Social Distancing the Melbourne Way

I walked to my local shops today and witnessed people elbow-bumping. It looked natural, as if they'd been doing it their whole lives. I guess that's part of our new lifestyle. Meanwhile, as I revise my latest novel, I'm struck by how many times my characters hug or shake hands. Will people read this and say, … Continue reading Social Distancing the Melbourne Way

The Winding Narrative Turns Two

The Winding Narrative has reached its second anniversary, so it's time to review progress on my writing journey. In my second year, I wrote 38 posts and nearly 35,000 words. Here are some highlights: I joined the editorial team for literary agency, NAC. This gives me the opportunity to work with authors of fiction and … Continue reading The Winding Narrative Turns Two

The Publishing Success Flowchart

Wouldn't it be great if we had a surefire formula for publishing success? Should you conform to genre conventions and write about topical issues, or remain true to your instincts? Well look no further – to answer this question, I've developed the Publishing Success Flowchart. 

Collaborating With Children

In my last blog about Houston, I explained how I came to be co-directing a production for my children's school. I was uniquely unqualified for this role. Sure, I'd written and co-directed shows before, but I'd never worked with children. I wasn't a teacher. I hadn't even coached a sports team. The closest I'd come to any sort of kids group facilitation was being a cub scout leader when I lived in Lagos.

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

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.