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

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

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

Remembering Richard Mercer: Love Song Dedications

Can you believe it’s been eight years since Richard Mercer hosted Love Song Dedications? For nearly 17 years, Australia’s ‘Love God’ dominated late night radio with his honey-toned voice, endearing personality, and memorable love songs. For most listeners, unless they researched him online, Mercer was (and remains) a faceless, friendly radio voice who comforted them to sleep almost every weeknight. Whether it was teenage puppy … Continue reading Remembering Richard Mercer: Love Song Dedications

Eilean Donan

There is a painting that hangs above the fireplace in my living room. It is perched just above the thick, wooden mantelpiece, which is home to a collection of family treasures. There’s a small piece of ancient pottery from Pompeii, picked up on my parents’ honeymoon, and a handmade vase from a market in my mother’s home-town. But the painting has always been my favourite. … Continue reading Eilean Donan

‘It’s not that simple’: The Truth Behind the Statement

‘It’s not that simple’. ‘It’s easier said than done’. Sound familiar? Do you ever wonder where you would be if you didn’t constantly limit yourself by reinforcing these statements? It’s often easy to fall into the trap of self-victimisation, and contrary to popular belief, this does more harm than good. One can look at any situation in two ways: from an angle of losing or … Continue reading ‘It’s not that simple’: The Truth Behind the Statement

What is at the Core of Mental Wellness?

Mental wellness is the ability of an individual to be aware and mindful of their thoughts and understand that they can influence emotions and behaviours. From a psychological perspective, this is known as a cognitive-behavioural model of wellbeing. In other words, a mentally healthy individual can monitor and regulate their thoughts to achieve the desired emotional and behavioural response (Neenan 2017). This definition of mental … Continue reading What is at the Core of Mental Wellness?

Kore-eda is an Underrated Genius

Not many people have heard of Hirokazu Kore-eda, the Japanese filmmaker. Although most of his films regularly attend international film festivals, he has not achieved the wider recognition he rightfully deserves. Despite having been nominated five times in the Cannes Film Festival and winning the Jury Prize for his film Like Father, Like Son in 2013. His films are intimate domestic dramas, languid in pace … Continue reading Kore-eda is an Underrated Genius