Author Archives: Jesse Blackadder

About Jesse Blackadder

Living at the easternmost tip of Australia on the caldera of an extinct volcano, Jesse Blackadder is a novelist, freelance writer and Doctor of Creative Arts. She is fascinated by landscapes, adventurous women and very cold places and has published three adult novels and three novels for children.

Homeward bound

Saturday night falls over a smoggy Dubai. Cars streaming along the freeway, the thud of music playing 15 floors below on the hotel forecourt by the water, and my last night in the United Arab Emirates. I’ve been away from … Continue reading

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Half a world away

I’m still half a world from home – but now it’s the other half. Flew into Dubai last night and my eyes are still adapting to bright light and flat horizons instead of the soft grey mist and green forested … Continue reading

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Days Like This

How did it happen? The month has disappeared! Someone stole a week out of it somewhere. I have but two days left and many more things I’d like to do. Carol, who flies out a day later than me, is … Continue reading

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More weekend whales

Sunday morning – I woke up early to a very pink pre-dawn sky – got out of my cosy bed and scampered out into the chill to try and take some photos, as anything to do with sun is quite … Continue reading

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A whale of a weekend – Saturday

Saturday’s ingredients: three hours of time, 17 kids aged 7-11 years, 96 crayons, six little pallets of paint, brushes, water, textas (markers), coloured pencils, lead pencils art paper, newspaper, rocks, clam shells, driftwood, two optimistic Australians (us), three nervous Californians … Continue reading

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Remarkable meetings

In the past week the weather has bounced from winter to spring – the ‘winterless winter’ as a member of Blue Canoe Writer’s Group phrased it last night. Swan Lake, in a little valley below our house, froze over enough … Continue reading

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Climb Every Mountain

Sitka is known for its Weather. Capital W weather – the sort that sends weeks on end of cold, driving rain. Which apparently were the conditions prior to our arrival. But we continued our good luck streak with weather (bringing … Continue reading

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Settling in to Sitka

Tuesday night, and Carol and I are just home from an evening with Blue Canoe Writer’s Group, a weekly gathering of writers to share work and tell stories. Eugene, one of the members, collected us at 6.15pm and I quickly … Continue reading

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Chasing the (northern) light

Greetings from Alaska, where I’ve spent a wild week chasing the northern lights up into the Arctic Circle. Carol and I arrived in Anchorage on the heels of the first big winter snow dump of the season – it’s been … Continue reading

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A bang and a whimper

The new year starts with both a bang and a whimper. The bang is the sound made as my (still quite new) Honda backs hard into a lamppost, crumpling into a shape that will take it off the road for three … Continue reading

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