Lifestyle

The tree of knowledge

A coworker turned me on to a brilliant podcast called On Being. Each week, award-winning broadcaster and bestselling author Krista Tippett speaks with artists, civil rights activists, spiritual leaders, and other smart and fascinating people on what it means to be human and how we want to live. Last month, Tippett spoke with African-American poet Nikki… Read More The tree of knowledge

Tech

Pagans and copyright infringement

Sharing isn’t always caring. Last week, The Wild Hunt exposed a Facebook group illegally distributing hundreds of ebooks. At the time of reporting, The Wiccan Circle contained over 4,000 files that included information, spells, and hundreds of books by well-known Pagan authors including Scott Cunningham, Christopher Penczak, Dorothy Morrison, John Michael Greer, Deborah Blake, and others. Most… Read More Pagans and copyright infringement

Reading, See & Do

The Strays and the Heide Museum of Modern Art

This weekend, my partner and I visited the Heide Museum of Modern Art. It sits at the edge of park lands that we have visited many times. I’ve never been prompted to visit Heide because although I know that modern art encompasses several movements, many of which I love, I tend to immediately associate modern… Read More The Strays and the Heide Museum of Modern Art

Writing

Writing and cultural appropriation

In a Facebook fiction writers group, a white man started a discussion on “cultural appropriation” (his quotes). In short, he claimed that it’s not real and writers should write whatever they want. In the comments, the mostly white folks agreed. Cultural appropriation in writing is a serious topic worthy of discussion. Unfortunately, that was not… Read More Writing and cultural appropriation

Lifestyle

5 ways to make a fresh start on Imbolc

Some people love winter. I am not one of those people. I quietly celebrated the winter solstice last month. I was overjoyed that we were on the other side of winter and the days would now grow longer. The celebration was astronomically supported, but optimistic in light of the actual conditions. July has been bitterly… Read More 5 ways to make a fresh start on Imbolc

Expat Life

Australian home styles

One of the first things I noticed about Melbourne when I moved here are the beautiful homes: cottages, terrace homes, California Bungalows, charming little houses and grand estates. In recent weeks, I’ve been learning more about Australian home styles. Australia has a rich and eclectic urban landscape influenced by English and American architectural styles that… Read More Australian home styles

Writing

Forgotten Australians

From the 1920s to the 1980s, an estimated 500,000 children experienced institutional care. These children are referred to today as Forgotten Australians. They are the inspiration for the novel I’m writing. About 7,000 of these children were child migrants from Britain, Ireland, and Malta. About 50,000 of them were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. They… Read More Forgotten Australians

Tech

Should you get a hosted or self-hosted website for your author platform?

You know what an author platform is and you’ve decided that you want one. Your next round of questions is about the logistics. Should I use WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, or something else? How much does it cost? How do I do it? Is it hard? Should I pay someone to do it for me?  The… Read More Should you get a hosted or self-hosted website for your author platform?

Tech

Author platform – what, why, how?

What is an author platform? Do you need an author platform? How do you build an author platform? This is a hot topic among unpublished writers. It comes up often in the Facebook groups for writers that I belong to. It came up last night at a publishing session at the Emerging Writers’ Festival. What… Read More Author platform – what, why, how?

Expat Life

Tell me about your home

Tell me about your home. My partner is binge-watching the new season of Orange is the New Black. Since I was on my own last night, I decided to watch something I hadn’t seen before. I started watching Outlander. Based on a series of novels, it’s about a Second World War-era English nurse named Claire… Read More Tell me about your home