Sugar is sweet

Heart-shaped reef, Queensland
Heart-shaped reef on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

There’s nothing like a break from the daily grind to get the creative juices flowing (or dripping at the very least), and a holiday never lets me down. A week in the Whitsundays was going to be my chance to do lots of reading – always useful before the start of a new project. Unfortunately sailing, snorkelling, paddle boarding, bush walking and eating (lots of eating) got in the way of that.

Catseye Beach, Hamilton Island
Catseye Beach, Hamilton Island

I did have a moment to pick up a book when the rest of the family spent the morning go-karting. Given my history of holiday accidents, I wasn’t going anywhere near crazy underage drivers.

It feels like the end of the world when the cane is set alight to burn off the old leaves, before harvesting.
It feels like the end of the world when the cane is set alight to burn off the old leaves, before harvesting.

But as luck would have it, I discovered a new muse after leaving the islands. Flat, green and oozing with potential – a sugar cane farm in the Burdekin is calling my name, and who am I to ignore it. The farm is taking centre stage in a short story I’m writing for a new Ford Street Publishing anthology due out in February next year. Stay tuned!

Trust Me TooYou can check out Ford Street’s previous anthologies Trust me and Trust Me Too – here.

Published by Julie Fison

Julie Fison is a Brisbane writer and travel lover. Her debut novel for adults ONE PUNCH is a compelling and thought-provoking family drama that follows two mothers forced to make impossible decisions after one life-changing night. Inspired by real events, the story is a sharp study of the complexities of family life and the consequences of being blind to the faults of our loved ones. Julie’s other work includes books for children and young adults – the Hazard River adventure series for young adventure lovers, stories in the Choose Your Own Ever After series that let the reader decide how the story goes, and a play for secondary school students As the Crow Flies. Julie is also a committed traveller and loves sharing tips for midlife adventurers.

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