Monday, 15 May 2017

Thunderclap ...

If you can spare a minute can you support my Thunderclap campaign for my latest book release?

If I get to my supporters amount then on May 27 just one single post will be made on your Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr account (or all 3 if you support on each).

It will help me to reach a wider audience. Just click the link below. Big thank you!




Book 5 in the Dark Desires series is available for pre-order (15% discount).
OUT: Wednesday, May 17th
http://www.bookstrand.com/book/elephants-and-ever-afters


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In case you're wondering about the last post - yes more rotten stuff - honestly I just wish all these horrid things would go away.

Monday, 8 May 2017

My New Book ...

My latest book is now available for pre-order - 15% discount! Available for download from May 17th.

http://www.bookstrand.com/book/elephants-and-ever-afters


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Feet and Edits ...

My foot is almost back to normal. It's only sore now where the initial wound was and just needs to heal up. It was a scare I can tell you, especially when the doc told me that before antibiotics cellulitis used to kill!

Anyway, I'm putting it all behind me and moving on.

Have my first round of edits back from the publisher to complete. I was rather chuff when I read the editor's comments - there were only minor mechanical revisions to be done. The editor also wrote they loved the story and the way it unfolded with plenty of drama and interest for the reader.

I also discovered I have trouble with 'passed' and 'past'. I though I got them right in the book but there were a few times when I put in the wrong one. One day I learn. It's like Vocative Case with commas -I used to stuff that up as well...lol.

Anyway, been working on them since the weekend and should have them completed today or tomorrow and sent back to the publisher. Then I will be able to start on my 50k in May - I hope to get one of my WIP finished. Well at least get it all down then ready for the big 'edit' read-through I do when I first finish a MS.

I never actually edit as I go, I'd rather get the story down first of all then go back through it. Usually I end up cutting bits out, adding others, moving chapters around before sending it off to my Beta readers for their opinions.

Younger son is feeling a lot better, his stitches are out and the wound is healing nicely. We all have our fingers crossed that it, the melanoma, and the bowel cancer are things of the past.


Thanks for you best wishes, I've had so many lovely emails! I've passed them on to him and he sends you his sincere thanks.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Yay!.....

My foot is responding to all the antibiotics I'm swallowing ....

Doc is very happy - no hospital stay for me! Oh and no foreign body in the orginal wound.

I don't think I could have handled going into hospital for a week after all that's happened in the past twelve months.

So I am feeling on top of the world!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Never Rains - It Pours...

A few weeks back I had my grandson staying with me for a while - we had lots of fun but one evening I scrapped my foot on a nail, it's almost between my big toe and the next - underneath. Cleaned it up and thought no more of it.

Today I had to go to the doctors about it.

My foot is so very sore, and twice the normal size as well as being red. Oh dear something isn't right.

Yep - infected and also now have cellutis in my foot. Had to have a tetanus shot, on 2 different types of antibiotics and then had to go have a X-ray. Doc is worried there may be rust in the original injury.

Nurse cleaned up the wound and dressed it for me. Have to go back with the X-rays tomorrow. Big chance I will have to go into hospital for a week on intravenous antibiotics. I'm supposed to keep my foot elevated and keep off it for at least the next four or five days .... mmm.

Had to go and have the X-ray today. Need to go out and pick them up tomorrow then go back to the doc. Also have a dental appointment in Penrith.

Well, I'll keep off it and keep it up today. Have to use it a lot tomorrow but I'll try and behave Friday and the weekend.

I just hope this terrible pain goes away quick.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Dealing with Being Alone...

Feel weird ... well maybe weirder ... lol.

Sometimes loneliness ready hits hard and I struggle. At the moment that's what's happening. All the drama and worries of the past five months have all but settled. Still one thing left to sort out and once that's solved the kids (and me) can get back to 'normal'. Maybe that's why being alone has set in hard.

Haven't done much painting or writing during this time but I did manage to finish one book that I started last year and sent it off to the publisher. Once again they have faith in me and have accepted it. At this point in time it looks like it will be out electronically mid-May and then print form early next year.

