Here’s a photo to scare you away from ever visiting Perth — not that I want to do that!
Perth storm clouds
but then the clouds cleared (for a while) and I had an absolutely lovely lunch with some writer friends. Honest to goodness, authors! I think we scared the waiter
I know one creature unfazed by the promised wild weather …
On the positive side, the storms are bringing much needed rain. Toby, my dog, would however like to point out that rain without thunder is possible and would be much preferred. So you have your orders, weather gods!
I’ve been writing. My steampunk romance short story, “Befogged”, is sub’d to Ticonderoga Press’s Kisses by Clockwork anthology. After struggling for inspiration on this one (aiming at an emotionally satisfying romance in 3,000 words is tough), I ended up going for something less heavy on the romance and angst, and much heavier on gadget fun and some tongue-in-cheek history and fictional references. However, that fun inspired an idea for a full length novel. Aaargh! I do NOT have time to write a steampunk novel this year … unless I clone myself. I’m considering it!
My SF story is proving ridiculously difficult to write. I say “ridiculously” because the issue is that its world has become all too real to me. So I’m struggling to make the characters behave and allow me to pull the many tangled threads together for the surprise-twist ending that is the point of the story. But this is a good problem to have — characters living, breathing and tantruming.
Then with all decks cleared, I want to write Brodie’s story as fast as I possibly can. I’ve been thinking of this story for months, so I can’t wait to dive in. I’m determined that this time I will crack the 50,000 word barrier that is haunting me. I can write longer length, and I will!
I’m a member of the Dark Side DownUnder blog (spec fiction authors who are all members of the Romance Writers of Australia) and thanks to the creative genius behind HelzKat Designs, we have a new logo. Ta da!
Any designer who can create something this cool from a group-input brief is amazing. We’re a chaotic bunch.
So I’m writing this while according to science there’s a partial eclipse happening outside the window. I hadn’t noticed. Oops. Let’s blame the cloud cover.
Have you noticed how once you start writing (or reading) you enter another world? If I’m totally into a scene I’m writing, when I look up, I expect the time of day to be the time in the scene. That can be weird, since I’ll suddenly want dinner at morning tea time
I can also lose track of my responsibilities — like posting on this blog! I have three stories on the go at the moment (2 short and one long). Typically I focus on a single story. Hopping between steampunk, science fiction and contemporary romance is taking all my concentration. I should chain myself to the desk till the two shorts are done.
Adios! my steampunk heroine is about to be kidnapped … the dastardly villain is kind of cute, though
April kicked my butt. I am so not ready for May.
I’m a member of the Australian Romance Readers Association (great group!) and we do a monthly catch up of books we’ve read. In April I only managed 4 new books, and two of those were novellas. I was shocked. No wonder my TBR pile is getting out of hand! Thank goodness it’s mostly digital, and hence, invisible. It wasn’t that I wasn’t reading. I was re-reading old favourites.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m tired, I like to read books I’ve read before. It’s comforting. I lose myself in a familiar world.
Mostly I’ve been trying to finish my contemporary romance, “It’s Love, Dude”, finish a long short story (if that makes sense?) that weaves in Neanderthals and quantum computing — and now you understand why this story is taking me so long! — come up with a killer idea for a short steampunk romance for an anthology open call, Kisses by Clockwork (Ticonderoga Press), whip out a light romantic comedy of about 12,000 words (which turned emotional and threatened to explode beyond the word limit, and so, has to go on the back burner because it’s not going to fit my writing schedule – darn it) and when all of that is done (ha!) I can start the follow up to “It’s Love, Dude” with Zane’s brother, Brodie. Whew.
Oh, and I also bought a raincoat in the hope that this would convince Fate to test it…and guess what? It rained last night!
Anzac Day is a special day for Australians and New Zealanders when we remember those who have fought and died for our countries and for peace.
Like most Aussie kids, I learned about Anzac Day at school and the war poets of the First World War brought me to tears. I remember flag raising and wreath laying. I remember the songs we sang.
But at home, there were also Dad’s memories. He’s a Vietnam Vet. So I knew that as well as remembering those who’d died to save us, we have to remember those serving and those returned who are faced with the huge challenge of building civilian lives.
Memories of Love is my short Anzac Day themed romance. In the tough times, our mates are there for us.
Today, I’m visiting one of my mates, Tea Cooper, and talking about Kings Park in Western Australia and its stunning memorial that features in the Dawn Service scene in Memories of Love. Please join us and share a memory or just a friendly comment.
I’ve only been to one Dawn Service, the only one I intend to visit. It is one of my perfect memories that I don’t want to lose by attempting to re-experience it. I was living in Canberra and I got up early, braved the minus 5 degrees minimum temperature and drove to the National Memorial. Waiting in the darkness with strangers and standing with them through the service reminded me powerfully of the strength of the Australian community and the value of the sacrifice our servicemen and women have given us.
Lest we forget.
Okay, so the title may be a bit misleading. I’m not giving away an Aussie. Nope. Hugh Jackman’s taken! But I am giving away three gorgeous Aussie art magnets and some cute Aussie bookmarks. The contest is open internationally to celebrate Anzac Day on 25 April and closes midnight 28 April. Please leave a comment on this post to go in the draw. The winner will be chosen randomly.
*If you’re not sure what to say in the comments, you could say “I’d love to read your Anzac Day romance, Memories of Love”
Medium is one of the new social media that I’ve been interested in for a while, and yesterday, I received an invitation to post there. Yay!
If you haven’t heard of Medium, this is its explanation. And this is my page.
The potential for conversation and collaboration on ideas is so promising that I’m excited.