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.
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 →
Recently one of my stories, ‘Salt’, was printed in a Wellington Zinefest zines. This was a part of Wellington Verb festival. This year the theme was COVEN, so obviously had to send in one of my witchy tales. the word limit with 750 words. My witchy tale came in at a fabulous 666 words. Liam… Continue reading Salt (A wee story for you to read) →
I’ve been working on rewriting some old fairy tales. I’ve written my own versions of The Little Mermaid, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and I’m working on a pretty twisted version of Snow White. This is the latest one I’m re-imagining: Jack and the Beanstalk. I just read this old Ladybird version and came up… Continue reading Re-imagining the tales they tell us: “Mumma fetch the axe.” →
There are four big reasons I love to be out on my mountain bike. The first is being outdoors. Whenever I’m asked if I’m a beach or mountains person, my answer is always I love trees and being in the woods. Add a mountain into that and I’m happy as can be. I love the… Continue reading How do you link mountain-biking with writing? (Or, Why being part of a group is fucking awesome). →
It was a bit of a beautiful hazy evening last night. Even though it’s the hot part of summer, there’s was a day of delicious rain, so the tree roots were slippy on the downhill. That reminded us what riding is like in the winter. That trail has be so easy recently, hopping and rolling… Continue reading Ebb and Flow →
‘Not the Swiss Family Robinson’ by Fiona Cooper. I bought this book years ago when I first fell in love with Rotary Spokes (another character by Fiona Cooper) but it’s been on my bookshelf waiting. I finally read it, a few decades later!It is well worth a read. In fact, it’s totally great if you’re… Continue reading Book Review: ‘Jay Loves Lucy’ and ‘Not the Swiss Family Robinson’ →
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