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Writers in the Attic #28: Rae Hilhorst

Posted by on March 20, 2017 in WRITERS IN THE ATTIC | 37 comments

Writers in the Attic #28: Rae Hilhorst

I have another of my writing friends in the attic today: Rae Hilhorst.   Here’s the serious, factual bio for Rae: Rae lives in Perth Western Australia and is a married mother of two adult daughters. Her blog is her hobby, a means to explore creative writing. When brave enough, she wants to dip her toes in the ocean, so to speak—so far, her pinky toe has made it. Her goal is to be worthy of print.   By day, she works as a trainer and assessor, and her work goals are to develop, mentor and support her students. Her motto is:...

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Writers in the Attic #27: Conor Duggan

Posted by on March 13, 2017 in WRITERS IN THE ATTIC | 6 comments

Writers in the Attic #27: Conor Duggan

This is the week for firsts: not only is Conor Duggan my first male guest for writers in the attic, he’s also my first Irish guest, first backpacker, first geologist, first slam-poet, first writer not to use a desk, and a whole heap of other firsts you’ll discover if you read on And please read on: this essay is delightful and full of wisdom, and it certainly gave me cause to reflect on my own writing practices.      Conor grew up in Ireland, and after studying a BSc geology in Trinity College, Dublin, he worked for...

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I’ve Been Editing …

Posted by on March 11, 2017 in ON WRITING | 22 comments

I’ve Been Editing …

My apologies for being so quiet on my blog lately. As most of you would already know, I’ve been doing the structural edits on my novel. They’re notoriously hard—just ask any author—and I had only one month in which to complete them. That month also happened to be February, so I felt a little short-changed—why couldn’t it have been January or March? Those extra three days would have been nice! For those readers who aren’t novelists, perhaps I should explain what a structural edit actually is. A structural...

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Writers in the Attic #26—Deb Wain

Posted by on March 6, 2017 in WRITERS IN THE ATTIC | 8 comments

Writers in the Attic #26—Deb Wain

I have yet another gorgeous essay for Writers in the Attic this week, this time from Deb Wain. Deb’s tale of how she came to writing really resonated with me. In fact, parts of it are eerily similar to an essay I wrote for the Writing the Dream anthology last year, especially how she grew up surrounded by people who did ‘real’ jobs for a living and never considered writing as a career.  I loved books but something about their magic made them feel, to me, as if they were also created by magic, or at least by a very...

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Writers in the Attic #25—Glenda Janes

Posted by on February 27, 2017 in WRITERS IN THE ATTIC | 15 comments

Writers in the Attic #25—Glenda Janes

Every week, I say how honoured/thrilled/excited I am to host this week’s Writer in the Attic. I know I’m repeating myself and sounding clichéd, but it’s true: every week, I am truly honoured, thrilled and excited to post each story. As I read the stories that come in, I’m often rendered speechless, not just by the events they outline, which are often heart-wrenching in themselves; and not just by the words and their melody; but also by the intangible something underneath—the power of writing. Or as Glenda Janes,...

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Writers in the Attic #24—Jessica Gately

Posted by on February 20, 2017 in WRITERS IN THE ATTIC | 17 comments

Writers in the Attic #24—Jessica Gately

A few weeks’ ago, I put a call out for essays for Writers in the Attic to a Facebook group for Australian writers. I was a little nervous and had no idea if anyone would want to write for this little attic, but, as always, my fellow writers rose to the occasion. I was overwhelmed by the response—not just in terms the number of submissions, but by the quality and beauty of the stories. (A thank you to you all—your generosity never ceases to amaze me.) When I first read this week’s essay by Jessica Gately, I had to sit for a few...

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Writers in the Attic #23—Vikki Holstein

Posted by on February 13, 2017 in ON WRITING, WRITERS IN THE ATTIC | 22 comments

Writers in the Attic #23—Vikki Holstein

Welcome to the second week of Writers in the Attic for 2017. Today, another interstate guest joins me—Vikki Holstein. Vikki is a romance writer, but of romance with a twist. I admire her ‘I’ll show them’ attitude, and that she’s prepared to take a risk and has dared to be different.  Her story of the road to publication and its pitfalls is inspiring. Please read on:     Vikki has been writing for seventeen years and Hold Back is her seventh completed romance novel. She has also written...

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Writers in the Attic #22: Christina Houen

Posted by on February 6, 2017 in ON WRITING, WRITERS IN THE ATTIC | 31 comments

Writers in the Attic #22: Christina Houen

Welcome back to Writers in the Attic for 2017! This series was one of the highlights, if not the highlight, of my 2016 blog year, so it’s my absolute pleasure to invite writers into this little space again. I have some wonderful writers and essays lined up—an eclectic mix of people and styles and stories for you to read and savour. My first guest for 2017 is Christina Houen.      Christina was born with writing and reading in her genes, but it took her almost 60 years to find her voice. The turning point was going...

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My Writing Goals In 2017

Posted by on January 25, 2017 in ON WRITING | 19 comments

My Writing Goals In 2017

I’ve been quiet on the blog lately and I apologise. My excuse is that in this part of the world, it’s school holidays, and I’ve wound everything right back so I don’t spend all day in the attic and neglect my family. School returns next week so I’m gearing up for that, and I’ve already made a start on my ‘new and improved’ writing routine. You see, I was a bit disappointed with how little I wrote in 2016. I edited in the first half of the year, and after that, I really didn’t do much...

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Writers in the Attic #21: Lily Malone

Posted by on December 19, 2016 in ON WRITING, WRITERS IN THE ATTIC | 15 comments

Writers in the Attic #21: Lily Malone

My last writer in the attic for 2016 is Lily Malone. Lily was a guest here in 2014, but she’s been rather busy since then …  Lily has worked as a journalist and editor of wine industry magazines, but discovered after years of writing facts for a living, writing romance was much more fun. She’s now written four full-length novels, the last of which was released in print in September this year. Recently, she also launched the first book in her Butterfly House series. When she isn’t writing, Lily likes gardening,...

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