Category Archives: Writing

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!

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

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

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

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

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,

Evoking the human soul

What is it about writing that can so strike a chord in us? Be so instantaneously meaningful? Move us in ways that are so mysterious as to evoke a kind of momentary transcendence? And isn’t it wonderful when we come

Evoking the human soul

What is it about writing that can so strike a chord in us? Be so instantaneously meaningful? Move us in ways that are so mysterious as to evoke a kind of momentary transcendence? And isn’t it wonderful when we come

Worth a thousand words: Google images

Sometimes my imagination just isn’t enough. I need a picture. It’s worth a thousand words, right? I’ve been working on a short story that’s set on a farm. While the story itself is complete fiction, the setting is very real.

Worth a thousand words: Google images

Sometimes my imagination just isn’t enough. I need a picture. It’s worth a thousand words, right? I’ve been working on a short story that’s set on a farm. While the story itself is complete fiction, the setting is very real.

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