You’ve got to be mad to be a writer, don’t you? When not being seduced by a gorgeous day or 1000 other distractions, your sweet derrière will be glued to the seat as you write truly madly deeply… short stories, a novel, and not necessarily in that order – diving from one genre to the other, often dunking all 14 toes, sometimes swimming vigorously, though often against the tide, or god forbid, getting caught in a rip… but always, always looking for that perfect wave that will glide you home, that fleeting sense of reprieve.  Yes, you have to be mad to be a writer. But you have no choice. It is in your blood.

So, welcome. Here you will find posts about writing, my own and others. Thank you for dropping by ~ Julie.


looking up/looking down

an occasional blog about writing, reading and watching the world

Linda's Book Bag

Loving books and reading


Getting excited about short stories in the UK & Ireland - in print, online & live!!

Melanie Cheng

A writer of fiction and non-fiction from Melbourne, Australia.

Lee Battersby

Half man, half writer


It's only words

Fiona Robertson, writer

keeping it short and sweet


A podcast on women and writing

Verity La

Be Brave

Anita Heiss

Author, Poet, Satirist, Social Commentator

Andrea Goldsmith

Books & bites from the Australian novelist.

Sun Bookshop

This is the blog for Sun Bookshop in Yarraville, located in the gorgeous art deco Sun Theatre in Melbourne's inner-west.

Short Story Sunday



Modialloc Writers' Group


wordy initiatives


People and Trends

WriteSpace retreat

It's your time to write


Resources for women writers, interviews with female authors & reviews of books by women

Visible Ink

Publishing emerging writers and artists since 1989


Writer, Mother, Dreamer

Angela Savage

Author Website

Very Bad Apple

Good Apples Go To Heaven. Bad Apples Come Here.

Kirsten Krauth

Novelist, Blogger, Wild Colonial Girl

A Novel Approach

thoughts on books


to see a world in a grain of sand and eternity in an hour


Truly Present. Loving Connection.

Freud in Oceania

Histories of psychology and psychoanalysis in the Oceania region


just another anonymous mother

Lizzy Chandler

Romance with a touch of suspense

Me fail? I fly!

Family life, formerly a .mac blog, continued and rejigged

ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

For lovers of Australian and New Zealand literary fiction; Ambassador for Australian literature

Musings of a Literary Dilettante's Blog

Wandering the pages of literary fiction ... with the occasional biography & page-turner thrown in!

How to shuck an oyster

On living, writing, reading...and eating


the best in writing from the west


The best in new Australian writing