Category Archive: Thinking Out Loud

Deep and meaningful thoughts on serious topics like… well… I’m sure I’ll come up with something. Or maybe we can just talk about chocolate.

Apr 09

An Explanation (of sorts)

I’ve always loved words – books, reading, writing, conversations. Words in all forms have always fascinated me. Words have been my entertainment, my way of exploring the world, my comfort and my way of connecting. I’ve read widely, eclectically and voraciously. I’ve written professionally and for my own enjoyment. I’ve enjoyed conversations about a range …

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Jan 30

Dear Son Starting High School

When my older son started high school, I wrote a letter to him that was published on Happy Child. Two years later my daughter started Year 7 and I shared a letter to her here on my blog. Today, my younger son starts high school and I have once again been thinking about what words …

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Jun 01

It’s All About Perspective

Broken pottery

“Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.” (To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee) I first read To Kill a Mockingbird when I was around 13 years old. Beyond the impact …

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Oct 02

HMRI Open Day 2015 – Science Story Time

Last Friday, the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) held their annual Open Day. This is a fantastic community event where members of the community can visit the HMRI facility to find out about the various HMRI research projects and enjoy a variety of interactive science activities. Activities covered topics as diverse as extracting DNA from …

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Oct 01

Thank You Writers in the Park

Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Writers in the Park festival in Sydney. Not only did I attend the event, I was included on the program, just like a real writer! See, here’s my official name badge: Writers in the Park was held at The Residences, Centennial Park, a wonderful setting …

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Aug 02

Explaining the Sadness

Explaining the Sadness

I feel sad – sometimes with an overwhelming intensity, sometimes only vaguely, but the sadness is always, always there. The sadness slows me down, like a brake ensuring that moving forward takes more effort than it should. The situation that underpins my sadness is one that I feel helpless to change. Wonderful friends who are …

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Apr 01

Don’t Think About Purple Elephants

Today is the official release date for Don’t Think About Purple Elephants. It’s time for my little purple elephants to go out into the big wide world. The book was launched at the Newcastle Writers Festival Family Fun Day on the 23rd March, but the official publication date isn’t until today, the 1st April, so …

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Mar 30

Monday Update: 30th April 2015


Inspired by Sandy Fussell, I’ve decided to adapt the ‘It’s Monday, What are you Reading?’ meme into a weekly summary including lists of what I’ve written, what I’ve learned, what I’m reading and what I’ve read, and any miscellaneous links  or articles that have caught my attention over the past week. The Week in Review Last …

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Mar 23

Don’t Think About Purple Elephants Book Launch

Signing Dont Think About Purple Elephants

Sometimes Sophie worried. So begins my picture book Don’t Think About Purple Elephants, but I could have just as easily say ‘sometimes Susan worried’. Take Saturday morning for example, when I woke to cloudy skies and stomach full of butterflies. The launch of my debut picture book was held as part of the Newcastle Writers …

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Mar 02

University Regrets and Insecurities

I wish I had a university degree. There. I’ve said it out loud. I don’t have one and it makes me feel… well, bad and embarrassed and less somehow, like I’ve wasted an opportunity or failed or that I’m somehow lacking in the mental discipline to apply myself to the task of furthering my education. …

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