Fiction, Health and wellbeing, Melbourne, Writing

The Mission

'Once the assignment is complete, you will be escorted to the airport, where you will board a jet that will fly you to an as-yet undisclosed location.' Barry, my handler, is serious. Softly-spoken, measured. I am terrified. This is my first real mission and it involves a large serving of femme fatale. Honestly, I don't… Continue reading The Mission

Fiction, Melbourne, Weather, Writing


On tenterhooks, I wait for the postie to arrive. It's been weeks since I placed the order and I received a delivery notification this morning, stating that my parcel will arrive today. At various times throughout the day, I realise I'm holding my breath. I relax, let it out in a whoosh and take a… Continue reading Parcel

Family, Fiction, Melbourne, Parenting, Relationship and marriage, Writing

Surprise Party

There's no way she's going to make this right. This is what Jaymie thought as she surveyed the mess. Strange how, not so long ago, Jaymie and Maggie were planning a run-of-the-mill, surprise twenty-fifth wedding anniversary party for their mum and dad. Jaymie was in charge of contacting the wedding party, which took some doing.… Continue reading Surprise Party

Family, Fiction, Health and wellbeing, Melbourne, Parenting, Relationship and marriage, Writing

Visiting Dad

'What's with all the ruckus?' Dad's angry, I can tell. His face is red and if he was a cartoon character, there'd be steam coming out his ears. He pushes back his chair with such force it tips over and leaves me in the kitchen to investigate. My younger brothers are fighting in their room.… Continue reading Visiting Dad

Family, Fiction, Melbourne, Relationship and marriage, Writing

Misha’s Dad

'I'm serious,' Mum said. She looked it. I'd never seen such concern writ large over her features. Her brow was tightly drawn, her eyes dark and cloudy. Her lips were a thin, taut line. In contrast, I was all dumbfounded shock. My mouth was gaping open while I thought of something to say. But how… Continue reading Misha’s Dad