Are You A Planner Or A Pantser?

How do you write? Are you a planner or pantser? Do you draw up a plan and follow it meticulously? Or do you fly by the seat of your pants, let the words tumble out willy-nilly and then select, order, structure and rewrite? Perhaps you do a little of both? Most writers...

Celebrating Story Dog Stories

Good morning from Barney Poodle and me. As some of you know, the much loved Barney is a Story Dog. The Story Dogs Literacy Program is my great love…after my other loves…including my love for Barney Poodle, of which I have plenty. (Some would say too much,...

Clarice Beckett: Another World In This One

When I take my husband for granted, he likes to  remind me of the saying: ‘Once truly possessed, never looked at again.’ The French poet, Paul Eluard, says something similar: ‘There is another world and it is in this one.’ An exhibition by the...

Walking With McCubbin and Me

  This is the beach at the end of my street where I walk the dog each morning. It is a mid-winter day in Melbourne, Australia, a freakishly beautiful day that probably says something about climate change. For the moment, let’s not go there. Come walking...

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