How to waste time and justify it.

De-clutter, write or study? Ever since I joined my local Buy Nothing group it’s been a toss-up between devoting time to de-cluttering my home or to writing. Sandwiched in-between the two is a course on photography I studied in six weeks – all six modules crammed with high-end, professional information, intensive and challenging. (You can read my initial response to the course here.) Learning to take photos with a fresh eye, I’m tackling close-ups before moving on to macro photography

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West Coast Fiction Festival

West Coast Fiction Festival

The West Coast Fiction Festival – an author signing event and fund raiser for Share the Dignity – was quite the buzz in writing circles in Perth last weekend. It was held at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough on Saturday November 3rd and was a staggering success. Congratulations are well deserved and are extended to all who were involved in organising the event. Socialising all day is a rare thing in my books! So meeting so many authors who were

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9 reasons I decided to use Bullet Journalling

Over the last few days I’ve had a good deal of fun pulling together a Bullet Journal. What is Bullet Journalling you ask? It’s a great way to pull together all journals used on a regular basis. On the internet there’s a plethora of ideas about content. In stationery stores and departments there’s commercial versions with a focus on whatever you want – except I found that the designated content didn’t quite tick my boxes. That’s not to diminish the

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Social media is dead …

St Lawrence Church, England

…  said no one ever! When I first began blogging I thought it would be a challenge. It is! Today there’s for and against this ‘old form’ of being on social media! According to some, blogging is ‘dead’! Woo! I hear you say! It is NOT! Yet there’s much more than blogging when establishing a presence on the web today. I’ve been busy learning more about some of my favourite platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest in a Mastermind class.

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7 benefits of going on a writers’ retreat

Beautiful bush setting

It’s winter here in Western Australia and there was no better place to be than with a group of friends in front of a log fire! Tess Woods recent Winter Writers’ Retreat in Geographe Bay in the south-west of Western Australia was the perfect escape! Here’s a snapshot of  what I gained. I could rave on for several pages but I know I’d lose you! (i) New friendships This is the most amazing benefit. Making new friends and creating close

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A.R. Levett’s Storytelling Journey

When I approached Andrew Levett to be a guest writer for Readers in Their Element I was intrigued to learn about the amazing range of genres he read as a child and currently explores in his writing. Amongst other points of interest, he highlights that variety is sometimes a key to engaging young children in reading. I am pleased to bring you his Storytelling Journey. Andrew is an emerging Western Australian writer of poetry, short-stories, novel-length fiction, and screenplays. He

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Collection or Clutter?

How do you choose just one item from a collection of memorabilia to write about? That was my task recently. I’ve been absent from blog posts because I’ve been busy writing assignments for my latest unit in family history. I had to select one – just one item – from a house ‘littered’  (my dear family say cluttered) with family memorabilia and write its biography. Writing a formal essay is as challenging as writing fiction, getting the facts straight and

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High Tea plus three highlights Perth Writers Festival 2018

Insights into a superb range of authors’ works made Perth Writers Festival 2018 a joyful learning experience. Highlights for me included – Debut novelist… Louise Allan talking about The Sisters’ Song. What a fabulous session to start with, superbly led by Jane Cornes Mclean. Louise treated her listeners to a reading from her debut novel and gave a bonus performance, singing the words Ida heard at her first recital! The beauty of her spontaneous performance brought tears to more than

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