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

Lily and Anna

Lily is usually gregarious. During the past week, though, her mum's noticed she's been sullen and withdrawn. She comes home from school, heads straight upstairs to her room, closes the door and refuses to respond to Anna's repeated attempts to engage her. Anna's worried. Her little girl, Lily. So sweet from birth. Giggling, responsive, outgoing.… Continue reading Lily and Anna

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Fiction, Melbourne, Opinion, Relationship and marriage, Weather, Writing

Bumping into a stranger

Charlie walked down the street, eyes upwards, gazing at the light pink blossom on the trees. She crashed into a passer-by. 'Oh gosh, I'm so sorry,' she said as she bent to pick up the papers that had scattered from his grip on impact. 'Quite alright,' he snapped. His voice left Charlie in no doubt… Continue reading Bumping into a stranger

Fiction, Melbourne, Writing

In the park

Simon stared at the girl's nude body. He didn't know her name. He didn't care. He'd first seen her coming out of city building, late. He was across the road at the train station, but his eyes zeroed in on her, like a sniper. Simon waited for the tram to amble past and paced over.… Continue reading In the park

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

Tomorrow

Tomorrow. Everything will be alright tomorrow. At least that is what Melly keeps telling herself. The problem is though, Melly has been repeating that mantra for months now. Jack is a wanker. Melly's mum is helicoptering over her. Dad is never home. And Becky is busy studying. Who's she supposed to talk to? Year nine… Continue reading Tomorrow

Melbourne, Opinion, Writing

Fix the world

I marvel at the world today. There's so much to feel good about, so much to be thankful for. Yet, people are fighting. They're set against each other, screaming and yelling in the name of peace and equality. It's ironic. Last night, on the ABC's Q&A program, author Ruby Hamad had a go at fellow… Continue reading Fix the world