Monday Motivation: Just Take The First Step

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Artist’s Date: Ballet at the Quarry

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Earlier this week, we went to see Takuto: Ballet at the Quarry!

I’ve always wanted to go to the ballet at the Quarry Amphitheatre in City Beach. As you can guess by the name, it’s an amphitheatre set in an old limestone quarry and everyone has always said how beautiful the outdoor setting is. This year, I finally got to head down there to watch the West Australian Ballet’s performance of Takuto. READ MORE

February Philosophy Read: Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics

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Well, now that we’ve finished January’s philosophy read, it’s time to move on to February’s! For our second philosophy read of 2017, we’re staying in Ancient Greece for a little longer with Aristotle’s The Nicomachean Ethics.  READ MORE

Writing Wednesday: If I Waited for Perfection

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January Philosophy Book: Plato’s The Republic

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It’s time now to report my thoughts on January’s philosophy book, Plato’s The Republic! As I’ve mentioned before, it’s a book well worth reading, particularly in today’s turbulent political times.

The Republic is a Socratic dialogue written around 380 BCE by the Ancient Greek philosopher Plato. It begins with Socrates and his friend Glaucon, an older brother of Plato’s, bumping into Polemarchus as they are leaving the festival of Bendis, who is the Thracian equivalent of the goddess Artemis. READ MORE

Monday Motivation: Be Yourself

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Book Review: Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay

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It was with deep regret that I finished reading Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay – regret because it is the last of her three murder mysteries that I’ve read and there are no more to be savoured. If you’ve read my earlier reviews of her books, you’d know I’m an admirer of Hay’s novels and am very sad that she only ever wrote three mysteries before returning to her beloved rural arts.

Death on the Cherwell is also a sort of continuation from her first book, Murder Underground, and it was nice to see some old friends make a cameo in this book! READ MORE

Writing Wednesday: You Are Braver Than You Think You Are

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Writing Journey: Filling In the Blanks

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I thought it’d be interesting to keep some updates of my writing progress of my current WIP! Last week, I finally managed to find my voice and things have been moving along dandily. I’ve been working steadily on rewriting the first draft of my story (which I begun a little before NaNoWriMo). I turned out most of the first draft during NaNoWriMo but those were just the bare bones of it. Now that I have a clearer idea of the world my characters live in and what they’re all about, I’m now going back to fill in more detail – provide shading and colouring and filling in the blanks, as it were.

There’s still a lot more refining to go here. I call this my draft 1.2 because I still think of it as my first draft! Because I’m adding in a lot more detail now and stopping more often to consider my world, the progress is a lot slower but it’s also a lot more rewarding and exciting.

I’m loving this new world my characters live in – it’s bold, it’s brash and it’s definitely not dull. Is it dangerous? You betcha boots it is.

Monday Motivation: Failure is not the falling down, but the staying down

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