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Food for thought

Here is my January 2021 entry for the Furious Fiction Writing Competition run by the Australian Writers’ Centre. It had to be 500 words or less, contain the words bicycle, signature and patient, begin at sunrise and include a character who had to make a choice.   The sun cut a line across the water,… continue reading »



Tips for writing success

Here are some tips which have allowed me to hone my skills, boost my creativity and achieve my goals. They have been hard-won, but are vital for success. Step outside your comfort zone Our brains are hardwired to stick with what’s familiar in order to keep us safe, but in today’s world, we must take… continue reading »



Oriental lilies

  Coaxed into glory, Long are the days. Opening petals, Fuchsia ballet. Flowers in winter, Nourish the soul. Waxy perfection, Anthers of kohl. Shy ones and bold ones, Perfume the air. Fluted umbrellas, Beauty beware. Poison that lingers, Hidden from view. Pearlescent sepals, Shiny and new. Whimsical trumpets, Set in a vase. Spilling, cavorting, Dust… continue reading »



The Rainbow Lorikeets

  In lime green coats and ruby vests They are a pigeon pair. He bobs along and sings his song, He flaps his wings with flair. She sits upon a gum tree branch, She’s waiting just to see If Mr there is worth her care, His hugs so feathery. On nectar, blooms and fruits they… continue reading »



The Echidna

  My nutmeg friend, she wanders on Along detritus track. Her mottled spines, their sharp, broad lines, She’s searching for a snack. A monotreme like platypus, She is so very rare. Her searching tongue, it clings to ants, With spines like prickly pear. I feel a surge of tenderness For ‘hairbrush’ on four legs. Her… continue reading »



The Dubbo dust storm

  I woke from luxurious slumber And stretched out my arms with a sigh. The day loomed large, no plans did I have, When a cough turned my throat sore and dry. I threw back the bedsheets and sharp little breath Told me something was seriously wrong. I ran to the window and closed it… continue reading »




Here is another short story I wrote for the Furious Fiction writing competition. The story had to mention something being sent or received in the mail, it had to include the words jingle, click, bump and sizzle and the last sentence had to contain three words. We had the weekend to complete it and it… continue reading »



Object of desire

Here is my Furious Fiction entry for August. We had to include the words dizzy, exotic, lumpy, tiny and twisted. In addition, it had to be humorous and mention a sandwich. We had a weekend to do it and it had to be 500 words or less. Object of desire The belly dancer spun past… continue reading »



How to write your novel: Character development

Do you daydream constantly? Do you have a stash of journals? Are you always brainstorming? Well, if you answered yes to any or all of these questions, character development should be a breeze. When I’m planning a novel, I think about my protagonists and what their key characteristics are. I ask myself questions about what… continue reading »



A fun project

A few weeks ago I was introduced to a website called StoryJumper which allows you to create your own picture books. It’s really user-friendly and has cute props you can use to superimpose over various scenes. The selection isn’t extensive, but since it’s relatively new that might change. You can also play around with fonts… continue reading »