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What I Was Reading June And July 2021
2021-08-13 00:59
The realities of remote learning and working necessitate a kind of family ballet, a coordinated effort of who gets to use which space at which time. As such, for example, I’m writing… Read More
What I’m Reading May 2021
2021-05-25 21:05
One weekend recently, I was scrolling through Netflix and came across the movie Everest. Curious, I clicked on its profile to find a little more information and not only did it have a stell… Read More
What I’m Reading April 2021
2021-04-28 00:25
Simply put, My Year Of Living Vulnerably by Rick Morton is terrific. (You can read an extract here.) The book is structured around his twelve-month exploration into love and vulne… Read More
5 Books About Animals, Nature & Space
2021-03-23 23:16
With the exception of Underland, the books listed below were all first released at some stage during the height(s) of the pandemic crisis in 2020, amid lockdowns and other challenges. I kn… Read More
5 Cookbook Recommendations
2021-03-02 00:54
Some people cooked their way through 2020 lockdowns, putting their energy into sourdough and cake and so on. Looking back – and it’s astonishing to me that some parts of&n&hellip…Read More
2021-02-21 22:27
As I sit down to compose this post, cockatoos are screeching out conversations amongst themselves as they sit atop trees in the neighbouring yards. Soon they will take flight and cast large… Read More
What I’m Reading October 2020
2020-10-19 02:58
I’m sitting down to write this on the morning our lockdown restrictions in Melbourne have considerably eased, such as an increased movement radius and many others. I was jubilant… Read More
What I’m Reading July 2020
2020-08-11 01:16
The monthly reading recaps get further and further delayed as the year progresses. I apologise. I blink and days pass. Melbourne has entered stage four lockdown, from which – hopefull… Read More
What I’m Reading June 2020
2020-07-06 01:03
I blink and we’re already well into another month – and I’m late, again. First, a tiny bit of writing news. Recently, I was a shortlistee in the Nillumbik Prize for Contem… Read More
2020-06-02 02:22
Here we are another (late) monthly update and 2020 continues in its… 2020 fashion. I’m finding it hard to come up with adjectives anymore. I’ve finished my first intense… Read More
What I’m Reading April 2020
2020-05-01 03:15
I was going to write this post yesterday, but I’d reached a point in an essay draft where I could see the end was closer than I realised and not some far off wish. With some crafty pa… Read More
What I’m Reading March 2020
2020-03-30 06:52
I tipped the last of my day moisturiser onto the palm of my hand yesterday morning. Smearing this SPF 15 cream into my face has been routine for almost two decades, part of whatever you cou… Read More
What I’m Reading February 2020
2020-02-28 01:47
I blink and another month is over. I was planning on writing a separate, longer post to explain this absence, but also there’s no time like now. It’s also related to my reading… Read More
The Best Of 2019 – A Retrospect
2019-12-16 22:49
Hoi An Another year (almost) over, can you believe it? Nope, me either. Which means, among other things, it’s time for my annual ‘year that was’ recap – full of the… Read More
What I’m Reading November 2019
2019-11-27 20:25
As you’ve probably deduced by now, this month has been consumed by my Christmas reading recommendations series. Putting that together takes a lot of work (and reading!) and so this mo… Read More
My Favourite Books Of The 2010s
2019-11-05 22:51
First I want to preface this post by saying that I know the topic is hardly original; similar articles and listicles will be written soon – if they haven’t already. Hit me up w… Read More
What I’m Reading October 2019
2019-10-28 20:09
For a while over the American summer, Three Women by Lisa Taddeo was one of the hottest books around; if you weren’t reading it you knew about it due to the number of people Inst… Read More
Update Time
2019-10-11 03:35
Friends, If you’re reading this direct on/from the blog, take one last long look around. If you’re reading via RSS or email, click on through to get that final glimpse. Because… Read More
2019-09-30 04:11
I’m sliding in by the skin of my teeth today to post this month’s reading list. We have had visitors and just – well – life, in general, has kept me away from my com… Read More
2019-09-11 23:24
Writing can feel like a game of totem tennis. Do people still play? I think so. You know what I’m talking about, right? When you stick a pole in the ground and a rope is attached to t… Read More
