Professional Development

Unsurprisingly, I am looking at whatever I can to stay relevant in my job and improve my chances of more work now and in the future. There’s a few different routes I’m taking. I just completed a TAFE course at the end of last year and got the certificate today. Known very generically as “Certificate ...

Three years today

I realised it’s my third work anniversary today. Three years to the day since I started working at Coonabarabran High School. It’s the longest lasting full time job I’ve ever had. (Let that one sink in). And I’m not bored at all. I don’t want “a change”. I don’t feel the need to leave any ...

Change the world, or change your world?

It might sound like a meaningless distinction, but I think it matters. Do you try to change everything in the world, or even everything in your field of expertise, or do you just change what is closest to you, what is manipulable by you, what is within your reach? I see this a lot online ...

Just to let you in on a secret

Secret? Well, I hope not! I wrote 2000 words tonight…. An hour and a bit burst only. Very impressed with the effort 🙂 If I go quiet here for a reason I will be busy! -31.282667149.283759Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailLike this:Like Loading...

An amusing turn of events

The middle day of a long weekend is supposed to be one where you don’t get much done, but I feel as if I made some use of it… So much Twitter conversation today, which does feel productive most of the time. I made a small reply to US author Joe Hill about US gun ...

On (my) writing

Is it a time-management problem? Or a motivation problem? Most of the time I think it’s very hard to say. I have not been writing as much recently as I would ideally like. Coming off the year I had last year, that’s probably not particularly surprising. There was way too much going on at every ...

Hard not to go with New Year’s Resolutions

Hard not to go with New Year's Resolutions
I generally don’t hold too much stock in these things, but there’s always a few I want to try and follow. Fitness, health and weight is usually one to watch — but I pretty much worked that one out perfectly last year. I lost between 10-15kg last year in preparation for the big donation, and ...

Coonabarabran High School Feast of Words Writers Festival 2012

I spoke on the same bill as Peter Fitzsimons tonight! Well, that might sound a bit hyperbolic, but actually it’s completely true 🙂 As part of our Feast of Words Writers Festiival, tonight was our literary dinner. And after turning up as an interested guest, suddenly some of my lovely colleagues asked if I could ...

News just in: Text Prize… I did not win 2

News just in this morning… I did not win the Text Prize for fiction… http://textpublishing.com.au/news/post/text-prize-winner-announced/ Congratulations to Jane Higgins, winner of the 2010 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, for her apocalyptic action novel The Bridge. I’ll second that. Congratulations to Jane on her win, and congratulations to my fellow nominees for being ...

Shortlist for 2010 Text Prize

Shortlist for 2010 Text Prize
Must admit I am extremely proud and happy about this one. I only submitted for this competition at the literal last minute, after I found a courier in town that could ship to Melbourne overnight. But look where I am now… From http://textpublishing.com.au/news/post/text-prize-shortlist-announced/ Text Prize shortlist announced 30.06.2010 After weeks of reading, discussing and reading ...
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