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Blues on Broadbeach

There’s definitely been some excitement in my house lately, with the Royal Wedding (well, from me anyhow! ). Prince Harry is officially off the market, and his bride looked beautiful.

It was also the weekend of a Music Festival on the Gold Coast. Blues on Broadbeach this year featured my son Liam on guitar with the band Mescalito Blues. They’re a rocking blues band with original music and bags of musical experience. I took a run to the coast to see them on the Friday, but my hubby mozzied on down on the Saturday too.

I stayed at home, pots of tea to hand, with a batch of freshly baked scones and cream.

As for creativity, my book The Zeeland Girl is almost complete! Its had a proof read (by 2 good friends of mine) plus has been edited several times. I will be posting an excerpt of it over the weekend.

Have a great week and keep creative!

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Winter in Queensland

My son is up for a few weeks from the colder nether regions of Melbourne. There were storms and a thick layer of fog when he left on Monday, to fly into vast blue skies and warmer climes.

He’s playing all this weekend at Broadbeach Blues Festival ( lead guitar ) so we tagged along this week to suss out the venue. It’s an open air gig, right next to the beach…breathtaking.

Have a creative week, I’m getting my plotlines in place for a re-telling of Red Riding Hood….I may set it in contemporary times in a horror genre, for the older tales are much darker than the picture books reveal!

#creativity #writer #lifestyle #redridinghood #broadbeach #broadbeachbluesfestival #qld

Happy Mothers day

Its Mothers day here in Oz, so here are some images of Surfers Paradise that I took recently. We spend a fair amount of time down at the beach, and this spot is one of my favorites. Its early morning and the only people on the beach are fishermen and joggers ( and dog people, like us! ).

Definitely jumpers and joggers weather, even the dog is glad to get back into the car…

Happy Mother’s day wherever you are… ❤I’m currently addicted to watching The Handmaid’s Tale on TV, snuggled up with hot chocolate and popcorn!

Have a great creative week !

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Pelicans on the Gold Coast

Winter has well and truly arrived, and temperatures have plummeted here. We took a run to the beachfront this week, and I captured some local wildlife. The pelicans have becone something of an icon here, waiting for the trawlers everyday, for the fishermen throw them fish scraps from the boats. They’ll never go hungry, whatever the weather!



Wings flapping with joy

They wait, a sight to behold,

Seaside revelry.

On a more personal note, I’ve been busy working on my book The Zeeland Girl, that’s taking me longer than I thought it would. I’m also working on three assignments, all creative work that I love to do… has me re-telling a fairy tale!

Have a great creative week everyone 😊📚

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Image Courtesy of Glen Carrie: Unsplash

I’ve been looking at poetry this week, particularly Haiku poetry. I studied its forms last year, but poetry itself has always had different connotations for me – namely that it is part of a loftier genre than fiction writing, with its syllables, and emphasis on structure and lines (Shakespeare and his iambic pentameter springs to mind), that make it harder to understand.

So, I was pleased that my poem, a Haiku, was received quite warmly by my lecture at the time, and by the visiting poet. They encouraged the class to dig deep into our inner psyches, enjoy the world around us and to embrace the simplest things, especially  Nature at its best.

With that in mind, I found this lovely image on Unsplash. The black and white style appealed to me, and the image itself – of three little birds – summed up a Bob Marley tune that hummed in my head as I wrote this poem:

Three Little Birds

Three beaks in the air,

A delight for the senses,

Can be Nature’s Joy.

Suzanne Bowditch, 2018

It’s just Monday lunchtime here – have a great creative week wherever you are !

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Street Art

My daughter’s graduation ceremony is not until the end of 2019, but she’s already making huge plans. We have to pick the dress of course, plus hair, make up, shoes, accessories….the list goes on.

Needless to say, its exhausting. I’m hoping next shopping day she’ll take her friends instead, for I do have a book to finish and edit after all! Not sure if I trust her with my credit card tho…!

Here’s a few art pieces that are on display at the shopping center. Called ‘Street Art,’ the art has been designed and painted by local schools as well as artists. I snapped a couple I really liked.

Have a great weekend – hopefully its a creative one! I’m taking said daughter to a Harry Styles concert…may have to prepare myself for the screaming girls if the internet is anything to go by! Reports are he’s pretty good. 🙌

#streetart #weekendvibes #creativity #harrystyles #brisbane #lifestyle 💙

Back to Basics: How to Read Shakespeare

Happy belated birthday to the Bard this week…and great post here, thank you Book Fifty! 🙂

Book Fifty

Today is Shakespeare’s birthday, so to celebrate I thought I’d share another post in my Back to Basics series. Last time our focus was on reading and understanding poetry, and today we’re taking things one step farther by focusing on the man, the myth, the legend: William Shakespeare.

Today’s post starts with some overall tips for better understanding the Bard, and I’ll close things out by offering you my very own patent-pending Shakespeare 101 curriculum–five plays to read to increase your overall understanding of Shakespeare and his influence on culture. I hope that this post will give you an easy, stress-free way to enjoy some of the best that English literature has to offer. Let’s get started!


Shakespeare Basics

In order to read and understand Shakespeare, there are four basic things you need to know.

1. Shakespeare’s English is modern English: This sounds insane, because today we don’t speak…

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Coff’s Harbor

These pictures were taken a few years back, at Coff’s Harbor, New South Wales. It was a weekend away for my son’s birthday, so we went to the local marine park. As you can see both of them met the resident walrus! I remember he smelt really strongly of fish, and kept sniffing behind their ears to get more. This is him giving a sloppy kiss.

It was also a weekend to celebrate my graduation, so I remember it being a cold autumn in 2012. A few years ago now, and a lot of learning since.

In that time, I ‘ve had 4 books self-published (no mean feat, its a minefield alone to get the formatting correct, plus covers, then marketing them!), and taken a several courses, including a Library diploma, historical courses with the University of Iowa, plus creative writing courses.

I guess what I’m trying to say, is that I’m still pursuing my dream to write for a living. My journey (still on going), has been nothing if not diverse (with regular jobs plotted in, to supplement my income ), but I still have that drive, that desire to achieve my goals – of being a writer.

I’m not looking for success, (although that can come with it) but a desire to write everyday and share my stories with others.

Whatever your goals are, stick to them! Its what makes us who we are.

Have a creative week!

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Write like a professional, get the chapters right

Fabulous advice as usual, thanks Jean!

Jean's Writing

By getting the word count right. How?

Scene by scene.

I’ve written in the past about the word count for books but a book is made up of chapters. And chapters are made up of scenes. 

A mixture of really short and really long chapters may give your reader a case of whiplash. Make sure that doesn’t happen. 

There is nothing wrong with varying chapter length or writing a book with all short chapters, but I’d avoid the extreme. Scenes set the pace and like stepping stones lead your reader through the book. 

Randy Ingermanson on Advanced Fiction Writing, reminds us to think SCENES not CHAPTERS.

Controlling Chapter Lengths in Your Novel

Things from his post I want to remember:

  • Chapters are stepping stones to take the reader through your book.
  • Chapters consist and are controlled by SCENES.
  • Varying scene length is okay. But be consistent.
  • A good average

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