Category Archives: New Zealand

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!

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

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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

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

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

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,

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,

Plagiarizing life

Under normal circumstances I have no problem swapping life stories, telling friends or strangers about living in New Orleans when hurricane Katrina blew through or about daily life in a New Zealand city that’s suffered three pretty big earthquakes and

Plagiarizing life

Under normal circumstances I have no problem swapping life stories, telling friends or strangers about living in New Orleans when hurricane Katrina blew through or about daily life in a New Zealand city that’s suffered three pretty big earthquakes and

Why Dickens might hate the iPod

I unplugged. By choice and necessity. My friend had told me there was a spot on the hill near the historic Anglican church (closed due to recent earthquake damage) where I could get cell reception. I never found it. Not

Why Dickens might hate the iPod

I unplugged. By choice and necessity. My friend had told me there was a spot on the hill near the historic Anglican church (closed due to recent earthquake damage) where I could get cell reception. I never found it. Not

All things creative

Welcome to On the Quiet Path! Deciding to write a blog is a huge commitment. Not only that, it’s also a bold leap out of a private life and into the wider world where, it seems, so many people have

All things creative

Welcome to On the Quiet Path! Deciding to write a blog is a huge commitment. Not only that, it’s also a bold leap out of a private life and into the wider world where, it seems, so many people have