This is a Now Page. Inspired by American entrepreneur Derek Sivers it tells you what and how I’m doing, right now.
A Now Page is different to social media. It helps me give you a bigger picture about the projects I’m focused on, the things I’ve achieved, and what my goals are for the future.
I’ve been living in New Zealand with my husband and two boys for two years and nine months, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else now. I split my time between teaching at home and continuing to write. I take myself out for a walk every day, regardless of the weather, and I spend time every morning documenting the things that are important to me in a physical Life Journal.
My husband suffered a head injury which resulted in a bad concussion in February, so as horrible as that has been for my family, it has forced us all to slow down and take a good, hard look at what is important and necessary.
Despite the stress and fear around COVID-19, and the subsequent countrywide lockdown, my life didn’t change all that much. My family and I adopted a new routine as best we could but also gave ourselves permission to take each day as it came. We have tried hard to focus on the positives and keeping ourselves safe and well, as well as being busy, staying connected and keeping our humour about us.
Good Stuff Worth Mentioning
I turned 41 at the beginning of April in the middle of Level 4 lockdown, but it was perhaps one of the nicest and most fun birthdays I’ve had in a long time. My family made me special gifts, and my husband grew me sunflowers. I spent time catching up with friends over the internet, dressed up in my favourite clothes, and ate far too much sticky chocolate cake. Bliss.
My debut short story collection Dark Winds Over Wellington: Chilling Tales of the Weird & the Strange was nominated for a Sir Julius Vogel Award in the Best Collected Work category.
A reprint of “Fake Meat” from Dark Winds… was accepted into a charity anthology Infected, Tales to Read at Home and another, original story — “Long Drop” — will be included in an upcoming antipodean anthology from Things In The Well.
I have been working with a team of eleven other people to collate and edit a canine-themed charity anthology to support the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand since September 2019, and it is finally complete. The official ebook launch takes place on the 17th May, with paperbacks available to buy from the 31st May from Amazon and Ingram Spark.
The Black Dogs, Black Tales team chose seventeen stories to represent the 17% of the population of New Zealand estimated to suffer from mental health issues, and it’s jam-packed with some stunning stories from a diverse and extremely talented wealth of authors.
I’m taking a break from editing for a while to focus on writing stories for other charity anthology callouts. I also aim to finish my YA elvish fantasy novella which I have been writing for my children, on and off, since Christmas 2018.
I’m still writing essays and book reviews for other blog sites, as well as making plans for a collaborative horror-based project entitled HorrorFic21. And there may be a few secret new releases in the future too…