Shaming on Social Media: It’s Simply Counterproductive

I was on Facebook the other day. Actually I am on Facebook every day, but that is another blog post for another time. Anyway, on this particular day, I was casually scrolling through my Facebook feed, hitting ‘Like’ for various posts, skimming some and skipping others when I came across a meme with a photograph of a room full of what could have been Siberian Huskies with the words, “We should start bringing all the death row dogs to breeders homes. When they ask, ‘what am I supposed to do with all these dogs?’ we can answer, ‘I have no idea but you obviously think we need more’” sprayed across it. I need to state right now (in case you didn’t know), I am an animal lover and a vegan. I share my home with two Bernese Mountain Dogs who, (along with their four predecessors) are the loves of my life, and three rescue cats, two of whom were rescued from a high kill shelter in western Sydney. I follow many animal rights pages, animal sanctuary pages and animal lovers pages on Facebook, however this meme had popped up on my feed, shared by a friend of mine from a page with which I wasn’t familiar. Continue reading Shaming on Social Media: It’s Simply Counterproductive

Unfair Dismissal: Mission Impossible

I was recently made redundant from one of the organisations for which I worked. The way my redundancy was advised, conducted and managed by my former employer struck me as incredibly unfair and I was so appalled by their gross mishandling of my impending departure that I decided to launch an unfair dismissal claim with the Fair Work Commission. Today we had our conciliation conference and the result inspired me to share a few things I learned along the path to conciliation. So as not to appear biased I have provided a written guide to unfair dismissal for both the respondent (aka employers or useless bastards) as well as some tips for the applicant (aka poor downtrodden worker).

If you’re an employer and have mistreated your employee to the point that they feel the urge to commence an unfair dismissal claim against you, you may find the following tips helpful in dealing with the process: Continue reading Unfair Dismissal: Mission Impossible

Diary of the Writing Life – Week 69

I received an email this week. It was from a reader in Ireland who very nicely pointed out that I’d left my Diary of the Writing Life series on a bit of a cliffhanger, and that he’d like to know what happened next. At first I couldn’t believe he’d even said that. After all my diary is just my diary. It’s part of my process and is no way meant to be a story.

But of course our lives are our story. So I went back and read the last few Diary entries and found that my Irish reader was right. I’d had a bit of a revelation back in August last year, and from that point on, my focus shifted to the point that I completely forgot I was even writing a Diary of the Writing Life.

So this is my very abridged version of what has happened in the last 60 weeks. Continue reading Diary of the Writing Life – Week 69

Capricorn: It’s OK, I’m In Charge

So your north node is in Capricorn. Let’s take a look at how you can take responsibility for your soul’s journey in this life.

The Basics

Perched at the zenith of the natural horoscope, Capricorn is the tenth sign of the zodiac and the last of the earth signs. Capricorn’s key phrase is “I use” and many have misinterpreted this as meaning that Capricorns use others to further their own ambitions. This is a false assumption based most likely on the insecurities of those making the accusation. Capricorn is an earth sign, so the essence of it’s energy is to use resources to build or create, more often than not corporations, structures and large projects. Capricorn is not given to seeing the value in a piece of art unless it can be put to use somehow, say in being auctioned off for charity. To the Capricorn mind that is useful. Continue reading Capricorn: It’s OK, I’m In Charge

Diary of the Writing Life – Week 9

In case you haven’t noticed I’ve been a tad slack lately. I have been neither writing my blog, nor writing my novel. Over the next few posts I’ll be explaining why while catching up on the missing weeks in my writer’s diary.

So week 9 comes about and my writing is humming along. But two things are looming on the horizon that threaten to not just derail my novel writing, but potentially derail my entire life. This week’s post is about both these things.

The first is my dad’s birthday. For those who read my posts regularly you will know that my dad passed away suddenly in January of this year. I still cannot fully comprehend this and know that I have not really dealt with this profound loss. The only thing that keeps me sane on the days when I ache to speak to him or see him again is my belief that one day I will, on the Other Side. Continue reading Diary of the Writing Life – Week 9

Diary of the Writing Life-Week 8

After going off my noggin last week about being so undervalued at work, this week has been a bit more cruisey. Actually it’s been less than cruisey-it’s been downright uneventful.

Not that there is anything particularly wrong with that. I have written every day. In fact I’ve upped the ante on my writing and how many words I want to do per week and now I’m motoring on through. I do feel though as if my story is a bit like my life at the moment-just plodding along, waiting for something to happen. Continue reading Diary of the Writing Life-Week 8

Diary of the Writing Life – Week 7

Sometimes the most important thing to write about for my blog is not writing. It’s the other stuff in my life that in some way informs my writing. Take for instance what happened to me at work the other day.

I decided much earlier this year to devote myself entirely to becoming a novelist, and one part of that meant replacing my current two jobs with one good, well-paying and interesting job. I also suspended my legal studies to enable me to devote more time to writing. Continue reading Diary of the Writing Life – Week 7

Diary of the Writing Life – Week 6

I’m ploughing through Act Two and finding out that my story is about a lot of stuff that I didn’t know it was about. Not that I’m all that surprised. It’s my experience that I can plan a story to within an inch of its life and as soon as I start writing it it’ll take a left hand turn and head off in an entirely different direction, one that is incidentally, much better than the one I had planned in the first place. Continue reading Diary of the Writing Life – Week 6

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