My Toaster is an Ant Graveyard

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Let’s Talk About Ants

Because lately, my life is a constant war with them. My forces may be stronger, but their militia is far more abundant. If I leave so much as a crumb on the countertop they swarm in by the thousands.

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20 Goals for 2016

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2016 is going to mean a big change in the goals I set for myself. Why? Well I just graduated university in June, and for the last 5 years that was really all I had time to work towards. Every goal I set for myself was in some way school related. Now I have been out of school for long enough to feel a bit disoriented by the lack of solid direction. It is freeing, but also intimidating.

I’ve spent the past few months trying to pave a path for myself. I’ve been lucky enough to do this in a way that most people never could, and I am grateful for that every day.

I’ll give you a glimpse of what it is like to be in my shoes: Imagine you were told you had one week to pack up your entire life (having only ever lived in one place), and move to the other side of the planet.Read More »

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

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For me, being present in the “now” is somewhat difficult. Its not that I’m always thinking about the past or the present, but I am often daydreaming or thinking about something other than what is happening. This can create a lot of unneeded stress and anxiety, and sometimes exhaustion. I’ve thought so much before that I’ve been to the point where I just didn’t want to think any more, but I didn’t know how. Until something miraculous happened.Β Read More »

Christmas Limbo

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Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Christmas in Australia on a scorchin’ summers day!

Well it’s Christmas Eve here in Australia, although it certainly doesn’t feel like it. And I don’t think that it is simply because I am away from home and this is different from any Christmas I have ever experienced. There is no snow, no seasonal Starbucks drinks, no cinnamon or gingerbread scents wafting through the air. Surprisingly that is not what I find odd about this Christmas. Read More »

What We Can Learn From the Classics – Paradise Lost by John Milton (Modern Library Edition)

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I think one of the most important things about classic works of literature is what we, as writers, can learn from them. It might seem strange to think that we could find writing advice in a work of art published circa the Shakespeare age (or in this case a few decades after). But Milton’s poetry, and so many other classic works of literature, is an extravagant demonstration of the beautiful and wondrous intricacies of the English language.

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7 Ways to find your character’s quirk

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A quirk is a strange behaviour that someone does, that is typically unique to that person. For example, I always get the hiccups when I eat carrots. The funny thing is I looked it up and there are actually quite a few people who get this, enough that one woman even made a support group for people who get the hiccups from eating carrots so that they would not feel so alone (the page has since been taken down unfortunately). So a quirk doesn’t have to be 100% unique, but at least unique enough that it is strange to most people.

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Are your character’s eyes important?

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When we are designing our characters we often think of their physical appearance. The problem with this is that physical appearances when fit into a story can often sound clunky and out of place. The Daily Post photo challenge theme for this week is “Eye Spy“, so I would like to focus on the development of a character through their eyes.

The first question we should ask ourselves is: Are our character’s eyes important? Do they contribute to the story? If so, how?

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