Interview with HMC

On White Walls, and being a writer (soon to be author)

Kate Policani


Through the magic of the internet, connecting us instantly across the world, I had the opportunity to interview HMC, author of the upcoming book, White Walls, coming June 20, 2013.

White Walls

HMC is a freelance writer, teacher and artist who resides on the Gold Coast, Australia. She has a degree in psychology, writes a column for an online magazine and blogs about global issues.

HMC is inspired by many genres, but has always been particularly fascinated by magic, thrillers or books with a twist.

What do you like the most about the act of writing? What do you dislike?

I’m a storyteller.

Writing came second, for me. I’m still perfecting the art of getting the story in my head to translate onto pages. Writing is a way to express these stories, much like an artist wants to express an image in their mind’s eye. It doesn’t always work out as…

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The Perks of Teaching

Those who know me, know how much I love being a teacher. Some days you leave a HMC Teaching2classroom thinking, ‘wow that day was spawned from hell,’ but there are many days when you’re lifted up so high, that you think you’ll never come down again. I adore working with children. They’re inquisitive, now-focussed, generally happy and most of all FUNNY.
In fact, their humour is one of the greatest perks of the job.
A friend recently reminded me, with her son’s homework (that included the answer: elephant shit) just how funny kids can be. Mostly, it reminded me of all the times I’ve had to keep a straight face, in the classroom, and almost failed.
Here are some examples … could you keep a straight face?
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You Live in a World Where …

DISCLAIMER: This rant is from a fictional character, from a fictional story.

Meet George.  

‘You live in a world where it’s more important to look like you’re starving to death, than it is to be healthy.

You live in a world where everyone is stuck in the past or the future – and spends most of their day there, never actually looking at what’s going on around them

You’re more afraid of a tattooed, out-spoken woman than you are of a man who runs your country and tells you what to think. Continue reading

‘Why Sarcoidosis Lyme Australia?’

My chosen charity Sarcoidosis Lyme Australia, is very personal and close to my heart

Coleen Coates

Coleen Coates

There is not enough known about either diseases, here in Australia – and that’s the problem. Today I interview a very important person, my mum, Coleen.  Mum is currently winning the fight against Lyme Disease, although some days it’s a battle for her to get out of bed.

Here’s her story.

Tell us about your journey from falling ill, to being diagnosed with Lyme disease.

It was around April 2010 that I knew I had to see a doctor. I was feeling sicker and sicker. Doctor after doctor and test after test revealed nothing. They had no idea what was wrong with me. A Naturopath suggested Chronic Fatigue and put me on medication.

I knew it wasn’t that.

Finally, in my attempt to figure it all out, I came across an article on Lyme disease. I knew I had it. I had all the symptoms.

It was difficult to find anyone who knew about Lyme disease, especially testing, and I had to travel to Coffs Harbour. Australian Biologics came back with my answer.

I tested positive for Lyme.

I finally knew what was wrong. It was, in some way, a relief.

It took a long time to get to that point, though – far longer than it should have. Continue reading

Common Insanity

We often hold a distorted view of ourselves.
Whether it be to do with our intellect, our looks, our physical capabilities.
Through our reality, and experiences, we plot out a schema of who we are.
Others can poke and prod.
But at the end of the day, we have to make a choice.
There is only one person who allows certain restraints to debilitate us.
What we choose to believe about ourselves affects our daily interactions, the way we hold ourselves, our bodies, self-talk, our relationships and so, basically everything important to us.
This Dove campaign is pretty awesome. Not because I like the soap, but because it shows evidence of the common insanity that lives within us … the lurking undercurrent, waiting to pull us under. One, that should be observed, and checked, as often as one remembers to do so.

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