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The ‘one day’ house

We all have them – the ‘one day’ house. Go on… confess. I bet you have one too.

‘One day – when I win the lottery….’ or ‘One day when I am fabulously rich…’

It’s otherwise known as the dream house. I think I started designing the house of my dreams when I was about eleven or twelve. Living in Queensland where it’s hot, and being a bit of a history nut, my dream house was always going to be a lovely colonial building – with wide verandas, and high ceilings, and stables and lawns and….

I found it recently. Someone else had built it for me.

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International Authordom

Authordom could describe authors, agents and editors from all over the world discussing the state of publishing.

Authordom could describe authors, agents and editors from all over the world discussing the state of publishing.

Ok –authordom isn’t a real word, but bear with me. I think it should be.

According to the Oxford dictionary, dom is a suffix which denotes a state or condition (freedom); rank or status (earldom); a domain (kingdom) or a class of people (officialdom).

That’s us – isn’t it? Continue reading

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Romance by the sea

The view from my balcony at the hotel

The view from my balcony at the hotel

A balcony, a sunset, a sea view and a glass of wine – no, not a romantic weekend away (I wish) – it was the 25th Annual Romance Writers of Australia conference. This had the theme Ain’t Love Grand, and was held in the lovely city of Adelaide.

This is the second time I have travelled down under for this conference… and what a great time I’ve had both times. These are my tribe – like minded readers and writers, most of whom have the same accent I have.

There were some great speakers (I will share some of that with you in the next week or two when I recover) … some fun social events… and many books, of course. Continue reading

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Art on the streets

This was the first mural I saw - a striking portrait of an indigenous child

This was the first mural I saw – a striking portrait of an indigenous child

Graffiti isn’t what it used to be – well not in my old home town at least.

I was totally entranced last week revisiting the streets and alleys I knew when I was a teenager, and seeing how they have been transformed into an amazing outdoor art gallery.

A couple of years ago, someone came up with this great idea for dealing with the graffiti that was costing the council tens of thousands of dollars a year to clean up.

Rather than arrest the graffiti artists, they encouraged them… with unexpected results. Continue reading

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The things you forget

The Sydney Harbour Bridge at night - you never forget something this beautiful

The Sydney Harbour Bridge at night – you never forget something this beautiful

I am back in Australia this week, and discovered that had forgotten the stars, and potato scallops and bush lemons.

Travelling is great. I get to experience new people and places and cultures. New sights and sounds and tastes. But there is something about the place where you grew up that never leaves you.

You don’t forget the big things. People and places that were important or spectacular. It’s the little things you lose. I don’t think you forget, I think they just fall through the cracks in our busy minds.

So here are a few of the little things I have rediscovered since hopping off the plane. Continue reading

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