A Blog About Baking

Once upon a while ago, I used to cook full-time. In fact, I had a few jobs where this was the case, the first time being with the caterers at Waiheke Island RSA when I was still at Uni, and the most recent being in a lovely wee deli/cafe in Yorkshire. These are facts that […]

Habit. All sorts of connotations in such a little word. You’ve got a monk’s habit, which conjures up thoughts of self-deprivation and piousness, of scratchy brown robes and hand-tended gardens. Bad habits – oh, so many of those. Biting your nails. Smoking. Picking your spots. Dog-earing book pages (shudder). Good habits – putting money aside […]

So my last proper blog post was both an acknowledgement of the many fantastic resources of writing information out there, and a bemoaning of how long it took me to figure out that I didn’t need to implement every last piece of advice down to the letter. I have issues with this. When I went […]

  ​When I wrote the rough draft of my books, it was by hand, with iffy internet. I didn’t read any articles about how I should do it, I just did it, for better or worse. For years this has been pretty much how my writing has gone. I started out writing longhand, figuring it […]

“So, I need something to read. What d’you recommend?” I start sweating. My stomach tightens around this morning’s smoothie, and I have to swallow before I can manage, “Well. What d’you like reading?” “Oh, anything, really. Surprise me!” Surprise me. Oh, god, no. This is the worst. True story. I hate recommending books, which is […]

Memory’s a tricky little thing, isn’t it? It’s so selective. It seems to have its own (very strong) opinions on what’s important and what’s not, and they very rarely gel with mine. I mean, I couldn’t tell you how many times I get back from the shop without, say, the milk (which could have potentially […]

​Today is short story day. That’s what the more obsessive part of my brain keeps telling me over and over: Today is short story day because last week was blog week and we’re alternating these things dammit so why aren’t you writing a short story and you’re better at stories than blog posts so why […]