Tag Archives: Inspiration

Review of ‘The Last Painting of Sara de Vos’ by Dominic Smith

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars Best novel I’ve read in a long, long time. Set in three time zones – seventeenth century Holland, 1950s New York, and Sydney in … Continue reading

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Meet Maggie Christensen, author of ‘Champagne for Breakfast’

Welcome, Maggie, and thank you for coming to my author chat. Also, congratulations on the release of your sixth novel, Champagne for Breakfast. With an alluring cover shot of the Noosa River and a catchy title, it’s sure to enjoy great … Continue reading

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They marched into Loveday

When war came to Australia. From Brisbane it took three days by train for the internees to reach the Riverland District of South Australia. The exact route from Queensland is not clear. According to Max Scholz, long-time resident of Barmera … Continue reading

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When War Came to Australia

Mea culpa. Yes, it’s been a while since I posted. The exciting news is that I’ve almost finished writing my new novel. Hey, there’s only so much a person can do in one day. I’ve taken a short break from … Continue reading

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Writing for Jam

I must admit I’m in a writing quandary. Having put all my spare energies and emotions into birthing a rather largish piece, now that it’s over (for the moment) my brain tells me to take a well-deserved break. But my … Continue reading

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The New Writing Project for 2013

Blogging about a piece that has just been conceived is a bit daunting, but here goes anyway. On Saturday last (3 days ago) I started a new writing project, based on pairing a couple of wild ideas and drawing inspiration … Continue reading

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The Horror of the Blank Page

It was one of those stinking afternoons in February. The classroom was stuffy with BO and dirty feet. Flies buzzed listlessly against the double-hung windows that yawned to catch non-existent breezes. Outside the sky was smoke-white and shimmering. Trees sagged. … Continue reading

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