The first draft of Raw Blue was written in June/July 2006. I didn’t know it at the time but I was pregnant with my first daughter. I worked in a kind of frenzy, telling my husband not to bother me when he asked if I wanted anything to eat, only taking time out when I had to work. Over the next two years
I gave up painting, I gave up art, I gave up believing, I gave up faith. I had what I called my emotional suicide, I gave up a lot of friendships with people, I just gave up believing in life really, and it’s taken me years to actually start loving and believing again. I realized that there was a greater idea of creativity.
I had an email recently that asked me about publishing/editing opportunities for young writers. I wanted to share my reply in case it helps others. If you know of other opportunities, please leave a comment and I’ll make sure the information is passed on (I’m sure there are heaps of others, but this is what came immediately to mind!): On youth publishers – the
Jo Stapley runs the UK blog Once Upon A Bookcase and is holding a month dedicated to examining the topic of sex in teen literature. There’s some fabulous reading here, people – reviews, interviews and opinions. Space has also been given to the topic of sex crimes, and I was interviewed by Jo because she has read and reviewed RAW BLUE, which not only deals with the aftermath of sexual
How was your week? I found this on my feed somewhere, I think, but when I looked back I couldn’t find it again, so basically what I’m saying is if you know you shared it with me, I’m sorry but you get no credit today. The author, Rufi Thorpe, gets heaps good credit, though (I don’t know what it is about me lately, but I
If you’re making things, you might find this interesting. I wrote to Chris after I’d watched it to tell him how it had helped me and I got a lovely email back in response (wasn’t expecting one, I really did just want him to know, but it was a nice surprise, that’s for sure). (I should also say, I found it via Coastalwatch who
Okay, so weird random fact that is necessary as set-up: I was the kid who used to shush people during commercial breaks. Always been fascinated by ads. Ads and music video clips. So I wanted to share an ad that’s been on TV lately. For anyone who’s engaged in telling stories, take a look at this. See how much they compress in 30 seconds? It’s
Australian author, Kate Forsyth, has put a great post up on her blog about notebooks and how she uses them when she writes. As someone who goes through bazillions of notebooks a year, I found it really interesting, and thought you might, too. I definitely need to start using the whole page and stop being so wasteful, and I love the idea of pasting pictures in there.
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