What I’m Reading August 2019
2019-08-29 03:44
There’s a recommendation that’s sometimes given to bloggers (at least, it used to be), and that is not to apologise if they are returning after an absence if it wasn’t sig… Read More
13 Year Blog Anniversary
2019-08-14 00:28
There are parts of the early days of parenting that can’t be easily forgotten. Take my second born, for example. Riley was an infamously picky eater, and I mentioned this here on the b… Read More
What I’m Reading July 2019
2019-07-29 21:33
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson is a memoir told through free verse poetry that recounts her sexual assault at age thirteen and the repercussions of that experience throughout the… Read More
What I’m Loving Lately – July 2019
2019-07-15 21:53
The latest installment of things I love and want to share! Public Libraries I know, I realise this is slightly cheaty because I’m never quiet about my love of public libraries. But th… Read More
What I’m Reading June 2019
2019-06-24 00:43
Fiona Wright is one of my favourite writers (as I’ve said before). Insightful, yet accessible, Domestic Interior is a poetry collection that celebrates the experiences… Read More
My Recent Media Diet
2019-06-10 21:40
I’ve been reading Jason Kottke’s blog for over a decade now and enjoy his occasional series ‘media diet‘. I thought I might take inspiration from this because so far… Read More
A Food Tour Of Vietnam
2019-06-02 21:19
Beef stew in Ho Chi Minh City Normally I write a travel post full of written content and the quick video I pop together is there to supplement the material, not making much of a difference… Read More
What I’m Reading May 2019
2019-05-26 22:33
I would like to begin this month’s reading recap with The World Was Whole by Fiona Wright, her latest book which proves again why she’s one of the country’s… Read More
5 Family Travel Tips To Hoi An, Vietnam
2019-05-13 21:03
You can read Part 1 (Ho Chi Minh) of our travels to Vietnam here. Hoi An was planned as being the dedicated ‘rest’ part of our trip and I admit I anticipated this part the m… Read More
What I’m Reading April 2019
2019-04-29 21:00
This month I’m going to begin by talking about the book I’m currently reading – Imperfect by Lee Kofman. We’ve just returned from a two week holiday in Vietnam… Read More
A Family Travel Guide To Port Arthur
2019-04-07 20:59
Port Arthur is a fascinating place to visit, full of history and surrounded by beautiful, almost brutal, landscapes. Its popularity is deserved, but there are a few tips below that will help… Read More
What I’m Reading March 2019
2019-03-24 19:58
I have nothing but praise for Becoming by Michelle Obama. It is an intelligent, layered, comprehensive and fascinating biography, about which I’ll go into more detail in a moment… Read More
What I’m Reading February 2019
2019-02-24 20:26
Two things stood out about this first title when I first saw it on the bookstore shelf before Christmas. First the title – Hell Ship – in that evocative block font and… Read More
10 Years
2019-02-17 19:59
My father passed away on the 19th of February 2009 while I was somewhere up in the sky on a plane, trying to rush home and see him before it was too late. But I was too late. My original pla… Read More
A Very Important Smile
2019-02-03 21:28
This post is sponsored by Philips I’ll never forget the afternoon Riley walked out of class after the home bell and complained that his tooth was hurting. He is rarely sick and has a… Read More
How I Made Money Blogging In 2018
2019-01-30 04:48
Welcome to the annual blog monetisation recap – this is the sixth (!) time I’ve written such a post and I hope that it provides a bit of insight and information for anyone who… Read More
2019-01-27 20:02
Normal People by Sally Rooney was the second book I received for Christmas. It is the 2018 Man Booker Prize longlisted international sensation, so much so that British booksellers… Read More
A (Belated) Best Of 2018 Digest
2019-01-20 20:01
Part of me wonders at the use of writing this post midway through the first month of a new year (I have a little voice singing the line ‘The past is in the paaaaaast!’ from &lsqu&hell…Read More
What I’m Reading December 2018
2018-12-29 01:55
Before I begin I would like to extend my belated good wishes for the holiday season. I hope it was spent in your favoured ways surrounded by your favourite people. As I have been a writer-i… Read More
What I’m Reading November 2018
2018-11-28 20:01
