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November 29, 2017




My only update is I broke the 25K mark on my new #YA novella – new total 25,684.

There will be a major disruption to my writing this week as I move home. This move has been a long time coming but finally I will have a small house to call my own in the place I have come to love since immigrating from England. In a perfect world I would have loved to have built a tiny house – an obsession of mine, however my new home is a smaller house with everything on the first floor (no more basement laundry – hurray) and a in-law basement suite for guests. It is close to my library, amenities and an easier commute to work.

For the last few weeks I have lain awake at night virtually moving furniture and pictures and visualizing what my new space will look like. The de-cluttering has been cathartic and a lot has made its way to the thrift store. Why do we hoard stuff? It’s not until we have to move it all that we realize it has sat on a shelf or been hidden in a cupboard forever. I admit I have been ruthless and feel lighter for it.

This is a new era for me and I am looking forward to it.


How did you cope with moving and how did it effect your writing?

This article was quite interesting. I could not move that often though!

Books:  There has been some rather steamy paragraphs in this sequel, surprising but welcome as it propels the main characters forward in their relationship.

Pawn of the Phoenix

Writing Tips:

When freelancing communication is key between you and your client. Be open about any potential or known delays that might extend the project timeline. If your client is fully aware you can come to an agreement and adjust the deadline. Do not hide – be open – an informed client is a happy client.

Freelance Project key points:

  1. Agree on the project price before work begins.
  2. Set realistic deadlines – do not promise what is not achievable.
  3. Establish exactly what your client requires of you and the project outline.
  4. Anticipate push back – do not demean a client’s ideas, discuss them and find common ground.
  5. Ensure you have frequent communication with your client.
  6. Be ready to hand off work in a timely manner.
  7. Be willing to teach a client on how freelancing works and your particular skill set in regards to the project.

What freelance rules do you abide to?


Colossal Structures…

November 29, 2013

Colossal – definition: extraordinary great in size, extent, or degree; gigantic; huge

As some of you may know, I studied Greek and Roman mythology. This word brought to mind one of the lost wonders of the world. One I learnt about back in the day.

RhodesThe word colossal comes from the Latin – colossus , which in turn comes from the ancient Greek word kolossos, which meant large statue. In particular it referred to firstly the colossus of Rhodes. This statue was gigantic and stood at the entrance to the port of Rhodes. And also the  The Colossus Neronis in Rome, which stood beside the Coliseum as a tribute to the emperor, Nero.

The Colossus of Rhodes was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was constructed to celebrate Rhodes’ victory over the ruler of Cyprus, Antigonus I Monophthalmus. He was unsuccessful in besieging Rhodes in 305 BC. It was an impressive 30 meters (98.4 ft) high, which made it one of the tallest statues of the ancient world. The statue stood until its destruction by an earthquake in 226 BC.  


Another large statue was the Colossus Neronis in Rome. This bronze statue was 30 meters high and represented the Emperor Nero. It stood in the vestibule of his Domus Aurea, an imerial villa complex spanning a large area from the north side of the Palatine Hill, across the Velian ridge and to the Esquiline Hill.  Nero’s successors modified the statue into a representation of the sun god Sol Invictus. It is last mentioned in the 4th century AD. The statue was eventually moved to a spot outside the Flavian Amphitheatre, which (according to one of the more popular theories) became known, by its proximity to the Colossus, as the Colosseum.

Which colossal structure has your vote in the modern world?

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We May be Puny at the Moment…

April 20, 2013

Puny – definition: slight or inferior in power, size, or importance : weak


As writers we all have our literary heroes. These people  inspire but also intimidate us. Why? Because we feel puny compared to their expertise, their skill at the craft of writing and in the most part, their famous status. However, are they really that ‘remote’ that they would not offer advice to a novice?

Take for example, Stephen King (OK, I realize he is not everyone’s favorite but he is one of mine!) He shared a great deal in his book ‘On Writing‘ – a book I highly recommend by the way. As we all know writing a book is not the easiest task so for Mr. King to take the time to write this, I feel, is worth its weight in gold.


Of course his book is not the only source of writing style, crafting or tutorial tips – just search an internet site for books and a long list appears. The trick is finding one that closely mimics your style or level of expertise as well as how it ‘teaches’ you.

Stephen surprised high school students with a lecture – see here:


I endeavor to share my knowledge and experience as much as possible because I want other writers to succeed in whatever form they perceive that to be. I’m not famous and probably never will be but that isn’t the point – sharing knowledge in this writing community gives me pleasure. I hope that we can all learn something from each other and if the fate’s allow have a modicum of success. This could be having our novel published in some way or reading our work to an audience or having a short run for our family. No matter what form it takes we are sharing our words and they will live forever.

Picture Wall

A letter I received directly from Stephen King holds pride of place on my wall. It is my constant reminder that I need to continue to learn and continue to share.

An Award…

September 29, 2012

I have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by Lynn Thompson Books – Thank you for the award, I love connecting and spreading the ‘words’. Now for the pay it forward part…and sharing random facts about myself as well as nominating bloggers I think are awesome…

1. I love the changing seasons – each has a gift to give
2. I love the fellowship of my writers circle
3. I’m a sensation junkie – so fast motor bikes, fair rides and flight take offs.
4. Given the choice of a scorching day or a cool one I’ll always choose the cool one.
5. I was a real tom boy as a child.
6. I’m convinced I lived in Italy in a past life – the country feels like home.
7. The moon tonight was extra large, full and beautiful – I took photos.
Now for my pay it forward :
Sky –
Melissa –
Tina –
Lori –
Kristen –
You will find these blog’s to be fun and enlightening. Have fun paying your award forward.
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