city.

Amelia Turner and the Little Farm in Mansfield

The concept of downsizing appeals to many people, but it’s difficult to find a property that meets your entire wish list. Amelia had almost given up the idea of moving when her husband spotted a house in Mansfield. It was love at first sight. A year later, Amelia is settled in her forever home enjoying … Continue reading Amelia Turner and the Little Farm in Mansfield

Eleni Hale – Novelist

Eleni Hale isn’t one to shy away from a difficult topic. Her first novel, Stone Girl, tells the story of what can happen when adolescents are abandoned by protection services, ostracised by society and have to fend for themselves.