Fiction Coaching – What I’m learning

I’m about 30% the way through my fiction coaching course now and have taken on some lovely practice coaching clients. This has forced me to step out of my comfort zone and to stretch myself. It has been such a good experience for me and I am now able to use all the writing skillsContinue reading “Fiction Coaching – What I’m learning”

Creative Changes and Coaching

I’ve been writing this blog since 2013 (if my memory serves me), and it’s always been about sharing my love of creativity, my art, writing and inspiring others to be creative in some way, however, in January 2021, two things happened in my life that will impact the way I do things here. First, IContinue reading “Creative Changes and Coaching”

Mindful Creativity

I’ve been exploring mindful creativity through my art and journal writing practice. It is way of connecting with my inner creativity and continuing to learn that art and writing are tools which bring me completely into the present moment. My portrait practice has slowed but I am continuing to make progress both in creative expressionContinue reading “Mindful Creativity”

Art and Writing Practice

It’s been some time since I last wrote a blog post. I’ve been continuing my art and writing practice while also working. Below is my latest portrait. I’m continuing to practice my portraiture skills and my crosshatching skills. This is portrait 29 of 100. Below are some progress photos of my most recent portrait.  Continue reading “Art and Writing Practice”

Exploring Short Fiction

Short story writing is a true art as far as I am concerned. It’s economical, punchy and a great way to polish up fiction writing skills. But … I haven’t been writing short fiction much. From time to time I have taken dreams (and nightmares) I’ve had and written them into short stories, but theyContinue reading “Exploring Short Fiction”

Contest, Critique & Editing

I’m proud to tell you that my manuscript, The Living Death of Toddy James, was ranked 19 out of 127 submissions in the apprentice level of the 2018 Ink & Insights contest. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a fantastic result. The 2018 Ink & Insight Contest was the first major critique contest I haveContinue reading “Contest, Critique & Editing”

Through Fear and into Creativity

Since returning from the UK, I have been taking a little break from writing new stories and have been working on polishing up my manuscript, The Living Death of Toddy James. I received some good feedback from the Ink & Insights 2018 Critique my Novel contest and decided it was time to submit my manuscriptContinue reading “Through Fear and into Creativity”

UK here I come

Tomorrow I fly out of Australia and will be on my way to the UK for a month. I am super excited to be starting my holiday. So it’s packing time and Miss Poppy decided it was time to check out the interior of my suitcase. Rocket tolerated some photos with me which I tookContinue reading “UK here I come”

Writing – Paranormal and Fantasy Fiction

A couple of weeks ago a new character came into my imagination. I knew what she looked like and I had a good sense of who she was. It was like being visited by a the soul of a real person. I grabbed my iPad, opened a new Scrivener project and jotted down everything I’dContinue reading “Writing – Paranormal and Fantasy Fiction”

Brainstorming – Fantasy Novel Setting

As I’m going to the UK for a holiday in August and I’ll also be doing a writing course with David Farland, I’m preparing my story and brainstorming in advance. One of the things I’ve had to work out is the setting. This is the first time I’ve ever tried to create a complete fantasyContinue reading “Brainstorming – Fantasy Novel Setting”