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Cute and unexpected Xmas present from the local book printers, YourBooks, who did a great job printing my novel Fishing for Mฤui ๐Ÿ˜Š
Cute and unexpected Xmas present from the local book printers, YourBooks, who did a great job printing my novel Fishing for Mฤui ๐Ÿ˜Š
A tuatara in the wild! The first time Iโ€™ve ever seen one outside of an enclosure. This beautiful creature was sunning itself on the side of the track on Matiu Somes Island today where I went with my daughter on a class trip ๐Ÿ˜Š
A tuatara in the wild! The first time Iโ€™ve ever seen one outside of an enclosure. This beautiful creature was sunning itself on the side of the track on Matiu Somes Island today where I went with my daughter on a class trip ๐Ÿ˜Š
Roasted kamokamo with whole grain mustard balsamic glaze โœ…
Roasted kamokamo with whole grain mustard balsamic glaze โœ…
โ€˜Tis the season for wonderful foods ๐Ÿ˜
โ€˜Tis the season for wonderful foods ๐Ÿ˜
Hydrangeas of Aro Valley. As a kid I could not get over how flowers this pretty did not smell nice or really have any noteable scent. They are still a bit magic though, in their slight resemblance to fractals and in their litmus-like effect. If they grow in acidic soil they flower pink instead of blue. They may have missed the scent adaptation but they are still adaptable.
Hydrangeas of Aro Valley. As a kid I could not get over how flowers this pretty did not smell nice or really have any noteable scent. They are still a bit magic though, in their slight resemblance to fractals and in their litmus-like effect. If they grow in acidic soil they flower pink instead of blue. They may have missed the scent adaptation but they are still adaptable.
It was great to be part of this Wellington LitCrawl session on the intricacies of writing about mental health, a few weeks ago. It was a bit scary too, to talk about my own experiences in front of people at Bats Theatre which was packed-full! I found this photo on the LitCrawl page by Fergus Haywood. (Iโ€™m the one on the right).
It was great to be part of this Wellington LitCrawl session on the intricacies of writing about mental health, a few weeks ago. It was a bit scary too, to talk about my own experiences in front of people at Bats Theatre which was packed-full! I found this photo on the LitCrawl page by Fergus Haywood. (Iโ€™m the one on the right).
Stopping to smell (and Instagram) the roses of Aro Valley
Stopping to smell (and Instagram) the roses of Aro Valley
I canโ€™t believe itโ€™s been almost a year since this photo was taken. Me, my mother and my grandmother: three generations of women with PhDs! Here we are in the matching outfits we were allowed to wear as my grandmother is an emeritus professor at the University of Waikato where she worked for over three decades teaching psychology, and my mother and I both did our doctorates there โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ
I canโ€™t believe itโ€™s been almost a year since this photo was taken. Me, my mother and my grandmother: three generations of women with PhDs! Here we are in the matching outfits we were allowed to wear as my grandmother is an emeritus professor at the University of Waikato where she worked for over three decades teaching psychology, and my mother and I both did our doctorates there โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ
I have a hunch that my neighbour likes purple ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ โ™“
I have a hunch that my neighbour likes purple ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ โ™“
Day 35 of practicing my morning writing ritual. It must surely be ingrained as a habit by now! This morning I woke up at 5:45 and wrote down my lovely dream in which Iโ€™d visited the novelist Shonagh Koea in Auckland who had such smooth skin and lived in a kind of urban commune of older women, connected to an old monastery with lots of unusual stained glass. She was very kind in my dream. After writing this I turned to the new novel and ignored the post-it notes Iโ€™d written last night on what to write next because I had an idea that grabbed me. I didnโ€™t even need to light my candle for encouragement. I wrote over 800 words. This is all going surprisingly well for someone who isnโ€™t a morning person!
Day 35 of practicing my morning writing ritual. It must surely be ingrained as a habit by now! This morning I woke up at 5:45 and wrote down my lovely dream in which Iโ€™d visited the novelist Shonagh Koea in Auckland who had such smooth skin and lived in a kind of urban commune of older women, connected to an old monastery with lots of unusual stained glass. She was very kind in my dream. After writing this I turned to the new novel and ignored the post-it notes Iโ€™d written last night on what to write next because I had an idea that grabbed me. I didnโ€™t even need to light my candle for encouragement. I wrote over 800 words. This is all going surprisingly well for someone who isnโ€™t a morning person!
Tui in central Wellington ๐Ÿ˜
Tui in central Wellington ๐Ÿ˜
I picked up some more books for my summer reading pile. Excited to read all this fiction written by other Kiwi women novelists ๐Ÿ˜Š
I picked up some more books for my summer reading pile. Excited to read all this fiction written by other Kiwi women novelists ๐Ÿ˜Š
Elderflower liqueur. I made this by soaking elderflowers in water and citric acid then adding sugar and vodka and steeping them for a bit longer. I like leaving a few little flowers in the bottles for aesthetic value. Great for little Xmas presents ๐Ÿ˜Š. This is delicious served over vanilla ice cream with strawberries! ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿน๐Ÿจ๐Ÿ“
Elderflower liqueur. I made this by soaking elderflowers in water and citric acid then adding sugar and vodka and steeping them for a bit longer. I like leaving a few little flowers in the bottles for aesthetic value. Great for little Xmas presents ๐Ÿ˜Š. This is delicious served over vanilla ice cream with strawberries! ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿน๐Ÿจ๐Ÿ“
This is my board for writing projects (some of which I've been working on for years). The top post-its are things that I can do in the next week then things for the next month below, then next quarter. I'm not someone who naturally gravitates towards structure because I hate rules - so if I want structure to actually help me get things done I need to shape it so that it works for me. Do you use systems to organise your life?
This is my board for writing projects (some of which I've been working on for years). The top post-its are things that I can do in the next week then things for the next month below, then next quarter. I'm not someone who naturally gravitates towards structure because I hate rules - so if I want structure to actually help me get things done I need to shape it so that it works for me. Do you use systems to organise your life?
I made muesli with pecans, chopped dates and cinnamon last weekend ๐Ÿ˜Š
I made muesli with pecans, chopped dates and cinnamon last weekend ๐Ÿ˜Š
I'm thrilled to discover that my novel Fishing for Mฤui has been named one of the Listener's top 100 best books of the year!
I'm thrilled to discover that my novel Fishing for Mฤui has been named one of the Listener's top 100 best books of the year!
Such a good season for eating! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™
Such a good season for eating! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™
What are you planning to do this weekend? My usual weekend plan is to relax as much as possible... but I might need to take it up a level. My daughter saw this at @unitybookswgtn today and said: "you need this!"
What are you planning to do this weekend? My usual weekend plan is to relax as much as possible... but I might need to take it up a level. My daughter saw this at @unitybookswgtn today and said: "you need this!"