‘Flagpole Sitta’ by Harvey Danger – not a book, but a song!

I just love this song.   I kept hearing it on Rebel FM and never finding out who sang it, but thanks to YouTube, here it is.  Enjoy!


The enduring magic of “E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial”

This afternoon, while we were enjoying the Labour Day holiday, my husband and I were watching “Gogglebox”.   While we were watching the Goggleboxers, the Goggleboxers were watching “E.T”.  And then my husband dropped a bombshell.


I was shocked, dear reader, shocked to my very core.  WHAT THE…?  HOW COULD THIS BE?

So, as my stepson had also not seen it (again, WHAT THE…?  I must have seriously failed in my stepmother duties), we fired up the DVD player and pressed “play”.

I don’t think I have sufficient words to tell you how much I love this movie.  It’s been years since I’ve seen it myself, but it still got me right in the feels.  It is so beautiful, so funny, so poignant, so sweet – and I bawled just as much as when I saw it the first (second, third, fourth…) time.  I bawled at the sad bits, I bawled at the happy bits.  I just kept bawling.  It didn’t matter that I knew everything that was going to happen.  The tender and loving relationship between Elliott and E.T. is just – well, if you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about.  And if you haven’t, find a copy wherever you can and watch it.  Bring tissues.

It’s just magic.

Camp NaNoWriMo – The Final Day…

Ok, I admit it.  I have completely and utterly failed at achieving my goal for Camp this month.  I think I’ve temporarily lost my writing/editing mojo, and with only four hours to go until Camp officially ends, I just can’t do it.  

On a more positive note, I did make some progress and I need to build on that.  I must set myself aside time every day, no excuses, even if it’s only 30 minutes.  Because my novels must be set free, not imprisoned on my hard drive!  Besides, I know you’re all dying to read them so it’s my duty to get them out there!!!

So, get to it, me.

Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 18

Well, the Easter break was a “write off” (see what I did there?) and I did absolutely nothing to progress my novel.  So I’ve reduced my goal from 60 to 30 hours.  (Fortunately the Camp rules allow you to do that if you change it before 20 April, otherwise I would have been completely screwed.)   So to get myself back in the creative mood, I’ve spent around an hour tonight researching Australian film in the early 1920’s – both online and by reading a book (that my Mum had in her extensive collection!) on Charles and Elsa Chauvel, pioneering Australian movie makers.  It’s fascinating stuff.  And if you’re interested in Australian film, early or otherwise, check out the Australian Screen website (https://aso.gov.au/), which includes news clips dating back to 1896 (the Melbourne Cup), and feature films from as early as 1906 (“The Story of the Kelly Gang”).  But now I must go to bed!  Tomorrow – I must do proper writing stuff.

Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 11

I have been slacking off.  I should have 22 hours but instead (after tonight) I have 8.  So a fair bit of catching up to do!  I hope that I might be productive over the Easter long weekend.  I may have said this before.  I’m trying to talk myself into it.  I can’t just eat chocolate and binge watch stuff on Netflix and Foxtel.  I have a novel to get into shape!  Come onnnnnnn!

Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 6

A couple of hours of writing, researching and editing tonight.  Inspired by some books I’ve read recently, I’ve got a new plan for how this book is going to go.  So yay!  I’m already way behind with my goals for Camp, but hopefully I’ll get some catch up time on the weekend – and of course Easter is coming up!  Four days of possibilities.  Although if I’m honest I’ll probably just laze around eating chocolate!  LOL!  But still, the POSSIBILITIES are there…

Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 4

Another couple of hours tonight of reading, note taking, research and outlining.  I think I might be getting somewhere!  Yay!  I need more light and shade – all my characters are a bit too “nice” – I mean, I don’t want to have anyone be too nasty either, it’s not that kind of book – but perhaps some questionable morals might come into play.  And I’ve fixed on a timeline too.  So progress is being made!

Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 3

Well, after a slow start – or really, no start at all, because I basically skipped Days 1 and 2 – I finally did something about my project for Camp NaNoWriMo.  I’ve set myself a goal of 60 hours, and I did two hours tonight.  This is my third attempt at editing my 2013 NaNoWriMo novel, “The Players”, set during the silent movie era in Australia.  I’ve taken procrastination to a whole new level with this one!  I keep getting distracted by all the fascinating history, and I know it’s a mess, so I keep putting it aside.  But I know there’s a good story in there – it’s just a matter of sorting through all the extra bits and finding it!   Besides, my first novel is getting lonely sitting at Amazon all by itself.


Yay!  With 40 minutes to spare, I just got over the line.  Official word count 50,325 words.  Migraines and family dramas failed to stop me.

I think I lost 15 days out of the month, so effectively, I wrote a 50,000 word novel in 15 days.  Nothing is impossible if you really want it.

#amwriting #NaNoWriMo