It’s the long weekend in Australia for the Queen’s birthday weekend – big yes! Looking forward to a weekend with only one kid sporting event and one extra day to fit everything in.
I’m also looking forward to some more reading. I’ve almost finished reading Anna Spargo-Ryan’s debut novel The paper house (heartbreaking story, beautiful language) and I’m expecting a parcel from Booktopia today with Tara Moss’s latest book, Speaking out and a book on writing from Robert McKee.
And there’s always online reading. Here are a few articles and blog posts which have caught my eye this week.
- This post by Tara Mohr resonated with me. I have admired her writing for a long time, and I think her book, Playing big should be read by all women. I’m thinking I need to reread it now. Tara encourages women to ‘play big’ and stop placing limitations on themselves, whether they’re creatives, running small businesses from home or heading up a board for a large organisation. She’s a thoughtful and intuitive writer, and I liked what she had to say about writing on her latest post – “there is nothing more important in writing than being endlessly honest with yourself, true to your questions, at your own edges, faithful to your own muse. Because in the end, honey, no matter who it reaches, your creative work is for the evolution of your soul.”
- Renee Milhulka wrote a post about our writing group. It’s hilarious and true, and almost made me cry. How did she know exactly how I felt when I walked into our first meeting? How did she describe me like that after only knowing me for a couple of months? Here’s her description of me: “Her writing is very much like she is, quiet and thoughtful with a hidden strength running through it. She is generous with her limited time, helpful, but most of all totally committed to making her work the best it can be which I find totally motivating.”
- This UK post has some tips to encourage kids to read. Some of these tips we are already implementing but there are a few we could work on. I definitely need to spend more time reading Mr 12’s books, so we can have conversations about them. “Research has shown that children who enjoy reading and spend more time reading for pleasure have better reading and writing skills, a broader vocabulary, and an increased general knowledge and understanding of other cultures. But with so many other activities competing for children’s time as they get older, how can you continue to encourage your child to read for pleasure?”
- If you are a writer or a woman working from home with small kids, this post from Ali Luka will offer a few tips. She’s very practical and has some excellent ideas for fitting in time to write. “As a parent writer, you can’t possibly live up to some “perfect” standard – not when it comes to your writing, and not when it comes to your kids. And frankly, it doesn’t even matter.”
Happy reading! Have a lovely long weekend.