It's so exciting to know that I really am an author - those books on the shelves of my bookcase, the quarterly royalties, the pages on book shops that sell my books... even the car in my carport. They all confirm that I'm an author - and with this new book I will have 18 books published in my name and one more as an author in an anthology with 6 other authors.

What reinforces it even more is that my 18 books weren't self-published - they were all taken up by a well-known successful publishing house.

On top of that I realise I do have to get out more. I've locked myself away from the world for the past 6 years and I need to get out. I have to push passed the disappointments and pains from my past and get back into life. My self-esteem and self-worth were given a big knock and I know I'm not fully 'normal'. Instead I like to think of myself as a talented if slightly demented person...lol.

With that in mind once the school holidays finish I want to get out a paint 'en plien air' at least once a month.

As well I've joined a '50k in May' group of Australian romance authors. The idea is to encourage each other and keep to the goal of writing 50k words during May. I have a MS that I started but stalled on so decided I will finish that during May. We have to post daily - or at least every few days - our writing totals and what our goal is.

My goal is at least a 80k MS. I have 15k done already. If I can get to the 50k mark by the end of May I will be very happy.

I also started a local writing group - yep that was bloody brave (or insane) of me. We meet the first Saturday of the month. This coming meet will be our third. Still it doesn't seem to solve my feelings of loneliness... not sure how you get passed them but I intend to. Being alone as an introvert leads to over-thinking and somehow that loneliness becomes addictive.

Because I'm an introvert I can go months without talking to another human being without any problem.

But then suddenly start feeling morose and alone. I am sure at the moment it is a culmination of the year's worries and problems. My plans with writing and painting will surely help to dispel those feelings and I'll be back to my usual insane self soon.

Sorry this seems a rather morbid post - guess that's to be expected. I'm confident the next one will be more uplifting as much as the last post was!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Big Sigh of Relief ...

Son got his few dozen stitches out and his results .... CLEAR!!

Big thankful sigh of relief all round. In August he has to have another colonoscopy follow-up for the bowel cancer and now in October he had to have a follow-up on this new cancer.

The surgeon is very happy with the results - he did take an enormous chunk out and told son he was confident he'd got it all but to get the actual 2nd biopsy results are a dream.

Son just needs to heal then he will look for a new job (hasn't been able to work this year), still in the same industry but as a supervisor.

Now all we have to do is get ourselves back to normal.

Thanks once again for your good wishes - they worked!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Quick Update ....

Surgery's all done - huge chunk removed but surgeon is very happy. He is very confident that he removed all the cancerous cells and we can only hope he's right.

Now we have to wait a few weeks for the biopsy result but at least the bloody thing is cut out.

Big thank you to those who've sent me emails, I'm positive I've answered them all.... xx

Also to all those who posted comments - I have to apologise.

I accidentally deleted the comments this morning when I logged in for the first time since my last post and found them all waiting for my approval to post.

Beats me how I managed to do that but please understand I'm not firing on all cylinders but I do appreciate them all, even if I didn't get to read them - so an extra big thank you and kiss to those who posted those deleted comments!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

I'll Be Back ...

I'll be back ....

Once my family crises have all been either resolved or managed. Added to the list of worries - DIL is in hospital as we speak with severe chest pains - not sure what's happening as they (the medicos) are still doing a battery of tests, scans and xrays.

Big thank you to all those who took the time to send me an email wishing my son good luck and a speedy recovery, they are really appreciated. We have our fingers and toes crossed that the cancer will have been contained and not metastasized. His surgeon is extremely confident so all we can do is hope he's right.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Jury Duty ...

Last December I received a letter saying I was now on the roll for Jury Duty for the next 12 months. This is the third time I've received the dreaded letter. The first two times I was able to get out of it - 1st time because I was married to a serving Police officer, the 2nd time because I was a full-time carer.

This time I had no excuse so I kept my fingers crossed and hoped for the best. No such luck.

So a few weeks back I got a letter .... yep. I'd been called for duty. From February 28th for a trial estimated to last 4 weeks. Not impressed.

Nervously waited for the 27th because on that day I had to ring in the late afternoon to see if I was still required. Knowing how rotten my luck is I was sure they would want me still.

Oh joy! Oh bliss!

Rejected - but only until the 28th November. Then I'm still on the roll until the 5th January.

