Teacher, blogger, YouTuber and author

25

May

Ode to Earth

We inhabit a spinning planet which shudders with the march of elephants, sparkles with glaciers and shrieks with the cries of territorial birds. It is fragile, it is complex and it is irreplaceable. As such, I offer you a love song to Earth which I hope will also double as a call to action.  … continue reading »

29

Jul

Seize the day

The other night, I was curled up in bed, scrolling through Facebook when I noticed some people trying to round up a group to watch the Blood Moon early the next day. Since I hate early mornings, I wished them well and hoped for their sake that the predicted cloud bank wouldn’t hide her face. Switching… continue reading »

15

Mar

Training wheels

            When I was a little kid, my sister and I would ride our bikes around, teetering from side to side, which our training wheels corrected. At five, my sister, who was ten minutes younger than me, removed hers, and started to explore our very picturesque, yet hilly, neighbourhood. I… continue reading »

07

Jan

The road not taken

  Sometimes, we find ourselves on a different path to those around us. We feel like we’re ‘out on a limb’, searching for meaning, familiarity or a sense of direction. And sometimes, this lack of connection to anything we have ever known or experienced can be overwhelming. I was recently on a road trip through… continue reading »

15

Nov

How to host a book launch

Hi there, today’s article is all about how to host your own book launch. I’ve had two and, while that doesn’t make me an expert, I’ve certainly got some experience to draw on which should be helpful. Here are my tips and tricks on how to host a successful (and enjoyable) book launch: Practical Tips:… continue reading »

22

Oct

How to write poetry: line stress and syllables

Hi there, I hope you enjoyed the exercises in previous blog posts. If you haven’t checked them out, go back and start from the beginning. In this session, we’ll talk about how to look at patterns in rhyming poetry. I’ll give you two stanzas of a poem I wrote called ‘The Platypus’ from my book… continue reading »

17

Sep

How to write poetry: word stress and syllables

Hi there! Welcome back. In this session, we’re going to learn about word stress and syllables. This technique will help you to write more rhythmical, lyrical poetry, so it’s a great thing to know about. Basically, all words have syllables (one, two, three, etc.) and all words have a natural stress. The stress is a… continue reading »

10

Aug

How to write poetry

Hi everyone! I’ve been on an incredible journey writing poetry and have decided to share some of my tips and tricks with you. I have a background in teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) and science (I’m a high school science teacher) and I also have credentials in Communications (majoring in Public Relations), so… continue reading »

05

Jul

Poems are like snowflakes

Two years ago, I started making YouTube videos. We’d had some spectacular sunsets and I was determined to freeze them in time. After many mosquito-ridden encounters on our back deck, I learnt how to edit them by adding music, stabilising and then slowing them down in order to draw out their magic! I’d watch them… continue reading »