Meet my writing buddy, Minerva. Usually she sits on the edge of my desk, but I’ve taken her out into the sunlight for a clearer photo. She’s carved from zebra stone, which is found only in north west Australia, my home State. You can see where it's mined, here.
Minerva is the goddess of wisdom. But my writing buddy is also named to honour the early romance publisher, Minerva Press, who were publishing gothic and sentimental romances back in the Regency era and earlier!
Being hand carved, Minerva is a reminder of human creativity and how it enriches the world. That reminder carries me through the dry and doubting times that affect us all.