Supporting others is a form of gift giving; Meet Claudine Tinellis


The season for giving has arrived once again. These days it all seems to come so soon, a symptom of the times. Everything happens faster. One year follows another before we know it. These days everything comes with a price tag and not being as solvent as I would like to be, I have had to give a good deal of thought about giving. I for one would like to know I am doing some good and not just handing over a present someone may or may not need. Mind you, presents are pretty good.

One of the reasons I like being a writer is the writing community. It is so supportive. In an industry as fickle as this one, as mentally and emotionally demanding, we need support. From the time we turn on the computer, or pull out that notebook, we leave ourselves open to criticism. I decided a while ago that my blog would be the ideal vehicle to give support, and the more I think about it, the more I like the idea. I keep coming across these wonderful people who do such wonderful things, and the idea of sharing this on my blog is exciting. In fact, I am hoping to feature more than other authors and people associated with writing so stay tuned.

The facts are simple. We can’t achieve without support. Well, we can but its messy, painful, frustrating and a long, lonely road. Having support keeps us going, keeps us trying, and my favourite, keeps us improving. It’s not about purchasing the book in the case of writers (that does help hugely by the way); its about having people care what you do and demonstrating it in some fashion, and this applies to any profession. There is always a way to help that that fits into our lives.

Building a profile is one of the hardest areas for writers. A follow on media, a like, and/or a share can make a surprising difference. Every time we acknowledge the existence of that person by doing those things, we are helping. Imagine what can happen when this helping is done by more than one person. Why is it then so many hesitate? I think sometimes people are worried about associations. If I post a like for a fellow author, am I sending out signals that this person is good at what they do? What if they’re not, am I going to look bad? Or is it simply some of us don’t have time?

I don’t know, and I have ceased caring. I just want to help where I can, concentrate on what I can do and not what I don’t understand. I want to talk about people on this blog who also want to do this, and not just in the writing world but artists, poets. I’m still thinking on this. Today’s post features Claudine Tinellis, a lady still to publish her novel, but who is already hard at work supporting others in her industry. She currently runs a podcast (I have included the links) supporting Australian fiction writers, and it is excellent. Keep your eyes on this lady because I am sure we will be hearing a lot from her.

Hi, my name is Claudine Tinellis,

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“I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember.  Even when life took me in a different career direction, I always sought opportunities to write – whether it was as a contributor to legal journals, bulletins and magazines or writing scripts for training and compliance software programs. I relish the idea of creating something out of nothing and… seeing my name in print!

So, when I took a career break to raise my children, I began to think more seriously about what I really wanted to do – and that was to write a novel.  In the midst of that revelation, came the opportunity to work on a ground-breaking project to educate Australians about the health benefits of eating seaweed and raising the profile of the Australian seaweed industry.  And in 2014, “Coastal Chef: Culinary Art of Seaweed & Algae in the 21st Century” (Harbour Publishing House) was born.  I thoroughly enjoyed this heady foray into the publishing industry with “Coastal Chef” and I was fortunate to have met many amazing people along the way. coastal-chef

But fiction writing is where my heart lies. And as a writer and avid reader, I began to think about ways to support Australian publishing and to grow the demand for home-grown writers and their stories.  Earlier this year, I started my own podcast dedicated to shining a spotlight on Australian fiction writers called “Talking Aussie Books”.  Each week, I chat to different Aussie   authors about their books in an effort to get more people thinking about the depth of talent that lies on our own doorstep and to encourage people to read Australian stories.  It’s been an amazing ride so far and one I hope will continue well into the future.

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Remember support happens in many ways. Find your way.

Till next time


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Resolutions or just plain common sense


With the advent of the festive season, and the arrival of yet another new year the word happy is banded about often.  In a recent read I discovered that one of the top Google searches was the following statement – how to be happy.   My immediate thought was that I wasn’t alone in pondering this and I breathed a sigh of relief.  Then the word resolution popped up in the next piece of text I read.  I decided this was a sign pointing me to my next post – a resolution to be happy.

Years ago a single present, something simple and small for a birthday was everything.  Christmas shared with family concentrated on eating together, being together as the reason to celebrate. Yet these days we all seemed to have moved to a new planet, one called Not Enough, and Christmas becomes a torture of shopping for things with a view to blowing budgets into the never never.  It’s not just during the festive season. We are consumers first, people second in the mistaken belief that things can make us happy. Alicia Hill  in an article for Thrive Global says:

We consume more food, entertainment, and information than any other generation in the history of the world, yet we still aren’t happy. We never have enough.

I have stressed over Christmas this year more so than any other for many reasons but mostly because I don’t have the means to give the things I would like to give to the people I love. I can’t even be with them because my family is spread in three different directions and in this country it means an awful lot of kilometres. It doesn’t matter though because they know what matters most – the surety of being loved no matter the distance. Why then do I worry about presents, the giving of things?

How can I not when I am inundated with Christmas shopping panic all around me?  To gain a better understanding I needed to step away and when I did I found my stress came because I was comparing myself and my situation to others.  Interestingly a significant portion of those others, when pushed revealed they too worried because of what they imagined or knew others were doing.  I realised then that comparisons are deadly and are a prime factor in undermining happiness. Appreciating what we have and not how much of it we have would eliminate so much angst, primarily the problem of not enough.

Concentrating on doing rather than having is the key to happiness. Someone offered to take me out for a coffee the other day when they recognised just by the sound of my voice that something was wrong. I couldn’t stop smiling at the fact that there are people out there that listen, really listen and then pay it forward by offering of themselves, of their time.

Sometimes I feel embarrassed to offer help when I can see that person is so much better at things than I am.  But there is always something we can do. Helping to clean up after a meal can be enough.  Recognising they need can be enough. I can’t think of a better wish for everyone for the festive season than for them to have someone listen to and do for them.  My one simple and only resolution is to be one of those people, the one that notices, that cares and I know it is a hard one to maintain in this busy world.

Resolution or common sense?  Being happy is a choice. A new shiny toy is a band-aid and only skims the surface of our lives but like everyone else I can use a band-aid at times but being happy, truly, deeply happy is a personal choice.  It is one that understands the heavy price of maintenance.

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My band-aid is my new business cards courtesy of a wonderful young man I am privileged to know ( who gives his help so willingly that it makes me smile with happiness. I wish everyone lots of band-aid joys but most of all I wish you the choice of happiness over the next few weeks and well into the New Year and all of those to come.

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With best wishes and appreciative thanks for following me this year, and my sincerest hope to see you in 2018.