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  • Using Recipes for World Building
    I have a love of the 1940s through to 1970s (I blame my late Mother for this – too many MGM musicals when I was young and impressionable). My historical fiction is set in this era and recently I’ve been using recipes and food as a way to world build. World building is important for …

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  • Is Creativity Intelligence Having Fun?
    It’s been nice to be able be going to Byron Bay and Tweed Heads recently (I’m doing a structural editing course with Laurel Cohn through the Byron Writers Festival.  The three hour drives (plus the time it takes to get back across the border) have given me a lot of time to think about perspectives …

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  • My Favourite Writing Books
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  • Chattering at the Library
    I frequently visit the State Library of Queensland for research and inspiration (plus the bookshop is excellent). This piece was written on a rainy morning while I waited for an event at the Gallery of Modern Art. Looking out over the trees, I see flashes of red – bottle brushes amongst the gnarled branches. The …

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  • Beauty and the Grotesque
    Voluptuous conjures up the image of Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigidia. Marcel Proust in In Search of Lost Time added intelligence to voluptuous and created the phrase “voluptuous intelligence”. Since the moment I first laid eyes on this combination of words I fell deeply and hopelessly in love. What a divine concept, the …

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