August 16, 2017

4 Tips for Underwriters

4 Tips for Under Writers

The first novel writing experience was NaNoWriMo 2014. I had been internally brewing on the plot for 3 years, so come November 1st, I got right to the project. Every day I would do my 1700 words, and every day I…


July 2, 2017

A Flight to Ceduna

Visting Ceduna - from Adelaide by Plane

I am so lucky that I get to travel to work. This normally involves some podcasts and me in my car, but occassionally – very occasionally – I get to fly. Recently, I flew to Ceduna. Ceduna is one of…


March 12, 2017

11 Reasons to Learn Sign Language

11 Reasons to Learn Sign Language

I recently took an Auslan class with Deaf Can Do. It was phenomenal! I’ve come up with a list of reasons as to why you should do an Auslan class as well. Learn about the deaf community As a hearing…


February 16, 2017

Umpherston Sinkhole


I would like to introduce everyone to my absolute favourite place in South Australia: Umpherston Sinkhole. It was over a decade ago that I visited Mount Gambier and all its attractions for the first time, yet every time I visit the…


December 28, 2016

My Favourite Reads of 2016

My favourite reads of 2016.

This year, I read 54 published books. Mostly, young adult novels, but some historical fiction as well. I am really grateful that Goodreads exists so I can keep track of them all. Because graphs are enjoyable, I made this little…


December 26, 2016

Naming Resources for Writers

The ultimate guide of naming resources for writers.

Names are one of my favourite things ever. But for writers, names are important. Names can tell us a lot about a character – like in Divergent when Beatrice renames herself Tris as a sign of her new life, or when…


December 22, 2016

Kangarilla Santas

The Santas hiding in Kangarilla in the Adelaide Hills.

On a recent December drive, I was thrilled to see a santa in a paddock in between Clarendon and Kangarilla. I was driving to my second job and I was physically and psychologically exhausted, but I managed to smile. Someone…


December 21, 2016

An Hour with Yann Martel


As part of Adelaide Writers’ Week, I attended an author talk with Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi (though this particular sitting was titled Mountains of Portugal after his most recent work). Martel describes Mountains of Portugal as three stories…


September 11, 2016

Plotting with Themes

How to Use Themes to Plot a Novel

When building a plot, it helps me to start to think about the themes across the novel fairly early. In my mind, I try to identify three themes that will bridge the whole novel together. I also find that, by…