Small acts of validation: the importance of connecting with readers

Photo by Immortal shots on Pexels.com The business of being a writer is inherently disappointing if your mark of success is achieving traditional publication or winning prizes. Although many of us harbour these desires, these glittering goals, the reality is that few writers, even successful ones, end up collecting a pile of accolades. Or sales. … Continue reading Small acts of validation: the importance of connecting with readers

Taking stock: the importance of reflecting on the writing journey

Social media feeds display a carefully curated view of other people’s lives. It’s easy to become bogged down in the extraordinary achievements of Twitter friends, and feel that you’re floundering. Left behind on the slush pile while others forge ahead with their brilliant literary careers. In view of that feeling, and a few recent rejections … Continue reading Taking stock: the importance of reflecting on the writing journey

Favourite books from childhood and why I’ll never reread them

Image from flickr.com/photos/peonieandthistle/8184709931   As a child, there was rarely a moment when I didn't have my head buried in a book. Of course, they were simpler times—BC (before computers)—but I imagine I would have been a bookworm regardless of other distractions. My kids still manage to read voraciously despite the constant lure of screens. … Continue reading Favourite books from childhood and why I’ll never reread them

Book review—Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness, by Kate Cole-Adams

  Text Publishing, 2017, ISBN: 9781925498202 This is the book that I was planning to write, and the book that I could never have written. As an anaesthetist and a writer, I'm fascinated by the subject of consciousness and the concept of how anaesthetic agents work on the brain to alter it. I've even toyed … Continue reading Book review—Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness, by Kate Cole-Adams