A manic episode

Dearest Someone,

I’ve been so busy, so tired, incredibly overwhelmed and ‘running on adrenaline.’ The past week has been long, challenging but a lot of fun. I’ve had a lot of fun at work, dealing with events and some tasks that I’ve been looking forward to for awhile! However, I also think I’ve been experiencing ‘mania.’ Now I don’t know if I have, but the word has popped up in conversation during my psychology appointment, and to be fair it’s the only way I could possibly explain how I’ve been acting and feeling this past week.

I’ve been struggling to blog because I’ve had so much going on in my mind. My thoughts have been racing, and everything has been pretty hectic. I haven’t been sleeping and everything else has seemed 100% more intense. I’m really not too sure how to explain things.

According to Mind, ‘hypomania and mania are terms used…

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What’s Wrong With Microbeads?

Chestnut and Acorn

I’ve been reading a bit about microbeads lately as there has been a move to ban them from being used in products in Australia following recent US legislation, including two of Australia’s biggest companies promising to phase them out by 2018. However, as someone who uses 100% natural beauty products most of the time, I hadn’t given them much thought and didn’t really know a lot about them. So here’s a quick overview.

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Covers: Reader Eye-Candy

Myths of the Mirror

New cover for The Bone Wall New cover for The Bone Wall

We’ve all heard about the importance of quality book covers, and if I’m honest about my own book buying habits, I have to agree. I browse the covers. If I like a cover, I read the blurb. If I like the blurb, I read the first few pages. From there it lands in my shopping cart. A treat for me!

My switch from traditional publishing to indie publishing means it’s time for new covers. Authors will usually have the option to purchase existing covers from the publisher, but I decided to use this opportunity to upgrade, to commit to a professional image and brand. I figure this is my chance, and the covers I pick have to stick.

Covers are an investment for a writer, just like editing and proofing. Unlike editing and proofing, they’re seriously fun. I asked the talented Jennifer Munswami of J.M…

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