In Search of Story ... 

Why in search of story? I'm a writer, I love words and the images they make. So I blog about my never-ending search for stories ... from my own country of Australia to Europe, and home again ... from first idea, to drafts and edits, to published book. 

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November 22, 2018

Five years ago, I wrote a flash fiction story set in Venice in the 18th C. With my short stories, I sometimes use the 'narrative device' of delving into the life of a famous figure in the arts, or science, literature or history and asking 'What if?' ... like Michelange...

November 22, 2018

Yeah, I hear you, 'faithful followers of THAT novel-in-progress'. It's been a long road; 4 years and 8 months to the day - a shorter journey than the years of creating my recently published novel, Sweet Adversity.

THE FOUR SEASONS OF CATERINA has been one hellava j...

January 15, 2018

I didn't set out to write an historical novel, and according to strict obligatory requirements of the genre, I haven't. Sweet Adversity is an adventure set in the historical times of the Great Depression in Australia, with music and Shakespeare, and a coming-of-age thr...

September 28, 2017

With 17 years of KidLit writing under my belt, I've learned from experience. In particular, when you're so close to a work-in-progress, you need the eyes of others to see it clearly ... like amiable writers who will swap critiques with you; or paying for professional c...

November 24, 2016

I started this blog to share my experiences travelling Europe as a writer in search of story, and researching for two novels that I'm writing. One, an historical coming-of-age and quest story set in Venice in the 18th Century is for for older children and any readers w...

November 4, 2016

Today was a good day to be in Florence ... the 50th Anniversary of the terrible floods of 1966. Like Venice's destructive huge tide on the same day fifty years ago, Florence's Arno River burst its banks, rising 11 to 12 metres above its level.

Across the region, floods...

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