I picked up Why Will No-One Publish My Novel? A Handbook For The Rejected Writer by Fay Weldon from the library because I love a writing ‘how to’/guidebook (I wrote one!) a… Read More
5 Cookbooks For Christmas 2018
2018-11-25 20:17
I’ve extended this Christmas recommendations series to include cookbooks this year because there are always so many that come out that it can be hard to keep up to date with them… Read More
5 Fiction Books For Christmas 2018
2018-11-21 19:49
I didn’t need any more convincing to pick up Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami after hearing that this novel is his homage to his life-long love of F. Scott Fitz… Read More
5 Nonfiction Books For Christmas 2018
2018-11-19 19:58
Boys Will Be Boys by Clementine Ford is the follow up to her immensely successful and terrific Fight Like a Girl. Ford is an intelligent and courageous thinker who is also re… Read More
2018-11-12 20:05
Welcome to this middle-grade edition of my Christmas recommendations list. If you missed my picture book post, you can find it here. The middle-grade market is particularly exciting at the… Read More
5 Picture Books For Christmas 2018
2018-11-06 20:16
It’s time for my annual Christmas book ideas/gift guide. Welcome! I put a lot of time and effort into these series of posts to come up with titles that enjoy and recommend. As ever, e… Read More
What I’m Reading October 2018
2018-10-23 20:00
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson is a short novel that has stuck with me since I finished it. Here is the delightful opening paragraph. “My name is Mary… Read More
What I’m Loving Lately – October 2018
2018-10-17 00:26
The Art of the Score Podcast Anyone I’ve seen lately who’s expressed even a passing interest in movie music in the past will have had my iPhone shoved into their faces to show t… Read More
What I’m Reading September 2018
2018-09-18 21:02
Not that it was planned in any way, but the theme of the month appears to be non-fiction/memoir. I began with Get Up Mum by Justin Heazlewood, an account of his experience as a 12-year… Read More
What I’m Reading August 2018
2018-08-28 21:04
This month’s reading pile features three very different books (poetry, essays, a novel), each resonating with its own heartbeat. I’ll begin with Axiomatic by Maria Tum… Read More
The Creative Life Podcast: On Goodbyes
2018-08-12 23:28
The Creative Life Podcast: Episode Thirty-Two This is a significant, soul-searching and (for me) sad episode. Except it’s not a ‘true’ episode because I haven&rs&helli…Read More
What I’m Reading July 2018
2018-07-16 20:59
This month is about finishing off books. I needed a few psychological ‘wins’ and moving titles from my Goodreads ‘currently reading’ to ‘read’ list usual… Read More
What I’m Loving Lately – July 2018
2018-07-11 00:59
The combination of school holidays and beginning to write a new book (excite!) has made me a little disoriented. In fact, I had a jolt of surprise when I took a look at the date – how… Read More
What I’m Reading June 2018
2018-06-11 20:58
No, don’t worry. June isn’t almost over already. I know this post usually comes out at the end of the month, but I’ve moved it forward for a couple of reasons. The first r… Read More
Speculate Literary Festival + KidLitVic
2018-06-03 21:01
Photo, left to right: Speculate Director Joel Martin, Alison Goodman, Trudi Canavan, Jay Kristoff, Earl Livings I love a good literary festival. Without a doubt, they’ve helped me as… Read More
2018-05-27 21:05
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is a verse novel about a Harlem high school student, Xiomara, who is struggling with her faith, the Church and her mother – all while beginning to navi… Read More
Our Family Matriarch
2018-05-21 00:33
On the 12th May 2018, my grandmother passed away just a month shy of her 91st birthday. Time has sped past so quickly since I’m having trouble keeping up with the days; it’s har… Read More
Life Update
2018-05-01 01:11
Hello, it’s May, we now have a fourteen-year-old in the house and I don’t think I’ve taken a deep breath in a long time. So writing this post is my way of taking the oppor… Read More
What I’m Reading April 2018
2018-04-23 23:37
If you’re familiar with local (and international) bestselling book lists of late, you’ll recognise the title The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. This widespr… Read More
What I’m Reading March 2018
2018-03-26 23:56
There will be no new podcast episode of The Creative Life this week – I’ve been wrestling with a headache that refuses to go away and threatens, at any moment, to turn into a mi… Read More

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