An Infernal Fan Girl’s Heaven and other Joys of Online Life

For a writer of my generation, it comes as a surprise how important online reviews are to the success of a book.

So glad to read The Infernal Fang Girl’s Heaven review on INSTAGRAM (@theinfernalfangirlsheaven) and on her blog. It was such a thoughtful and considered review. (Below)

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Odd Bed Fellows: Jeremy Clarkson, Shane Warne & a horse

THIS WRITER’S LIFE: It is always amusing to see the company you keep on the bookshop shelf. Here we are this time with Shane Warne, Tim Costello, Jeremy Clarkson & Makybe Diva, a horse! The Sunday Story Club, Melb Airport.

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This Writer’s Life: Why does your own voice sound so weird?

This Writer’s Life: Very exciting to receive The Sunday Story Club audiobook CD in the post. To hear the fabulous actresses read the stories is both joyful and heart-wrenching. Here is a short sample.

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I also recorded a chapter. But why do we find our own voices so strange? My voice always sounds different from what I imagine.

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THIS WRITER’S LIFE: The Strange Company You Keep

THIS WRITER’S LIFE: Finding out the company your book keeps on book shop shelves is often hilarious.

WORSE CASE SCENARIO: Once I found a copy of the comic memoirs of my childhood on the bookshop shelf between WHAT TO DO WITH A WILLIE (A penis-based cartoon collection) and the KARMA SUTRA FOR CATS (pop-up version). I just rolled my eyes. These are 1-joke books. The cover says it all. At least I’d written -OMG! – complete paragraphs! 

My recent book, THE SUNDAY STORY CLUB, written with co-author Doris Brett was spotted by a friend’s daughter at the Canberra Airport bookshop. And there we are in the illustrious company between Russell Brand and Stephen Hawking! Ha!

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Why is BE and LET BE parenting so hard today!

Parents get a lot of information from other parents. Those parents, however, who believe their STYLE of parenting is the ONLY style, tend to lecture others. In other words, parenting is competitive these days. My co-author Doris Brett and I had a wonderful conversation about non-competitive conversations with Shevonne Hunt on her FEED PLAY LOVE podcast when we were in Sydney recently.

The podcast topics show a huge range of things parents worry about today. Whereas for me, I was lucky. My mum just made parenting look like a lot of fun. So my style of parenting was mostly, I guess, Bumbling Through.
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In this EMOJI MAD ERA have we forgotten the power of the human voice?

THIS WRITER’S LIFE: We always like good reviews. But this review honours the women who were so generous in telling their life stories. It also demonstrates the power of the human voice. We hope you will run your own Salon and experience new insights into your life too.

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What happened to meaningful conversations? Can we even remember how to do it?

My co-author, Doris Brett & I, were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for The Sunday Story Club at The Happiness & It’s Causes Conference in Sydney a few weeks ago.

 THE SUNDAY STORY CLUB (PanMac) shows how to ask questions that open up a conversation. The conference delegates that bought a book said they would use these questions to facilitate better conversations in aged-care, youth groups, and the workplace.

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