How Pinterest inspired this post…and hopefully another 364.

I usually start my posts with “It’s been a while…” and I want to change that.

While trawling ideas for myself and for a social media gig I have I came across this:

365 Words That Inspire

Following the link from Pinterest I read the words and immediately thought: Yes, this is for me.

One word a day, one blog a day, following the list down, 365 days, write anything that comes to mind with that word.

The post is from for art journal prompts, but I will be sure to let them know how much I as a writer (and fellow creative artist) can–and will–benefit from these prompts.

So let’s get started:

1) Happiness

Lots of things come to mind when I think of happiness. Let’s see if I can sort through them…

Things that make me happy:

  • Being grateful makes me happy. When I sit and think about all the people in my life I am grateful and I am happy. All the places I’ve been, the things I’ve experienced, the opportunities. My gratitude for them brings me happiness.
  • Sitting on a beach in sunlight. Sitting in sunlight in general. Despite how I can’t do it for too long (skin burning and what-not), I love to do it. Sitting on a beach, looking at the ocean, in sunlight, brings me a rare kind of contentment which I highly associate with happiness.
  • Food. Man oh man does food make me happy! I love food. Experimenting with it, researching it, reading about it, mostly eating it. Awesome food makes me happy.
  • Learning. Learning about things that interest me. I have just started a degree at USC (University of the Sunshine Coast) and I am loving it. Happiness every day.
  • Being creative. All kinds of creativity: writing, singing (even badly), creating things like images and content for the social media gig, so much fun. I am a little limited, like I love to research DIY projects even if I may not be able to do it myself (despite the acronym, I think yes, you can do it yourself, but I may not be able to) I think I like because I feel immersed in creativity, even if it’s not mine. Soaking up the creativity of others sprouts my own.
  • Puppy dogs. Puppies make me happy. I don’t have one yet (one day!!) but I love puppies. Seeing them run around on the beach, watching funny videos, oh puppies bring joy to my heart.

That’s a lot of happiness. I’m grateful for it. Look at that, I just made myself happier.

What brings you happiness?


Simultaneously submitting: the search for publication AND job hunting.

So, le boyfriend and I returned from the world tour at the beginning of May. Since then we have made our way from Melbourne to the Gold Coast, back down to Nambucca for a wedding, up to Hamilton Island for a birthday, and finally back to the Sunshine Coast where we have secured and moved into our new house.

In between all that flitting around I have sent off manuscript submissions with personalised synopses, query letters and a perfectly edited manuscript to publishers, and many job applications with personalised cover letters and resumes. Continue reading

Like a Virgin contest: Getting to know you.

Earlier this month I entered the Like a Virgin contest hosted by Kristina Perez and Rhiann Wynn-Nolet. It is the first ever contest that I have entered, so the “Virgin” concept works very well for me. Luckily I made the cut for round 1 as they only take 50 entrants, and I’m one of them!virgin_widget14

The contest kicks off tomorrow, and for the last three days we have been getting to know everyone via this bloghop. I couldn’t quite get the link to work (possibly as it’s now the 21st of April on that side of the world) so I have linked back to the Like a Virgin contest main page. Continue reading

What did The Learning Curve teach me about writing this week? Week 1.

I have been trying to learn about writing for a while now. Each week I’m reading books and reading blogs and articles, trying exercises, all in the name of improving my knowledge and application of the craft of writing.

I know I have a long way to go. This is evident in many ways, such as my complete lack of grammar skills and some basic questions I have surrounding…well, every aspect of writing. If you are like me and are just keeping your head above water, you might find this new series I’m embarking upon helpful. Each week I plan to blog about what things I researched and read about in my quest for literary competency. I will cover Questions I asked myself, interesting blogs I read, and content covered in current writer-self-help book.

This weeks writer-self-help book: Writing with Emotion, Tension & Conflict by Cheryl St.John.

This weeks writer-self-help book: Writing with Emotion, Tension & Conflict by Cheryl St.John.

There will be questions I address that people know the answer to. Some questions may even seem silly. But I was once told no question is silly, if you don’t know the answer to it. I’m sure I’m not the only one learning out there. Continue reading

The no diet diet: what eight months of travel has taught me.

A post on my alter-ego blog about the food I’ve indulged in during my travels.

Living in Tolerance

Warning: the below post contains images of foods that some people can never eat, most people shouldn’t eat, and some foods that really shouldn’t be classified as “food”. You’ve been warned.

Eight months ago I have travelled from Australia to South-East Asia. From there I went north to China, then further north through Mongolia before taking a turn to the west across Russia by train, arriving in Moscow. I flew to Berlin, traipsed south to Nuremberg, then flew to London, then caught a train to Paris. Then I stayed in the French countryside of Normandy for three weeks, before catching the train back to London and spending three months in the UK, including a two week camper van trip across England, Wales and Scotland.

Six weeks ago, I flew from Manchester to Lisbon, in Portugal. Since then I have caught trains across Portugal, Spain, Southern-France and Italy, capping it off…

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Review: “Irrepressible You” by Georgina Penney. I’m in love!

“Irrepressible You” is the comical and un-put-down-able work of Georgina Penney.  I snagged myself a copy of this truly wicked read this week after both spotting it at a promo price of $0.99 on Amazon and iTunes (still happening people!) and reading the stellar reviews on Goodreads.

You don’t become a notorious British celebrity without rubbing a few people the wrong way, which is why writer and comedian Ben Martindale has decamped to Australia until the latest media frenzy dies down. Continue reading