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RWA Conference 2012

Thursday, 23 August 2012 by

I should have called this blog ‘Name dropping’ because I will be doing a lot of it. But it’s hard not to when I spent the whole RWA conference going ‘OMG thats so and so’ and running around getting books signed by these authors. Lets start at the beginning. We flew over to the Gold Coast with my family for a few fun filled days before the conference. Yes, we went to Wet’n’Wild and we went on the ‘wanted to scream my head off but was too scared’ ride first. Had the best day with the kids up and down the rides all day. (Gave my legs & butt a fab workout!)  Perfect weather, hardly anyone around and no mobile phones AKA no work! Bliss. We also went to Seaworld and spent a day walking around Surfers Paradise. Hubby had the kids entertained while I was at the conference. I think they spent every moment

Events coming up…

Friday, 29 June 2012 by

  I haven’t been blogging much lately as I’ve been rather busy.  With winter sports on I feel like I spend most of my time in our car, driving 60km to town so son can play auskick one day and then another trip for our hockey training. Then come weekend its off to which ever town we are playing, this weekend it’s against Bruce Rock which is just over an hour and a half trip to get there. I don’t add up my time spent in our car….I think the total would scare me!! And in the country it’s not just me doing it, everyone travels.   I do have some guest blogs coming up with new rural authors Barbara Hannay and Jennifer Scoullar, also Helene Young with her thrid book Burning Lies. Will be great to hear more from these wonderful ladies.   Now some details on where I will be in July. For

Spoilt chooks

Monday, 04 June 2012 by

  A while back we got a heap of chooks from a friend, and combined with ours it overloaded the chook pen. This weekend we (and in we I mean Hubby, while I held a few bits of tin when I had time) finally got the new shed finished. I counted my chooks a while ago and was shocked to find I had 18 and not forgetting our two ducks. Since when did we have so many chooks?? No wonder we had about five dozen of eggs in the fridge a while back! But not now, the cold has put them off the lay. So the girls are very happy with the new bigger shed. Their old shed is now used to store their feed.  Seeing as it was a long weekend, and the day was a glorious (if depressingly rainless) day, we lit up the bonfire to roast some marshmallows in celebration of the

My two minutes

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 by

Well the weekend just gone has been a busy one, but very exciting.  Prior to the weekend I spent a whole day with photographer Colin trying to get a good photo for the Weekend Australian to go with their article.  Because his boss was very vocal about how the shot should look, hence why it took so long, we had a good idea that it wouldn’t be on page 9.  So to finally get to Saturday and find this huge photo of me (and my dog Sally) along with all the covers of my book on page 3 was beyond amazing. I don’t think I realised just how cool and a big deal it was, until I saw it. By the time he took this photo, I was totally out of smiles and doing a grimace while I squinted in the arvo sun. And my lovely Sally dog had a big sore on her face by her ear, which I’d

Camera Crew

Sunday, 22 April 2012 by

I know its been ages since I’ve blogged but lifes just been a little crazy. School holidays haven’t helped, feels like the kids have been home for ages and still they don’t go back until Thurdsay! And now that hockey has started (yes, as I’m typing this my body is hurting) I’ll have even less time for things. But we had a little bit of excitement in out tiny 5 house town last week with the arrival of two fellas from over east. Andre, and his camera man Jono, flew, then drove, to our wheatbelt town to do some filming for Penguin for an online clip.  I was overjoyed that Penguin were putting in the effort but totally freaked out by the cameras. I don’t talk great, I have a brain and mouth which don’t tend to communicate to each other very well. So for the two days I was nervous as hell. (made worse by the

Albany signing

Monday, 19 March 2012 by

On Saturday I headed south to the coastal town/city of Albany. Love Albany. Such a pretty place. I spent my holidays there as a kid with my grandparents sometimes so it holds plenty of memories. Here I am with Lockie who set up the signing. Great display in his shop window.  I was there for just over an hour signing and big thanks to those who dropped by to get a book.  Love meeting fans, young and old. And I caught up with friends, which was great. We had the whole gang (kids) so we went to Venice after for lunch and then a stop by the shops for a quick look. (When you live that far from shops, its a delight to be able to check them out. ) My flowers from the signing. 🙂 We stayed the night in Albany, staying with friends who’s house has a gorgeous view of the ocean.  We went for a walk along

Wagin Woolorama 2012

Sunday, 11 March 2012 by

Another year and I was back at Wagin for the Woolorama. If I thought the Friday was hot, then I was wrong because Saturday was even worse but it didn’t stop people from turning up. It helped that my site was in the Wool Pavilion, with nice cold concrete floors and an air con right above me.  We also have the fashion parade in the same shed so we had tunes all day. It was fantastic to be able to spend both days meeting new people who brought my books for the first time as well as fans dying to buy the new one.  Last year I’d met a farmer and he helped me with some idea’s for The Road Home, so it was nice to meet up with him again. On the first day I had a bit of time to duck off to the nearby shed where the sheep judging went on and my

Win Win Win

Saturday, 03 March 2012 by

Okay, seeing as I have a small collection of my third book, The Road Home I am offering up two signed copies, posted out to you with a fancy Rural Writers Rock stubby holder. Now all you have to do to be in it to win it is leave a comment. Simple as that.  Please leave something about yourselves behind so that I can get to know YOU. Maybe you love dogs. Maybe you love roses or the afternoon sun on a spring day. (lol I like all those things). Share something about yourself, even if its just small.  I will draw both winners at random on the 13th March.   And don’t forget for your chance to get a pre-release copy, I’m at the Wagin Woolorama 9th and 10th of March. Come see me in the Wool Pavilion as I’ll be there all day, both days. Except for toilet breaks, food breaks and when my friends

Bliss

Tuesday, 21 February 2012 by

It was fitting that I got to spend my weekend in Denmark. (Not the country, the town south WA) I was booked into a place called Chimes, a gorgeous day spa for total relaxation thanks to owners Michelle & Kane. I didn’t think I needed it but it was totally amazing to spend two days without kids, without facebook and twitter (only the odd message got through) and no thinking about housework, and writing. Okay, so maybe while I was having my hot rocks massage I do recall my mind flicked over ideas for my 5th book, but it was only for a few minutes. I swear thats the only time I thought about my writing.  But I went there after just having finished the first draft on my 4th book, Bundara Skies. So you could imagine my relief at having sent that off to my publisher. Even better on Monday morning when I recieved a message

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Holidays

Wednesday, 01 February 2012 by

I had to work for the first three weeks of Jan, running the local shop. But after that I headed straight down to the coastal town of Hopetoun, south WA.  It was just gorgeous as the kids and I went swimming the moment we arrived. (Hubby had farmers still harvesting so he couldn’t join us until his bin was closed.) We stay in the caravan park and I love the thick bushes that make it nice and private. We have a onsite van so I only have to open the door without too much fuss. So needless to say I got straight down to typing (after the swim of course) and I didn’t have to worry about the kids. Gotta love a nice safe park thats right on the beach.  Without any housework, bored kids or internet distractions writing was my main focus and I managed to write 11,000 words in the four days I was there.  It got

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