It’s Sunday, first light; I’m not exactly sure what time it is. It looks to be becoming another beautiful spring day in Melbourne. And I’m pondering what to do with it – a stroll along the bay, a light pedal around the lake, some fly tying, maybe the writing workshop I’m signed up for, and […]

Another indulgent Melbourne day under a scorching sun, and I’m sat in the garden accompanied by cricket, cold beer and notebooks. Having finally taken aim at truly beginning my first (proper) book, I dug out my old notebooks from what I might think of as ‘the archives’, but in reality is a dusty shoebox tucked […]

I am livid. I need not tell you why. I just am. This blogpost is not though a rant, but a brood over why I have come to be in this state at this moment. It marks a line in the sand for the certain part of me that allowed my self to reach this […]

With a strong skinny latte ordered, I find a spare stool, pour a glass of water, and reach for my notebook. How long I don’t recall, but it’s been a while since it was last open. After a hasty lunch, and before returning to the torrent of email, I flick off the page holder to […]

“Sex” she said. “I chose sex.” As her brief memoir of rediscovered senses reached me from the far end of the dank narrow room, I squirmed in my seat. I didn’t really want to feel somebody else’s longings; but she’d been eager all day to pour out to us. Next came ‘death’. “The latest episode […]

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway In my last post, I suggested that I’d become a more productive writer as a consequence of gaining a new job. The gist of which is: if I’ve less time to write, I’ll be more focused […]

I began reading the latest issue of Creative Non-Fiction few weeks ago. In his editorial, Lee Gutkind waxes lyrical about the feature article “How to Write Like a Mother#^@%*&”, and rightly so. Writing regularly (and researching beforehand) is good advice. It’s advice I intended to follow. A week or so after reading the editorial and article, I […]

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