A Conversation with T Kingfisher

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I am a huge fan of T Kingfisher’s books and was super thrilled when she agreed to take the time to do an interview with me! If you like fairy retellings with smart, relatable heroines mixed in with some wry humour and a drop of darkness too, you’re bound to love T Kingfisher’s books. I pretty much devour anything she reads within a couple of days and found especial comfort in disappearing into The Raven and the Reindeer, which is based on The Snow Queen, when I was going through a difficult time this year. (And by the way, we all love Frozen, but I feel this is a far truer adaptation!)

When she’s not writing as T Kingfisher, she is also Ursula Vernon, a Hugo and Nebula-winning children’s book author, artist and illustrator. So in fact, she is all the things! To find out more about her and her creativity process, just read on. READ MORE

Book Review: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

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Since it’s Halloween month AKA spooky reads month, I thought there was no better time than to finally get around to reading The Turn of the Screw by Henry James! READ MORE

Writing Wednesday: You Can Make Anything By Writing

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Halloween Reads: Agatha Christie

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We’re getting closer to Halloween so I thought I’d share a few Halloween spooky reads!

First up are a couple of books from the Queen of Crime herself, Agatha Christie! Oh, all hail Agatha, I bow before you. I am not worthy.

Forget Cthuthu and Manson cults. I’d run an Agatha Christie cult if I had to run any sort of cult.


Monday Motivation: Louise Erdrich on Life and Apples

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This year has been a long roller-coaster ride for me and it’s still not over yet. I’m feeling bruise and battered, but I’m still keeping my head up high, working hard and hoping for the best. In times like this, I turn to Louise Erdrich’s words and know that life is hard. It is really, really hard. But I am still alive and I am here to risk it all again, to keep hoping and loving and working and living and tasting its sweetness, as much of it as I am able to.

A Conversation with Claire Boston

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I’m pleased to announce that today’s Conversation is with another fellow West Australian! Hooray for local writers!

I first met bestselling romance author Claire Boston at the Rockingham Writers Convention last month when I attended her workshop on self-editing. I found her workshop really informative and loved hearing Claire talk about her own writing and editing process so I made up my mind to corner her after the workshop and ask her if she would do an interview for the blog. Luckily for me, she said yes! READ MORE

Writing Wednesday: Writing is Perhaps the Greatest of Human Inventions

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October Science Read: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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October’s 2016 science read is a book I’ve been meaning to read for a long time and that’s Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It’s also one of the first books I placed on my list of science reads and I’m psyched that I’m finally getting to read it!

The book tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black tobacco farmer and mother of five from Baltimore who died of cervical cancer at the age of 30 in 1951. Without her knowledge, doctors took a sample of her cancerous tissue to study. Her cells became the first human cells to thrive in a lab and gave scientists a way to make several medical breakthroughs, including cloning, gene mapping and developing a vaccine for polio. These cells were known as the HeLa cells and were the first human biological material to be bought and sold, paving the way to a multibillion dollar industry while Henrietta’s family continued to live in poverty and with no access to health insurance.

I’ve heard so many good things about this book and I’m looking forward to finally reading it. I’ll be back in a month’s time with my review of it!

Book Review: Asteroid Mining 101 by John S. Lewis

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I can’t believe it’s already October. It’s almost the end of the year – and almost the end of my 2016 science reads resolution! I’ll be sad when it’s over. I’ve been really enjoying my monthly science reads – they’ve opened up a whole new world of knowledge and ideas to me, and I’m glad I pushed myself to do this.

But more on that later. Now it’s onto my review of September’s 2016 science read!

For September, I decided to read John S. Lewis’s Asteroid Mining 101, mainly because I wanted to find out a little bit more about the subject.  READ MORE

Monday Motivation: Love the Life You Live

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