Vanitas Vanitatum!

In my late 20s, I took a job working in a government transport department. The main drawcard was that it halved my commute, because the area itself seemed totally foreign – what did I know about cars, roads or┬ádrivers, and how could such things possibly be interesting? Yet it turned out to be one of […]

Bright stars

I had a hunch. In the back of my mind, I knew I started this blog last February but didn’t know exactly when. Turns out my blog is a year old, as of yesterday. When I think about what I’ve learned in that time, it strikes me that none of it is new. And maybe […]

Message in a bottle

I wish I could bottle the feeling I have right now, but instead I’m going to blog it, so one day, down the track, I can look back at this post and remind myself that hard work pays off, and you have to stay in the game if you want to win. My husband has […]

Greatest hits

So it’s Tuesday. Which means we launch our Faber Academy Anthology tonight. Is it the end of an era or the start of something new? Maybe both. I didn’t want to let the occasion pass without sharing some tips from the year. Hearing the right piece of advice at the right time can be as […]


As I went to add this post, I noticed my archive reached 100 yesterday. 100 posts = 100 days I got up and committed myself to writing a novel. There have been a few days when the output was minimal, or impossible, but on the whole, this blog has kept me honest. Thank you blog! […]