Would You Live Off-Grid?

As a writer of speculative fiction, I often think about the future. I love disaster and apocalyptic stories, and sometimes wonder if I should do more to prepare for possible calamity. On a basic level, I should probably keep some bottled water and tins of beans in the garage. We …

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Why Isn’t Your Family Watching Doctor Who?! Five Reasons They Should…

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I’ve been watching Doctor Who since I was eight years old. I used to be terrified by its monsters. Each adventure swept me away so convincingly I often felt something was coming to get me. Still, I looked forward to every – single – episode. Now that I’m a mum, …

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Raising Money to Cure Kids’ Cancer with @KidsCancerProj @BelindaMurrell

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On Saturday afternoon a bunch of lovely young readers, friends, family and writers, including the bestselling children’s author Belinda Murrell, came to Manly Library to support my continued fundraising for The Kids’ Cancer Project, this time through the launch of my co-authored children’s book Rider & the Hummingbird. Rider & …

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You Are Invited To A Book Launch!

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Happy Bookday, Rider & the Hummingbird! This exciting middle grade fiction novel was conceived just over nine months ago by a fabulous selection of writers and is now ready to meet the world. As one of those writers, it’s my pleasure to invite you to celebrate its launch on Saturday …

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The Write Tribe

Today I’m over at The Write Tribe, ‘the home of dynamic writers’ groups’, talking about the Northern Beaches Writers’ Group – why I started the group, how it’s supported my own writing (and sometimes hasn’t!), challenges, changes and advice for anyone wanting to start their own group. It’s a brief …

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The Throw-Away Culture of Forbidden Words #semantics

It’s my birthday today! So I thought I’d treat myself by blogging one final time about semantics: the meanings of words, how they change and what that says about us as a society. I love semantics! If you’re interested to know about the words ‘fear’, ‘worm’, ‘starve’, ‘bachelor’, ‘honest’ and …

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Words Reveal Who We Really Are #Semantics

Thanks everyone for all your messages about I Fear Me The Worm. Semantics is such an interesting topic! So I’m bowing to popular demand and blogging about the meanings of words again. As I showed last time, creativity can influence language development, as can scientific progress. But would it surprise …

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