I heard on Friday that War Stories is finally going to play on Radio New Zealand. It is airing on Labour Day (how apt!) 28th October, 7-9pm with an episode at the top of each hour. I am amazed – more so when I think about the long hard slog it’s taken to get there. … More Persistence
I’m only writing the blog because I can’t work out how the police are going to get the husband to confess. Of course he won’t, because according to him he didn’t do it – even though we, the readers, know he did. It’s one of those chapters in a new book that you have to … More Prevarication (aka Dithering)
It’s spring and I have reached the conclusion that every uncoupled person renting a house in my cul de sac has had a party this weekend. On Friday the hoons at the end started at 11am and went to about 1am before they fell over. Their immediate neighbours rang to tell us they’d finally discovered … More Party Pooper
I spent a large part of this weekend chucking out memories. I suspect it’s easier when it’s not your memories that are being flung into a black garbage bag but we had cleared out Mum’s house and the sense of calm induced by large swathes of emptiness got us started on the 40 tonne of … More Biffing Ugly Babies
My mother’s house is going to be sold. I have spent days down there gradually replacing the feeling that this is an important part of my mother’s life with ‘what are we going to do with all this shit?’ Some of it I recognize as being mine. And that’s not the carefully kept school reports … More Too Busy!
I grew up in Southland which is the land at the bottom of Te Wai Pounamu (The South Island). We lived, not in the picturesque mountains or bushland, but on the cultivated plains where the wind and rain come directly from Antarctica. Each winter we would have a storms, that somewhere far away, would topple … More Power outage
While I was in Thailand I got an email from Scorpio Book Store here in Christchurch to come and pick up one of the books I’d left for them to sell on consignment. They had sold the other copy so I was happy with a 50% hit rate for a book with no publicity and … More Tying up loose ends