Writing

On life, love and happiness

Alone at Christmas

Christmas for one can be enjoyable.

Published on Vocal Media December 2017

The Path to Lasting Happiness

How giving up the pursuit of happiness made me happy.

Published on Vocal Media December 2018

Why Being Strong is a Lie

The brutal truth about the myth of inner strength — A definitive essay.

Published on Vocal Media January 2018

The Three Kinds of Love

Love that is in imbalance is unlikely to last.

Published on Vocal Media February 2018

Successfully Failing

What really is the measure of success?

Published on Vocal Media June 2018

How to Beat Low Self-Esteem

My strategy for coping with self-destructive thinking.

Published on Vocal Media July 2018

A Love More Powerful Than Love

The precious gift of the bond of friendship and the agony of its loss.

Published on Vocal Media August 2018

At Least It's Not Cancer

On living with chronic non-specific illness.

Published on Vocal Media January 2019

It Really Was You

On coming to terms with a love that never was.

Published on Vocal Media May 2019

All Hail Lucifer - The Best TV Show of Our Time

How a show that features the devil is actually about love, acceptance, and second chances.

Published on Vocal Media May 2019

Travel

Luxurious Lavender

Lavender picking in the Wairarapa.

Published on Vocal Media January 2018

A Royal Makeover (PDF)

Entry for World Nomads' 2018 writing scholarship about Featherston's Royal hotel.

Published on World Nomads February 2018.

Poetry

Letting Go

A piece about letting go of hope.

Published on Vocal Media January 2018

Five Minutes

A poem about longing for meaningful conversation.

Published on Vocal Media February 2018 (written in 1995)

The Fall

A fleeting brush with love.

Published on Vocal Media August 2018 (written in 2003)

The Well

On embracing grief..

Published on Vocal Media August 2018

Buses

On buses and sea-glass thoughts

Published on Vocal Media February 2019

Animals

Giant Love

A guide to owning and loving Flemish Giant rabbits.

First published first in Pet Magazine (PDF) in December 2011 and then again 

on Pet.co.nz's blog in May 2013.

About writing

On Becoming a Writer

Reflections on taking the plunge and becoming a writer.

Published on Vocal Media January 2019

On being quiet

The Quiet Kiwi

A series of articles on introversion, shyness and high sensitivity written for my own blog that

I started in September 2013 but did not continue. 

Published on my personal blog, The Quiet Kiwi, September 2013