Stepping up to divine The Stars

Gosh, Michele Seminara, the Managing Editor of Verity La is a talented lady! She’s written a piece, Behind the Scene at Verity La, about taking over from Nigel Featherstone. It’s also delightful to see info on the new contributors, of which I am one. I’ve been given the chance to do the Stars as well as reviews. I’m already relishing polishing my witty retorts! I’ll be replenishing the predictions when needed and following along in Nigel’s searing stead. I have much to be excited about and a grand legacy to uphold.

My debut version of the stars will be out in early January.

you literally lose some and win some..

I applied for Overlands 3 months internship (starting early next year) and by chance, for their editing position as well. I spent a fair amount of time on those applications and suited the selection criteria pretty darn well (which is new and brilliant to me). I didn’t end up getting either.

I’m reminded that this process is slow with plentiful rejections, unanswered emails and dead ends, but there are also breaks. I got an unforeseen email that suggested that someone out there knows my work and thinks I am worthy of their time. I got an email from Duncan Felton about being part of the editing team for Grapple Publishing‘s second annual. It’s a fair compliment to be able to jump the application process and be asked to be a part of this project. This is just the kind of editing opportunity I need too.

I am much flattered and grateful to be offered this placement. It will certainly give me some editing experience and clout. But most of all, it might let me know if I like content editing as much as I think I do. Which is particularly valuable as I am considering a few possible shorter courses or degrees. If editing turns out to be my thing, then with a bit more training and some experience behind me, this could turn into a tangible, paid occupation; the holy grail I am looking for!

That’s a lot of, “if this goes this way, I might” but as any writer and artist will know, we live off the moments that give us even a snifter of direction and encouragement. I still have days where I am nearly in tears explaining how stuck I feel, or I’m being talked out of my relapse into embarrassment that I don’t have a job yet.

So I turn every opportunity and rejection into meaningful information about my direction if I can. I likely didn’t have enough editing experience or training to get the Overland jobs. That’s ok! Knowing this and being part of the smart Grapple editing group might help me get the next opportunity.

It all counts and has value.


I’ll keep you posted on the Grapple experience.


Love in the Time of Cholera : Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A vivid review of one of my favourite books.

GloBooks reviews the best in translated fiction


Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a master of lush proses, vivid descriptions and also a literary alchemist who takes all the elements of an epic story and produces a novel that will leave you enchanted. Set on the exotic Caribbean coast at the dawn of the twentieth century, it tells the story of this seemingly hopeless teenage romantic Florentino Ariza and the object of his affection, the beautiful and mysterious Fermina Daza. Set in a time where Cholera, a disease which ravages towns and leaves death in its wake. and certainly a metaphor for the power and madness of love.

From the moment he first sees her, he is consumed with love and desire for the beautiful Fermina and is completely intoxicated with love or certainly what he feels is undeniably love. Marquez is beautifully skilled as a writer and leaves you with an immersive read. He is someone who understands…

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