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Who are we punishing: the children or ourselves?

Posted by Hazel Buchanan on 27 July, 2016 at 16:40 Comments comments (2)

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s statement on ABC News radio on Tuesday morning, that children should always be treated humanely, raises two important questions. Firstly, is showing compassion and benevolence to children a realistic ambition while simultaneously consigning them to a facility like Don Dale in the Northern Territory? And, secondly, is ‘humane treatment’ a worthy standard for the custodians of troubled, damaged children to aspire to in Australia in 2016?

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What About When They Come Out?

Posted by Hazel Buchanan on 31 May, 2016 at 4:05 Comments comments (0)

With the election into its fourth week, the focus continues to be the state of the economy and which party is touting the most reckless ‘Spending versus Revenue’ plan. But did you know that it costs a billion dollars a year to run the correctional facilities in New South Wales alone? And that’s before escalating capital expenditure. Actually, it's a billion dollars and counting, given that the state’s prison population grew a staggering fourteen percent during 2015. Th...

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Spare a thought for those inside

Posted by Hazel Buchanan on 24 May, 2016 at 4:35 Comments comments (0)

With the election campaign now into its third week, it is clear what the major topics for discussion are shaping up to be. One of those issues, the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia, is looking no less divisive, and we are apparently no closer to achieving any meaningful resolution. While the focus is squarely on offshore detention centres and the awful predicament of those inside, the only significant mention of Law and Order, so far in this campaign, has revolved around bor...

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Three questions I would like to ask Turnbull and Shorten

Posted by Hazel Buchanan on 26 April, 2016 at 3:30 Comments comments (0)

Whatever the official government line, everybody knows the Federal Election campaign is already upon us. In the lead up to 2nd July, as the media interest inevitably intensifies, there is a strong likelihood that public disaffection will proportionally grow. Why? Because over the last ten years, political standards in Australia have nosedived, particularly in terms of quality, respect, leadership and, as a consequence, authority. To bastardize a favourite Turnbull line: there has never been a...

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It's arrived!

Posted by Hazel Buchanan on 7 April, 2016 at 4:00 Comments comments (0)

The paperback of Surviving Anna is finally here!



When you can't see the wood for the trees

Posted by Hazel Buchanan on 21 March, 2016 at 9:05 Comments comments (0)

You have to have a brand.


That's the gist of all marketing advice, these days, for anything, it would seem. Apparently, if you want to be successful as an author, you need to have an 'author brand'. But what does that mean? And how can you 'write to your brand', if you've already written the book before you discover the need?


If you pare back the advertising jargon, you get down to words like 'image' and 'identity', which (am I showing my age?) make a littl...

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Welcome to the marketing forest maze

Posted by Hazel Buchanan on 19 March, 2016 at 7:35 Comments comments (0)

From the formatting jungle to the marketing forest maze. (And, believe me, I'd happily go back.)


The good news is that, having finally finished formatting my ebook for KDP (with quite a bit of help at the end from Calibre), it's actually out there. From 1 March, Surviving Anna has been available to purchase in digital form. And a few people have kindly downloaded it - 29 to be precise, at the last count. So, no, it hasn't exactly gone viral. But, as everyone I speak t...

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The more I learn...

Posted by Hazel Buchanan on 7 March, 2016 at 3:30 Comments comments (0)

“The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know.”

 

Was there ever a greater truth? I would love to be able to attribute this quotation accurately, but for once the Genius Google has let me down. Socrates or Albert Einstein? It remains a moot point, doubtless with passionate debaters on both sides. I find myself leaning towards Socrates, on the simple basis that someone must surely have said it long before Einstein was born. But I've come to the c...

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With thanks to those who have gone before

Posted by Hazel Buchanan on 1 February, 2016 at 3:20 Comments comments (0)

It turns out that the problem I was experiencing with inoperative links in my eBook Table of Contents occurred simply because I'm using Microsoft Word on a Mac. Not through choice, I hasten to add. Personally I love Pages, the Mac word processing software. I find it intuitive, user-friendly, accessible - all those wonderful, useful things that so many other word processing apps aren't. But since Word is the popularized, universal platform, I regularly find myself exporting my Pages documents ...

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