School Holidays: 10 great activities!

Well, school holidays are here, and I have to admit that I LOVE THEM! I love the slower start to the day. I love that I get to spend more time with my kids. I love that we can be spontaneous and do lots of great stuff together!

BUT

Keeping the weins busy and happy and playing and laughing and not fighting and not crying and not breaking things can be HARD WORK. But I am planning to keep my kids busy each and every day with NEW and FUN THINGS! Creative Things. Things that we can do in our home, in […]

By |April 14th, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Thesis by Instalments

creativeprocess

8 weeks ago, I started a PhD. I wrote about it a little here, after I applied. I can’t tell you how excited I was to receive my offer. It is exactly what I want to be doing.

Now that I have begun, the task seems enormous. Because I want to do it PERFECTLY, I am reading voraciously. ALL of the words about ALL of the things. I want to know it all!

What I am not yet doing is WRITING. And this needs to change. Stat.

My project is around the following themes: […]

By |April 7th, 2014|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Sticks n Stones

The road was bumpy. It was a scorching 40 degrees, and I could hear the stones bump and grind on the underbelly of the bus. Stone on metal. Made me laugh.. sticks and stones may break my bones… how untrue that words could never hurt… The sharp screeching of the are-we-gonna-make-it engine was almost soothing, insisting that I attend to that first rather than think about how I left. I wonder when They would notice that I wasn’t there? Even without the dusty hillocks and screeching rusty engine, this road was always going […]

By |March 11th, 2014|Fiction|6 Comments

I have been deceived…!

Deception

But in the most enjoyable way of course.

This week I was fortunate enough to see my first show at the Adelaide Fringe for the 2014 season – Deception, the newest installment in Matt & Vinh’s journey into the heart of magic. The fact that they have performed at the last two Fringe Festivals, and have won awards for their performance, doesn’t surprise me at all. What does surprise me is their ability to weave a beautiful story, laced with emotion, humour, slights against stereotypes, and a collection of shiny […]

By |March 1st, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Change of plans…

A bit of flash fiction… just for fun.

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He seemed really nice, she thought. Her mother would really like him. He was exactly the man that she thought he would be after communicating so much in the last few days before meeting for the first time tonight. Not backward in coming forward shall we say, but after her ex, she was quite happy for someone to take charge and make decisions. What was it he’d said as he ordered the dessert? Oh, yes.. “I think you need to have the best […]

By |February 17th, 2014|Fiction|10 Comments

Great expectations

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”
Alexander Pope

This is something I really need to work on, for I have great expectations. I repeatedly invest myself emotionally into life outcomes that I hope for; such is the life of an optimist. For the most part things usually work out for me, but when they don’t, the disappointment is crushing.

Six weeks ago I submitted an application. It was an application for an APA scholarship and admission to a PhD program. APA scholarships are highly competitive. Ridiculously so. And this […]

By |December 3rd, 2013|Uncategorized|8 Comments

Dream Dinner Party

The table is set for eight. The menu arranged. The house is perfect. The cushions plump. The air is filled with the lovely (but not too heavy) scent of your new candles. The guests will arrive in about 20 minutes. Just enough time to pop the cork on the first bottle of bubbles and enjoy the calm before the hilarity. This is the dinner party that you have dreamed about for so long. It is your dream dinner party.

(And it’s a total fantasy and will never happen, but just work with me here.)

I love dinner parties. Love them. It […]

By |October 24th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Snip n Stitch

I am reading Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” at the moment. I love it. A perfect symmetry of complex characters and fascinating story set on a stage of fantasy and myth weaved with such precision that you almost feel as if it is real.

Without going into great detail about the story, I’ve been thinking about a beautifully scripted concept that features in the book – the snip n stitch. Just imagine that your reality is a fabric, a complex fabric that is always growing with new experience, development of different attitudes, personal growth […]

By |October 23rd, 2013|Uncategorized|1 Comment

R U Ok?

**Trigger warning – LIFELINE 13 11 14**

R U Ok?

Well? How are you really? When was the last time someone actually asked YOU this question? And how do you even begin to answer?

I both love and hate this day.

I think it is an excellent way to start important conversations. I think it is an excellent way to raise awareness of the incredibly diverse nature of mental health states. I think it is an excellent way to actively show your chums compassion and care.

Yes. It is a great day.

BUT

I also think the whole day in itself is a massive trigger, and […]

By |September 12th, 2013|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Goodbye kidney, hello best feeling ever

11 years ago today, my sister and I underwent a joint surgery that changed our lives forever.

You see, between us, we were born with four functioning kidneys. Four kidneys that did their job beautifully for over twenty years for each of us. But somewhere along the way, two of our kidneys slowed down. They weren’t as enthusiastic as they used to be. They wanted to shrink and not be productive. They left my sister with more toxins running rampant through her body, not being processed, leading her further into sickness, day by day. Meanwhile I had two perfectly healthy […]

By |August 27th, 2013|Uncategorized|3 Comments