Monica McInerney and self-acceptance


I had the great fortune to hear author Monica McInerney talk yesterday about her new book The Trip of a Lifetime, and writing in general. The one thing that I came away with was how accepting and unquestioning she was with what her imagination chose to create. She seemed to have blind faith in her creative self.
It occurred to me that I am very unaccepting of my own imagination, something I wasn’t aware of until yesterday. This is deadly to writing good, interesting work and something I need to really work on. Fear in general I think can be very damaging to writers, when it paralyzes creativity.

This is the gift of attending author talks- you never know what you are going to learn. So, thank you Monica.

-Liz xox


Finding your groove as a writer

One challenge I didn’t think about when I decided to be serious about writing was how to find my groove. No, I’m not talking about dancing, but the subtle art of getting comfortable with a writing routine that works. As I write this I am in bed, propped up with pillows which make it all very comfortable to tap away on my tablet. But would I be better off sitting in a secluded corner of a cafe, where I would be coaxed to get out of my own head and draw inspiration from what is around me?

For now I will wing it, and see what feels most natural. Although I have decided that handwriting is not going to happen. Does anyone use pen and paper anymore to write? I think that the begining of all things like this are akward, stiff, and  uncomfortable. A bit like learning a new language, or starting at a new school. Which gives me hope. 

What routines and “rules” do you use when writing? I would love to see what everyone else does. 

Until next time, 

Liz xo

“The Stolen Child” by Sanjida Kay


How was it?

I have just finished this book and had to blog about it because it was so good. I don’t normally read thrillers, but something made me pick this book up (Ok, it may have been the cool cover design…).

The book tells a story about a couple who adopt a child from birth, with the consent of the mother but not the father. Years later, the father tracks his daughter down, with a mind to take her back.  But he hadn’t reckoned upon the fierce determination of adoptive mother Zoe, and the strength of her love for Evie.

It features modern issues such as infertility, adoption, fetal alcohol/drug syndrome, child abduction, marriage, infidelity, and trust. And for some reason I have one of the main male characters imagined as Jermaine Clement. Go figure!


Jermaine Clement, star of “What we do in the Shadows”, a hilarious movie about Vampires.

Sanjida writes in a way that reads like a movie, which is the best kind of writing. I also find myself wondering if all of the people characters are ok now, and have their lives sorted as if they are real people.  I hope to be half as good at writing one day.

If you are looking for a book to read, do yourself a favor and read this one.

I give it 7/10.

Until next time,


A Surprise Round Every Corner

I love research, finding the little details. I guess that as you are writing almost on behalf of the characters, you want to get the details exactly right.
Great post, Sandie.

At the Sydney Writers’ Festival on the weekend, one of the events I went to was ‘The Most Unlikely of Paces’ all about authors and their research. It was a fascinating panel and one that I was particularly interested in because one of the things that has surprised me most about my own writing journey, is the amount of research I’ve had to do for my two novels, despite the fact I write contemporary fiction.

If you haven’t read Brooks, do. She’s brilliant.

If I were writing historical fiction, then I would expect to have to do a lot of research. Geraldine Brooks, an absolute writing God when it comes to this genre, does so much research for each of her novels it is mind-blowing. But when you write a story about the first Native American to graduate Harvard in 1665(Caleb’s Crossing), or a story about an English village cutting…

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A Suitable Boy

My own well-worn copies of A Suitable Boy.

My own well-worn copies of A Suitable Boy.

I am beyond excited to learn that the BBC is going to adapt one of my all-time favorite novels for the small screen.  I loved reading this book so much, I look back on that time with the wistfulness usually reserved for a Summer romance.

I feel in love with India too, which is a testament to the skill with which Vikram describes the country, which serves as the setting.

I look forward to seeing the 100% non-white cast, too. Good one, BBCOne!

Find more information about A Suitable Boy’s tv adaption via the link here.


Life through the eyes of a child


When I was a little-un, I used to study garden snails very closely as they glided slowly along the garden wall. I would try to see a facial expression on their faces, hoping that they would smile lazily at me when I picked them up. Me being me,  I often created a whole personality and background for them in my head, which would then convince me that they were either smiling, frowning (at me), or even crying. It made them real to me.

I sometimes yearn for that time, when uncensored creativity was the order of the day.

I want to get re-acquainted  with that part of myself. If I find more micro photography images, I will post them here.

If you recommend a micro photography blog that I should look at, please let me know below!


P.S- This little guy is called Oscar. He is running away from home, because his mum tidied his room without asking, which made him mad. He’s a little Emo sullen, which is why he is hanging his head down as he slides.

Do you need a degree to write?

My eyes have been opened! Thanks to the great Natasha Lester, I have discovered a whole world of literary devices that I never knew existed. OK, some I knew of. But others…I just had no idea. None.

And this got me thinking….


I have never studied creative writing, where I probably would have come across things like literary devices. Therefore my work thus far has lacked the depth that studying creative writing could have given it.  So being the eager sponge that I am, I want to educate myself.

Should I do a degree? Can I king-hit a certificate? How about starting on a statement of attainment?

What do you all think I should do? Should I learn as I go? Should I study a certain  course?

Comment below, and tell me how you got to be so good.


P.S- Did you see what I did there?