Oh, the pain of not being criticized. I cringe when I think of the times I've read out my fabulously written story to our writers group and no one makes a comment. I know the story hasn't hit the mark. Perhaps the intent is not evident or the characters aren't realistic or the pace is [...]
The last time I cut and pasted graphics onto paper was when I was working at the Byron Bay office of the Advocate Newspaper in NSW. Designing ads for local businesses was done by hand - this was before computers. A Zine workshop by Jeremy Staples at the Macleay Island Art Complex enticed me and [...]
The Macleay Island Inspirational Writing Group’s fourth anthology of short stories in the ‘Spiral Connections’ series is out now. A book launch will be held at the Macleay Island Progress Hall opposite the tavern on Friday, 20th November, 2015 at 10am. Music, readings and morning tea are all free. Autographs ditto. You can purchase this [...]
Our Macleay Island Inspirational Writers’ Group has connected with Brisbane Writers Group in editing an anthology of our stories. Most of the stories evolved from homework assignments. An example of one of the homework assignments is, write up to 1000 words including the paragraphs below. ‘I wake up one morning in a house I don’t [...]
It’s back to writing by hand just to get that delicious feeling of creativity flowing from brain to fingers to page. I’m writing the bones every morning for 10 minutes. Nothing planned – just what comes into my head. When the time’s up I realize I’m writing in rhyme. I’m more tuned now to want [...]
Our writer’s group recently hosted author Marianne de Pierres who talked about publicity and social media for authors.
You’re longing to sail away for a few days but are worried about making meals on your small boat. This simple practical guide is a must for the adventurer whether sailing, camping or roving in a campervan. Each of the 69 tested recipes use unrefrigerated ingredients, a minimum of utensils and will delight the novice [...]
Winning the Redlitzer was more of a shock than anything! When competition editor Marilyn Hume said ‘Don’t let them change anything. I wish I’d written this story myself,” I knew I had created something special. But could I keep doing that? I didn’t write anything for a month afterwards. Reading the story, ‘On the Edge’ [...]