Monthly Archives: May 2011

blog 11: In which I ponder whether a rose by any other name would just be confusing.

I’ll say it for you: “Haven’t changed a bit!” The story goes that I was given the name Michael because when my mother was pregnant with me, the old lady next door said something like, ‘Not long now till Michael … Continue reading

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blog10: In which I throw a much needed life-line to fellow author Barry Jonsberg

A couple of years ago when I was resident Blogger at the State Library of Victoria’s Insideadog website, I did a post on my good friend and fellow writer Barry Jonsberg. I thought it might be an opportune time to recap on … Continue reading

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blog 9: In which I share 20 invaluable lessons I’ve learnt since becoming a writer

1. No matter how true it is, you will never be able to convince anyone that all that time you spend staring into space, you are actually working on your novel.  2. When you give people a copy of your … Continue reading

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blog 8: In which I say, ‘Thanks a lot, Herman.’

I owe a great deal to Herman Melville – at least three books.       One day after I’d quit my job and was trying to write my first novel (a novel that I thought I’d never finish and even if … Continue reading

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blog 7: In which I rediscover my only attempt at a picture book

I definitely have a thing about the name Joseph. I chose it as my Confirmation name. It is also my son’s name. It was the name I used for the main character in my novel The Running Man. And my … Continue reading

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Blog 6: In which I include a poem written by a 23 yr old me.

There was a little period in my life from when I was 22 through to 26 where each Christmas one of the things my mother Elsie would buy for me was a Diary. Each time she did, I made a resolution that … Continue reading

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blog 5: In which I learn something about writers and stories.

The first big thing I went to as a writer was a Reading Matters Conference at the State Library of Victory in 2005. I didn’t know any of the other ‘real writers’ attending so the night I checked in to … Continue reading

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blog 4: In which I reveal how I was rejected by Paul Hogan

I know quite a lot of people who have dreams of becoming published writers and who struggle at times to remain positive and optimistic while on that noble quest. I know just how they feel. I made my first attempts … Continue reading

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