Browsing All Posts published on »January, 2011«

Good-bye beautiful apartment

January 31, 2011


One of the things about Brisbane that I’ll be sad to leave is my flat in West End. I’ve put a lot of thought and work into furnishing and decorating it and I love it. It is the tiniest apartment I’ve ever seen: just four rooms, no frills. A short entry way opens into a […]

Friday news picks

January 28, 2011


10 reasons why your novel won’t get published. Makes me laugh (and cringe) every time. Wikileaks has released emails, meeting minutes, reports and other documents on the Israel-Palestine war and the USA’s involvement. Here’s a guide to what’s going on. The Tunisian government hacked into its citizens’ Facebook accounts and stole their passwords. Facebook responded […]

On the importance of grandmothers

January 24, 2011


It occurred to me recently that I come from a long line of storytellers. There are no published authors or poets or journalists in the family tree, just people who tell stories, some true, some less so, mostly greatly embellished. We like to tell stories about each other to each other and everyone has a favourite tale.

Friday news picks

January 21, 2011


A post about The Power of Storytelling from a new blog I discovered via Twitter. This article calls alcohol at music festivals ‘Australia’s most expensive drug’. It’s been revealed that the study that started the autism-is-caused-by-immunisation panic was based on doctored information. The Obama Administration has released a report on the election promises it has kept […]

Heading south for the… whenever

January 19, 2011


Announcement: I’m moving to Melbourne. The reasons are made up of: 60% career opportunities 30% because I can 10% I’ve never lived anywhere but Brisbane (weak) and I’ve been meaning to try out new cities for the last 10 years. It is not because I’m ‘over’ Brisbane, thank-you for asking. I’m very sad to be leaving […]


January 12, 2011


I smell burning candle wax and steaming asphalt. Over-abundant adrenaline seems to crystallise. Water from the air settles on my skin to mingle with rising sweat. Later, I will smell rotting mud, feel queasy fatigue, and boredom. Things are still. Sounds are the occasional whisper of a passing car or rattle of a truck, buzzing […]

Pursuing happiness

January 11, 2011


Most of us go through similar life stages. I don’t mean childhood, adolescence, adulthood, middle age, old age. I mean stuff like school, further study or training, career, dating, love, marriage, property buying, parenthood, grandparenthood, retirement. So far I’ve done this: school, higher education, career, dating, love, singlehood, different career, dating, love, different career, singlehood. […]