The Night Watch – My Child Magazine

    ‘You want me to get up? But I have work in the morning!’ These words are heard in bedrooms throughout the globe when a baby cries at night. While some relish every precious moment with a newborn (yes, even the ones at 3am) for others, months of broken sleep can feel like torture. So, when both parents are exhausted, who should take responsibility when those midnight cries risk your sanity, and relationship? Here’s five reasons why sharing the night shift is the best thing for both your relationship,…

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…

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…

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      

Domestic Noir

Domestic what, you ask?  If you loved Big Little Lies, or Gone Girl, you probably have been reading it without knowing it. A crime sub-genre, on the rise thanks to best-selling phenomenon such as Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, and more recently The Couple Next Door, Domestic Noir tackles the seedy underbelly of life, where supposedly safe settings (marriage, schools, workplaces) become alien, unreliable places where danger lurks in shadows.  It is within these murky depths that people shed their skin, unleash their passions and allow themselves to…

Domestic Noir: The extraordinary in the ordinary

Domestic what, you ask?  If you loved Big Little Lies, or Gone Girl, you’ve probably been reading it without knowing it.   What is it? A crime sub-genre, on the rise thanks to best-selling phenomenon such as Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, and more recently The Couple Next Door, Domestic Noir tackles the seedy underbelly of life, where supposedly safe settings (marriage, schools, workplaces) become alien, unreliable places where danger lurks in shadows.  It is within these murky depths that people shed their skin, unleash their passions and…

How did I get Published?

Is Writing Your Dream? It can be a long, lonely slog, this writing caper. That’s why books like this anthology from Serenity Press are so valuable in keeping your mojo, and therefore your muse, happy. Writing The Dream is out now: No two writers are the same, but they have one thing in common: they are storytellers at heart and their deepest desire is to be heard. Writing the Dream shares the stories of twenty-five Australian writers, from emerging to established authors. Some are traditionally published, while others have taken…

Five Tips For Writers…

Is Writing Your Dream? It can be a long, lonely slog, this writing caper. That’s why books like this anthology from Serenity Press are so valuable in keeping your mojo, and therefore your muse, happy. Writing The Dream is out now – and incorporates twenty five chapters, each by a different Australian Author |sharing their heartbreak and triumphs in the publishing world. Its full of tips and tricks, the good the bad and the ugly in the publishing world. Each journey is different -ranging from indi to traditional published authors,…

Diagnosis: Spirited

I have what they politely call ‘spirited’ children. You know the ones: the type checkout operators suddenly open extra lanes for, that you hear coming before they arrive. Children that, while others sip babycinos on their mother’s laps, are hell-bent trying to pull apart the fire-extinguisher. While my boys are generally well mannered, kind natured kids, their tenacity makes them question every request, push every boundary, test every rule.  They’re energetic, curious beasts with determination in spades and wills of steel. It can be hard to reign in all that…

Australia Day 2016

I’m feeling patriotic this year. So here’s what Australia is, to me: School breaks that stretched forever, days filled with monopoly marathons, fighting for the front seat and inventing stupid ways to avoid the swelter. Days lost pestering soldier-crabs running ink-blue stains across the beach. It’s about sand in your sheets and suncream in your nails, riding your bike as far as daylight allowed (to be home before the streetlights flickered). It’s the joy of eating king prawns sandwiched between fresh white bread, the art of licking mango juice dripping…