The pesky art of being an author
These blogs are about my writing, the creative process, and getting my work published. There’s posts about the things that keep me grounded and inspired: my bike, my garden, my writing group, and my darling cat who sits next to me when I write. Plus there’s tales about my delicious dykiness, luscious lesbianity, sapphic slippiness, and how that fits in with the world of books and writing. Oooh and some book reviews too.
It’s been so long since I got up early to work on a story. I’m liking this new one I started for our writing group challenge. It’s been ages since I properly posted on here too. I’ve been in a pretty strange phase and didn’t know what to post. I’ve been soul ruminating and reflecting… Continue reading Follow the ways of Mother Earth →
A few weeks ago I joined a Mini-Novel Writing course. I’ve always been an organic plotter- meaning I never really knew what was going on in my longer pieces of writing or where they would end up. Writing a novel was like a detective story, exciting to see what happens next and it was heaps… Continue reading Plots and the power of thinking back to front →
A few months back a friend was telling me a delightful tale about how she meets with her friend online once a week to do some creative work. This struck me as very, very wise. So I promptly suggested to my writing group that we do the same. They happily agreed, we picked a day,… Continue reading Serendipity →
This is a flash fiction piece I wrote about a Winter Solstice ritual for regeneration, healing, and renewal. I posted the zine version of the story for solstice- here. I hope you like it. The Blood Bloom A hard fact about gardening is you have to cut, sever and kill to create a strong and… Continue reading Flash fiction for you to read: The Blood Bloom →
A while back I fell in love with Kelly Reiherich’s collage artwork. I’d been following her since her ‘meat’ image, which I think works so well on so many levels, but this collage image of the hand holding the heart flower really inspired me. I wrote this story to go with it. It’s called The… Continue reading A Zine for you on Winter’s Solstice (Southern Hemisphere): The Blood Bloom →
Oh my! I read this years ago and came away with the impression it was a ghost story with some really messed up relationships, rather than a romance. I remember the first time I read about Cathy haunting Mr. Lockwood at the start of the novel, how her wrist is torn on the jagged window,… Continue reading Book Review: Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë (1847) →
After a glorious summer, full of fresh air and bright late nights, Aotearoa puts another blanket on the bed and gets ready for winter. And so it’s samhain (southern hemisphere). The end of one year and the start of a new one. Time to reflect and contemplate, dream and plan, make sparkles in the dark,… Continue reading Samhain: Listening to your ghosts →
This is a retelling of the old Romany version of Cinderella. In this one the young woman has a magical mossy coat instead of a fairy godmother. She also has a mother who has strange ideas about parenting and how to deal with men. But at its heart it’s still the same old sexist nonsense.… Continue reading Inventing our stories: Telling it the way it should be, not the way it was →
So a few years back I was working at an art college and saw so many fabulous creations. I tried lots of different stuff. I made some rings, a knife, some bone carvings and bone-carving tools. I found out I don’t really like working with metal. I really thought I would but it’s not me… Continue reading Plans for 2022: Zines and things →
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