Oh, help, my summer writing school is less than two weeks away! I’ve been preparing seriously for a couple of weeks. Now it gets super-serious, tick tock! “Write into life” brings a brand new emphasis to my work. I’ve taught writing skills to thousands of people — for poetry, fiction, plain language, digital writing, corp … Continue reading Old writing skills: new uses for real life problems
Reposted from 2015. In which various kind people give me personal advice, much of it valuable, all of it appreciated, on how to live my life. In August 2015 I went on a seven-day cruise of New Zealand’s southernmost fiords with two friends, 29 soon-to-be friends, and six friendly crew. (What, only six? Yes: … Continue reading 32 pieces of advice for a 75-year-old
Do you have a system for blogging? A schedule? A spreadsheet with topics and times? A goal? Wish I did. For a while I hoped that the Raewyn Gwilliam system would work for me. Every time she has an idea, she writes it as a sentence, which she saves as a draft title. Because it's clear, accurate and … Continue reading A systemless system for productive blogging
My new novel is ready for printing, after many a drama and deadline. Yippee! The launch is on 29 September and if you are in Christchurch, New Zealand, you are warmly invited to attend! Rachel Eadie at Scorpio Books is the person to contact with questions. Meantime here is the first of, well, an indeterminate … Continue reading Fixing Mrs Philpott: but how?
In which I bully myself into making 12 lifestyle changes in a single year, to increase my health and happiness in old age and reduce the chances of getting dementia. This is an account of my personal boot camp to prepare myself for the extra years—the bonus years that we never expected or desired—the years … Continue reading My boot camp for the bonus years