I have two main topics I write about — Books, Reading, & Librarian Life and Cystic Fibrosis & Organ Donation, although I’ve always considered myself a Fiction writer first.
I also write about Dogs — Because Dogs Are Good For the Soul.
Occasionally I write about Relationships along with a blast from the past that brings History to life.
Writing in multi-genres and topics means I have learned some valuable Writing Advice and Tips.
Everyone has a favorite child — and of my personal essays, this is mine:
And I really enjoyed researching these stories:
The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is the peak body for children’s literature in Australia. The CBCA is a volunteer-run not-for-profit organization and has held its annual book awards since 1946. The Book of the Year Award celebrates high literary and artistic merit in children’s books.
CBCA book week — held in August, is a celebration of children’s books in schools and public libraries across Australia. Book week is timed to coincide with the announcement of the Book of the Year Awards.
As a librarian being a CBCA judge has always been a bucket list item. When my application…
Quick Quirky Facts (also known as the good stuff!)
I don’t have a dominant hand, nor am I ambidextrous. Instead, I have what is called “mixed hand.” I am naturally left-handed but was forced in primary school to use my right hand. I use my right hand for handwriting and other fine motor skills, but I can do all other tasks equally well with both hands. I don’t have a backhand for tennis or squash, but switch the racket between hands.
I like my music unusual, in makeup with a side dash of Al. Which is code for Cyndi Lauper…
Stay: a Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List was a book I had to read. I’d given my Blue Heeler, Pepsi Parsons, a bucket list in October 2018. Pepsi was in palliative care due to canine cancer. I’d considered using her bucket list as the basis for another book about Pepsi. Instead of featuring her shenanigans, this new book would focus on the joys that a bucket list can bring a dog.
But those ideas faded after I read Stay: a Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List. This book already encompasses the emotions and joys that I planned to write.
The judgments started the moment I announced I was pregnant. They came from family and friends. They came from a place of fear and concern.
I can’t say I’m pleased.
You’re digging your own grave.
What a selfish thing to do.
My pregnancy progressed without incident, and when Jarryn was born, a collective sigh of relief descended. The end of my pregnancy seen as a sign that the Grim Reaper had strolled past without glancing sideways at me.
But I knew better.
In 1995 postnatal statistics indicated women with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) were unlikely to survive the toddler years. These…
When visiting President Snow’s past, it would be logical to assume that Suzanne Collins was heading directly to a classical trope. But eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is not a sweet innocent kid. There are no extenuating circumstances that force Snow to become a ruthless President. It is to her credit that Collins never tried to frame Snow as a hero or a victim. Snow’s sadistic nature is purely a product of privileged entitlement.
Even from the start, Snow evokes no sympathy. He is entitled and indulgent. Yes, he has his own sob story, but it hasn’t broken him. Instead, it’s shaped…
Fairy tales conjure images of the big bad wolf, of princesses who need rescuing, and of course, a charming prince. Fairy tales all have a moral message. Many fairy tales have become bedtime favorites. Fairy tales have a long oral tradition before they were collected and printed. Today’s children are more familiar with Disney versions of fairy tales over the original stories. This familiarity is mainly due to the prolific nature of the Disney movies and their spin-off merchandise.
In many fractured fairy tales, the girls are no longer damsels in distress waiting for a charming prince to rescue them…
The Husky on First Avenue never really liked me. The first time I, Rotto, walked past, he was angry. He woofed rather aggressively — something about how this was HIS street.
Okay, I admit it, I was a little bold the next time I walked down First Avenue. I woofed right back. I told him I was just walking on the footpath, thank you very much. But he wouldn’t listen. He was too busy telling me off.
My people were trying hard to train me. They said I should ignore the other dogs that woofed at me when I was…
Titanic, It’s a bold word for a grand ship. But the ‘unsinkable’ ship now rests on the ocean floor. Titanic’s maiden journey ended unforgettably. With 2,435 passengers and a crew of around 900 people, some loss of life as the ship slowly sunk could be expected. But not on the scale in which it occurred. In part, the low number of survivors was due to a shortage of lifeboats. The problem was also compounded by a failure to fill the lifeboats as they pushed off from the ship.
Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Carpathia rescued 705 people from the Titanic’s lifeboats…