Resources

Welcome to the Resources page.
Here you will find SUGGESTED READING which is a list books that I've found fascinating and inevitably life-changing. All offer insight into the nature of reality and how we choose to be in the world. Below that are WRITING NOTES in which I offer food for thought about writing. These are curiosities - my personal opinions with which no one need feel obliged to agree.

SUGGESTED READING

Eben Alexander Proof of Heaven
Colette Baron-Reid Uncharted
Mike Dooley

Infinite Possibilities

Leveraging the Universe

Manifesting Change

Amit Goswami

God is Not Dead

Quantum Creativity

Pam Grout

E-Squared

E-Cubed

Thank and Grow Rich

Amy Herring Essential Astrology
Paul McKenna The 3 Things that will Change Your Destiny Today!
Anita Moorjani What if This is Heaven?
Joseph Murphy The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
Florence Scovel Shinn The Game of Life and How to Play it
Michael Talbot The Holographic Universe

Writing Notes

2018-10 October

It is spring Down Under, with longer days and warmer nights, the birds and bees and blooms doing what comes naturally. I prefer writing in spring and summer when I can close down the house, crank up the air-con and hibernate through the heat until it passes – lovely!

I have caught up on some TV shows like Killing Eve and Call the Midwife, both of which were entertaining in very different ways.

I found Killing Eve mesmerising for its unexpectedly subversive dynamic between Eve (the investigator) and Villanelle (the assassin). It messes with your head when the murderous bad girl alternates between being endearingly sweet and deliriously vicious as she ‘does her job’, i.e. creatively killing people. At the end of Season 1, the only way Eve manages to stay alive is by playing on Villanelle’s penchant for women (her singular weakness, it seems) long enough to slip in the knife, to betray her. In terms of queer visibility, do we really need another psychopathic lesbian on film? Admittedly Villanelle has a certain charm, but seriously? It’s been done.

In wild contrast is Series 6 of Call the Midwife which finds Patsy and Delia ‘riding off into the sunset’ together at last. I have enjoyed watching these two nurses wrestling with the perils of being queer in the 60s. The plot and script were very respectful and gentle with the development of their story and its final denouement. It’s a pity we won’t see more of them, but ‘happily ever after’ always means the story’s end. No real nurses were harmed in the making of this queer sub-plot, yet it reminds us of the many who struggled to stay sane, find love and maintain decent relationships, no thanks to ignorant folk. And yes, I did once know two such nurses who, despite the naysayers, came through love intact.

Is any queer visibility a good thing, or can we afford to be a tad more discerning these days? Happy spring/autumn, YLW.

2018-07 July

‘Struth, there goes another year...nearly. Mid last year, I caught a jet plane to Europe and visited much loved relatives, a journey long overdue. Thereafter, it took an inordinate amount of time to conceive and gestate the gist of my next foray into writing. However, I did get my ducks in a row before Christmas, ready to start in the new year.

Since, I have been planning, plotting and writing, which is why I haven’t posted for so long. The art of creating a cogent novel is to succumb to an intensely jealous beast that insists on one’s passionate and undivided attention. Meanwhile, the distractions and necessities of everyday life compete for said attention. Consequently, this ‘note’ will be short, no more than a wave of the quill to indicate that I am currently engaged in the singularly peculiar act of transferring a vivid imagination into compelling prose.

But before I get back to my scribbling, do go and see Disobedience at the cinema. I read Naomi Alderman’s book earlier this year and can recommend both it and the movie version—well worth your time. Keep reading... keep smiling! YLW.

2017-08 August

What’s your favourite film in the genre? It’s rare that a movie comes out in mainstream cinema, so we all keep a watch online in case something good is released. I don’t have an absolute favourite, although “When Night is Falling” is hard to beat for sheer entertainment. “I Can’t Think Straight” is such good fun, and “Saving Face” has a quiet humour that makes me sit there grinning... ‘conjugating Latin verbs’, anyone? Not to mention it features the very delicious Joan Chen who was sensational in “Wild Side” with Anne Heche... but make sure you see the uncensored version, or it’s incomprehensible! Here in Australia, we’re enjoying another season of “Janet King” on TV. It really is great viewing and so heartening to see a lead-role, multidimensional lesbian character on the small screen.

People helpfully review movies, books and all sorts of things online. I’d like to thank readers who have commented, despite sometimes wildly disparate views. I had someone write that they thought Taite (in Milgrane) was way too harsh on Sabine, whereas another said she really, really liked Taite, and felt she was courageous and strong. Another said she would date Sabine in a heartbeat! The reappearance of Kreyna (from Filigrane) was seen as a definite plus, and the spooky energies theme was intriguing... different... ‘when’s the next one coming out?’

Whatever your thoughts, do write a review on anyone of the many booksellers’ sites. And I make a point of writing back when people write to me here, no problem. Cheers, YLW

2017-07 July

An unexpected audience of straight friends, family and acquaintances has recently emerged – people who have read and enjoyed my books while initially knowing very little about what it’s like to be queer in this world. I’m excited to say it’s been an education on both sides.

Because these stories are far from mainstream, they are not available in any old bookseller’s shop down the road... mores the pity. And there seems to be a dearth of queer bookshops across Australia, particularly in rural communities. The chaps at The Bookshop Darlinghurst in Sydney proudly told me they had encouraged the Sydney City Library to add my books to their stock – thanks, guys!

Not everyone can afford to buy every book they fancy, making libraries an absolute goldmine because any patron can borrow for free. So if you’re living off the beaten track, by all means make purchase suggestions to your public library. A request will get their attention – if you don’t ask, you don’t get! And all the more people will benefit from greater access to stories they can relate to, learn from and share.

2017-05 May

A reader who enjoyed the paranormal element of my novels has asked if I would consider writing a series that more deeply explores that element while putting aside the queer romance theme. After considerable thought, I’m not of a mind to do that.

The issue is one of queer visibility. When I was a teen, few role-models existed in any medium. Love stories in books were difficult to find in bookshops and practically non-existent in libraries. Gay women in film were depicted as perverted, crazy, suicidal or murderous. Unsurprisingly, they often ended up dead. None of that stopped me from seeing those films, simply to have someone to relate to, no matter how flawed. A lesbian vampire movie? Hey, why not.... better than nothing!

Even now, everyday lesbians leading everyday lives appear rarely in mainstream media. And when they do, I get very excited and lap up whatever is on offer. It’s true, I do become resoundingly bored with unrelenting heterosexuality, and thusly delighted when characters like Caroline and Kate turn up in the British TV series, “Last Tango in Halifax.” You could just about hear the global groan when Kate was killed off in season three. Here we were, enjoying two sane and functional women going about their daily lives with perfectly ordinary worries like career and family, as the vast majority of us actually do – so refreshing. And then Kate, a gay woman of colour, tragically dies. Part of me was not surprised. We’ve come a long way in the last forty years, yet not far enough.

I love writing about women loving women, and will continue to do so. Sure, many more queer books are available now.  I hope the genre will continue to grow, improve and develop genuine literary legs that allow it to hike into mainstream media– the more the merrier.