Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Monday, 22 September 2014
I hope you've had a lovely weekend too, no matter where in the world you live!
And remember - there's just today left to enter the Stanley Competition - if you haven't already, hop on over for your chance to win a fabulous and unique children's book!
* I've always wanted a hammock in the garden, to no avail. I have discovered, though, that the trampoline is even better - you can lie down and read a book in pure comfort - just watch out for the bouncing children and you will be fine!
Friday, 19 September 2014
What is your favourite thing about home?
PS There are only a few more days left to enter the Stanley competition - please hop on over and enter before it's too late!!
Thursday, 18 September 2014
These simple tips should help instil all the confidence required for a happy future in art:
1. Art takes time
2. Don't rush with your art
3. Always make sure you're doing it the right way
4. Help your friends when they're stuck on something
5. Art makes people feel nice
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
I heard Rakoff interviewed on So you want to be a writer, the Australian Writers' Centre's weekly podcast and I'm delighted to report that she writes as well as she talks. Rakoff's fast-paced prose takes us through this period of her life, makes us cringe when introduced to her dodgy boyfriend Don and excites us when thinking of living with the city of New York as our backyard. I absolutely loved jumping headfirst into Rakoff's world and enjoyed the sheer escapism of a life I can't even begin to imagine. Beg, borrow or… come across a copy one way or another, this is a must read for 2014!
PS I won a copy of this book through the AWC but I was in no way obliged to write about it - believe me, it wouldn't even have made it on to the blog if I didn't enjoy it, let alone the high praise it garnered to make it on my must read list!
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
1. Editing can't be rushed
There's no point speed-reading my work if I miss out on errors. I need to apply a careful filter to my writing which requires full concentration. It meant that when I was knocked out by a horror winter lurgy, I didn't go near my editing - I knew it would affect my deadline, but there was no reason to compromise the quality of my work for the sake of speed.
2. Takes longer than you think
Hand-in-hand with the above insight, I have been blown away by the slow pace of the editing process. My work flow goes a little something like this - write, edit, read on screen, edit, print out, edit, upload changes on screen, edit, reprint, edit, read on screen, edit… Tedious, yes, but utterly worth it!
3. Best done on screen and paper
No matter how closely I look at the screen, errors slip past. They're best picked up on paper - double instances of words, extra spaces in sentences where I have deleted sections and not re-formatted properly, poorly worded sentences that need to be edited and rearranged. Use a combination of your best tools (ie pen and keyboard) and you won't go wrong!
4. Is helped by reading out loud
Those clunky-looking sentences I saw on screen? Once I read them out loud, I found out where they needed to be fixed. This has been one of my best discoveries - once I get to the point of calling the manuscript finished, I will go through this process again, just to be sure...
5. Requires another set of eyes
Someone else will see what you've missed - find a literate friend or loved one and let them do their stuff. Reward them with chocolate or something equally satisfying.
What insights have you discovered during the editing process, whether it be on your blog, creative or business writing?
Is there anything you would like to share?
Monday, 15 September 2014
At around $6 per bale of pea straw and whatever newspapers you can beg, borrow or steal, this makes a cost effective and quick way to create new garden beds. Have you done anything similar? Have you any tips and tricks I can add to this post?!
Ps It also makes a great bed for our cat Marbles to enjoy the sun!