Some sage writing words extracted from Cate Kennedy’s article in this month’s Country Style magazine.

‘Writing mirrors all of this – the disorder, the piercing together, the realisation that the distraction itself may actually turn out to be the inspiration. If there’s a mantra, it’s Let it go.’


‘So I’ve learned to go with the cobwebs, the giant huntsman spider on the bedroom ceiling, the skinks running across the living-room floor, the frog in the shower recess. I’m at home with the mess and disarray caused by kids making batches of cupcakes and elaborate cubbies, the dirty clothes that are proof of a day well- used.

I know that one day, trusting this process, I’m going to make something out of all of this; but for now, while the larger world is in full flight, I’m learning to put the dream of undisturbed, uninterrupted, artistic tranquillity in the corner, where it belongs.’ 

As the school holidays have just started, I really needed to hear those words as a reminder, Cate!  Not to mention that yesterday I dropped my brand new laptop, smashed it to bits and lost a week of writing which wasn’t backed up. I’d love to return to the days of writing with pen and paper and no stress. 

via my friend Dianne Wise-Carroll


If over the holidays you are in dire need to read more inspiring words on writing and creativity here’s an article I wrote about some of my creative journey towards Poet’s Cottage for Ian Irvine on his writing blog, you can find it HERE.

Wishing you wherever you are in the world, a wonderful Solstice, Christmas and New Year. May it be filled with all the chaos, inspiration and distraction that your soul desires.

 Thank you for visiting me. It has been raining for weeks now in Sydney with cool weather which is wonderful compared to the usual Christmas humidity. And I am 80 000 words into a very rough first draft of Currawong Manor. Thankfully, my characters are patient with me as I can only work in scrips and scraps with Miss Daisy home. Let it go. Let it Be.

Merry Christmas. xx

5 Responses

  1. Julieanne December 23, 2011 / 1:56 am

    Lots of love to you and the family, Josephine! Merry Christmas xox

  2. Julieanne December 23, 2011 / 1:57 am

    P.S. – Seven Christmases ago that we were working together at Myer 🙂

  3. jen storer December 23, 2011 / 9:46 am

    Merry Christmas TP. And yes i do believe the ‘distractions’ are all part of the process and somehow make for a richer outcome in the end (altho one can do without dropping the laptop!) Onwards into 2012! jxx

  4. pinry December 23, 2011 / 10:12 am

    how timely! i must remind myself of the ‘let it go’mantra! school holidays have only just started, and things are crazy-out-of-control. sorry to hear about your lost work though, very frustrating. hope you have a magical christmas, and lots more tale-peddling in the new year. jxxx

  5. josephinetalepeddler December 24, 2011 / 10:56 am

    Julieanne, where did the years go? I feel so sorry for sales staff at this time. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well.
    Jen and Jennifer, much love to you both. I haven’t been able to visit you this week as things have been mad with my computer problems. I’m off to Tasmanian tomorrow and may take David’s laptop so shall do my best to visit you there. Sending you both love and creative wishes from Sydney. xx

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