8 July 2022 | Editing, verse novel, Writing

Her sheer audacity

Usually, my life consists of meeting my freelance editing deadlines, putting dinner on the table, running my three teenagers around to the orthodontist, footy training, their casual jobs, their friends’ places, making sure everyone has shirts and uniforms ready, fitting in writing around all of this. Fairly ordinary. But now, my life consists of a…

Structural editing and aborio rice

Although you may not think that editing and rice should appear in the same sentence, I have just proven you wrong! This week, I have been immersed in the structural edit for my Hachette young adult verse novel, Grace Notes, out February 2023. My publisher, Kate Stevens, sent me her thoughts. Plot holes. Characters who…

21 May 2021 | Editing, Writing, Young adult

Second drafts

Second drafts are wonderful to work on because there is so much that is wrong with them and therefore, they are infinitely improvable! At least, that’s the case for me. I’m editing the second draft of my young adult verse novel. It’s still very loose at this stage, so I’m focusing on the big picture…

7 May 2021 | Editing

Blessings for mothers

Soulful, deeply-connected mothering isn’t really talked about, even in this week leading to Mother’s Day. There’s a profusion of pink cards in supermarkets, glossy magazines with beautifully curated gifts and sentimental advertisements on television but not much about how mothering requires every emotional fibre of your heart, and then some. This week, I’ve immersed myself…