Touchdown in Dubai: tick.
Sleep deprivation and delirium: tick.
Finally stopped blubbing after leaving my fella: tick.
Within 16 hours of hugging my parentals and puppies: tick.
Found WiFi and sent text love letters: tick.
Checked emails: tick.
Received full cover of novel ready to share once I’m on Australian soil: tick.
Approximation of current emotional state: CARE BEARS.
Only to be challenged by the lady I just saw on the elevator wearing a black tshirt with white caps lock writing: HAPPIER THAN A DUCK WITH BREAD.
Wherever you are in the world when you read this, I hope you have bread today.
HOLLY RINGLAND grew up barefoot and wild in her mother's tropical garden on the east coast of Australia. Her interest in cultures and stories was sparked by a two-year journey her family took in North America when she was nine years old, living in a camper van and travelling from one national park to another. In her twenties, Holly worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert. Moving to England in 2009, Holly obtained her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. Her essays and short fiction have been published in various anthologies and literary journals. She now lives between the UK and Australia. To any question ever asked of Holly about growing up, writing has always been the answer.