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.
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’ →
As you may have noticed, if you follow my Instagram or FB page, recently I’ve been utterly in love with my mountain bike. I’ve been riding a bike for years, for fun, for a burst of adrenaline and as a commuter. It’s part of who I am and what I like to do. After buying… Continue reading Friendship, determination and fun →
Okay, so there is that thing where lesbian writers are trying to even the score. In the past lesbian characters were merely put into stories to be killed off. It was, well, still is, seriously a thing. So there are a heap of lesbian writers who are making strong characters who win and survive, some… Continue reading Balancing the Score and Killing my Ex-darlings →
A dragon came to me in my sleep last night. She kissed my eyelids gently with her hot tongue and made me cry. As she dried my eyes, she gently unfolded one scarlet wing. Inside the opening, close to her body, I saw my fears, cowering like new-borns. I ran to her and picked them… Continue reading Dragon in the Moon →
I bumped into her up at the Mount Vic Lookout. At first, I didn’t recognise her.
‘It’s Jenny,’ she stated, pulling back her hair.
‘Fuck, so it is,’ I said.
‘Still swearing,’ she noted, rolling her eyes.
‘Of course,’ I smiled, instantly remembering some of the sweet little reasons we’d split up all those years before…… Continue reading The Garage (excerpt) →
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