5 reasons why John Marsden is awesome.

5 reasons why John Marsden is awesome.

1. Because he seems to believe kids – including teenagers – are better people than adults.
2. Because he’s one of Australia’s most popular and successful YA authors and still makes other writers feel hope due to his success, not despair that they may never reach his level.
3. Because he’s had a heart attack and still hiked up a damn hill faster than me. Respect, man.
4. Because he said fuck at our high school talk. He doesn’t pretend teenagers don’t say fuck, or that people shouldn’t.
5. The Tomorrow When the War Began series. Nuff said.

Check his stuff out – in case I didn’t explain well enough, he is awesome. http://www.johnmarsden.com.au


Hello readers,

I have to admit, I have been struggling as to whether to continue with this blog.  On one hand, I love connecting and putting my words out there (not that I have posted for quite a while) – but at the same time wonder if what I am putting out there is really worth it?  I have come to the realization that my blog has no ‘theme’, other than, well, me.  Most blogs require a topic, or at least a few subject matters.  There is lots of blogs with reviews of books and movies, heaps about parenting (copious material in the world for that) many about health and lifestyle; a lovely friend has recently started a blog that centres around her mental health struggles, a very touching story.  The subjects are be endless.

Mine is, well a bag full of mixed crap, and I have been struggling for a while with the decision to  go on.  I felt aimless and unsure (okay lets face it, that wasn’t just about the blog…)  Some logical part of me made the decision four minutes ago when I renewed my WordPress subscription, I have decided to keep it.  And I will continue with the theme simply being ‘me’.  My articles, my lists, my updates on life, any new short stories or exercises and all things in between.  This blog is where I will keep updates of my other writing, any submissions to publishers or agents, festivals I attend, and any writing and acting workshops, lessons or experience I may gain. I will keep sharing stories of my family and my life, and will even try my hand at some travel writing when I have my next holiday.

Basically, I will keep rabbiting on here, whether you like it or not (although I hope that you do!)

Thank-you all for dreaming with me; you reading my words means everything.

Love, Melissa XO





 Katey SagalKatey Sagal

The stand-out likeness to some of the most memorable characters Katey has portrayed is their fierce and unforgiving motherly instincts.  Admittedly the mothers she has played aren’t always a comparable kind of parent – Peg Bundy and Cate Hennessy don’t appear to have a lot in common, except maybe a similar number of children – but nevertheless, a mother first.  And fierce and lethal mother she is as Gemma Teller-Morrow in the brilliant Sons of Anarchy.  Mixed with the great writing and the rest of the amazing cast and crew, Gemma Teller-Morrow has managed to make people, well, just freaking love her.  The character has done despicable things – maybe with the best of intentions, but still, things that may make you want to feel the skin from her face if she was real.  Katey makes a practically deluded and sometimes cruel person manage to have so much heart and passion, that viewers don’t just forgive her sins, but enjoy them.  She’s not the only character in this show who is loved despite their misgivings, but possibly the most enduring. Continue reading

Argumentative Essay…Pain and Loss…

Argumentative Essay…Pain and Loss…

The Knowing and Knowledge tutorial subject in week seven was as follows, “Life inevitably brings pain and loss. One will need to grieve for loved ones who are gone. All that is normal. What is abnormal is the increasingly common attitude that there is a ‘cure’ or ‘pill’ for every ‘problem’ that all suffering is somehow unnatural and not to be tolerated.”

This is a very broad and diverse issue, with two main sides to the argument, as well as many different opinions and ‘but’ questions and statements in the middle. The statement made by this person clearly defines their stance. Their opinion is that suffering over personal loss is normal, and it is unnatural to be using medications to cure ourselves of this par Continue reading

The things I’ve learned now Jack is three…

Fun on the slide

The things I’ve learned now Jack is three…

The tantrums are stronger, the cleverness is amazing, the cheekiness multiplied by a thousand; the love overwhelming.  I’d wager I learn something new about being a parent every single day, but here is a just a few lessons I have learned recently.

1.     1. How to share my food.  Anyone who knows me probably understands that I don’t mind sharing most things, but there is certain foods I have such an addiction to.  I can get quite selfish, or I’ll-stab-you-ferociously-with-a-fork-if-you-steal-one-chip-off-my-plateish.  But, I have learned to share, because Continue reading




It is difficult – some say impossible – to decipher the difference between poetry and prose. In the following essay I have attempted to analyse then compare and contrast two pieces of writing. I will class them poetry. The first thing I do when analysing poetry or prose is to read through the piece several times then translate it into ‘my’ language. This can prove quite difficult, but even harder is my second step of attempting to derive the underlying subtext Continue reading