I am Linda Visman,  an English-born Australian, a former teacher/school principal, who both loves and fears writing – the fear is whether I have the ability to do it well. I am also a mother of five amazing sons and a grandmother to their beautiful children. I want to leave something worthwhile for them and, so far, I have written a comprehensive family history and lots of memoir snippets. I also plan to write about the early life of my amazing father.

I have had many short stories, poems and articles published in various anthologies and magazines here in Australia. I self-published my first novel, Ben’s Challenge, in August 2011. My second novel, Thursday’s Child, became available in February 2018. Both are available in print and Kindle formats at amazon.com.

I try to stave off writer’s block by putting down in my blog a few of my thoughts on various topics, life and writing included. I hope you will give me a little feedback on what I have written.

I live with my wonderful second husband on the east coast of New South Wales, in a village that others come to for holidays.

Educational Qualifications:

1999: Graduate Diploma in Educational Management; Northern Territory University, Darwin, Australia

1992: Bachelor of Arts with Distinction (Literature & History); Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia

1968: Teaching Certificate (Primary grades); Wollongong Teachers College, NSW, Australia


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  1. Linda it is lovely to learn a bit more about you – I never realised the extent of your writing – and what a lovely legacy to leave behind for your family.

  2. Great website, Linda – those rainbow lorikeets! How beautiful!
    You have captured in print your own emotions when you write of the bush – that sacred land, and anyone who did not feel that, and want to be there and try to capture something of its mysterious beauty, is probably dead. Well done!

  3. Hi Linda,

    I am the author of a comedic novel based on my own struggle with cancer. It will be published early next year in the United States. You mention in your blog that a way to promote book would be to “tap into” cancer support groups. What kind of talk or event would make sense to offer a cancer support group?

    • Hi David,
      Writing your way through the effects of a major health issue is a great way to go – especially if you can bring in a sense of humour. 🙂
      Yes, promotion through groups of people who have common interests or experiences often works well. As your book is based on your own experiences with cancer, then support groups would be a good way for you to go.
      Because your book is a comedic look at the issue, you would benefit from exploiting that aspect of it. Making people laugh is a great way to help tem cope with such issues. You can do that by speaking, as well as through the book.
      You could investigate local support groups now, and see if they would have you as a speaker – and you can do all this, including the guest speaker bit, before your book comes out. Then, when it is available, you could send out a reminder to those groups you have spoken to.
      There would probably also be more general groups that you could speak at. Many people have family or friends who have had – or are having – their own struggles with cancer, and any group you are likely to present to would have some of these.
      What about service clubs like Lions or Rotary? Church groups; other social and sporting groups? The opportunities are great and varied. The only thing you have to do is grab them.
      Good luck with your efforts and your book. I hope all the angst of cancer (I have gone through it myself) is behind you. Best wishes for the future.

  4. Hi Linda, I’m enjoying discovering your blog, thank you. I was brought here by an entry back on June 9th 2012 about Budderoo National Park. With the pics of Nellies Glen and Warris Chair Lookout there was a pic of a wooden one-lane bridge over a creek. I’m wondering where that bridge is located? Any chance you recall and can point me to it? I’m in Kiama and will be walking through that area as soon as the rain stops (ha, ha). Many thanks, Trevor.

    • Hi Trevor. Thanks for coming into my blog. 🙂
      I cannot remember exactly where the bridge is, bit if you drive up Jamberoo Pass then take the road to Carrington Falls, you should find it along there somewhere. Apart from that visit, I hadn’t been there before, and my memory isn’t good.
      Also, if you look at google earth, you will see the bridge structure on that road as two straight lines from above the trees.
      Good luck and enjoy your walk through that beautiful country.

  5. Hi Linda,
    Love all your blogs and articles. What a wonderful varied life you have lived.
    I am going to be in Wangi for three weeks in August this year and am looking to settle there. I would love to catch up for chat if that was okay with you. I hope you don’t mind me posting this here. Sharron.

    • Hi Sharron, that would be lovely! Wangi is a lovely place to live.
      I can’t remember if I have a “contact me” link on my blog page. If I don’t I will have to put one there so we can communicate in private.

