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APWT event

It’s the second day of the APWT18 writers event on the Gold Coast and I’m loving the stories from around the globe. This morning I sat in on a discussion centred around translation methods in literature, and the challenges faced by the translator as they try and keep the tone, structure, empathy and perspective of the author. This covers novels, essays, poetry, non fiction and short stories and involves a connection with the translator and writer.

Later, I sat in on a writers session by well known Australian authors, including Matthew Condon and Julia Prendergast. Both have written about the seedy side of Australian lives, including police corruption, mafia-type gangs and drugs.

As the image shows, I’ve been credited as an edtor on the APWT program of events which is thrilling! So nice to see that my hard work on the biographies was appreciated. 🙏

Loving the events! 🙌

Just one day to go…..☺

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Asia Pacific Writers & Translators event

I’m volunteering all this week at the APWT event at Griffith University, Gold Coast. All volunteers get to attend the lectures and workshops, and have a chance to meet authors and writers from around the world. Authors include Matthew Condon, Ravi Shankar, Ashley Hay, Nick Earls among others.

I’m also on the registration desk, so I had a chance to chat with different authors and speakers. I’m there all week, where I have a chance to browse the bookshop and attend writing sessions….its a real honor to be a part of it!

On the creative front, I’m hoping to get a publisher for my cosy mystery, Stella Windermere The case of the Drowned Man. I’m giving it until the middle of next year, then will self publish and market it. I have reflective essays to write before the Christmas wind down, plus I’m enrolled on a unit at Deakin called Revisionary short stories.

I sometimes feel that I have heaps of time to write, then my diary becomes full. My son Liam is up from Melbourne next week for Christmas, so there’s not much chance of a quiet time!

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A day in the life: lake Moogerah

These photos were taken at Lake Moogerah, which is such a picturesque part of the Scenic Rim hinterland.

We stopped at a picnic area….with no tidbits for the birds but water! This Miner bird stayed with us a few minutes, hoping….then flew off.

Next time we visit, I ‘ll remember the wildlife!

On a creative note, I ‘ve finished proofreading my second Cozy Mystery! All the plotpoints/red herrings, seem to be in place. I just have to go over it again….its the most tedious part of the writing process and I couldn’t be an editor for a living that’s for sure!

Also, have enrolled in anther MOOC with the University of Iowa. Its free and this one’s called Stories and Places. I’m also enrolled on a uni course at Deakin over the summer, called Short Stories: Visionary & Revisionary…so have loads to keep me motivated!

Have a happy creative weekend 🙌💚📚

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The Witch by Ronald Hutton

This book has been on my TBR list for a few months. Its a pivotal text for anyone who has an interest in the Early Modern Period in European History, especially the phenomenon of the witchcraft trials and the persecution of thousands of men (but mostly women) that changed the very structures of society. It was a dangerous time to be different, and the religious and political reforms targeted the poor, the infirm, and women who, for whatever reasons, lived indepentantly from patriarchal society.

The Witch is an important read as an insight to this time, that seems so alien to the modern world.

Looking forward to delving in!

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A Short Analysis of Wordsworth’s ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’

Classic William Wordsworth. Thanks to for this post 🙂

Interesting Literature

A reading of Wordsworth’s classic daffodils poem

Often known simply as ‘Daffodils’ or ‘The Daffodils’, William Wordsworth’s poem that begins ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ is, in many ways, the quintessential English Romantic poem. Its theme is the relationship between the individual and the natural world, though those daffodils are obviously the most memorable image from the poem. Here is the poem we should probably correctly call ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’, followed by a short analysis of its themes, meaning, and language.

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

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Lake Moogerah, Queensland

Such a gorgeous part of the world. It amazes me that in all the years we’ve lived in Australia that we’re never travelled this far inland. We’ll definitely pay a visit again soon, its inspiring and breathtaking.

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Boonah, Queensland

A short story that I wrote after visiting the hinterland over the weekend. We stopped in Boonah, a country town that is pretty and friendly….we will definitely visit again.

