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Found ‘Money + Mindfulness, Living in Abundance’ by Lisa Messenger in a newsagency at Coffs Harbour. Now all I have to do is wrestle it off my daughter.

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halfway down the stairs is the stair where I sit

there’s no other stair quite like it

it’s not at the bottom it’s not at the top

like Winnie The Pooh

it’s the stair where I stop

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Every Saturday evening I put on my best 20-year-old Doc Martens, my red velvet waistcoat, fine double hunter Victoria hallmarkeked silver pocket watch and off I go to the Royal Hotel…(John, 76, The Sunday Mail, 8 March, 2015)

The letter from John in the Sunday paper had my long suffering daughter scratching through her wardrobe for ‘that velvet and lace stuff you bought at the op-shop’ – she drew a line at the Doc Martens – ‘Mum, I’ve got homework to do, you know.’ But I was determined. I wanted a picture for my blog and a balm for our Sunday drive picnic to the local waterfall gone wrong (sorry, Brisbane, but that ain’t no real waterfall). I wanted romance, dammit, and what could be more romantic than the image of an old gentleman dapperly adorned in a red velvet waistcoat and fob watch? Did I mention my current WIP is an historical romance set in the Far North Queensland tropics where real waterfalls reign?

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Picture the historic Malanda Hotel, a picnic and a grand ball to celebrate the arrival of the first train to ever grace the Atherton Tablelands from Cairns, the building thereof a masterly feat. The year is 1909. I have a setting, an era, a heroine in a lace ball gown and my hero? Yep, he dons a red velvet waistcoat and a silver fob watch. Shame about the Doc Martens but they’ll just have to wait for another story.

References:

Dressed In Fiction, Clair Hughes, 2005

the Australian Novel 1830-1980, John Scheckter, 1998

The Woman’s Historical Novel, Women British Writers, 1900-2000, Diane Wallace, 2005

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I retrieved my beautiful old typewriter from a friend today and, alas, it’s in dire need of rejuvenation. I bought it when my grandfather was alive and he repaired it for me so it broke my heart to see it in such a sad state. But I know, with a bit of love and care and time, it can be fixed.

It’s the end of another year and time to reflect, evaluate and make plans for the new year…Chris Guillebeau has a great series of posts titled, ‘2014 Annual Review: Looking Forward to 2015’ at http://www.chrisguillebeau.com and it made me think.

Our plans for 2014 were simple, publish our middle grade Cracker & Gilly Mysteries and build a platform for our http://www.growingupwriting.com followers.

We achieved this with two novels written, published and launched. We even have our third mystery ready for early 2015. And then there’s the non-fiction book in the writing stages. We have our first Youtube clip, How to Build A Billy Cart, which has a steady and growing following, with more coming in 2015. And we have a marketing strategy for 2015.

Did it happen as quickly as we wanted?? No!! But we are in a great place to greet the new year…how about you??? Is your writing progressing as quickly as you’d like or are your goals more ambitious than your dreams?

There’s nothing wrong with dreams, I say…

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Let 2015 bring rejuvenation to your writing…and we look forward to sharing many more pics of our beautiful old Remington as we write our way into another year of hopes and dreams and promises…

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 find something worth reading

do something worth writing

creating something worth selling

image School’s out and it’s time to get back to the world of writing – do I hear you groan brother dear – with books to read, books to write, books to publish and books to market… image image image image image image

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At school this week one of my students told me she was up to 35,000 words of her NaNoWriMo project…do the rest of us have any excuse if a fourteen year old can achieve such a result on top of school work, assessment and end of year co-curricula activities?

My student is aiming for 50,000 words and beyond. This is her first novel. And my excuse for not writing? I’m too busy…

What’s your excuse?

 

 

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When I grow up I want to be a writer…

When my brother grows up he wants to be a rock star…

When my  children grow up they will look at their mother and their uncle and see a pair of old crazies doing what they wanna do and being what they wanna be, yeah…

When you grow you grow up, what do you want to be?

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It’s springtime in the tropics and the marigolds and nasturtiams are flowering, the cherry tomatoes are ripenings and the capscicums are starting to form. My garden is full of promise…

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And my current WIP? It, too, shows promise…but only constant nurturing and attention – and the promise of summer – will show if I get to reap the rewards of all my hard work.

How is your garden growing? Is it full of promise for the months ahead or is it dying of neglect? Only with hard work will you reap the rewards…

 

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The teacher begins:

Today, class, you’re going to write a story. Not just any story. A good story. And in order to write a good story you must follow the rules of story writing:

A story?

1.  You must be disciplined.

…I’m not…

2.  You must work hard.

…I don’t…

3.  You must be organised.

…I never have been…

4. You have twenty minutes to write your stories, starting now.

…and so I stare out the window…

I’m a writer…I live in my head…I dream…I  think of somewhere else, anywhere else, where the world makes a kind of sense that it never does in this room…this room with its four walls and it rows of desks and a clock that ticks so slowly that it has to gather its energy to to continue its tedious journey around and around in ever meaningless circles…and I wonder who came up with such a punishing existence and called it…learning…in this classroom where we all stare out the window……dreaming…I close my eyes and begin to write.

Chapter One

…once upon a time…

 

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I dare you not to be inspired by my young friend, Briana’s, story…what do her illustrations suggest…

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My mind is racing….who is the girl…what are her motivations…what is her journey….

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Give her some friends and a setting…and suddenly I have a plot for a story…

I didn’t expect it and I didn’t ask for it…but if there’s one thing I’ve learnt, inspiration comes when I least expect it.

Who is the girl and how will her story unfold…

 

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