I never anticipated how much I would enjoy engaging with readers. I’m a homebody who prefers socks to high heels, and emails instead of phone calls. Writing is a solitary job with no need for make-up or a uniform. The flip-side of this career path is community engagements. Continue reading “2017 as an Author”
Held at CQUni Bundaberg on 7th & 8th October, WriteFest had beautiful weather and the attendees eager to expand their writing horizons. Over the course of the weekend there were many events – Continue reading “WriteFest 2017 Wrap-up”
As I’ve read to my children since their birth, I really wanted to write my own bedtime story. I researched the principles of what makes an ideal bedtime story, and what struck me most was that I needed to include trigger words like ‘sleep’ and ‘tired’ and ‘close eyes’. So, not only are parents developing a bedtime routine with their child, but they
I’m on a mission to introduce my kids to fruits and veges they’ve not had before. Making a dessert certainly prepares their mindset to think ‘yum!’. So here is my version of a super easy Rhubarb Raspberry Crumble that is gluten-free and dairy-free.
The book launch for my first children’s picture book, The Green Goggles, was better than I could have imagined. And for numerous reasons.
I had a floor full of kids to read to – things were perfect already! Continue reading “Book Launch – The Green Goggles”
So you like romance, but you’re over the accessories that came with ‘Shades of Grey. You like drama, but not the kind where people lose their morals. You’re an adult, so you’re not into pubescent lust. Boomer Lit might be for you. Continue reading “Like reading? Heard of Boomer Lit?”
I met Sherilyn Strube at a Sandy Curtis book launch at the Bundaberg Regional Library. We got talking and I learned that she is the Coordinator for the Support-A-Reader program run through Rotary East. She trains volunteers to become ‘Rotary Readers’ – people who give their time to help children improve their reading skills.
As a mum and a volunteer at my daughter’s school I thought this was a wonderful opportunity to learn how to teach reading – properly. Continue reading “Support-A-Reader: invaluable training”
To the dismay of many publishers, authors and writers, the Turnbull government is proposing to lift the restriction on parallel importation of books. Continue reading “Why I’m afraid of Parallel Importation of Books”
It’s been ten years since we chose to sponsor a child through World Vision.
When selecting a sponsor child you could search on their age, gender and location. You could also see who had been on the waiting list the longest – this is how we chose our sponsor child, Dorcas from Guatemala. Continue reading “A letter to Guatemala”
2015 was a huge year for me. I pursued so many avenues I ran out of fuel and had to push my vehicle of projects through some tight turns. I got there, just, and survived the learning curve of thinking I could do it all. Continue reading “Life and Career Goals 2016”
My advice to any aspiring artist is to enter your work into festivals, displays and competitions. My desire to make a career from art has increased, and with confidence, after winning the Digital Art category at the Bundaberg Arts Festival.
After eleven years of writing, attending workshops and travelling to conferences, I’m glad I’ve picked up a few things, and not just the wine glass at the after party.
Guest blogger Author and Workshop Presenter Shannon Curtis shares her writing tools, tips and techniques.
Your characters are the backbone of your story. Without a wonderful cast to play the roles your plot simply doesn’t exist. The treasure will remain buried and the princess will stay locked in the tower. So how do we as writers successfully create believable, memorable and effective characters.
Jacque Duffy is an Australian artist, writer, teacher, entrepreneur, savvy business woman, mother and uni student (and lover of coffee!) She is one of the amazing women I know who inspire me so I’m honoured to be able to share some of her journey with you.