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The meaning of free.
CNF / microessays / Musings

The meaning of free.

Table exploring the word in a selection of its nuances: Definition of “free” Sample sentence a. [chemistry] uncombined, unpaired. New research is finding that free radicals may actually be good for you. a. excluded. Rich in polyphenols, fair trade dark chocolate can be enjoyed guilt-free when eaten in moderation. a. gratis. The child’s meal comes … Continue reading

Bits of life / CNF

Water dragon.

It was ink dark outside when the contractions started but I waited until 5am before waking him. ‘Are you sure?’ he asked. ‘Yes, I’m sure!’ I said. ‘Could it still be prelabour?’ ‘These are no Braxton Hicks. And they’re getting closer together. I’ve been timing.’ He had good reason to ask: my prelabour had gone … Continue reading

Stocktake.
Musings

Stocktake.

<10,000 words from a first draft. Five days from finishing my PCWC residency. Four days from PCWC’s Publication Event. Three days from my last workshop as Writer in Residence. Three children and one husband forgetting my face. Two consultation appointments to book. Two days until applications to be a part of a 2019 writers’ festival … Continue reading

The sendings.
Musings

The sendings.

There is nothing like clicking the “Send” or “Submit” button to thrust you into a whitewater rush of doubt and self-criticality. Even dread. That’s what I’m experiencing, anyway. After three years of hitting that 100-plus rejection target, I find my pain is not so much in the rejections, but in the sendings. I think it’s … Continue reading

New directions.
Musings

New directions.

Lately I have been experimenting with pictures, sound, and video as storytelling tools. Part of my process has resulted in completely new works; some of it has involved enriching stories already posted on this blog. I will share new works with you in future posts. For now, I invite you to revisit past posts with … Continue reading