Alice Nixon, From Jillaroo to Mansfield Vet

Alice works for Progressive Equine Services, a mobile business looking after horses in the Mansfield District. With a life-long love of the outdoors, she has also done stints as a jillaroo and at a Canadian ski school. Read on to hear more about Alice’s journey to become a country vet. Did you grow up in … Continue reading Alice Nixon, From Jillaroo to Mansfield Vet

Kate Murdoch on Writing Historical Fiction

Update: Stone Circle is a First Place Category winner in the Chaucer Awards for 2018! Kate Murdoch, an accomplished painter, exhibited for fourteen years, was a finalist in prize shows and was represented by a gallery. She changed paths after a character appeared to her in a dream and compelled her to tell his story. … Continue reading Kate Murdoch on Writing Historical Fiction

Short Fiction: Blood Orange

I wrote this short piece for Australian Writers' Centre's Furious Fiction last year. Among other criteria, it had to be set in a supermarket. The story seems appropriate close to April Fools' Day. In it, I pose the question, how do you deal with frustration? *** Night shift. Andy beatboxes as he stacks Milo onto … Continue reading Short Fiction: Blood Orange

How to be an Unhappy Expat

Ever suffered from expat loneliness? At some point, most of us go through it. This was my turn. In the most recent blog about my expat journey, A Week in Lagos, I'd reached the end of my time in Lagos and moved to Houston. You might think that after four years in Nigeria, living in the … Continue reading How to be an Unhappy Expat

Jennifer Harrold’s Mansfield Tree Change

Jennifer moved to Mansfield eight months ago. She fell in love with the town at first sight and is already active in the community. Read on to hear her tips for a successful transition to country life. Tell us a bit about your life before Mansfield. I lived in Montrose at the base of the … Continue reading Jennifer Harrold’s Mansfield Tree Change

DIY Project Two: Ski Coat Rack

Since spending time in Mansfield, my interest in re-purposing has come to the fore. So, when Barto mentioned a couple of old pairs of skis, I suggested they'd make a good coat rack. In my favour, Barto was too attached to the skies to let me mess with them, so he took charge of the … Continue reading DIY Project Two: Ski Coat Rack

The Perfect Time to Write

Have you ever wanted to write, but struggled to find the perfect time and place? Does the following sound familiar? I can't start work until I have the right __________ (fill in the blank: study space, computer, head space, time, other). Yes, it's hard to fit creativity into our busy schedules. Wouldn't it be wonderful … Continue reading The Perfect Time to Write

How JJ Campbell Reclaimed Her Voice

JJ Campbell's fascinating background includes jobs as diverse as hypnotherapist to video producer. Her first published novel, Reclaimed, is book one of the paranormal trilogy, The Immortal Trinity. The story of how it came about is an inspiring tale of women helping women. What did you want to be when you grew up? I was a … Continue reading How JJ Campbell Reclaimed Her Voice

The Winding Narrative Turns One

Today marks a year since I posted my first blog, so it's time to review progress. In my first year, I wrote 42 posts and nearly 30,000 words. Here are some highlights from The Winding Narrative: I celebrated a win in my writing journey when I signed with Michael Cybulski of NAC, see Five Reasons to … Continue reading The Winding Narrative Turns One

Kirsten Alexander, Novelist and Founder of Storymart

One of the joys of writing this blog is the opportunity to meet inspiring people who have fascinating real-life stories. Not only is Kirsten Alexander an accomplished novelist, but she is the instigator of Storymart, a unique short story subscription site which offers readers a source of great material and writers an paid opportunity to … Continue reading Kirsten Alexander, Novelist and Founder of Storymart