Things I Didn’t Do…

This weekend ended up being the One Where I Didn’t Do Things. I didn’t go to a social meet-up I had been planning to go to due to feeling unwell. I didn’t send off a story before a submission deadline because I realised it needed a lot more work to properly shine. I didn’t work […]

Don’t Self-Reject!

Have you ever felt super excited about doing a Thing, only to suddenly find yourself crippled by unexpected anxiety, uncertainty and a strong urge to run away and hide? I don’t just mean a physical Thing, but also a creative or artistic one. Self-rejection is the nasty little brother of the Imposter Syndrome Gremlin, and […]

Resting Book Face…

The Twitterverse was abuzz the other day with a story about women having surgery to fix their “Resting Bitch Face”, or, you know, just how some women look when they’re not smiling. Apparently some ladies dislike that they look angry or unapproachable when their faces are at rest. Me? I don’t mind in the slightest; […]

An Ocean of Stars

For Diana. Because you liked my stories so much, I thought you should have one of your own. She drives to the beach every morning, come rain or wind or shine. She takes the Book with her, wrapped carefully in a translucent sheath, to ensure no part of it can be damaged. It is special […]

Long Distance

Flash fiction challenge: 500 word romance using the word “spring.” I’ve done it again. Just like I always do. My mouth was in gear but my brain was in neutral, saying words I didn’t really mean. It’s hard for me; I’m not like you, I’m much more emotional. You twist me around like a coiled […]

Even The Best Can Get Better

There is a sign on State Highway 2 near where I live in New Zealand aimed at motorcyclists. It says: “Even the best can get better.” Each time I drive past it, it makes me smile, because it speaks to me not as a motorcycle owner, but as an artist and writer, passionate about what […]

NZBC Lecture — Lani Wendt Young

(Header image taken from NZBC poster.) This Wednesday just past, I was extremely privileged to see Lani Wendt Young deliver her lecture for the New Zealand Book Council in Wellington. Stories from the Wild: Reading and Writing in the Digital Age discussed the importance of representation in literature, called out the underlying racism and unnecessary […]