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?
As part of WA Mental Health week, I've plucked up the courage to share my personal story. If reading it triggers anything in you, please reach out and talk to someone. Contact numbers are at the end of the article. A life not worth living When I was 15, I tried to take my own … Continue reading The suicide attempt I didn’t tell anyone about
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.
Have you ever got angry? What about cried over losing a good friend? And I’m sure you’ve been scared once or twice in your life too? Well, guess what, your kids have the exact same emotions and feelings as you do and will go on to keep having them. However they’re less likely to be … Continue reading A simple way to help your kids understand their emotions
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