10 Things I Know About Dating

So great to read another Aussie’s voice in the international wilderness of dating and mating. I’ve been doing plenty of the latter and none of the former, so over to my pal Desert Dates to chat about what she’s learned in her 30-something years. Read on if you dare!


Dear Readers,

I’m sitting out the front of the terrace in the inner-northern Melbourne suburb where I’ve lived for more than two years now. Daylight savings has just ended and the sun is hanging lower in the sky a little earlier every day. The blue into orange like the gradient tool in Photoshop, or for those of a similar vintage to me – Microsoft WordArt. More on WordArt later, but for now let me just say: I am living a fabulous Melbourne life. I don’t always notice just how bloody great it is, but right here and right now, with my feet up and a peanut butter and chocolate ice cream I got in a box from Coles, with my cup of very expensive social enterprise eucalyptus tea, with many moments of contentment and joy behind me and with many things to look forward to in front of me…

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The Unrequited Love Life

Unrequited love is one of the most painful experiences of our lives. We’ve all agonised over it, and some of us have developed the types of patterns described in this wise and eloquent post by Girl Rebuilt. Read on if you dare!

Girl Rebuilt

“But that afternoon he asked himself, with his infinite capacité for illusion, if such pitiless indifference might not be a subterfuge for hiding the torments of love.” ~ Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

With Valentine’s day approaching, I was recently challenged to answer the following writing prompt in one of my writing groups:

Did you ever experience unrequited love, where you really felt you loved someone and they simply didn’t love you back? What were the circumstances? Did it last for a long time?

Whoa. Did they know who they were dealing with? I was the queen of unrequited love.

Unrequited love was probably my only version of love until D. I don’t say that lightly. In fact, my very first unrequited love was most definitely my dad. I loved him with all my heart and he wanted very little to do with me. My…

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