Archive for August, 2010

I’m back!!

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

My apologies I didn’t blog as soon as I returned home from conference. I managed to pick up some type of bug while I was there and arrived back here coughing and spluttering all over the place.  After five days and about six boxes of tissues, I’m beginning to emerge into the real world again. Not great yet, but working on it.

On to the conference now. This year the Romance Writers’ of Australia conference was held at the Crowne Plaza at Coogee Beach in Sydney. The view from our room was outstanding.

Thursday was set aside for a workshop for published authors, with a variety of speakers. Let me tell you, if you ever get the chance to go hear Wendy Harmer speak, do so. You won’t be sorry. This lady is incredible.

I had the day off on Friday, so spent it with a friend before getting ready for the book signing. Not sooner was that finished then it was up to our room to get ready for the cocktail party. The Friday cocktail party is always themed, this year’s being “Fantasy Island” which pretty much leaves it wide open as to the choice of costumes. My daughter, Kelly Ethan, and I decided to hit the scene with a little bit of steampunk whimsy, while out roommate, Bronwyn Stuart, went with Lara Croft. One thing I now know. I’m glad I didn’t live in Victorian times. Those Victorian outfits are seriously heavy and hot!

Saturday and Sunday were back-to-back workshops with the awards dinner on Saturday night. Before we knew it, it was all over and we were headed home. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with my writer friends but it was nice to get home, even if I brought the dreaded flu bug home with me. Now I just need to throw off the last of it and get back to the writing.

It’s conference time!!!

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Woot!! Tomorrow is D-day. I take off for Sydney for the Romance Writers’ of Australia conference.  Except for on-line contact, I don’t have any other writers around me where I live, so conference time is special. Time to mix with my peers, to recharge my batteries and come home with the additional enthusiasm for writing that conference engenders. On top of that, I get to spend time with my daughter, writer Kelly Ethan. That’s the cream on top of the cake.

So if you’re in Sydney on 13th August, don’t miss out on this exciting event!

ARRA/RWA Booksigning Event
Where: Terrace View Rooms, 1st Floor, Crowne Plaza Coogee Bay, Sydney
When: August 13th, 2010
Time: 4.30pm to 6.00pm

Nalini Singh, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Anna Campbell, Keri Arthur, Denise Rossetti, Kandy Shepherd and Kelly Hunter are just a few of the many authors attending.
I’ll be blogging and posting photos while I’m away so don’t forget to check in.

And a final offering from my garden:-


Monday, August 2nd, 2010


It’s the middle of winter over here in Australia. When we were living in New South Wales, winters were miserable. Cold and often raining. That drizzly rain that just seems to go on and on. I’m afraid this old body has too many bones that ache when it’s cold and wet so I never looked forward to the winter months. Some people like the changes that come with the winter season. The leaves turning on the trees, the shorter days, the comfort of an open fire.  Me? I’m a summer girl. I love the heat and the sunshine, the fact that I can run around in a light layer of clothing.

So I’m pleased to say that now we’ve shifted, winters are a treat. Yes, we’ve had some cold days, but nothing like we experienced in our last place. Now the temperature is sitting on a nice 27 degrees, the sun is shining, my garden is full of flowers breaking into bloom, I’m running around in cotton cargo pants and t-shirt, or alternatively, a cotton summer frock. It’s warm enough I can take the laptop out beside the pool and write.

Now this type of winter I can take!
Winter? What winter?