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Slaying a formidable foe: writer’s block

This past summer I high-tailed it from my home in Christchurch to Wellington for six weeks of creative writing acrobatics. For years I’ve been wanting to take the Iowa Workshop for prose at Victoria University and this year, I did!

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Slaying a formidable foe: writer’s block

This past summer I high-tailed it from my home in Christchurch to Wellington for six weeks of creative writing acrobatics. For years I’ve been wanting to take the Iowa Workshop for prose at Victoria University and this year, I did!

Merry Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas from On the Quiet Path! May the Light and Life and Love of Christmas fill you this Holy Season.

Merry Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas from On the Quiet Path! May the Light and Life and Love of Christmas fill you this Holy Season.

The Quiet Path

Christmas on the Quiet Path

There is a certain wonderment in Christmas. A magic in celebrating this holiday in the darkest days of winter, snow preferable but not essential. I have always loved Christmas and the stories and songs that revolve around it. Living in

The Quiet Path

Christmas on the Quiet Path

There is a certain wonderment in Christmas. A magic in celebrating this holiday in the darkest days of winter, snow preferable but not essential. I have always loved Christmas and the stories and songs that revolve around it. Living in

Girl reading

Imagination: feed and water daily

It began when my mom told me a story at bedtime about a mermaid and a tower. It was watered with books like Bears on Wheels and the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It was fed by The Lion the Witch and

Girl reading

Imagination: feed and water daily

It began when my mom told me a story at bedtime about a mermaid and a tower. It was watered with books like Bears on Wheels and the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It was fed by The Lion the Witch and

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Compulsion to create

About six years ago a policeman led me down some concrete stairs to the windowless jail beneath the police station. He brought me into a room, more like a closet, with no door and fingerprinted me. While I pressed and

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Compulsion to create

About six years ago a policeman led me down some concrete stairs to the windowless jail beneath the police station. He brought me into a room, more like a closet, with no door and fingerprinted me. While I pressed and

Beatrice

Themes in life and art

Recently, when having lunch with a local novelist, I mentioned that I’d just finished a draft of a short story I’d been working on since I was about eleven (that’s twenty-odd years ago). She looked surprised. She may have even

Beatrice

Themes in life and art

Recently, when having lunch with a local novelist, I mentioned that I’d just finished a draft of a short story I’d been working on since I was about eleven (that’s twenty-odd years ago). She looked surprised. She may have even

tramp

Isn’t always easy being a travel writer (no need to cue the violins just yet!)

I’m lucky. I know. I get paid to travel and explore New Zealand. But wait, it gets even better. I get paid to travel and then to write about it! Travel + writing = a happy me. It sounds ideal,

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Isn’t always easy being a travel writer (no need to cue the violins just yet!)

I’m lucky. I know. I get paid to travel and explore New Zealand. But wait, it gets even better. I get paid to travel and then to write about it! Travel + writing = a happy me. It sounds ideal,