Dear readers, it’s been a while

Dear readers, it’s been a while since I last posted. My website updated itself in December and there were problems that seemed insurmountable because it was December and there were work deadlines and Christmas deadlines and general December busyness.

Thank you to the lovely Nic from Planning with Kids who helped me with the technical side of my blog as well as giving me a big pep talk for continuing on!

There is news to catch up on!


I’ve been reading a lovely pile of books – my usual mix of fiction, non-fiction, children, young adult and poetry. Standout books include Seth Godin’s The practice (non-fiction), Cate Kennedy’s The taste of river water (poetry), The forty rules of love by Elif Shafak (novel) and The girl who became a tree by Joseph Coelho (young adult). Reviews for some of these books coming!


I have a mix of projects at the moment which makes my editing life varied and exciting. I’ve almost finished editing a fabulously detailed family history of six generations dating back to Scotland in the 1850s, I’ve proofread a book about wills which has prompted me to have conversations with family members, I’m about to start reading an exciting crime novel for a general reader’s report and I edited a wonderfully lyrical essay on nature.


My first middle-grade verse novel is under submission so I’ve been researching for my young adult verse novel. I’ve almost finished this now, so I’m ready to look at the structure of the first draft. Are my key scenes in the right places? Do they match up with my research? Do my two main characters meet up at the right moment?


I’m now the facilitator for the online Springfield writers’ group. This is a talented, oh so talented group of women who are writing poems, essays, novels, short stories, memoirs, non-fiction. We meet once a week to discuss two writers’ work and the creative collaboration in this group is a tangible thing.


Apart from creating a weekly menu of lunches and dinners and snacks which lately have NOT been as creative as my other pursuits, I’ve been teaching myself to weave. Last year during the lockdowns, I found quilting and sewing to be an antidote to the news cycle. I have a beautiful weaving kit and I am making a random, unplanned small weaving in soft dusky pinks, creams and burgundies.


I am constantly telling my children how lucky they are to have me as a mother but it’s only when I cook their favourite meal or help them with an English essay that they truly appreciate me! Mr 17 is in year 12 this year and we have already spent some time together talking through his first SAC. I also read through a few of his mates’ pieces – one of them named a character Karen. I am not sure whether to take it as a compliment or an insult – the character was rather annoying!

Your news …

Please tell me what you have been reading, writing or creating – I’d love to know.

Her sheer audacity



Welcome back Karen. I’d take the compliment from a 17 year old young man.💕

February 26, 2021 at 6:21 am

David Dixon

Good to see things are really returning to normal.

February 26, 2021 at 7:05 am

Colleen Warfield

Welcome back Karen, love reading your blog

February 26, 2021 at 7:25 am


Great to read your blog again, Karen.

My reading has included There was still Love by Favel Parrett, Hamlet by Maggie O’Farrell and a fun read The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman all books worth a read.

Good luck with all your pursuits.


February 26, 2021 at 8:49 am


What a lovely surprise at 6am this morning to see your blog had returned!
Someone we both know recently introduced me to author, Katrina Engberg; I’ve enjoyed two of her books – The Tenant and The Butterfly House and would recommend. I’ve also just finished a debut novel by Allie Reynolds called Shiver …. not so sure about it.

February 26, 2021 at 9:43 am

Shirley Alexander

Karen, great to see your blog popping up in my inbox again.Looking forward to hearing about your writing and your thoughts about some good reading and the snippets about what’s going on in your life.

February 26, 2021 at 12:23 pm


Hi Karen. Good to see you back again. You are a busy lady!!
I’ve read books from your Christmas list.
The Yield. Loved it!
The Mother Fault. Not so keen because the Protagonist annoyed me!
I’m almost finished Honeybee which I’m enjoying despite some unsavoury characters.
I’ve bought The Book of Longings which is next on my list.
Our first Book Club novel was Our Souls at Night. A very easy read about some ordinary people which had a big impact. Have you read it?

February 26, 2021 at 5:09 pm


Lovely to see this back, Karen.

February 27, 2021 at 11:16 am


Missed your blog Karen, love to hear what’s happening. And you loved Seth Godin. It’s the best.

The kids ARE very luck to have you as a mum. 😍

February 28, 2021 at 10:35 am

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