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Writing

Where the stories come from.

Writing is a funny thing – sometimes I wake and up have 2,000 words written before lunch. Other days, I can’t seem to construct three consecutive sentences. Ideas are the same. Sometimes they tumble over each other in my head, sometimes there’s just an empty space where the ideas should be.

100 Stories For Queensland

When I first heard about the 100 Stories For Queensland anthology to raise money for flood victims, I wanted to send them a story – but every idea I had suddenly vanished from my head. I have a folder full of story ideas. I dived into that and decided I hated every single one of them.

I had to start again – with just a few days until the deadline. I almost went into panic mode. Continue reading

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Sending a Story Home

I was shocked by the devastating floods that hit Queesland shortly after Christmas. It’s very hard to be so far away and see such terrible pictures of the places you know. Luckily, my family and friends escaped without any serious damage.

Then a friend alerted me to a project called 100 stories for Queensland. The idea was to put together an anthology of stories to raise funds for flood victims. Authors were asked to donate stories…

I thought for a while about Queensland and the small town where I grew up.  Why is it that despite my travels, a part of me remains back there amid the gum trees and dust?  And then I started writing.

I was thrilled this morning to discover that more than 300 stories were donated to the project – which just goes to show how generous people can be.

I was even more thrilled to discover my story is to be included in the anthology – which will hopefully be released in March.

I’ll certainly be buying a copy… and urging everyone I know to do the same, to help out the people who are only just beginning to put their homes and lives back together.

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Crossing the country on a train.

I’ve just been to Montreal and back – on a train. The journey was over ten hours each way – and I loved it. 

The view from the last carriage

 

Seriously – I did. 

It’s a great way to see a new country. And there was SO much to see. 

The trip passed really quickly – well, apart from the time the man asleep in the seat across the aisle was snoring. And the hour long wait at the US-Canada border while officials checked out every passenger was a bit dull. Which was good. The last thing I want is an ‘interesting’ border crossing. 

Anywhere. 

Ever. 

Leaving New York I was underground, or at least in a cutting most of the way. The gleaming towers of the city are hidden and I’m surrounded by dark, grease stained iron beams and bare concrete walls, liberally decorated with graffiti. Continue reading

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Tales to Tell

On Sunday, I visited a craft fair – with some truly beautiful things for sale – but strangely enough, I didn’t feel inspired (nor did I buy anything) until I left the huge modern conference centre and wandered up the road to a flea market. Not just any flea market – this was the Hells Kitchen Flea Market here in Manhattan.
Hells Kitchen flea market

Hells Kitchen flea market

The thing I love about flea markets is that everything there has a story to tell. All you have to do is listen carefully…

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Invasion of the Romance Writers.

My first US writers’ conference this past weekend was quite something.

The New Jersey Romance Writers conference is one of the biggest of the RWA chapter conferences – somewhere around 300 writers took over a hotel and conference centre for a weekend devoted to writing, reading and romance.

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The things you find…

I’ve started packing for the move to NYC – it’s a slow process, mostly because I keep finding things I want to read, or look at or play with rather than put into a box.

The Sungshin Mirror

The Sungshin Mirror

Yesterday, while sorting through some bookshelves (there are a lot of bookshelves in my house) I found a copy of the Sungshin Mirror from 1995.

The Mirror is the magazine of the Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea and in their Spring issue in 1995, they ran an article by a visiting Australian computer consultant. Continue reading

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Why Do We Do It?

With friend and fellow author Tania Crosse

With friend and fellow author Tania Crosse

I did a book signing yesterday in Reading with my friend Tania Crosse – who writes fabulous historical novels.

I really enjoyed the day – and loved meeting the people who came along.

In between signing books, I started thinking…

As authors, we do bookshop signings to promote our work. To put our books in front of people who might buy them. But it’s not just about the money. I don’t believe a story has really come to life until it’s been read by someone. The more people who read it – the more life that story has. Continue reading

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