The “child whisperer”

This morning, I had some wonderful time in my favourite cafe, Saint James Cafe in Malvern, editing my new book that is due out later this year. When I walked in, I was greeted by my nephews. They were there with their parents and some friends of the family. Over my first cup of chai, the kids asked me what I was working on. I told them it was my new story, and they wanted me to read … [Read more...]

Welcome to 2017

Welcome to 2017. Wow, it feels weird writing that, doesn't it? I can't believe it's the New Year already! For me, 2016 was a really tough year. Both of my kids have chronic medical conditions, and, for my older son, things got much, much worse. Thankfully, he is on the mend now, but I spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms reading books. Books were a lifesaver for me as they would allow … [Read more...]

Cubing for CFS

  Tuesday was Chronic Fatigue Awareness Day, but today was the day we had an event to mark the occasion. My 11 year old son has chronic fatigue, and this is an illness that impacts the whole family. My 13 year old decided to do a fundraiser at his school to raise funds and awareness. He decided to use his Rubik's Cube for this - for a gold coin donation, students could guess how many … [Read more...]

My Reading Style

Back in December, JF Gibson posted that she had been tagged to share her reading style. You can read her blog post here. I wasn't tagged, but asked if I could join in. It's taken a bit of time, but here are my answers. Do you snack while you read?  Sometimes, but not usually. My reading time is often in small bits of time I can grab, so snacking isn't something I think of. Do you tend to … [Read more...]

Happy Australia Day – 2015

Happy Australia Day everyone. As well as being a day for celebrating all things Australian, it also marks the end of our Christmas holidays. The kids are back at school this week, so it's our last day of doing very little before life gets back to normal. It also means I'll be blogging again. I'm looking for more Q&A questions to answer - if you want to know anything about me, just ask, … [Read more...]