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Flotsam and Jetsam

Look around here for odds and ends about me, miscellaneous musings, and any thing else newsy enough to make Reading and Writing more Inspired.


    2018  Things are already looking positively creative in 2018. Why not join me as I uncover more creativity, explore the art of writing and of course, read my heart out.

    2017 -  The year to launch a picture book! There are almost too many events to list here. I'll be popping up here, there and everywhere with The Fix-It Man in tow. To keep track, visit The Fix-It Man page (for full book launch and signing dates listed) or EK Books events.
    Charging through 2016 already. Write on.
    2015 is progressing at a more sedate pace. This year I hope to let my pen do more of the talking. Here are some dates and workshops where you can still catch up with me.

    Well that was 2013. What's on the agenda for 2014? Much is still being finalised but you'll find me at the following places for now:
    • 25th November 2013   Author encounter and book signing at the Aspley Probus Club, Aspley, Brisbane 11.00 am 
    • 1st December 2013 11.00 am - 12.00 pm EST (12.00-1.00 pm QLD) Radio interview on The Author's Shelf by Georgie Donaghey from Creative Kids' Tales. Sutherland Radio 2SSR 99.7FM
    • 12th December 2013   Story telling session for children at Helensvale Library, Gold Coast 10.30 am
    • 14th December 2013   Christmas Story time and Christmas party at Books@Stones, Brisbane 10.00 am
    • 18th December 2013   Guest author and presenter at Crazy Christmas Celebration party at the Helensvale Library, 9.30 –11.00 am.
    • 22nd December 2013  Bookshop signing at Big B Books, Burleigh Gold Coast 9.30 am onwards
    • 22nd May 2014 Adults Writing for Children workshop at Robina Library, Gold Coast time tbc 10.00

    Attended my first SCBWI Australian Conference in Sydney July 2014 and experienced an awesome three and a half days of intense work-shopping, seminars, socialising and  more. Experience some my thrills and impressions of being part of this amazing world wide organisation here.

    Awarded a CAL Creative Industries Career Fund 2013 to work on the development of my picture book projects. As part of the grant, I've enlisted the marvelous talent and skills of Dee White as my mentor for these projects. Happy days.

    Proud new member of SCBWI - Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Look forward to meeting and conversing with even more talented people from within this awesome industry.

    Thrilled to announce that I will be Creative Kids Tales Featured Emerging Author for the month of September. Check out this fabulous little hub of children's authors and illustrators. Take your time and read a few of my stories...

    In many ways I am still an emerging butterfly about to launch herself from her chrysalis into the unknown. Watch my flight from Creative Kids Tales, a fabulous site dedicated to new writers writing for children.

    I did it. Finally. Won my first full publishing contract with Morris Publishing Australia. Whoo Hoos all round. Relishing the first time feeling. Slightly daunted by the task ahead to bring this baby home. Hope to have 'PS What About Christmas?' all wrapped up by Christmas...

    Check out my first Author Interview with exciting new kids author, Charmaine Clancy. Her new novel 'My Zombie Dog'  was let off the leash March 2012. Read my Review of My Zombie Dog. It'll cause you're skin to tingle and toes to curl.


    • Reading ~ it's why I write
    • Cooking ~ because I can't paint
    • Eating what I cook ~ live to eat kind of girl
    • Eating what others cook
    • Getting mucky in the garden
    • Sailing on the beam and being in the groove
    • Brown paper packages with or without string
    • Anything green
    • Crisp autumn days and the smell of spring
    • My daughter's smile