Writing Retreat

 Four opinionated and independent women writers in the same house for a week – sounds like a recipe for disaster. But I don’t think I’ve ever been as relaxed as I was in Cornwall. The weather was gorgeous. The house stunning – perched on a cliff overlooking the sea. The company …

Retreat

I am going away on my first writing retreat in June. Four women writers in a cottage by the sea. A week of salty breezes and sunshine, laptops, notebooks, vodka, pens, coffee, aspirin, seafood, music, gardens, ocean view, insomnia, sunsets, back pain, storms, gossip, hyperactivity, beaches, interpretative dance, more vodka, …

Happy birthday

After a long hiatus, I’ve returned to blogging. In many ways, it has been a return to many things, including the everlasting novel. When unpacking my old files, I realised I’ve been publicly documenting my struggle since April 2005. That means we’re officially five years old! Man, that’s a lot …

Wanted

Wanted: Drill sergeant to crack the whip and get me back on track. Well meaning, kind-hearted types need not apply. One month of no serious work and I’m feeling flabby and out of sorts. I’m thinking of hiring a literary trainer to come by and cut off my internet . …

7 things writers won’t admit

I was watching a celebrity author being interviewed on television the other day and he came off as totally smug and dishonest. 1st his hair was too coifed. 2nd his answers were way too rehearsed, almost as if he’d memorised the questions. 3rd he wouldn’t stop talking about how his …

A recipe for structure

Chop up your chapters into bite-sized halves or thirds, whatever you prefer. Throw them into a bowl, add a pinch of crushed coarse salt (of the earth preferably), a few dashes of something tart and acidic; you’ll need to break some egos to bind it all together. Toss into the …

Parking Lots

I started moving around from country to country when I was a teenager. In a lot of ways it was a great experience that taught me about people and how to adapt to different environments. On the other hand, it left me with a chronic feeling of impermanency and the …

On the subject of connections

This last month has been a record breaking one for reuniting with people from my past. After four (!) people reappeared in my life (two on the same day), I thought seriously for a moment that it was so twilight zone bizarre, it either meant I was fated to die, …