Epiphanies, Miracles, and Other Such Nonsense

One might ask (as I am sure many did) just what I was thinking when I quit my job mid-pandemic, decimated my life savings on a trip to far north Queensland via Darwin, arrived home three months later and promptly enrolled at Deakin University. Surely signing up to a lifetime of debt would be the last thing on my mind at 47 and unemployed. If … Continue reading Epiphanies, Miracles, and Other Such Nonsense

Silver Beeches

It was once written that the advent of the railways gave life to the long-forgotten medieval tales of dragons in the countryside. What but for the steam engine—chuffing and puffing its way through the steel arteries of land hitherto untraversed by machine, its fine paintwork glistening in the sun of a golden, modern age—could cause such distress? To stand by the platform of a Victorian … Continue reading Silver Beeches

What I Learned from the World of Fanfiction

My route into the publishing industry was not conventional. In fact, what sparked my interest in the first place was something that has only gained traction online in the last decade or so—fanfiction. I started using Wattpad when I was 15 years old, hungry for those juicy, fictional scenes taken directly from a teenage girl’s mind and splashed onto the site without a second thought. … Continue reading What I Learned from the World of Fanfiction

Getting Inspired into a Career in Screenwriting

One of the initial people that lay the bricks for stories in films and TV, and other entertainment mediums that have become an important part of our daily lives, are the relatively low-profile screenwriters. They receive less recognition than actors, less creative control over what eventually goes on-screen than directors and editors, yet are still demanded the extremely challenging task of writing the foundations of … Continue reading Getting Inspired into a Career in Screenwriting

We Need a Dead Woman to Begin

Content warning: Domestic violence ‘We need a dead woman to begin. To begin (writing, living) we must have death. I like the dead, they are the doorkeepers who while closing one side ‘give’ way to the other. We must have death, but young, present, ferocious, fresh death, the death of the day, today’s death.’ Hélène Cixous (1993) Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing, Columbia … Continue reading We Need a Dead Woman to Begin

Yoga Series Part Two: Breathing Benefits and Study Stress

In this installment of my Yoga Series, I will demonstrate the benefits of conscious breathing for relieving study-related stress. This is essential because regardless of our biases, we all intrinsically rely on the same nourishing life force, our breath. I am not trying to get all woo-woo on you, okay? I am an academic too! I’ve been teaching academically for two decades now. One part … Continue reading Yoga Series Part Two: Breathing Benefits and Study Stress