• Drafting is Like Getting Teeth Pulled out

    A lot of my friends and family (and you readers!) know that I’ve completed my first draft of my novel, my baby, that I’ve have for years. I thought this would be the easiest part. Drafting would be quick and I’d be able to start the rewrite in no time. Boy was I wrong. I don’t think I’ve had so much not fun time in my life. As I was going through the first half of the book, it was like pulling out teeth. I hated just about everything and I had to keep telling myself that it I was laying out the foundation for the rest of the novel.…

  • 10 people I admire

    I’ve put this blog post off longer than I can fathom and that’s purely because trying to figure out 10 beautiful souls, that i admire, is so damn hard. I want to put almost everyone into the mix, but it’s hard, you can’t admire all of the people who you think are beautiful and amazing. So I’m picking 10 very amazing people. Not a very easy feat, I have to say, but I’m going to try. It’s a mixture of people in my life and people who I admire from afar (don’t mix up admiration for jealous, I know I’m trying hard not to do that). Tara Bliss – This blissful…

  • Spirited and it’s Companion

    I have started to touch on this in another post (which will be out soon, I promise!) but two very amazing ladies have teamed up to write about some pretty damn amazing things. It’s not something I can even put into words it’s just a whole hell of a lot of amazingness. Their first ebook together Spirited is flawless, it’s beautiful and I wish I wrote it. It’s my new bible. I chewed through it on the first read, every single thing resonating with me and now I’m taking the time to go back through in conjunction with their beautiful 2014 Companion. It’s…astounding. I love this companion so much and it’s…

  • Roll on in 2014

    It’s been 2014 for just about 12 hours now, and I’m loving it already. This is is going to be the year of me. It’s going to be all about busting through resistance, challenging myself, doing something fearful, and just loving myself. I’m not going to make resolutions, because in the years that I did, I didn’t get there. I’m making statements. Last year it was to get fit. I did that, this year, it’s to get fitter. Last year I said I was going to finish the first draft of my novel. I did that. This year I plan to finish the first draft and rewrites x2. I can…

  • 2013 in review

    So like many of the other blogs I follow religiously, many have done a review of 2013 and I think, while I normally do this closer to the 31st, I’ll start now. At the start of the year I had no plan. I wanted to get fitter (check) and healthier (check) but the main one? It was to finish the first draft of my novel. I had my doubts. I thought i couldn’t do it, but hell i did it. I did it with a month or so spare. I also got accepted into BWAP’s Manuscript fellowship where the head of my course sat down and read my novel cover…

  • With All My Soul

    I’ll be the first person to toot this author’s horn. Rachel Vincent is AMAZING. She’s so good that she needs caps. I picked up her first book, Stray, while I was at Flinders and fell in love with her words, her worlds and just her. I didn’t know that she had more books come out after it. So when I found out later that she had released 3 more books I devoured them whole. I fell in love with her writing even more and slowly, bit by bit, I got through book after book. It’s not a secret, to my friends or most of old classmates, that I love her.…

  • Exciting Edits

    So this is the first copy of my draft. It’s taken me a year to write the it from start to finish (the last 53,000 was done for NaNoWriMo this year). This is a little earlier than I would have liked but I’m on a little deadline that involves throwing my very rough draft and putting it in the hands of my lecturers for a chance to win a manuscript appraisal, which would be invaluable feedback, good or bad. So here it is. It’s 323 pages long and it’s huge. I went with M to go and pick up our t-shirts for the Color Run tomorrow and made the stop…

  • NaNoWriMo and finishing my first draft

    It’s been three days since I reached 50k. I bet my last record by a day and learned a heck of a lot from it. One plot holes make me stress like it’s nobodies business. Second, editing as you go, really does suck. How do people do it? The other HUGE thing that happened was that I FINALLY finished the first draft of my manuscript. (Technically it’s like my second for most of my novel, but shhh!) I went to visit the ever lovely Peta in Bendigo (I love going to see her and her family, I feel like I’m apart of it all!) and I pretty much used it…

  • Taking Chances

    I’ve been pondering a lot lately (also I’ve been way busy with the last crazy semester of my course.) I made the actuve decision somewhere during this year to be more active, to movs my body, to nourish it with food thats both good and try to believe and lovd in myself. If anyone who reads this knows me, they know how obsessed I am with Lorna Jane, I’m sure my friends are sick of seeing all my hash tags! I stumbled along Move. Nourish. Believe. by chance and I haven’t looked back, but my confession is that I don’t always follow this. There are times where I just can’t…

  • Emerging Writers’ Festival 2013

    So I wanted to get this done earlier but life has been so hectic and I finally have a quiet moment. I must say this years EWF was amazing! The new director and program was a hit. There were so many things that I went to that i enjoyed. I think what made it a little more fun was the fact that I was able to go these events with people I adore. Megan and Peta were my musketeers and it was a lot of fun! I think I loved the fact that we could be immersed in this literary world as a newbie. Or at least for me. I…