There's a massive shipping container parked outside my house. We're packing. It's really happening...we're moving back to Samoa. And as I shift through piles of junk, sorting the useful from the useless, the reality of what we're doing is slowly starting to sink in. Along with a bit of apprehension. Because even though moving home… Continue reading Return to Paradise: The Dread
The Samoa Observer interviewed the Chairman of the National Council of Churches and asked for his thoughts on the 'epidemic of rape and sexual abuse' in Samoa. His response was printed in the Sunday newspaper and can be read here: http://www.samoaobserver.ws/other/women/8044-bite-them-hard-church-chairman-urges-women While I think there was truth and helpful insight in some of his remarks, any… Continue reading Righteous Rape
This week's column - I take on the recent raging ruckus about the use of Samoan language in the Miss Samoa pageant AND that pesky Mormon church "banning" the use of Samoan in Brisbane. And you have two options: 1. If you don't feel like reading, you can WATCH/LISTEN to me tell you all about… Continue reading The Samoan Language: Why do Beauty Queens and Brisbane Mormons Need it?
I went to Samoa in the weekend to support the Hot Man in his first ever Half-Ironman - as his watergirl. I got there late Friday night and couldn't sleep because I was so nervous about his event. Major freaking out as I ruminated over the 101 things that could possibly go wrong as my… Continue reading Adventures of a Watergirl
I used to say that the only way I could ever get a holiday from my Demented Domestic Goddess duties - was to get pregnant. Because then I would have to go live in New Zealand for a few months before and after the baby busted out because I have a small problem with sustaining… Continue reading When Your Husband Runs Away From You
An exciting part of this writing journey that I particularly treasure - is the opportunity it gives me to connect with lots of different Pacific writers and poets from all over the place. This blog post is for YOU, the writer and poet who has dallied with the thought of seeing your work in print… Continue reading So You Want to Publish a Book?
I blinked and 2012 streaked naked through my life, my messy house. And then it was gone. Just like that. Hello 2013!Right, so I'm going to do something revolutionary (for me) this year. I am not going to start the new year making a list of all the things I hate about myself and how… Continue reading I am Enough.
I'm in Samoa - staying with my parents but otherwise completely alone. No Hot Man. No Fabulous Five. I was invited to attend the 2012 SPACLAL Pacific Literature Conference held at the National University of Samoa and I had to give a presentation thingamajig about electronic books and self-publishing and social media etc. It was… Continue reading A Week in Samoa
I'm working to finish the Daniel novella in time for a Christmas release. One thing I love about writing Daniel? He's got a sense of humor that Leila lacks and he can be WAY more fun to write... Here's his take on the Jason's hospital confesion scene from the first Telesa book. ******************************************* Daniel Tahi… Continue reading The Next Book Out Soon
Little Daughter is not so little anymore. She's ten years old and wanted to know, "When is puberty going to happen to me?...Why does it have to happen?...Do I have to use tampons cos they look nasty..." And other such curious questions.I answered her the bestest way I could. Because I'm all about openness and honesty… Continue reading Let’s Talk About Sex