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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Perth Writers Week-February 2018

Perth Writers Week 2018 is happening from 19th-25th February. It’s a challenge choosing from a jam-packed program! Here are some sessions that have caught my attention from the amazing selection. Saturday 24th February Louise Allan talking about her debut novel, The Sisters’ Song at 9.30am Vasalisa the Wise and other Brave Young Women with author Kate Forsyth and illustrator Lorena Carrington at 10.30am The Water Bearer with Tracy Ryan at 1.00pm Poetry Land with Renee Schipp-Pettit and others at 4.00pm

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5 Tips from Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’

My latest read, Stephen King’s memoir, On Writing, is the best book I’ve ever read on how to go about creative writing. His raw honesty is compelling. As an aside, years ago my daughter, aged 15 at the time, crawled into my bed between my husband and myself. It was uncomfortable and I got little sleep that night. In the morning her admission was having read a Stephen King novel that scared her! I’ve not read a single novel of

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