  6. Linda, we share several thoughts on writing and for similar reasons. One of the factors that initiated my blog was to pass along stories–i.e., history–about my family to my children and grandchildren. Of course there are lots of other reasons, too, one being I simply enjoy the act of writing, and then to combine it with my interest in photography.

    Thank you for stopping by and “liking one of my posts.

    • Good that we share those aspects of writing. 🙂 Thank you too for returning the visit. All the best with both your writing and photography. 🙂

  7. Linda, thank you for following my Saunders Beach history project blog. I’m enjoying reading your posts about the 50s and 60s – Saunders Beach came into its own then and it’s good to read someone else’s memories of that time in Australia’s history.

  8. Hi Linda, thanks for the little star for my photos of Morisset Hospital Memorial Chapel. Regards, Bruce Rouse

  9. Thoroughly enjoyed reading about your experiences at St Paul’s as I went to school in the same building three class rooms, brought back lots of memories. Unfortunately mine were’nt all that good, As I was taught by the infamous Sr Benita, also had a run in with Sr Mammermitis ( or I should say my mum did) but it was lovely to read your thoughts. I am still very proud that I went to school there and still live in ALBION PARK RAIL.

  10. Hi Linda,
    Are you doing the A to Z Challenge? It certainly is time consuming so I understand it is difficult if you are heavily involved in anything else. Thanks to you I am participating for the first time. Reading and responding to other blogs and scanning and uploading the pictures as well as fine tuning the writing (I have written most of them already) is taking up all my day. Phew!!!

    • Can’t make it this month after all Linda. I wanted to & did start getting some posts done. However family things are happening this month (good ones) & so they come first. I will be trying again next year though.
      Good on you for getting into it. I have found it a great way to get working on a regular writing schedule, and also on getting stuck into themes & topics you want to do but haven’t had the motivation for.
      My first A-Z was on family stories, & that was a very productive time of getting stories written that I’d intended to do for ages.
      Good luck with completing the 26 days, but don’t worry if you don’t make it. At least you’ll have done more than you would have otherwise. 🙂

  11. Hi Linda, Just letting you know I finished the A to Z!!! Some useful things came out of it. One of the bloggers put me on to Trove and I have been searching for any mention of my ancestors. I found my grandfather was a well respected footballer in Victoria. As he and my grandmother separated I knew little about him. To see comments on his prowess in Aussie Rules in the early 1900s was quite incredible.

    • That is so good you completed the A to Z challenge, Linda! You must be so pleased. 🙂
      Yes, it’s amazing where you come across helpful hints, and what a lovely surprise to find that out about your grandfather.
      I was away for most of April & had very little time to get online, so I haven’t read any of your posts. I had thought I was following you, but haven’t received any notifications. I will check that out.

      • Hi Linda, I am an amateur as far as blogging goes and somehow anyone following my posts went to my China blog instead of the A to Z. I think that is now fixed up. I have also made links from one blog to another. I’m going to do a blog about our trip to America but am not sure whether to set up a new site and link it or continue with my A to Z site. Thanks for the comment. the A to Z is on argonautsite.wordpress.com

  12. Visiting here such a reliable pleasure.

    Regards Thom.

  13. Hi Linda, We met at your home a couple of weeks ago. I did have a blog some years back and have read that a blog for a fledgling like myself is quite a good idea. I used Word Press which took some work so I guess I should bite the bullet, or jump right in. I have some reservations about the Anzac day tradition. I have monitored my change and also those of our community as well. Despite the media’s use of such occasions, I feel that it is becoming not mawkish, but there is some other subtle purpose. I think that it is actually glorifying war, and the intensity of the media focus upon this misery. I used to go to Anzac day but have know second thoughts of the merits of such occasions.

  14. I’m in the process of moving to a lakeside suburb near Toronto….I suspect not far from you.

    • Wow! Moving! We’ve decided we can’t move for another ten years, if we are still here. We are trying to make our current home easier to maintain. Do you still have the caravan? We are hoping to do the big lap soon, before it is too late.

  15. Very interesting – a real trip down memory lane seeing the photos and reading your recollections. I am putting together some memories of my schooldays in Sydney in the 1960s. Would it be possible to email you directly?

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