• Bali
    Creative joy,  Featured story

    Giving birth to my first book

    Conception I started writing my first book in 2002. I filed the outline in a β€˜secret file’ in case our children stumbled across it on our shared computer. Funny thing was, I forgot about the secret file, and besides I had a very busy life to attend to, so my first book quietly faded into the background of my busy brain. Then, in 2005, my lifetime partner and I took our first overseas holiday and went to Bali for eight days. On the second day of the trip, I started writing a letter to mum. The letter continued for the next seven days. Before I knew it, it had became…

  • Closer to the Morning by Nathan White
    Creative joy

    Storm clouds

    Storm clouds brewed out beyond the Keppel Islands and sent an ominous shiver down my spine. Was tonight to be another night of howling winds, snapping ropes and screaming sails? Looking out over our beloved Roslyn Bay Harbour I caught a glimpse of the Gypsy Queen. As she got closer, she seemed to limp into the bay. The poor old girl, her bough dipped as she slopped and swayed through crashing waves and gale force winds. Close to home now, her belly seemed to sigh with relief as she swamped the bay and glided graciously to her moorings. Her skipper cut the motors one last time and she heaved and…