Feel like I've escaped Mordor ... lol.

Actually I am very relieved because it hasn't been a good year so far. Son diagnosed with Cancer, granddaughter diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and 90% sure she is also autistic. Suggestion that other granddaughter may also be ASD.

A few other shitty things have happened so having to sit through a four week trial was something I just wasn't looking forward to one little bit.

I'm just hoping that this means things are looking brighter - that son's surgery goes well and nothing else happens.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Winter Wonders ...

Zacopane
 It's that time of the year again when I put up with 43c+ temps and watch the Winter sports ... Alpine skiing, the Super G, the slalom, the ski jump.

I can sit in front of the TV at night and pretend that snow is outside my window and not the bloody heat.

Dave Ryding
I'm not a great one for watching sports but I do love watching the ski jumpers and the Super G. The only other sport I tend to watch is the Tour de France.

My favourite ski jumper is flying again this year - Noriaki Kasai - but he is being outdone by the younger guns. I have to say I love the style of Kamil Stoch, no wonder he's so popular. Last night's win on the Large Hill in Zacopane (Poland) shows he is on the rise.
Marcel Hirscher
Marcel Hirscher

The last two nights of slalom have been exciting to watch. The first night saw so may miss gates, many of the favourites. Then British skier Dave Ryding literally flew down the piste at an unbelievable speed.


He was leading after the first run but was beaten by Marcel Hirscher by 0.76 seconds. Marcel had a blinding run - he was 1.02 seconds behind going into the second run but stormed through to take first place.

Watching it you have you heart in your mouth as they leap out of the box and race down the mountain at breath-taking speeds. The hairpin turns, the close gates, the slick skis storming across the snow. Love it.

But in saying that I absolutely adore watching the skiers take off on the jumps  - to fly through the air for over a hundred metres. 

What must they think when they're sitting at the gate waiting for the green flag?

The way they soar, bodies stiff, almost parallel to the ground. The the landing - will they stay upright? 

Yep sure beats going outside in 43c heat ... lol

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Stupid Traffic ...

Last week I met up with a friend I'd met years ago through facebook. They live on the other side of Australia near Perth so it was exciting to finally meet up. A couple of my other FB friends joined us for lunch - we all belong to the same online photography group. The other two live locally and I've meet up with them a number of times through the past few years.

Anyway, the meeting was being held about 35-40 mins, just 28 kilometres (17 miles) away from me - at 11:30am. Just to be on the safe side and because I have to be early (lol) I left at 10:30 only to hit traffic on the M2 highway.

I sat in line with thousands of others moving a fraction of a metre forward every ten minutes or so and getting absolutely nowhere - rarely getting out of first gear!

After being in line for over thirty minutes and still having another 4 kilometres before the turn-off to Pennant Hills Road I figured enough was enough.

Pulled out of the line and continued through to the next turn off about at Christie Road Macquarie Park then drove around a half circle and came back onto the M2 going back the way I'd come. I'd noticed there was no traffic on the Pennant Hills exit coming from the city whereas the other way the build-up was almost 7 kilometres long.

So I breeze up the exit feeling rather smug until ... I turned onto Pennant Hills road and came to an abrupt stop.

The traffic was stationary. The same creeping a metre forward every minute or so and it continued all the way for 10 kilometres to the start of the M1. Thank goodness I wasn't going onto the M1 because I heard on the radio that the crawling traffic continued along the M1 for another 8 or so kilometres before it finally began to move ... albeit slowly but at least it was moving.

I really should have exited onto Ryde Road and onto the Pacific highway although I still would have been caught in the traffic - just not a much.

Anyway instead taking me 40 minutes at the most it took 2 hours and 10 minutes. Needless to say I was late but so were the other two coming from my direction. I was able to let my Perth friend know we'd be late as I actually played leap frog with one of my friends along the road ...  😳

Anyway the four of us had a lovely lunch - her husband joined us for a drink and a laugh then with nervous trepidation I began the trip home only to have no traffic and it took 35 minutes!

The moral of this tale is (and yes I was an idiot) -

Never try and go north from out Sydney's west during the Christmas break because every idiot and his dog are trying to do the same thing!

Saturday, 31 December 2016