i’m having an affair…

I’m having an affair. There. O.K. I said it. I used to think monogamy was the only way. The best way. That way I could devote all my attention to him… or her. That way I could be completely present in our relationship. No conflicting schedules. No decisions. No choices. It was so easy. So effortless. And now… well now I’ve ruined it. Destroyed that unwavering and unconditional sense of security… completely undone all that we had. Continue reading

MWF ’15

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The 2015 MWF has come and gone for yet another year so I thought I’d share some of my scribbles. Although it wasn’t my favourite MWF, it was so lovely to immerse myself in the creativity and ideas of like minded people and to soak up all their wordy goodness. This year, unlike others, I found myself wanting to note take less and enjoy the moment more so, that’s what I did! Before you ask, I’m still undecided on as to which session was my favourite – I keep to-ing and fro-ing between Will Self’s interview for Books and Arts Daily and Coetzee, Kennedy & Malouf: Three Stories. Sessions I attended and favourite little gems below. 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.

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a few of my favourite (writerly) things… and a wee celebration…

It’s only the 12th and already there’s so much happening in the writing world. So, today I thought I’d share some of the more exciting happenings that I’ve come across. Here are my top five.


The Joy of Books

This video has gone viral… and understandably so. It’s amazing and exactly what I imagine happens in bookstores when the doors close. A must watch. It’ll make your day. Continue reading

4th of the month book bargain time!

Apologies. Apologies. This month’s book bargain is finally here, albeit three days late. Let me assure you, though, you’ll find it was well worth the wait. You know the drill. Pick it up for 10 schweet dollars (!) at The Book Grocer in Northcote and read yourself into oblivion!

Happy new year & happy reading xx

Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Later she remembered all the hours of the afternoon as happy – one of those uneventful times that seem at the moment only a link between past and future pleasure but turn out to have been the pleasure itself.”

Tender is Fitzgerald’s writing, however, seldom the night in this purportedly autobiographical account of love, lust, marriage and yearning. Continue reading

it’s time to turn a new page

My darling, loyal, inspiring and appreciative followers – thank you! Thank you for your comments, feedback, support and encouragement. Thank you for reading and sharing. Thank you for caring. Thank you for keeping this blog alive enough and growing at a rate whereby it’s seen its first new year. Thank you.

Now for an apology (!): my time management skills went out the window with all that Christmas wrapping and, alas, my book review for this month will have to be a 3rd of the month, or 4th of the month book review / bargain depending on how the next few days pan out – I’m sincerely sorry (it’ll be a good one when it arrives… I promise!). Continue reading

christmas surprise

My entire life, I’ve offered the same response whenever anyone has asked me what I’d like for Christmas: books. Big books, little books, good books, trashy books. Just books. However every year I’m met with a sack full of Christmas present disappointment. Maybe it’s under the socks? No, that’s a nail file. It could be hiding under that low fat cooking magazine? No, that’s just a book shaped body wash.

This year, I must have done something right because Santa heard me… well it was actually my mother in law but hey, Santa / mum – not much difference right? Those of you who follow me on Facebook will know that I was ecstatic to find on Christmas morning that I had received both the DVD and the book of The Bridges of Madison County. I must confess, ordinarily it would never be a book that I’d pick up to read / buy for myself but because it was a gift (and my MIL had raved about the film) I figured I’d give it a go. Continue reading

jess rudd on ruby blues

(published: http://www.lightfm.com.au/Open-House/Jess-Rudd-on-Ruby-Blues.html)

We all know what the struggle to juggle work with life feels like and how impossible it can get at times. Should we pursue the relationship or put in the overtime? Go to that birthday party or meet that deadline? Work or play?

This week on Open House, Jess Rudd author of Campaing Ruby and now Ruby Blues, joined Leigh to discuss her latest writing venture which addresses this work / life conundrum.

Unsure whether we “can have it all”, in Ruby Blues Jess explores themes of balance and priorities – in particular for women in the workforce. One thing that became particularly salient to Jess while writing her latest Rubyinstalment was just how unsupportive women in the workforce are of each other. Although Jess can see where the origins of this inability to be supportive come from – with a lack of senior positions available to women – she, nonetheless, would like to see things operate in a more positive manner in the future.

When asked about her writing process, Jess likened it to spending time with “imaginary friends” that she simply “commits to paper”. Despite this sounding like an easy and enjoyable enough process, Jess is unsure whether she’s ready to write a third Ruby book just yet. As with any friendships, there can come a time when you’ve spent a little bit too much time with each other, and at the moment this is where Jess stands with Ruby!

To hear more about what you can expect from Ruby a second time round and about what Jess has to say on the current state of the Kevin versus Julia debate, tune in to the rest of her interview with Leigh below.

Open House: Author Jess Rudd on her new book “Ruby Blues” by 899lightfm