Blog

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I blog about being an expat and writer and mum. I tend to go on and on about food. I'm also learning French, so that comes up regularly.

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Current Projects

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I've been revisiting a historical romance manuscript, entitled Courting Ruin. I'm also working on my submission materials for a couple of other manuscripts.

I've been building some mosaics and I'm loving breaking plates and then putting the pieces back together again. Totally therapeutic and only minor wounds.

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Resources

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Tools, books, websites and wisdom that I have found helpful in my quest to live creatively, thoughtfully, restfully and still productively.

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bit of a break


I haven’t taken a proper break from writing since… I started. I mean, I’ve moved countries and had babies, but actually in both cases kept at it, pretty much, as best I could. This summer I took an actual three week break from my novel manuscripts. I made mosaics. I […]

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that doesn’t seem right


I’ve been aware lately of a few wonderful paradoxes, and I thought I’d share them here because it’s been a while. I’ve been doing nanowrimo (writing. A lot. That is all.) and now that’s done, so I’m back in the world of the living, just in time to put up […]

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Christchurch’s new Nanowrimo Municipal Liaison Crew


As many Christchurch participants of NaNoWriMo already know, Lady Talia has stood down as the Municipal Leader for our region. She has contributed much to NaNo over the years, but is now looking forward to spending time with some of her other writing friends in other regions. How she managed on […]

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and the winners are…


Earlier this year, a couple of days after we got to Christchurch (after relocating from France and visiting people for a few weeks in the north island before tripping down the country) I applied for a program the NZ Society of Author’s runs each year, called ‘CompleteMS’. Basically, I want […]

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Co-op Coercion


I have a three-year-old and a four-year-old. Needless to say, mealtimes are often an exercise in finding the line between coercion and co-operation. Sure, Kiddo, we can have pesto pasta but you choose: beans or peas. No. Beans or peas. Yes, you can pick out the sun-dried tomatoes, if you really […]

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Come on in…


Well, this is a little embarrassing, but the kids are adorable, so voila, the video tour of our place… Now that we’ve been living here for two months, have passed our three-month inspection (no idea why they did it early, but it was a great kick in the pants to […]

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ch-ch-ch-ch-changes


Christchurch. It’s an odd place. And I’m in an odd space, straddling the fence (as uncomfy as it sounds) between the arrogance of a newcomer who hasn’t yet seen the diversity and complexity of a place and so can make sweeping judgements based on a narrow view (ie. man, cantabs are […]

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new digs


We’ve had three quakes in three days and so I think it’s fair to say that the country has stopped putting out the good china for us. We’re back to being ordinary kiwis again, except that we occasionally (all the time) yell at our kids in more than one language. […]

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signing off


I started this blog after we’d already been in France for a few months but for most of the time we’ve lived here, it’s been a sort of travel-meets-expat blog, with forays into parenting and politics and writing and all sorts. However, we are leaving France in less than two […]

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Deep breath, and…


wait. It’s too soon to actually pack. It’s too soon to get rid of furniture we actually use. There’s a bunch of phone calls and things to book and organise… but actually not much we can do to prepare for moving back to New Zealand. We are, by the way, moving […]

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