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Spring reading

Is it really spring already? I’m not sure Melbourne is certain it is. Pretty sure it’s still winter at the moment with these blast of chilly days.

But it is great weather for curling up with a book, and I’m sure the sun and slightly warmer days will present themselves soon enough (then I’ll be complaining about it being too hot). Anyways, with the end of winter, came the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) where I spent the last two weekends, well not the full first weekend since I was recovering from gastro. But I did spent a considerable amount of time listening to panels and a considerable amount of money purchasing books.

This was my first visit to the MWF and it didn’t disappoint. Federation Square is a great venue with lots of great spaces and food and drink locations. Also conveniently close to Flinders Street Station.

Melbourne Writers Festival books
Melbourne Writers Festival loot

Here’s what I’ll be reading this spring:

  • Neon Pilgrim by Lisa Dempster (I’ve actually already finished this one – I read it in two days!)
  • Not Just Lucky by Jamila Rizvi
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
  • Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan (this was the new one this year, but I haven’t read his previous two novels above so they’re on the list)
  • Sunlight and Seaweed by Tim Flannery
  • I, Migrant by Sami Shah
  • Flight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford
  • Wish You Were Here by Sheridan Jobbins
  • Depends what You Mean by Extremist by John Safran
  • Fighting Hislam by Susan Carland
  • The Good Girl Stripped Bare by Tracey Spicer
  • Colombiano by Rusty Young (sadly, not at the Writers Festival).

Surprisingly a large number of non-figure this year, which is unusual for me, but there were some really strong authors this year and I can’t wait to dive in.

This weekend I’ll be up in sunny Brisbane spending time with my partner, seeing my new little faux-nephew, and attending the Brisbane Writers Festival.

What are you reading this spring?

Meanwhile, 15 months later…

Happy first day of Spring (for those in the southern hemisphere)!

I’ve returned after a bit of an unplanned hiatus. The last year and a bit has been challenging, my initial plans for 2017 were to maybework on smaller projects at work, reboot my health and take lots of little holidays here and there. Bring my stress down a notch. Instead… here’s a few of things I’ve been up to:

Delivered a massive project

When I started writing this blog I was in the middle of a large-scale project at work and from about the time I stopped posting was about the time it all started to get real with delivery. I was working round the clock to get the project delivered.

Voluntary redundancy

My partner took a voluntary redundancy exactly a year ago so he could make a career change.

Travelled to Italy

After above said project we took a glorious five week holiday in Italy! Posts to come about that experience.

Crisis mode

When we returned from luxuriating in the Tuscan sunshine and drinking wine… eating tomatoes… I discovered that the massive project I delivered also caused a crisis mode at work (not as a result of my part in the project – it’s hard to describe without telling you what I do). So instead of returning to a fresh start and a new project, I returned to reactive mode and being on-call and crisis management. Italy never felt so far away.

Partner goes back to university

My aforementioned partner decided to go back to uni and study! The first couple of months were us figuring out how our new schedules looked.


After many years of being in and out of doctors and doing blood tests, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Which also resulted in hospitalisation after I had a bad reaction to a new medication. We’re still trying to figure out the best way forward with medications, but I can safely say that I’m not going back to hospital anytime soon.

Moving interstate

Just when I was starting to feel somewhat settled into the new year, a job opportunity came up in Melbourne in my industry as a manager role. I applied thinking I would have a lot of competition, but within five weeks I had interviewed for the job, been offered it, was wrapping up at work (again, still in crisis mode), had moved house and moved interstate!

Because the role is only until the end of 2017, my partner and I decided to do long-distance. So we had to move out of our three-bedroom house and into two flats in two cities.

Passing of a family member

Right before I moved to Melbourne, my partner’s grandmother passed away.

That’s me all caught up! I’ve chosen to use the first day of September as an opportunity to renew some of the things I’ve forgotten about in the drama of 2017. But we still have four months left in the year, so there’s no reason I can’t reboot now.

Over the next four months I’ll be focused on writing here regularly again and my health. My health has really slipped in the stress of all the change, so it’s time to put it first again.

How has your 2017 panned out? How are you planning to use the last four months of the year?