makar [ˈmækər]
n (Literature / Poetry) Scot a creative artist, esp a poet
[a Scot variant of maker]

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I'm taking a little break from writing my novel over the summer and hoping to get lots of reading done. Here's my summer reading list:

The Strays by Emily Bitto
A Guide to Berlin by Gail Jones
W is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
Letter to my Daughter by Maya Angelou
Another Country by Nicolas Rothwell
Landscape of Farewell by Alex Miller
Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
Elemental by Amanda Curtin
Eyrie by Tim Winton
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (with my daughter)

Also, if anyone figures out how to read on the sly, without attracting the attention of your children, please let me know...

Friday, December 11, 2015

Inspired by a feature in Frankie, I compiled this list:

What I did this year...

1. Wrote the first draft of a novel.
2. Went on school camp and had a great time, even with a nasty cold.
3. House-sat and spent 5 days reading and writing and daydreaming.
4. Visited Albany and fell in love with it all over again.
5. Stayed in my dream home in the forest.
6. Became totally addicted to Instagram.
7. Made a lot of hummus and flat-breads.
8. Realised that despite being an urban creature, I really do have a passion for flowers and plants.
9. Grieved the end of the baby years, but was happy about the end of the nappy years.
10. Bought myself a vintage typewriter in duck-egg blue. 
11. Discovered a love of sauerkraut.
12. Accepted with sadness the waning of some friendships and the failure to take off of others.
13. Set myself the goal of having my own studio one day, even if it is a caravan in the garden.
14. Made time to draw and paint and play with clay because it make me happy.
15. Was amazed, time-and-time-again, by my kids ability to make sense of complicated issues.
16. Watched a lot of Mad Men episodes.
17. Thought deeply about the meaning of belonging and home.
18. Put my PhD on hold indefinitely.
19. Managed to grow rhubarb for the first time.
20. Watched my daughter fall in love with reading.

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