I thought we’d reached peak overwhelm during the bushfire disasters in January, but now that seems a distant memory compared to what’s going on now. I don’t need to compile a detailed list of all that’s currently happening - you know it, you’re living it. It’s in the aisles of the supermarkets, it’s in the … Continue reading Trying to find stable ground when everything is collapsing
After nearly 2 years I finally got to hold my latest baby, Magnificent Mistakes and Fantastic Failures: Finding the good when things seem bad. While this is the advance reader copy (ARC) which normally goes out for reviews, my publisher sent me this copy so I could shed a little tear of joy. When it comes … Continue reading The long wait is almost over
If you want to build resilience in kids, there’s one simple, yet powerful thing you can tell them. Its impact will be long lasting and far reaching. Tell them, "You’re important to me and the world." ‘You’re important’, tells children they are not only valued, but they have a role to play in the bigger … Continue reading Want resilient kids? Tell them this.
I was asked by Allen and Unwin to write a short review of fellow author Donna Mazza Writer's new book, Fauna, but gee wizz, I was not prepared for such a powerful and challenging read. Fauna is a story that aches with the primal instincts of motherhood and pulses with psychological trauma. From when you first find out … Continue reading Book Review – Fauna by Donna Mazza
When I was 10, I was given a dictionary for my birthday. It wasn’t any normal dictionary like the Macquarie or Oxford, it was the Misspellers Dictionary – perfect for kids like me, who couldn’t spell to save themselves. You looked up how you thought a word was spelled, and then the Misspellers Dictionary would … Continue reading The Boy Who Couldn’t Spell
Of all the images that have documented my journey from messing around drawing stick figure cartoons in 2010 to becoming an award wining children's author and publishing 8 books, there is one that stops me in my tracks. It's an image that completely defines what I've achieved in last 10 years. And I'm not even … Continue reading One Image that Defined the Most Transformative Decade of My Life
10. Ambassador for the Children's Tumour Foundation Undie Run I still can't believe I wore a pair of snug undies and tight fitting T-shirt, and walked around in public! But that's what I did as ambassador for the inaugural Bunbury Cupid's Undie Run for the Children's Tumour Foundation. The team raised a load of cash … Continue reading 10 Extraordinary Things That Happened This Year
I don't know about you, but I've been a little disappointed with the lack of fun and imaginative seasons greetings and Christmas cards out there. So being a writer and illustrator I'm in a perfect position to make my own! I wanted to come up with unique ideas that incorporated elements of my kids books … Continue reading Have you bought your Festive Season greeting cards yet?
When I was a kid, I was always getting in trouble for not paying attention, for daydreaming too much and for going off on little adventures in my mind. But I loved it though… In my imagination there were no limits and no-one telling me what I can and can’t do. However sadly most of … Continue reading Are you prepared to run through life like the gate of normalcy has been left open?
I got an email on Monday from my publisher, Big Sky Publishing, saying that they had sold the territory rights for Find Your Creative Mojo to Penguin Random House South East Asia. This is huge news as the English language version of the book will now be available through all of Southeast Asia taking in … Continue reading Find Your Creative Mojo acquired by Penguin Random House South East Asia