My bomb is bigger than yours

Here’s my suggestion for sorting out the North Korea v America situation: ignore Mr Kim. You see, he’s the third generation in a line of megalomaniacs, known for their draconian authoritarianism but not much else. He’s not the brightest cookie in the jar although, in the world of politics, that’s not always a roadblock on the path to success. (Come on, we can all name a few.) Nth Koreans don’t have the internet, or a mobile phone, or watch western movies, or any television shows other than Nth Korean ones. They have no access to the outside world, so they have no idea what is going on outside their borders. They only know what their “dear leader” tells them. As far as the bulk of the Nth Koreans are concerned, Kim Jong Un...

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It’s a weird, weird world

My apologies, dear world. I know I haven’t posted on this blog since July but I was hunkered down in the back room madly trying to get Dragon-friend finished before the deadline: the end of August. I’m happy to announce that I sent it off to the publisher on August 30th! Phew. When we get closer to the launch, I shall be boring you all silly with the details. So, I re-emerged from my hidey-hole to see what’s going on in the world and…well… You know, sometimes I wish I wasn’t as interested (slightly obsessed) with politics because I’m beginning to wonder if most of the people involved in the process have been drinking too much, or smoking illicit substances. What are you talking about, Wendy? I hear you ask. Let’s...

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George R. R. Martin and me

Progress is being made with book 2: Dragon-friend. I’ve got over 52,000 words written (that is, they’re the ones I’ve kept. I’ve probably written over 150,000) and I’m nearing the home stretch. This is a good thing because I’m also nearing the deadline. If I didn’t have the deadline hanging over me, I think I’d be enjoying the process more. I’m quite happy with the way the story has developed and some of the new characters are fun. Then again, without the deadline hanging over me, I probably wouldn’t be this far along with it. It’s all swings and roundabouts. I confess that I’ve never seen Game of Thrones; we don’t have Fox-tel so the opportunity wasn’t there. Mind you, I get...

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Those little candles…

Well, it’s a week later and things out in the wide world haven’t improved. You see, I couldn’t write what I wanted to write last week because I was too angry. I’ve found that I should never write when I’m angry as I usually end up having to apologise and rebuild bridges and do some crawling. It’s better to wait until the red before my eyes has faded. Unfortunately these days, that can take some time. I used to be a certified Pollyanna; a perpetual optimist; a glass-not-just-full-but-overflowing person; a “she’ll be right, mate” sort of gal. These days I’m a certified grumpy old woman, but I keep looking for the things that make me laugh and the people who make me think there’s still hope for...

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T.V. drama

I’ve been on holiday with the Old Boy and the Wonder Dog in the wilds of South-Western Victoria, enjoying the scenery, while trying to keep warm. As a citizen of the driest state on the second driest continent … though I still don’t know why Antarctica is the driest when it’s covered in snow, which is technically water! Darn. Where was I? Oh yeah, coming from a dry state that is struggling through a very dry winter, it’s fascinating seeing what life in a place with plenty of rain is like. They actually have ponds and puddles and dams and lakes, all full of water. And! Their grass is GREEN. It’s amazing. So, while we were away, relaxing, I managed to get just over 20,000 words added to my manuscript for book 2: Dragon-friend....

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