A (very) brief plot overview George Woodbury, a beloved teacher and local hero, is arrested and accused of sexual misconduct towards a group of girls at the school in which he teaches. The novel describes the conflicting emotions felt over the eight months leading up to his trial from the perspective of his wife Joan … Continue reading Book Review: The Best Kind Of People by Zoe Whittall
I have always been a bit of a dreamer and not much of a planner. I have things I want to happen in life and I work towards them, but I don’t set myself a rigid time frame in which to achieve them. I would always get my work done well in advance and I … Continue reading Happiness Is… making a list
Over the last few weeks, I have had a fair few experiences that have made me feel insecure about my writing career and I have started to wonder if the way society measures success is accurate, never mind fair. When I say to people that I am a writer, I don’t always say it with … Continue reading How do we measure success?
A (very) brief plot overview Joan is a 10 year old with an incredible memory and the desire to win a songwriting competition to win money to save her dad’s recording studio. Gavin is an actor mourning the sudden death of his partner Sydney. The two become unlikely friends, with Gavin helping Joan with her … Continue reading Book Review: The Reminders by Val Emmich
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a writer. I was the kid who was always reading, the one who would tell her teddies stories and the teenager one who wrote dark, moody poetry. As a child I’d spend my pocket money on new notebooks or the latest release from … Continue reading Happiness Is… achieving your goals
A (very) brief plot overview Sophia discovers her parents bodies at her childhood home in what the police describe as an attempted murder-suicide. However Sophia doesn’t believe that this explanation of events is true, especially after realising that her parents were broken into four times in six months. She does some digging, finds her mother’s … Continue reading Review: Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan
Voice noun 1. The sound produced in a person's larynx and uttered through the mouth, as speech or song. 2. A particular opinion or attitude expressed. The term ‘online voice’ has become a bit of a buzz word recently. As a blogger, I read so many articles about ‘finding our voice’ and ‘using our voice effectively’, … Continue reading You’ve Found Your Voice – Should You Use It?
A (very) Brief Plot Overview Quincy is the lone survivor of the Pine Cottage massacre that claimed the lives of her friends. She joins two other women, Lisa and Samantha, with claiming the unwanted title of being a Final Girl - the last and only survivor of an atrocity. Fast forward 10 years later and … Continue reading Book Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager
A (very) Brief Plot Overview The story focuses on a year in the life of Jen, a 30-something New Yorker who takes up a job at a charitable start up led by an eccentric celebrity and her band of nodding, hipster sidekicks that seems to talk the talk but doesn’t actually do anything. During this year, … Continue reading Book Review: Break In Case of Emergency by Jessica Winter
For anyone who isn’t a stationery geek, this post might be a little lost on you. In fact, this post might be a little lost on anyone who isn’t a teacher, seen as the only people I know who get this excited about new notebooks are my fellow teachers. But perhaps if notebooks aren’t your thing, … Continue reading Happiness Is… getting a new notebook
Super proud to announce that an article I wrote for the brilliant Palette is now live on their website! This is my first piece of work that isn’t self published and I couldn’t be prouder of the fact that it is about me going for my biggest goal in life. A huge thanks to Jenni … Continue reading A Proud Moment
I usually write a Monday Musings post today, but because today is such a big day in my life, I’ve decided to go down a different route. Today is officially one week after my fiance and I got the keys to our apartment in Sydney, our first home together, and the first day that I … Continue reading Put on your big girl pants – it’s Monday
After the most hectic week of hunting down furniture, picking colour schemes, battling Sydney’s traffic, budgeting, building flat pack furniture, sleeping on the floor and forcing ourselves to remember to eat, we have finally settled into our new apartment and first home together. It’s been an uphill battle at times, especially when we were … Continue reading Happiness Is… having your own space
I feel like I owe England an apology sometimes. Before I went away, I used to complain about it all the time and blame it for so many things that I didn’t like in my life. I felt stuck there and confined in a space I felt I had outgrown long ago. So I saved, … Continue reading Happiness Is… turning on the tap and getting cold water
I love being part of team human race. You can sit there and say that there are more things separating us than connecting us and that we aren’t a team but I just can’t agree with that. Sure there are things that divide us like major differences in most things from lifestyle to beliefs to … Continue reading Happiness Is… when you try and let someone past you at the same time that they try and let you past