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
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?
A few years ago, I decided to ditch my award winning radio advertising job, and shortly afterwards starting taking the message of my children's book, 'Being You is Enough’ to primary school kids across Western Australia. So instead of boardroom niceties, I’ve now get called fat, told I'm old and a liar and I get … Continue reading From the boardroom to the playground, The unconventional life of a children’s author on tour.
Life has a way of sneaking up on you. I'd always wanted my #writerslife to be full and overflowing with opportunities to meet new people, to visit new places, share my books and talk to kids and adults about what matters in life. And make money while doing it. So while I was busy over … Continue reading Schools, Prisons, Podcasts, Interviews, Guest judging, Guest Speaker and Wildflowers… It’s all part of a #writerslife
I’d never heard of Generalised Anxiety Disorder until recently. I’d heard of all the other ones; social anxiety, separation anxiety, panic disorders and of course phobias, but generalised anxiety no… it just seemed a little too generalised! I didn’t have panic attacks and run out of shopping centres (Ok in hindsight maybe there was that … Continue reading Getting diagnosed with GAD and how it’s changing my life.
It was 2 o’clock in the afternoon and I had remembered something I needed to check on Google. I opened the laptop and out of habit launched Facebook instead and started scrolling through the news feed. Almost immediately I could feel myself forgetting what I was supposed to be doing. Then bang, one more finger … Continue reading How to feel less overwhelmed and more centered