Today, Australia Day January 26, 2016, would have been my Dad’s 85th birthday. He passed away nine months ago, and he is missed a great deal by us all. It’s hardest for Mum ~ they would have been married sixty years last October. Above: Frank and Judy Byer’s wedding October 21, 1955 Dad was a … More Frank G. Byer ~ a tribute
Photographer Janie Barrett, SMH http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sydneys-new-years-eve-celebrations-kick-off-with-welcome-to-country-and-family-fireworks-20151231-glxlkl.html It’s New Year’s Day and this isn’t a post about New Year resolutions…sigh of relief. I want to take a moment to reflect on becoming an author over these last three years, and practise an attitude of gratitude. I had a dream (yes, thank you Martin Luther King, you had an even … More How having a dream can help you live a better life
Now, I may not have built a writing empire quite yet, but I’ve got to say that the humble librarian has been so helpful to me on this quest. You may not want to build a writing empire, but have your own dreams…how can the librarian assist you to reach that goal? This is … More How to Build an Empire with Librarians
How do you get creative? Yes you! We should each have a creative outlet where we let the juices flow. No stress or tension, no negative voices in our head ….just witnessing what we create. Do you play guitar, or design a garden bed? Do you put posters or postcards or prints on your … More How do YOU express yourself?
On the journey to produce my Young Adult book Collision were so many creative steps. A crucial part, once the book is ready for publication, is the cover design, which includes the “blurb” on the back. The reader, whether of a print or ebook, may know of the writer as the initial stimulus, or have … More From concept to design
The Lost Journal What happens when you find your old journal, and in it is jotted the bones of a story? What happens if that story has been rattling around in your head for fourteen years? What happens if you’ve always wanted to write, and now finally you have time to pursue this dream? … More The Lost Journal
I’m so pleased to introduce Audrey Greathouse, author of The Neverland Wars, who has just signed a contract with publishers Clean Teen. Her answers are fascinating and perceptive, and are a great insight into how persistence pays off for a hard-working, talented writer like Audrey. Firstly, congratulations on your publishing deal with Clean Teen…very exciting! Can you … More Meet Audrey Greathouse, Author of The Neverland Wars
Donya Metzger, American Vocal Coach, Learning Track Producer and a Capella Director, recently ran a workshop with Coastal a Capella chorus on Movement For Voice. Donya invited us to Be, Play and Allow. While this invitation was fun, it challenged us. Further, I began to explore the importance of creativity, not only for singing, but other pursuits like writing, … More Being, Playing, Allowing for Creativity