Domestic Noir: The extraordinary in the ordinary

A Campervan with kids. Craze, or Crazy?

  If you’d rather poke sticks in your eyes than change a Portaloo cassette, campervanning with kids is unlikely to float your boat. But if you like flexibility (from toilet breaks to departure times) and you’re keen to temporarily shed the superfluous – a road-tripping holiday may be your ticket to a cost-effective way to travel. The Advantages: • Think snail – your home is always with you. Unpack once and immediately have that settled feeling. No more sippy cups or phone chargers left in hotels. No more ‘first night…

Want to know how to get published? Or learn tips to help you get there?

  Paths to Publishing Panel at Redcliffe Library 30th November 2018 You’ve written the darn thing. You think its got legs. What now? You have to be famous or know someone in the business to get published, don’t you? NO! I had no claim to fame, no writing degree, and no connections yet managed to be plucked from the slush pile by the biggest publisher in the world. So can you! If you’re sitting on the next THE DRY and don’t quite know what to do with it, come along…

Happy To Be Stuck With You? Or Stuck for the sake of the kids?

  Is staying in a loveless marriage the selfless act of a responsible parent, or a miserable way to spend the only life you get? Those faced with this heart wrenching dilemma may ask themselves if the stress of their marriage is affecting their parenting, and would the kids be better off if they split? A plethora of contradictory statistics on the matter are available online, along with plenty of opinions and judgements on what is ‘best’ for kids long-term. Friends and family also tend to offer their advice, yet…

Want to learn how I write?

I’m busy preparing slides and handouts for a fun, interactive writing course I’m running at Arana Hills Library in North West Brisbane later in the year.  I’m chuffed to be returning to the very place I learned to love reading as a girl. If you’ve been itching to write, or know someone who is, come and join us! We’ll cover the basics like show-don’t-tell (and how to avoid doing both), the power of verbs, and the basics of storytelling in an evening session. While I wouldn’t dream of telling anyone…

Camping with kids: would you rather poke sticks in your eyes?

Go Camping, they said. It’ll be fun, they said.  So, with a blank calendar both weekend days, and for no particular reason than to get unplugged for a while, us city folk hitched on the camper-trailer and headed for cowpad country. One could question the sense of a one-night trip; all that packing and driving and unpacking for less than 24hrs? (And yes, on our return I did wash four heads of hair twice each to exorcise that smoky campfire smell). But the beauty of knowing it’s just one night…

Digital Cocaine

Whether your kids still delight in Peppa Pig, have moved on to Minecraft, or graduated to Fortnite, chances are they spend a lot more time watching pixels dance on a screen than playing in the park. Since the iPad was released eight years ago, hammering the final nail in the coffin of a traditional chasing-the-dog-round-the-clothesline childhood, screentime has been blamed for everything from an increase in mental illness to school shootings. But they’re just games, aren’t they? We all grew up watching cartoons. Are screens really that bad? I’ll admit,…

Keep It Real on Mother’s Day.

Feeds will be full of flowers this Sunday – smiling selfies, beaming mums surrounded by pyjama clad children. Shops are full of pink and pearls, raising our expectations. So how will you be celebrating Mother’s Day this year? Frolicking in a grassy field with your angelic children, skipping between sunbeams in their crisply ironed clothes, offering a freshly picked flower and a hug? Or is it more like a piece of burnt toast and a squashed chocolate heart, before situation-normal-what’s-for-dinner-mum?   For others, the fuss this time of year only…

Children are our stories

While staring at that pesky blinking cursor, waiting for my muse to arrive so I could start this blog, I received a lovely email from a reader asking when my third ‘book baby’ is due. I’d heard the term before—seen memes likening finishing a novel to giving birth. Books and babies; both represent the best parts of my day. I’ve done both three times and I’m not sure I’m on board with the metaphor. Would that, by extension, make publishers the book’s midwife, and publicists the nanny … making sure…

I’ve been Podcast

Need something to listen to while you fold that mountain of washing Sunday nights? Here’s  me, talking books on the couch with Nikki from In Mum’s Good Books at a funky bookshop fundraiser event – a great podcast and blog that is all things reading. Be sure to follow her here.    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN