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Writer of historical fiction, blogger, mum, pet lover :)

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Writing seminar


Spent the afternoon in Brisbane at a writing seminar, ‘A Conversation with Joanna Penn.’ Joanna is a successful self published author, who was very open and honest in how she went from having a job that she was unhappy in, to being a happy creative writer. She has one of the Top 10 blogs for self publishing advice and has written fiction and non fiction with titles such as ‘How to Make a Living with your Writing.’

I very informative and inspiring afternoon, I came away feeling motivated and confident to continue my own writing journey.☺👍📚🎡

#iamwritingabook #writing #writingseminar #writing

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Book Review: Dead Man’s Land -Robert Ryan

Deeply entrenched as I am in WW1 (no pun intended!), I happened to come across this book whilst browsing my local QBD book store.

Its a fictional crime thriller, which (for me), makes a refreshing change from the more factual aspects of the Great War.

What was so appealing about this book is the POV of the main character. A strong older man and a doctor, Watson’ s previous claims to fame are as Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick.

With his relationship with Holmes estranged, Watson finds himself tending to the wounded along the Western Front. Surrounded by the carnage, a series of bodies turn up, and Watson has to use his detecting skills once more to solve the murders in a place where thousands of soldiers are dying every day.

This book is so well researched, with heaps of historical facts and settings. Added to that, there are both strong male AND female characters. It is a great read, even more so as the character of Dr Watson has always been shrouded in mystery, always one step behind Holmes.

I think Conan Doyle would approve. 4/5 stars.

BookFace

Printed books v s E books – I know what I prefer.

According to The Huffington Post, (taken from The National Book Review, Oct, 2016) ebook sales are declining, while the printed book sales are steady.

In response to this, here’s 5 valid reasons why we should keep encouraging printed books and keeping this industry alive amongst so much technology.📚

1. Pages! Comforting, soft to touch, smelling lovely and new (or gorgeously old). To compare, ebooks are like reading an ATM machine.

2. You get to keep them! Printed books can add/enhance any collection, and look so cool on a book shelf (especially with an awesome book cover).

3. You can share them. How much bettet to make new friends than through exchanging books? They bring communities together, and can keep friendships thriving. Also, how much more social is a Book Club?

4. Printed books are a physical reminder of good times. How awesome is it to find a favorite book from your childhood amd delve back into those memories – just like a well liked song.

5. Lastly, and from a writer’s point of view, print book publishers are fairer to writers than the ebook version of their work. Publishers give less % royalties to ebooks which makes it that much harder to earn a living

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Image: My favorite book store on the Gold Coast, BookFace.

Mount Tamborine

mount-tamborien-winery

Summer has well and truly arrived on the Gold Coast. This afternoon I drove my hubby and daughter to Mount Tamborine to get away from the stifling air at pacific Pines. I parked the car at a well known picturesque spot, where you can sit and watch the hang gliders swoop over the mountain and into the valley below, like birds wheeling on the wind.

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Mount Tamborine:

  • is situated in SE Queensland
  • is part of the Scenic Rim, a volcanic eruption which includes Mount Warning in the south, formed 22 million years ago
  • is one of the most popular tourist areas on the Gold Coast,  which includes Surfer’s Paradise
  • the name Tamborine is of Aborigianal descent, from the Yugambeh language (the Wangerriburras tribe) who had inhabited the area for thousands of years before the first Europeans in the 1870s

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 A short car ride later, we stopped at a lovely winery (Mount Tamborine  has quite a few!) and had lunch.

Suzanne Bowditch, 2016

Mother’s Day

T2 Mother's day

L'Occitane Mother's Day

Whilst visiting my local shopping mall on the weekend, I couldn’t help but notice the fresh lot of advertising posters that are evident in the shops – Mother’s Day is nearly upon us.

That got me thinking about the meaning behind Mother’s day (or Mothering Sunday in some countries).

Wikipedia quotes it as “a modern celebration honoring the mother of the family.”

The history behind the concept of a day to honor mothers across the world is over a hundred years old, when a young American lady named Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, West Virginia (1908 was the date). Anne Reeves Jarvis (Anna’s mother) had been a peace activist during the American Civil War. The church of St Andrews holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine to this day. The then president, Woodrow Wilson, signed a proclamation in 1914 deigning the second Sunday in the month as Mother’s Day.

Ironically, a few years after this (in the 1920’s) Anna Jarvis protested against the commercialism of Mother’s Day as candy companies and card companies (such as Hallmark cards) got on board with selling candy and cards for the day. Anna argued that people should celebrate their own mothers with a simple letter or hand written note. She went so far as to cause a disturbance at a candy bar makers convention in Philadelphia in 1923.

In a world of vast commercialism when everything is now packaged and celebrated (wasn’t Easter just a month ago; I still have chocolate eggs), I have to admire the stoic simplicity of Anna Jarvis.

We all should celebrate Mother’s Day, but rather than just posting a card, handing out chocolates or giving flowers, maybe we could just appreciate mums more; just like Anna Jarvis intended.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother’s_Day

Suzanne Bowditch, 2016

 

 

 

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