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Hello new blog visitor! Sign up to my email updates and never miss a thing. Thanks for visiting!Ten Books On Offer… To celebrate (Australian) Mothers’ Day, I’m teaming up with my Writers Ask Writers friends Dawn Barker, Annabel Smith, Amanda Curtin and Sara Foster to give one lucky Australian blog reader the chance to win…

So, here goes: our first ever post in the 6 Degrees of Separation blogging meme!  If you want a recap of the rules, please click here.  Here’s my chain: Burial Rites/Hannah Kent A debut novel with a huge amount of hype, Hannah’s finely wrought prose and excellent plotting make this a real page turner.  Literary…

This week’s Monday Motivation relates to the slippery topic of book sales, and how many are considered enough to make your book a success.  This week, I read this excellent Open Letter To New And Would-Be Writers by the author James Smythe.  I was led to the article by some interesting tweets James sent, in…

It is claimed that every person on this planet is linked to any other in six or fewer steps.  But what about books?  Can we link them together too? In 1929, Hungarian writer and poet Frigyes Karinthy wrote a short story called ‘Chains’ in which he coined the phrase ‘six degrees of separation’. Annabel Smith…

This week’s Monday Motivation isn’t 100% writing related, more life motivation.  It’s Mark Manson’s 10 Life Lessons I Learned From Surviving My 20s.  I found this on Facebook, shared by one of my friends (thanks Stephanie Maia!). Every single one is incredibly powerful, things I feel I’ve only got to grips with now, as I…

You may have noticed that there’s been a big gap between this post and by last Bestseller Breakdown post, about Donna Tartt’s first novel The Secret History.  This could be because I’ve been generally busy now I’ve settled into Jakarta life.  It could also be because The Little Friend is a looooonng book.  But I…

Stop dreaming and start doing… How long have you been waiting to start your real life?  Have you been secretly writing a novel and waiting for the right moment to finish it?  Any short stories hidden away in a drawer somewhere?  Aerogramme Writer’s Studio post  their ‘Opportunities for Writers’ lists every two months: here’s the…

Natasha Lester, award-winning author of What Is Left Over, After and If I Should Lose You has invited me to take part in this exciting literary blog hop.  If you haven’t come across Natasha’s books or her blog, I encourage you to check them out.  Her novels are gripping, and she talks brilliantly about her…

How do we avoid anxiety about our achievements? Have you ever felt judged on your career?  Ever been asked the “What do you do?” question at a party, and felt someone is less-than-overwhelmed by your answer? I’ve just taken a few minutes out to watch this great TED video of Alain De Botton deconstructing exactly…

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