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

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

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

Child of the Sea

I’m a water baby, I’ve known that forever. I grew up by the North Sea; I swam in it quite regularly even though it’s bastard cold and murky grey and you’d be well advised not to swallow even a drop of it. The worst part of wearing hearing aids for me is having to take

Book Review – ‘Where We Land’ by Tim Jones

Originally published in 2015 under the title ‘Landfall’, cli-fi novella ‘Where We Land’ by Tim Jones is quick to read but slow to leave you.  Focusing on two very different characters — Bengali refugee Nasimul Rahman and young New Zealander Donna, a shop assistant and volunteer for the Shore Patrol — ‘Where We Land’ is set in

Fake Meat

Wellington’s premier annual food festival ‘Welly On A Plate‘ (WoaP) begins today for the whole of August. Dine Wellington runs for the first two weeks from the 1st to the 16th. Burger Wellington runs for the second two weeks of August from the 17th to the 31st. I highly recommend checking it out if you