Book review – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Witty and charming with a narration style scarcely seen these days, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol lingers amongst the shelves of literary classics for a reason. It is the spark of hope that defines Christmas in modern day Australia (and probably elsewhere too). It teaches us that Christmas is a time for family, for giving,…

Book review – The Forever House by Veronica Henry

Every now and then, by fate or serendipity, a book comes into your life at just the right time. It will have a message, a character, or a theme that so perfectly conveys how you are feeling. It may describe the greatest challenge of your time. It outlines the problem and solution so clearly, you…

Lessons Learned

Life is a collection of lessons. A series of classes we must take. But rarely do we stop to think about those lessons. We think about moments; a series of photographs our mind strings together to tell us what our life has involved. But to grow as a person we must also think about how…

A perfect book

I recently read ‘What Alice Forgot’ by Liane Moriarty. It is a story of a woman who wakes to find she’s been injured in a gym. But more than that, her head injury has caused her to forget the last ten years of her life. She can feel the ‘old Alice’ telling her what to…

Researching fantasy

I’ve have recently started research for my next manuscript, and it is on a topic which I know very little about. I have checked out books from multiple libraries and have raided the children’s sections, just in case there was something basic that should be general knowledge by my age. And all the while I…

Creativity takes courage – Matisse

After submitting my last manuscript for round two of HARDCOPY, I decided it was time to put it away. I don’t want to make anymore changes on it until someone who is paying me tells me to change it ie. a publisher. The trouble is that I have set up my days to give me…