Silliness (& the Importance Thereof)

Last Friday I found myself sitting down to watch Sharknado, which is something I never thought I’d actually do. As much as I have a soft spot for bad horror movies (deliberately bad ones, like Peter Jackson’s zombie flick Braindead, or the hilariously twisted Black Sheep), I was pretty sure that anything that involved sharks […]

Although the internet (and, let’s be honest, us writers as well) would like you to believe that writery types run wholly on caffeine, sugar, and cat photos (and often alcohol, although I’ll tell you now, it may have worked for Hemingway – but we are not Hemingway), we do actually need to partake of real, […]

The significant human (SH) is ‘tired’. It’s her own fault – she will insist on staying up all day when there are sunny spots to be napped in. All it means is that she oversleeps for my first breakfast, and I have to wake her. I don’t want to wake her, but what can I […]

In not very long, I will have a birthday, and I will be 39. I actually wrote a whole blog post about this, musing not just on how the hell I made it this far (honestly, in some ways I’m surprised), but also on how society, as represented by TV, movies, and an uncomfortable proportion […]

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 […]

Okay, let’s talk New Year’s Resolutions. Do you make them? Have you already decided what they’ll be? If so – you know, well done, if that’s your thing. But can I ask why you made them? And if you haven’t made any, but plan to – why do you think you should? There’s that sneaky […]

The last month has been one of those months, not just for me, but for quite a few people I know. In fact, I think it’d be fair to say it’s been one of those years for lots of people. It always is, in one way or another, isn’t it? And there are things we […]

  ​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 […]

I’m not sure when reading became quite such a competitive sport. I mean, one of the best things about it, in my mind, was the fact that it was just you and the book, and whatever world that took you to. It could be terrifying, or weird, or awe-inspiring, filled with danger or beauty or […]

​​We all say it. Can’t complain. It’s not quite as disingenuous as ‘Oh, good, everything’s great’, but it’s not exactly the truth, is it? It’s the ‘I’m fine’ of conversations, the way we stop ourselves when we almost – almost – come right out and say that maybe we aren’t okay. That maybe work isn’t […]