Author Archives: susan

TELLTALE

Telltale is composed of two different kinds of narrative. One is warp and one is weft, and I am not sure which is really which. Will the threads hold? What patterns might I work across the surface? Will the metaphors … Continue reading

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LOVE STORIES

Trent Dalton, Australia’s best-loved writer, goes out into the world and asks a simple, direct question: ‘Can you please tell me a love story?’ A friend tried to loan me this book.  I said thought I wouldn’t even read it. … Continue reading

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SPIRIT OF TIME AND PLACE

Freezing winter weather, just right for curling up with a good murder mystery. And lucky me, I have friends and family who pass theirs on, so I have a stack of books on my shelf and I have just finished … Continue reading

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THE WRITER LAID BARE

In my case, it’s The Writer Laid Low! You all know the great divide. Supposedly, on one side, there are the plotters, who use whatever it takes – writing tools like Scrivener, index cards or charts or corkboards – to … Continue reading

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MOONDIAL

I have just finished my book. Yay! Well, ‘finished’ with finger quotes would be more accurate. I’m at the finicky polishing stage, which makes me feel cross-eyed (and cross) at the end of the day. It’s word by word reading … Continue reading

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MORE COMFORT READING (2)

After Plant Dreaming Deep was published in 1968, Sarton – in her late middle age – found herself not only a best-selling writer, but a kind of model or mentor for many women. Probably white, middle-class and well-educated American women, … Continue reading

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MORE COMFORT READING (1)

From Plant Dreaming Deep by Mary Sarton. …gardening is one of the late joys, for youth is too impatient, too self-absorbed and  usually not rooted deeply enough to create a garden. Gardening is one of the rewards of middle age, … Continue reading

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LINNETS AND VALERIANS

Comfort reading. Better for you than comfort eating! But maybe both, together, are called for at the present time. Ukraine, climate crisis, the Morrison LNP government, covid, my sore back…let’s stop there. You get the picture. Elizabeth Goudge is one … Continue reading

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GAUDY AND GLORIOUS

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ORWELL’S ROSES

‘Outside my work the thing I care most about is gardening,’ wrote George Orwell in 1940. I will read anything by the American essayist Rebecca Solnit. Her writing is lucid and intelligent and playful; often travelling in unexpected directions to … Continue reading

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