Short Story – A Country Tale

Its so hot! I dive into the dark space in the corner of the garage, pushing aside boxes filled with Christmas decorations. Where has it got to? Christmas? – my god, I’ll have to get through this heat before then.

A huge spider scuttles across the concrete garage floor. Is he guarding that air conditioning unit? Even the size of him doesn’t put me off as I kick aside an old gasoline container…yes, I think I see it.

In my haste to retrieve the unit so that we can have a bit of coolness in the house, I’ve barely noticed Rob pulling up on the driveway. He has someone in the car with him, even though he’s supposed to have gone to get water bottles and come straight back.

‘Look who I bumped into, ‘ he says, getting out of the car. Its his mate from work, the one whose always the last to leave any party or bbq we go to ( he’s usually far too drunk), and who loves to tell rude jokes in front of the kids.

I plaster a smile on my face, but inside….well, its a different story.

‘Hi Jake, ‘ I say, cheerfully. ‘Hows Cherry?’

‘Don’t ask,’ adds Rob. ‘She’s left him. Is it okay if he stays here a while?’

My heart sinks. ‘Okay…..,’ I say. ‘Thats fine, but remember; I’m going to Couran Cove on the weekend. Taking the kids with me. Thats why I was in the garage, looking for their swimmers. Jake’s welcome to stay….’ I leave it open as Robs face drops. Suddenly inviting his heart-broken friend around is not such a good idea.

A muffled ringing interupts our conversation. I let it drop, follow the men into the house. Switching on the aircon, I push the water bottles to one side in the fridge that’s filled with beer.

‘Who’s that on the blower?’ Rob asks, popping open a beer and handing it to Jake.

‘Just the missus,’ he says, sheepishly. ‘Cherry’s wondering where I am.’

‘Haven’t you just split up? Invite her round Jake – we can get a bbq going. Rob, get back in the car – we need some meat and salad.’ I sound determined now, quick to take charge. This evening’s going to work in my favour, that’s for sure.

Later that night, after the kids are tucked up in bed and Jake and Cherry have made up (over a couple of beers around our bbq), I switch off the bathroom light and snuck in next to Rob. He smells of beer and stirs as I pull over the quilt, letting the cool air conditioner work its magic around the bedroom.

‘What’s this about Couran Cove?’ he murmers.

‘Well, if you will get in between those two, ‘ I reply. ‘I saw Cherry earlier. She told me all about it. You know how fickle they are – he’s lost without her and vice versa.’

‘So, you arranged this bbq then, without me knowing?’

‘You were in work. Look I’ll tell you more on our weekend away,’ I say, laughing. ‘And as for my helping you with your mate’s love life, you can book us into Couran Cove first thing as a reward – I havent done it yet but I couldn’t resist that look on your face when you thought you weren’t going.’

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Just a quick post as the weekend is almost upon us! I’m busy proofreading my second cozy mystery: Stella Windermere The case of the Drowned Man. This book has Stella solving a case while on holidays in Hereford, a rural town that lies smack on the border with Wales and England.

“A body has been found right on the bank of the river Wye. It looks suspiciously like a suicide, but is it?

Stella and Inspector Trevally must work together on a case that involves the death of an arrogant writer, a successful businesswoman and a well-known but fading local boxing champion.”

That’s a very early outline of my synopsis, but its promising :)🙌

Have a great weekend all you creative minds – I’ll be tucked up at home while a heatwave rages outside!

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Kookaburras and writing

This is a photo I took in my local park this morning. The kookaburra is an Australian native bird with a distinctive call that sounds like monkeys chattering! I heard this little guy long before I saw him, swooping in the trees, looking for his breakfast.

My local park has a dog friendly area where dogs are free to run around without a lease. As it was such a lovely morning, I really wanted to be outdoors. I’ve just finished the first draft of my second cozy mystery, so am busy proofreading. What better place to read a manuscript?

Needless to say, I managed to read through just two chapters in between chatting to other dog lovers!

Let’s get our creativity hats on…..where do you like to proofread your work? Or even gather new ideas for other books?

I’m already thinking plotlines, settings and new characters for my next cozy! Fresh air is inspiring!

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