Artist’s Date at the Art Gallery of WA

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The other day I wandered into the Art Gallery of WA to have a gander at the latest exhibitions on display. It’s been awhile since I’ve been to the art gallery and it was lovely to be back! It was, in a way, a fun way to spend the afternoon, an artist’s date.

What is an artist’s date, you may ask? Well, it’s a concept conceived of by author Julia Cameron, solo expeditions that fuels one’s imagination and one’s creativeness. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something arty – just something fun and playful that one enjoys doing. Here is a list of suggestions for artist’s dates.

Admittedly, a visit to the art gallery is pretty, well, artsy. But, hey, why not? And there was and exhibition of contemporary comics on that I wanted to see.

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Monday Motivation: We Sail Within a Vast Sphere, Ever Drifting in Uncertainty

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It’s a bit of a strange one for a Monday motivation, but life is a sea of uncertainty. We are tossed upon its waves, smooth sometimes, rough at others. The thing to remember is to keep moving with the changes, to never forget the past, but always keep looking toward the future.

A Conversation with: Leora Krygier

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Yesterday, I posted my review of Leora Krygier’s upcoming YA book, Keep Her. Today, I’ve got a treat – an interview with the author herself!

I was super excited to be able to interview Leora – she seems like such a cool person with so many achievements under her belt. She’s a former LA juvenile court judge, she’s lived in France, she dabbles in photography and she’s a published author. How amazing is that? I knew she was going to come up with some really interesting answers to my questions and I was right. Read on to find out more about Leora and her writing journey and habits! READ MORE

Book Review: Keep Her by Leora Krygier

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I was super thrilled to receive an ARC of Leora Krygier’s latest YA book, Keep Her, which is due out in September this year! (Note: though I received this ARC as a complimentary copy from the author, all opinions stated below in this review are entirely my own). Leora Krygier is an author, traveller, photographer and former LA juvenile court judge, and I knew that a book by such a variegated soul was going to be something really interesting.

Keep Her is the sweet, poignant tale of two lost souls who come across each other when a water main bursts in the middle of a hot LA summer. Aiden is a young filmmaker struggling with the decision of whether to keep his baby daughter while smart, creative Maddie is hoping to get into art school in New York. They’re immediately drawn to each other, but Aiden’s dilemma will continue to lie as a point of contention between them – Maddie herself is an adoptee, struggling to come to terms with the fact that her biological parents did not want her. Will Aiden’s eventual decision create a rift between them that will threaten their relationship? READ MORE

Writing Wednesday: If You Want to Change the World, Pick Up Your Pen And Write

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I love this quote by Martin Luther King. I think the first time I truly realised words could make a change in the world was when I was in college. I was still trying to figure out what I was going to major in. For one of my classes, I had to write an in-depth report on any subject and present it. The subject I chose was the Tibetans’ right to independence. It was a topic I had always felt strongly about and did more than ever as I researched, wrote and presented my arguments. It also left me with a feeling of empowerment, that my words could be used to argue for the courses I believed in. Now that was just a class report that no one but my teacher and maybe a few other fellow students ever laid eyes on, but it left me with the burning sense of this: words have power. And in the end that was what led me to decide to major in journalism and use my words for a greater good. Words have power. They have the power to influence people, to give birth to new dreams, hopes and aspirations, to allow people to empathise with others. They say the pen is mightier than the sword and I believe this is true. If you want to change the world, use your words. Use them wisely, and use them for good, for kindness and for love.

Be Patient

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I’m not a naturally patient person. But if there’s one lesson I’ve been learning lately, it’s the lesson of being patient. To be patient in my writing, to be patient in life in general. They say life isn’t about the destination, it’s about the journey. They say you must slow down, stop to smell the roses, and learn that everything happens in its own time. The story gradually unfolds, the sculptor must take great care when chipping away at the delicate lines in the stone. Chip too hard, too quickly, and the lines will be spoiled. Breathe life into your words, choose them with care. Craft your sentences with love and strength. READ MORE

Monday Motivation: Either Write Something Worth Reading or Do Something Worth Writing

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Today is a double whammy – both a writing quote and general life inspo quote. It pretty much sums up what I want do with my life! Hopefully, I’ll be able to write something worth reading and do something writing about. Keep dreaming on, my friends, and bringing those dreams to life. Happy Monday!

Tribute to Peter Dickinson

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The other day I thought to go onto the blog of one of my all-time favourite authors, Robin McKinley, and see what’s been up in her world. And when I did, I was devastated to find out that her husband, another all-time wonderful author, Peter Dickinson, had passed away in December last year. READ MORE

Writing Wednesday: I Write to Give Myself Strength

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Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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I’ve been seeing Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo floating around on the Bookstagram world for a little while with some very favourable reviews. I downloaded a sample of the book on my Kindle, read it and was intrigued, but never got any further.

Then the other day, I decided to finally get around to purchasing the book and reading it. And reading it. And reading it. And I never put it down until I was done.

Holy hells.

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