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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.

Re-imagining the tales they tell us: “Mumma fetch the axe.”

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.”

How do you link mountain-biking with writing? (Or, Why being part of a group is fucking awesome).

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).

Ebb and Flow

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

Book Review: ‘Jay Loves Lucy’ and ‘Not the Swiss Family Robinson’

‘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’

Dragon in the Moon

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

The Garage (excerpt)

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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