Politics is something I consider to be incredibly important. Every three or four years we as democratic citizens have the opportunity to elect someone who will guide our nation down one path or another, and perhaps now more than ever, the world finds itself increasingly at a crossroads. With the window to prevent the most devastating effects of climate change quickly closing, and increasing tensions and unrest between certain nations, having a level-headed, forward-thinking leader who listens to their advisers and makes policies based off evidence, not ideologies, is paramount.
Unfortunately, my country failed to do that this year. Continue reading “Down but Not Out: musings on the US election.”
Over the September-October long weekend, I traveled to Newcastle, NSW (not the one in the UK. I’m not made of money) for the annual National Young Writers Festival. Now in it’s 19th year , it’s one of the largest gatherings of writerly and artistic young people in the country (Australia). It’s hard to describe exactly what happened at this festival, and everyone’s experiences are going to be different (because there’s just so much to do you really can’t possibly do it all), but here’s a basic summary if you’re thinking of checking it out next time. Continue reading “National Young Writers Festival 2016”
Writing is hard.
Anyone who writes knows that. When you’re young its easier. You don’t understand exactly what you’re undertaking. You don’t know about stereotypes or cliches or representation. You’ve probably read a lot, so you know what stories you like. Inadvertently (or vertently) you imitate those stories, maybe make yourself the main character, and its all super fun.
With age, with education, comes awareness. Continue reading “My 8-year problem novel”
So last year I undertook my Honours in Creative Writing. Last year my anxiety hit its peak, worse than I’d ever experienced it. Last year I learned how to crochet.
It’s no coincidence these three events happened in that order. It’s a rare occasion where correlation IS causation. After finding myself a wreck of stress and health-related paranoia, I happened to stumble upon a friend who was starting a crochet class on Sunday afternoons. Eager for procrastination and something to do on Sundays other than waste hours on facebook, I went along. Continue reading “Hooking for (Mental) Health: Craft Therapy”
Starwars: The Force Awakens is one of the most successful movies of all time, having broken the records for highest and fastest grossing films, and biggest opening weekend. And of course it is; it was one of the most highly anticipated sequels in one of the biggest franchises ever. It’s a work of pure genius that combines the nostalgia and snappy humour of the originals and improved script writing and modern filming technology, having learned from the mistakes of the prequels. It’s also the most diversely cast of the films, with a woman, a British-black man AND Guatemalan actor featured in the main cast. Main cast! Not just in the background or as forgettable side characters (face it, no one REALLY cares about Lando Calrissian). Continue reading “Toy Wars”
The weekend before last I volunteered at this years Romance Writers of Australia conference, ‘Ain’t Love Grand’, held at the Stamford Grand hotel in Adelaide (it took me an embarrassingly long time to realise the theme was a play on words).
Continue reading “RWAus16: A GRAND weekend”