on clawing my way back towards my words

I opened up my website this morning to blog about Varuna, and in my drafts folder I discovered a blog post about the process of trying to apply, not quite a whole year ago. So today I'm going to post that, and I'll update you on my actual experience at Varuna a little later. I'm […]

How on earth do nine authors write a book cohesively?

Ever wondered just how authors collaborate successfully? Today I have a guest post from Zena Shapter, one of NINE (9!) co-authors of the newly-released Into Tordon, where she talks about her experiences with collaborating. -Deb Hi Deb, and thanks for having me on your blog. Collaborative writing seems to be on trend at the moment, […]

The Miseducation of Mara Lys an Aurealis winner!

"The Miseducation of Mara Lys", published one year ago in CHERRY CROW CHILDREN as part of the award-winning Twelve Planet series, has closed the series by bringing home two Aurealis Awards of its very own.

it was all downhill from there

Squawk likes Ai Weiwei's "Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn" but she wants to know why he used only black and grey and white Lego pieces.  Her first lesson that art lies in (and relies on) restraint.

mental health crows

View this post on Instagram The mini-library on mental health I set up at the day job. With bonus Cherry Crow Children postcards. Worst product placement ever. Reading this book is not recommended for those wanting to stay of sound and sanguine mind. A post shared by Deborah Kalin (@debkalin) on Feb 22, 2016 at […]

2016-02-21 08:34:22

Put my empty tea cup on the dining table and from underneath it issues a small voice: "…Mum? Can you not put your tea on the airplane? 'Cos it's an airplane. 'Cos that's the chockpit

and then there were six

Hot on the heels of Cherry Crow Children and its stories picking up four Ditmar nominations, this morning brought me a flurry of Facebook notifications and the news that it's also picked up no less than SIX Aurealis Award nominations: The Wages of Honey, The Miseducation of Mara Lys and The Cherry Crow Children of […]

2016-02-11 21:56

Decided productivity and getting my life/house/work under control could totally wait. Snugged up in bed with a book is where it's all at

2016-02-11 07:12

Spent yesterday and will spend today trying not to notice these poor choking babies