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Birthdays are fun. Well, they should be fun. I know some people don’t enjoy their birthdays, but as you all know, I do. So I like to do my bit to help people enjoy theirs!

Today is Meg’s birthday. I made her a cake and also this little creative thingummy, featuring some pics of Bethany, me and Meg, artfully placed paper and a ton of Liquitex gloss medium and varnish. It’s been really fun playing around with colour and using a paintbrush – there is something so therapeutic about painting, even if it’s only layers of varnish.

I hope she likes it.

Mum was excited, mainly because she could see me doing something creative. “My creative daughter is back!” she said when she came over the other day. It’s a big deal mainly because I haven’t felt able to do anything much at all since I’ve been sick, and so to start up a new project and enjoy doing it seems momentous.

We agree that it bodes well for Varuna – I return there in two weeks! I can’t wait. I haven’t been able to do that much writing since I left in March, but hopefully I will be able to use this week in Katoomba to great effect, and I will soon have a novel that I’ll be forcing you all to read.