I was going to wait for Monday to launch the new site but then it occurred to me that new beginnings, like anything else in life, aren’t neat and clear cut and clean – they just happen. At any given moment. On any given day. So, here it is. On a Thursday morning. The new look, slightly less busy, slightly more mature (?) SmartyKat site. TA DA! I’m loving getting to know it. So far the fit feels ‘right’. And I’m excited about sharing it with you. I have a few new ideas up my sleeve but essentially the deal will be the same. A 20 something year old writer, bringing you writing about writing… and books and words and all things related.

So it’s a quick one today. To say howdy and I’m back and welcome back. Oh, and first post is on its way.


let me explain…

image courtesy of Barbara Malagoli Martino

image courtesy of Barbara Malagoli Martino

This post has been a long time coming.

A very, very long time coming.

It’s been almost exactly 11 months since my last post. And then it had been 7 months between posts before that. So, please, let me explain.

I’ve been unwell. Quite unwell actually. I’ve spent the last two and a half years in and out of hospitals, struggling to manage my mental health. For those two and a half years, life stopped. Continue reading

from murakami

I keep a little notebook for quotes that I come across when I’m reading, that strike a chord with me. And I’m glad that I do. Especially when I come across quotes like this one from Murakami. When a translation is this good in English, I wonder what I’m missing out on – because it must be so special in its original form.

From What I Talk About When I Talk About Running:

“… one of the privileges given to those who’ve avoided dying young is the blessed right to grow old. The honour of physical decline is waiting…”

a long time between posts…

It’s been a long time between posts so I thought it best to pull myself out of the hurricane of Christmas mayhem that’s zip, zip, zipping around me and do some sharing.

A few months ago, while on retreat at The Baldessin Press, I stumbled across a darling little book that hasn’t left my side since. Metaphysical Fishing by press owner and artist Tess Edwards is just divine. A teeny book of images and life ‘sayings’, Metaphysical Fishing comprises a series of artworks and quotes painted over the pages of discarded French prayerbooks that Tess discovered during the 17 years that she spent in France. And it’s oh so special. Rarely do I come across a book as magnanimous in spirit as this one. Tess’s paintings combine with the likes of Lao – Tzu, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr to produce something just magical. Here are a couple of my favourite quotes:

you cannot raise a man up by calling him down

– William Boetcker

faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark

– Rabindranath Tagore

Get a hold of a copy for yourself or gift it to someone special – either way, the book is a blessing to own. To purchase a copy contact Tess directly here.

’til next time. Happy reading, shopping and sharing. The man in the red suit is nigh…


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the 11 (writing) commandments according to henry miller

On my quest to find my own writing routine I stumbled across these gems from Miller and just had to share.

Hope you get as much out of them (all these years later) as I did.

’til next time xx

Work Schedule taken from Henry Miller on Writing

just where has smartykat been?

Lately I’ve had a few of my darling smartykat followers contact me and say, “Where are you?”, “Where have the posts gone?”, “I want mooooooore!”, so I thought I better pull my finger out of my butt…on hole and give you all a bit of an update. Never fear, smartykat is ALWAYS here, just not necessarily always in her blogging form. Here’s what’s been taking up S.K.’s time:

THE novel

Yes, I’m still plugging away at my debut novel and yes, I’m still absolutely loving the process. Continue reading

the week(end) that was

Greetings all, and happy Saturday!

I’m well and truly back from my cheeky little trip to Port Fairy for the Ex Libris Festival of Words and thought it was about time that I shared some highlights with you.

Port Fairy is little but, don’t let it deceive you, it most definitely is not sleepy as I recently discovered. In fact, it’s anything but! Having just been to a heap of MWF events, the Ex Libris festival was a nice way to relax and wind down with like minded people. Continue reading

juicy fruity inspiration

Lately it seems as though wherever I turn, inspiration follows. Perhaps I’m more open to it; perhaps it’s this glorious spring weather (I do tend to feel quite different in different seasons – maybe spring’s the season to feel ‘lighter’). Either way, I don’t really care as I’m quite enjoying this feeling of fruitfulness – so much so that I thought I’d take a quick little moment to share some of my sources of inspiration.


I simply cannot stop reading. Let me repeat this to make sure that you understood – I simply CANNOT stop reading. Any spare moment I have, my head’s in a book… or five. And if I’m out, I’m buying books. Isn’t it obvious that that comes with the job, you say. Well yes it is bloody obvious but it doesn’t make it any less expensive or life consuming for my poor dear spouse. Here’s a wee glance over my latest purchases and reads: Continue reading

salutations from MWF ’12

Salutations, dear followers, from MWF ’12… and what a festive festival it’s been so far!

As much as I’d love to share EVERYTHING with you all, I just don’t have the time or blogging capacity or memory to do so. SO, instead, what I thought I’d do is give you the best of the best and share some festival highlights straight from the mouths of the literary greats.

If you’re not booked in for a session, jump online and snap up whatever you can put your pretty little paws on. Writer – or otherwise – you’ll be enlightened, inspired and enthused. I promise!

Wherever possible, I’ve tried to include a link to the author’s webpage – or the closest thing to it. Enjoy!

xx SmartyKat


they have to be undercurrents in society… if they’re overcurrents and they’re obvious, well that’s just journalism.

Deborah Robertson Continue reading