The Sea, it Calls.

It’s the second day of Summer and the kids are swimming while I stand with my toes in the sea, enjoying the water lapping against my skin and dividing my gaze between the girls and the notebook I write this in.  It’s moments like these that I realize I should have pushed myself harder in … Continue reading The Sea, it Calls.

Writing magic: an elixir to happiness

We have only a few weeks left on the Te Papa Tupu programme. I am still grateful to have been picked for this programme and know that these six months have given me the tools and insight I need to be a writer for life. I spent quite a bit of time over the past … Continue reading Writing magic: an elixir to happiness

Legacies and Legends

Well, this is truly the beginning of the end of the beginning. As December draws near I look at my body of work and I am feeling quite sad – not for having the opportunity to complete my work under the guidance of professionals – but for the fact that I wanted to accomplish so … Continue reading Legacies and Legends

Judging a book by its back cover

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. (Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy) So, 26 days before the manuscript is due. Let’s be frank -I’m sweating bullets. The good news is I’m close. The bad news … Continue reading Judging a book by its back cover

Reaching back to find political purpose

With the deadline looming a nagging sense of panic wakes up with me every morning. If I feed it not much writing happens that day. It got so bad a few weeks ago I went searching for what my motives were in wanting to write this novel, and casting about I found an essay I … Continue reading Reaching back to find political purpose

Detours create richer detail

I went to a Rongoa Māori course on Saturday. I learnt a lot, but one of the most valuable things I got was a reminder of things we intuitively know. We just need to be still, watch, listen and all will be revealed. We often find things that we weren’t even looking for. We are … Continue reading Detours create richer detail

Living out loud: juggling life and writing

Earlier this week I sent my five-year-old grandson in Invercargill his winter jacket, it’s a little further south than here, so the seasons arrive a little later, well that is my excuse, I wrote on the attached card. He sent me an email back, ‘Thanks Grandma, but I’m a size seven now.’ In between everyday … Continue reading Living out loud: juggling life and writing

Shaking out the details

Flying southward I was surprised to hear the pilot announce: “Good evening Guests, we’ve just passed the township of Kaikoura. I can see in the distance the lights of Christchurch and it’s gearing up to be a clear and mild night.” I didn’t know you could see Christchurch from that far away. In my mind … Continue reading Shaking out the details

All work and no play…

Oh no – it’s The Shining – I swear… I am sitting in my little office and the door is closed – but I hear children making noises, dogs barking, cars passing by and a party going on next door – with so many little distractions I can’t get a single word out of my … Continue reading All work and no play…

How coincidences mean more than you think

Often this month I've questioned, 'Why am I doing this?'  Not so long ago, a New Age shaped world view would have me think, 'Oh, but writing seems to have chosen me.' Now I can't be so sure. Back then, I might cite the time I went looking for guidance on what I thought was … Continue reading How coincidences mean more than you think