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…


August 15, 2016

Using the Beat Sheet to Plot a Novel

Plotting using the beat sheet.

The Beat Sheet is a very popular tool for novel plotting. A quick google search will bring up a lot of resources surrounding the use of the Beat Sheet.   The Beat Sheet is a resource that first appeared in…


July 10, 2016

The 10-20-10 Method of Plotting

The 10 20 10 method for plotting your novel.

I came across the 10-20-10 method of plotting about eighteen months ago, and have loved it. It’s not the only plotting technique, but I find it a great help in ensuring that my story has depth and interest throughout. It’s…


July 6, 2016

Names beginning with ‘Jo’

The Very Best Names Beginning With Jo

I have a bit of a thing for ‘Jo’ names. Many of my favourite names start with ‘Jo’. My favourite boys names starting with ‘Jo’: Joah Jonathon Jory My favourite girls names starting with ‘Jo’: Joni Jory Joslyn Josephine (Josie)…