Shirley Marr's Blog

April 11, 2016

Hey folks, how is life? I’m still not getting a lot of sleep and days are exhaustingly filled with playdoh (it’s hard to explain) so I have very little time to plan and make elaborate cork boards so I propose…

The Busy Mummas Writing Method (aka Driving With the Low Beams On)

Set aside a small slice of time in your life. Let it be once a week in the morning if you can negotiate it, or once a night if bb decides to drop off early.

Don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself.

Just write slowly an...

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Published on April 11, 2016 04:32 • 12 views

February 29, 2016

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Fear not to the sole person who readsthis blog (hiya)… I have been writing away behind the scenes.

I tried writing abreathy and feely-feels coming of age thing… finished one chapter and… that’s it. Don’t really do beautiful very well.

Then I tried writing this rather chipper YA rom-com sort of girly thing and… well I don’t really do girly lovey-dovey that well (I mean, boys, oh yucks).

I’m just a bogan from Perth with an urge to sometimes punch things.

Which brings me to...

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Published on February 29, 2016 05:53 • 14 views

November 28, 2015

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I’m in a sleep deprived mood, so therefore I am in a sort of meandering-can’t-really-write-feed-me-breakfast-all-day-long kind of mood. So I can only do strange fragments, small thoughts and vague ideas at the moment. Here are some million dollar ideas, punters. In fact I am sure they are so valuable that I am going to publicly announce them…

Fight Club in an All Girls High school. Why do girls fight? Is it rebellion toward in most cases, being raised to be the nurturing half? Rights, belief...

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Published on November 28, 2015 20:34 • 27 views

October 17, 2015

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I’m thinking about moving house. My current house is getting a little small. So I make the mistake of telling my mum that I am thinking of moving house. In my head I am sure my mum would say something like errr… “Happy house hunting!” and then let their grown up child who has flown the coop for 7 years already be, but of course this is how the conversation really went down.

Me: Mum, I’m thinking of moving house. I’m going to see this house on Monday.

Mum: What is the house number?

Me: 20

Mum...

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Published on October 17, 2015 20:47 • 19 views

September 29, 2015

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After almost 2 years looking after a little story called “William” (which cannot be bookmarked and left to one side for even a second, but I love him, bless), I am back to do this book thing people! Can you believe it’s been that long? I mean, announcement of me going away was like… literally 3 blog posts back. Anyway, this means I’ll probably be in your face about the whole boring “author process” while I write a new manuscript and bring it to the world. There will be fun times ahead. And...

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Published on September 29, 2015 06:53 • 27 views

September 20, 2015

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I’m onboard the Colouring Train. But I don’t want to colour in flowers, I want to colour in stuff like knife welding girls and hipster beards and things. So I got this cool Mulga book and this is Turban Snake Steve. I gave him an ombre beard.

I caught up with my best date card (The one Bachie Sam wished he had), with Famous Children And Science AuthorCristy Burneand I wrote. I have like a whole page of writing and this is the good bit – it doesn’t suck! Well not hard anyway. My editor might...

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Published on September 20, 2015 01:49 • 15 views

June 11, 2015

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Actually, that’s not a bad name for a very long and arduous novel where the heroine has long monologues about her feels and there is lots of describing the weather going on. In reality, it has been that long since I have written a single word, but I snuck out into a patch of winter sunshine and caught up with Lady Writer Cristy Burnefor a sugar, carb & paper fix. Wrote some notes. It might be another 18 months before you her from me again, but I am excited. PS – yes that is a dress with teap...

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Published on June 11, 2015 04:18 • 38 views

January 18, 2014



I am proud to announce the new arrival in my life – a big bouncing baby boy (4.03kg!) called William! As I will be devoting my time looking after him, another novel in the foreseeable future might be a while coming as I start this new chapter of my life :-)



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Published on January 18, 2014 16:38 • 147 views

September 26, 2013


If I’ve been a bit quiet and under the radar lately, then this is why!


I’ll still be writing, but it might take backseat for a little while my life writes a story of it’s own.


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Published on September 26, 2013 04:07 • 159 views

July 24, 2013


It’s probably a very typical response, but I became a writer because I loved to read. I guess it’s natural to want to become what you love. And today I find in the post a book package from the gorgeous Mandee, one of those lovable Vegan YA Nerds. Thanks Mandee! Icontinuously read while I write. Not only books far removed from what I write, but books smack bang in the middle of the YA spectrum.


I made a pact with myself early on that I never wanted to be one of those writers that had to be lock...

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Published on July 24, 2013 19:13 • 122 views