Each week always starts off fresh with five days of possibility before the weekend, and then all of a sudden, it’s Friday and some of the possibilities haven’t quite eventuated! Brene Brown, author, research professor and Ted talk speaker, sends out a weekly email entitled TGIF. But the TGIF stands for Trust, Gratitude, Inspiration and… Continue reading TGIF

July musings

It’s been a little while since I posted! Four of my family of five have been sick, and I went down sick with the kids a month ago. We also had a holiday in sunny Queensland during the school break (everyone was well), and then we were back home with a sick daughter. So I… Continue reading July musings

Three interesting female characters – three interesting books

What makes an interesting female character? How do writers create a character who is relatable, but also unique and memorable? How do writers create a book that readers will pass on to their friends and will feature in every bookclub across the country? I’ve recently read three adult books about three different female protagonists by… Continue reading Three interesting female characters – three interesting books

My week in books

How many books have you read, skimmed, touched, discussed, borrowed or bought this week? I decided I would tally up mine! Read The secret scriptures by Sebastian Barry – this was my bookclub book and and it was my turn to host. Half of our bookclub had read it, half had started it. We all… Continue reading My week in books

Half the sky – book review

I wish I could convince everyone to read this book – not because it’s entertaining or it’s beautifully crafted or it’s on a best-selling list. But because it tells the stories of many girls and women in developing countries who otherwise wouldn’t be heard. Here’s a mini version of their stories. (This may not be… Continue reading Half the sky – book review

Interview – Michael Hanrahan on self-publishing

Have you ever thought about writing a non-fiction book about your area of expertise? Perhaps you have built up knowledge in your career? Perhaps you are an expert in teaching kids to play soccer, after coaching for years on weekends? Maybe you run seminars for colleagues on health issues or people management or interior design?… Continue reading Interview – Michael Hanrahan on self-publishing

Podcast listening

As well as all the words I’m writing and reading, I’m also enjoying listening to words as well. I don’t think I could possibly iron a school shirt without listening to something! Sometimes ironing can feel like a guilty pleasure because I close the door in my tiny laundry and listen to a podcast. I… Continue reading Podcast listening

Big Magic book review

Big magic Elizabeth Gilbert Riverhead Books 2015 It’s a little difficult to know where to begin when reviewing Liz Gilbert’s book. She’s almost Liz in the literary world, like Oprah and Madonna in all worlds. Her own words are the best way to describe her work. Whether you loved or hated Eat, pray, love, Big… Continue reading Big Magic book review

Believe in yourself and do what you love

Believe in yourself and do what you love Kate James 2015 Affirm Press The story: As Kate, a coach, meditation teacher and speaker, says in her introduction, you can read this beautiful book in one hit or dip in and out. There are fifty mini chapters or sections on topics from trusting your intuition, working… Continue reading Believe in yourself and do what you love