A very long time ago, in a city that was not this one, I learnt a very important lesson about drinking from an old Russian man. For more ambience, play something like this is the background. I was 16 at the time, and I’d stopped living with my parents or going to school about a year before, … Continue reading Things you learn drinking with an Old Russian Man
It’s not about what you want most. Life sucks and sometimes there are no publishers in shining armour coming to rescue your manuscript from the dungeons of the drawer that should not be opened. No matter how great you are or how connected. Sometimes it’s just not meant to be. And I am ok with … Continue reading Perspective | On Writing by Silvia Brown
Mohammed’s laugh was loud and easy. It was enough to show he related to my experience. Not so long ago, I was travelling to work in a red Corolla Ascent with my Uber driver Mohammed. He was overly chatty whereas I just wanted to focus on my thoughts. I was happy to just listen to … Continue reading How a Conversation with an Uber Driver Changed Everything for Me
Ever felt like you’d just like to walk away? You know. It’s all getting a bit much. No matter how hard you try, how much effort you put in, you just don’t seem to be making any headway. There’s always more week at the end of a pay cheque. While the super-rich seem to have … Continue reading Ever felt like you’d just like to walk away?
Speculative fiction writers are a strong niche community in Australia and New Zealand. Embracing the darker side of our writing is a daunting task but its also immensely rewarding. Jason Franks and Steve Paulsen belong to a rare breed of individuals. Writers whose stories dwell in the realms of horror, fantasy and/or science fiction. The support … Continue reading Steven Paulsen & Jason Franks Double Book Launch | IFWG Publishing Australia
This blog tells of a trip to France that linked three generations of my family to a tiny village in the Somme. Written for the Travelling Solo section of diywoman.net, the purpose of the post is twofold: to provide advice and encouragement for single women who want to travel, and as a loving tribute to my father and his father. … Continue reading Travels in France with my father’s father
I have never thought much about ice cream. It was always there in the freezer - chocolate, vanilla and strawberry nestled side by side. The chocolate always disappeared first in my family, possibly helped along by the sneaky spoonful or two eaten when I had the house to myself. I still don’t really know whether … Continue reading The ice cream maker
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The conversation that hurts. He sits uncomfortably when I ask about the trip. He is looking at the floor; his voice breaks on every word. “Were you scared from the waves and the open ocean?” I ask. “No.” he answers. “Were others scared?” He takes a deep breath “Yeah most of them, some even peed … Continue reading Life on the other side
There is something magical about West Cork in Ireland’s southernmost county.