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Merry Christmas/ Happy Holidays

Thank you for your support this year. Enjoy the holidays. Contact a friend or family member. Share memories. Read a book. Eat chocolate. Be kind to yourself. You deserve it. Virtual hugs to you all, no matter how you’re spending this week. Not long now. 2020 is almost over… Hugs to you all.

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Don’t hit yourself on the way out, 2018!

It’s been a… complicated 2018.  There was  the good: Aunt Enid was fun to write. It reminded me of many, many wonderful childhood memories and I finally got hold of my great aunt’s lemon butter recipe! I attended Melbourne Supanova for the first time…  Road trip! with three fellow authors, Matt, Kylie and Katie. Just…

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All I want for Christmas is Jólabókaflóð

Not long now. Christmas is almost here, and another year is ending. I plan to try (yet again) to instigate the Icelandic tradition of Jólabókaflóð. (Jolabokaflod means Yule Book Flood) where you give gifts of books and read books and eat chocolate on Christmas Eve. Why not join me? Here’s my Christmas gift to you: …

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The Year That Was

It’s inevitable. With the end of each year, comes the long lists of achievements, the dissertations of regret,  the (sometimes even longer) and lists of resolutions for the upcoming year. I promise I’ll stop this. I promise to do that. I promise… I promise I won’t go on forever. Regrets? I have a few – mostly…

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Photo Friday: Food, Fun and My Own Book Shop

Food: Christmas dinner, leftovers and homemade shortbread (thanks, Cheryl).   Fun: The whole family is on holidays, with chances to play board games, a bonus D&D night and movie marathons. The new Labyrinth game I got for Christmas…   Not so fun: Recent storms brought downed trees and temporary power cuts through Adelaide. Luckily we…

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I Blinked and Almost Missed It: On Getting Old.

I’ve finally admitted it. I’m getting older. It’s a strange feeling. My mind still plays tricks on me. “Go on, the night’s still young,” it urges. “It’s only just gone midnight. Remember that time we stayed up til morning…” or “Twelve hour gaming session? No problems! We’ve done forty-eight straight before. This is a piece of…

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Photo Friday: An Ancient Devon Rex

I never thought I was a cat person. After long deliberation, I think I am a specific cat person. Not just any cat will do. And, like my human relationships, it takes a long time to deal with endings. Yesterday marked one year after the loss of my dear Tisha. She was twenty-two years old. That…

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This is how I Roll (play)

Good afternoon everyone. <Pulls curtains closed and grabs the crumbling remains of birthday cake.> Apologies for a late post today. Last night we celebrated my Dearheart’s birthday. We played board games, with fabulous friends, until one in the morning. Today my body is reminding me it’s not keen on truncated sleep. <Pours another cup of…

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Ideas Photo Shoot: History and Nature

One of the exciting things about living in South Australia is the history. When I moved here I discovered something: South Australians are very proud of their heritage, part of this is discovering not only settlement history but native history as well.  The week I was invited, as part of the local writers group, to a…

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The Law of Murphy

Most of you have probably heard of Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Over the years I have had more than just a passing acquaintance with dear, unrelenting, Murphy. Honestly, I wish he would stop hanging around and buggering things up. Hasn’t he got any where else to be? He has…

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