Writer of historical fiction, blogger, mum, pet lover :)


July 2018

Oscar Wilde quote

The Irish writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), is one of the themes on my Masters this week, and I’m reading his play The Importance of Being Earnest, which I’m loving and studying the complexity of the man behind the writer.

It’s a play about keeping true to ones own Self even in diversity. The theme of Self-Identity is very much in vogue at the moment, with the female empowerment movement #MeToo, and the numerous TV shows that depict Heroes/Heroines and their search/quest/journey for fulfillment, both externally and as an innate part of our own psyche.

Its been a busy week so far, and I have a study group booked for the weekend, which I’m looking forward to. Online study is very flexible and suits my lifestyle but it can be difficult to motivate yourself to study. Sharing ideas and thoughts keeps study lively! 🙌

Have a great creative week!

#creativity#writer #lifestyle #writerslife 📚 #oscarwilde #irish#theimportanceofbeingearnest

My favourite place: Brisbane

We spent the weekend up in Brisbane last week, which is rapidly becoming my new go – to place.

They had a Food and Wine Festival on, with the chefs from the TV show Masterchef Australia, as well as Miguel the chef from another Aussie TV show, the Living Room. The Southbank area of Brisbane is looking so cool now- they’ve managed to create an easy style entertainment area for families and couples alike, that’s way better than how it looked before the floods of 2012.

It was so busy up there, but we managed to find a quiet corner and have a drink and paella.

On the writing front, I’m busy editing my new book The Zealand Girl, plus writing a murder mystery, the second one of the Stella Windermere series which I love writing.

I’ve also started back at uni, and have a few writing projects to create, which I’ll be sharing.

Have a great weekend, fellow creatives! 🙌 📚

#thezealandgirl #amwriting#writer #lifestyle 💙

Art Exhibit

I took this photograph of my daughter’s latest art project this week. We went up the school to the exhibition the other evening. Its acrylics on canvas, inspired by Picasso’s sunflowers with a twist.

Its been a hectic week so far, as I’ve started back at university. As usual, its full on. I’m doing another YA unit, and my work seems to be heading in this direction at the moment.

Having said that, I still have my book The Zealand Girl ready to be published. Its almost done editing (is anyone ever happy with the editing process?). So, its going to be sent to publishers….I think I want it to go the traditional route this time.

So, keep writing ! I’ll have more stories to share in the coming weeks.

Have a great week! 😊📚

#writer #writerslife #creativity #art #painting #picasso

10 Ways to Improve Your Creative Writing

So many good writing tips here! Thank you to The Content Fair. 🙂

The Content Fair

Writing the perfect story is a lot like producing a lip-smacking dish. All the ingredients must be carefully selected and measured before they are blended to create a melting pot of spices that entice a foodie’s soul. But no matter how good you are at crafting an engaging story (or cooking a delectable dish), there are always ways you can improve your creative writing (or cooking!) skills.

Here are 10 ways you can polish your creative writing skills and take your scrumptious dish to the next level:

Spend Time Crafting a Killer Opening

It doesn’t matter whether you’re writing a mammoth novel, a short novella or an even shorter short story. The opening of your book is the most important part because the first few paragraphs determine whether your readers will continue reading your tale or put it down. The best way to create a killer opening is by grabbing…

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