Science Fiction & the Future

A client’s email was down the other day. I had trouble sending to and receiving from them – there was no knowing if a message had arrived or would arrive, and several ‘missing’ emails sent to me suddenly arrived in a bundle ten hours after they were sent. It made …

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A #Supanova Story. Thanks @SupanovaExpo

When was the last time you tried something new, and loved it so much you then couldn’t get enough of it? For me this happened recently with ‘The Walking Dead’, resulting in my hubbie and I binge-watching the show. A friend of mine even made me a ‘Walking Dead’ birthday …

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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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I fear me the worm! How the meanings of words change #semantics

When I was at University I loved the study of semantics – how the meanings of words change. I wasn’t too bad at it either and even looked forward to writing a paper on it over the Christmas holidays. Unfortunately I fell sick with glandular fever – my throat was …

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How to Sell Books in 7 Steps

This weekend was a bookish one for me… On Saturday I taught creative writing at the Mosman College. Then on Sunday I attended Book Expo Australia, where my Northern Beaches Writers’ Group and I had a stall to sell our books… I was also ‘booked’ (he he!) in to talk …

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Making the Most of Things #WritePark @WriteParkSyd @ManlyArtsFest

It’s the school holidays here in Sydney and, as a work-from-home mum, that means limited opportunities for me to seek out the quiet pockets of writing time I usually live to find. Luckily there have been plenty of other writing joys to inspire me between keeping kids and clients happy. …

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