• Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

      So I finished the book and I’m sitting here wondering: Why the fuck did it take me so long to get around to reading it? (sorry about the colourful language. I try not to use it too much out of my fiction work and when I’m really angry or excited). My answer is: Mandi you had uni and FTCM and work and OB and your novel. That’s a lot of ands. I finished it and now I’m staring at my book, which fell apart when I set out to read it while it was hot outside, and I keep seeing the gold mine that this book is. There are so…

  • Being Our Own Worst Critic

    Now that I’ve touch on fear, it’s time to touch on another bad boy. Self-doubt. Now this is another biggy, it’s probably bigger than fear itself. Self doubt is just as debilitating but in a different way completely. Self-doubt is what keeps a writer from publishing anything or showing it to anyone who can tear them down. We never know if we’re good enough and we stick to the fact that we think we’re not. Writing is a skill, it’s an art. It takes time to get right and many seem to forget that. Self-doubt is around when you have days that are terrible and you can’t seem to find…

  • Beyond The Great Divide

    I feel like I just stole a Linkin Park song title…oops. Today I want to talk a little bit about the all and mighty powerful Fear. Fear has been something that I spent my entire life dreading. As a kid I suffered from a case of anxiety that even my doctor didn’t know I had. It wasn’t until I was old enough to actually understand the symptoms that I even know it was a kind of anxiety problem and it seemed to stay with me for a very long time (even now I get mild cases where I have to check and recheck facts and places before I’m 100% sure…

  • Why it’s Perfectly Acceptable to Eat Dessert for Breakfast

      This is not something you hear every day. In fact everyone has told you that having dessert for a meal that isn’t after dinner is bad for you, but I say: who cares! Nicole Joy is the queen of raw desserts. Or at least in my eyes anyway. She has released a cookbook (i found her through Lorna Jane’s Move Nourish Believe site) that is full of beautiful and easy recipes that will leave you asking the question: How can some that tastes so good, be so good for you? It’s amazing. With every new recipe I’ve made it just gets better and better. This beauty above is the chocolate…

  • Scribbles are Meant for Notebooks

    I was reading another chapter of Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and she mentioned index cards and having one always on hand with her. I still think this is crazy, but I look at when this book was published and it all makes sense. Hitting 2014 everyone knows that technology is moving forward. It’s moving faster than we can comprehend but I still have a notebook with me. And a full paper diary. I plan never to change. Well hopefully. Everyone is out celebrating Valentine’s Day and buying flowers for their loved ones (or one of my high school buddies is trying to get a lemon out of her fiancé,…

  • Conversations That Fuel the Soul

    I had some very intense and beautiful conversations these last couple of days. They’re the kind that light up your soul and make you want to say more. Lots more. By nature I’m a listener. I like to listen before I say anything and even then I never actually say much because I don’t feel like I have enough to add to the conversation. I’m also someone who just loves to get away from the city and head to the country for a few days where there is quiet. It’s foreign to hear cars going down the road very often and the air is cleaner, it’s richer, almost like you…

  • Such Different Eats

    So I have raved about the amazing Tara Bliss and she has teamed up with her hubby to put together this ah-maze-ing recipe book full of amazing raw recipes. I fell in love with one of Glen’s recipes with my beloved bff, Peta, when we taste tested the raw snickers tart and I’ve been waiting for this book for almost three months! Such Different Eats was dropped a few weeks ago and I hadn’t had the money for it but I threw my name into the hat through the Jen at Wild Sister (check her out, she’s amazing too) and won a copy of this BEAUTIFUL book. I was waiting to head…

  • The fun stuff

    So I mentioned that getting through that first edit was like being in a dentists chair, yeah? I’ve got more to add, but this time I promise it’s good! I started something new with my process. Editing a short story is easy, it’s all about tightening, stripping and repainting the picture until it’s right. It’s the same with something longer only you have to keep up the same stamina through the entire length. This has been the most challenging thing for me, because on a whole, my manuscript is huge (close to 95,000 words). I don’t have any experience doing this as a huge whole thing. It’s not like they…

  • Writing Degrees and What I’ve Learned About Them

    My love affair with writing began when I discovered just how exciting reading was. Thanks to John Marsden and his Tomorrow When the War Began series I enjoyed immersing myself in a world that wasn’t my own. It was also around the time that I was coming out of the worst bullying year in my schooling life (at the time, it got much worse once high school hit) and it was my escape from all of that. Escape from the pain of people teasing me and making me hurt. So when I picked up a pen and let it run rampant on the lined pad of my dolphin notebook I…

  • Moving forward

    Okay so I love to write. Writing has always been my passion for a very long time and I would love to be able to sit around at my desk, day after day and just right, not do much else, but I know it’s not possible. Not in this day and age, but I work at a retail job that I have for the past 6 years and while I was studying it was enough money, now that I’m not studying. It’s not enough. It’s nowhere near enough. So this soul crushing job just isn’t working out for me, but while I look for something else I’m having difficult trying…