Brilliant + Anonymous: Ah, Parents

Yesterday I was in a grump. One of those kinds that feel like it is totally unfair but also completely legitimate. My parents were here. It’s a loaded phrase isn’t it? I guess I’ve set it up that way, in the way that suggests it was not ideal. So I feel like I should give […]

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Brilliant + Anonymous: Trigger Warnings

I’m 20. I’m sitting on a bus on my way home from trauma counselling, and I open up the book on healing my counsellor has lent me. The first page has a graphic description of someone being molested. I slam the book shut, and ball my fists up to my eyes and choke back a […]

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Brilliant + Anonymous: I Want My Son Back

It’s like he died. But he hasn’t, he just lives in Woodville. It sounds like a joke, but really, it’s not. He is 24. He moved out, and left a note on the bench. He changed his phone number, and blocked me on Facebook. He ‘allowed’ me to message him via messenger for a while, […]

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Brilliant + Anonymous: The Crush

Everyone has at least one major crush when they’re a teenager, don’t they? A celebrity, or a family friend. Perhaps some guy a few years above them at high school. The difference is that when the maelstrom of hormones has died down, most people get over the silliness of unrequited love and they move on. […]

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Brilliant + Anonymous: The Third Ugliest

When I was fifteen, I was voted the third ugliest person at school. Over twenty years have since passed. Rational adult me knows that I’m not ugly; I have had plenty of men find me attractive, as well as a handful of women. I have aged no better or no worse than the bulk of […]

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Brilliant + Anonymous: I Can Feel Everything

I felt stuck this morning seeing the birth announcement on Facebook of an old work colleague. I wanted to mark the arrival of her baby but I didn’t know what to say. I wanted to say ‘I hope you’re okay’ or ‘the sisterhood is here for you’ but I couldn’t find the words and maybe […]

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Sarah Allen is Brilliant and Amazing

New to writing, this group has been amazing (and brilliant!). After reading a lot about parenting last summer, an article just spilt out of me. A couple of days later, I saw a writing competition, entered my article and I was chosen as a runner up. This was the first thing I had written since […]

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Our first retreat!

Mothers with young children generally struggle to find time to write. Between the demands of looking after children, doing paid work to support the household, and coping with perpetually broken sleep, for many of us, there’s just too much else in the day to squeeze much writing in. In October, we’re taking the plunge and […]

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