- The ANZAC Spirit. Top 100 Hate Comments Saturday, April 25th, 2015
“Now, I don’t like Anzac Day for the precise reasons that I don’t like genocide, war, rape, violence, mutilation, pain, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, ethnic cleansing, gas attacks, artillery, conscription, nationalism, imperialism and death machines. It’s probably just me. I wrote something about Anzac Day because to me it is not about a chewy biscuit, ...
- ANZAC Day 2015 Saturday, April 25th, 2015
Anzac day makes me physically ill.
Always has. Nausea. Anger. Headache. Sadness. Confusion.
When I was young I didn’t understand what this volcanic feeling of about to explode was.
I’m so glad more people are seeing Anzac for what it is, what it’s always been. And so relieved people are saying it.
I don’t understand why people kicking ...
- Tips From A Barely Adequate Mother Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Some call me a bad mother. I prefer to think of myself as relaxed. I don’t know what my kids think of me, but they call me hell in a skin suit, the fat maggot and Exhibit A. In front of the child protection officers. We love playing pretend. I pretend to be ...
- Writing tips. Procrastination. Thursday, April 16th, 2015
They say procrastination is crack for writers. But they say a lot of things. I don’t even know what it means, but I think it’s true.
When I started out as a writer I was working with a fabulous bloke and great Australian satirist, the late John Herovium. We were working on something that had to ...
- The Narcissism Of Motherhood Monday, April 13th, 2015
I never wanted to ‘become a mother’ I decided to have a child.
It was 1994. I’d been living with Marz for a few years and someone asked if we were going to have children.
I was 26. It had never dawned on me.
So I said to him ‘We’ve been together for a few years but we’ve ...
- 20 things I tell myself when I write Monday, April 13th, 2015
No matter how slow you’re going you’re lapping everyone on the couch.
Art is never finished. It’s just abandoned.
Do what you can where you are with what you have.
Perfect is the enemy of good.
Do something today your future self will thank you for.
When you don’t know what to do, do anything.
Writing sucks. If you only wrote ...
- Why I love running Gunnas Sunday, March 15th, 2015
I wanted to send you this email, with no expectation or want for a reply, just to tell you how grateful I am that one week ago I came to your Gunna’s Masterclass.
When I came to class I was on my second-last day of 5 weeks of annual leave. I didn’t have a lot planned ...
- Feminism in Twelve Easy Lessons Saturday, March 7th, 2015
LESSON NUMBER ONE
Beware of anyone using the words ‘respect’, ‘traditional’, ‘family values’, ‘honour’, ‘unacceptable’, ‘morality’, ‘uncalled for’, ‘inappropriate’, ‘unnecessary’ or ‘offensive’.
Particularly beware of the word offensive.
It’s code for ‘Pipe down princess, back in your box’.
Offence is taken not given and more harm is created by taking offence than giving it.
Offence is subjective.
Just because you are ...
- HIBISCUS published in Paper Sea Quarterly Issue #2 Sunday, March 1st, 2015
In a bouncinette. My feet splashing in a bowl of water. Golden light sneaking through the leaves warming patches of my legs. No top. Or perhaps a cotton singlet. Under a hibiscus tree. Festooned with flowers the color of musk sticks. Nappy. Bottle. I must have been about a year old. I smelt BBQ.
The lush and exotic ...
- Marriage. What a crock. Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
I’m against gay marriage. I’m against straight marriage. I’m against marriage full stop. Why are we hanging on to this relic of an anachronistic system (which still reeks of misogyny and bigotry), established so men could own women to ensure their estates and titles were passed on to their kids – sorry, their sons? Maybe ...