This book writing thing…

This book writing thing sure has its ups and downs. Last night a woman told me, “I really enjoyed reading your book.” She had downloaded it onto her phone and read it on a very long flight. (Let’s face it, once you leave Australia practically every flight is very long.) She said there were a few anxious moments when her phone died and she had to find a charger in one of the stop-over airports. She had to know what happened next. She then said, “I can’t wait to read book two.” She has no idea how encouraging and re-invigorating it was to hear that. I’d only recently received news that I hadn’t yet sold many books (at least less than 50) and I’d become a little discouraged. It is so gratifying to hear that when...

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A Fair Go

Last night I had a strange, yet moving dream; all in glorious technicolour. (Yes, that’s how we spell ‘colour’ here.) There was a group of women – of various ages, ethnicities and religious persuasion – standing on a platform. There was a bank of microphones in front so I assumed it was a media situation. The women were dressed beautifully. There were gorgeous coloured saris, shalwar kameezes of various hues, a dark blue burka, a western business suit, a western frock and someone in some silk Chinese pyjamas. (My apologies to the Asians reading this, but I can’t help what my brain throws up in a dream state.) Several of the women had their head covered: some just had a shawl draped over their head, some had a hajib and, of...

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A real gem

Today is my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday. We’re having a family “do” this afternoon at the nursing home where my father-in-law now resides. She still lives at home but I know she’d rather be with him. They’ve been married for over 60 years and this is the first time they’ve had to live apart. It’s a great grief. It seems so wrong that they should spend a lifetime together and now have to be separated because he’s too frail and confused to be at home with her. I’ve been thinking about the slice of history her life has encompassed. The changes in technology have been extraordinary. When she was a young girl, owning a car was still mainly the prerogative of the rich, and most of the cars moved at such a...

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In your face, Sauron!

(Apologies to all those who have never read or seen Lord of the Rings. Some of this won’t make much sense to you.) I usually love watching the tennis but last night one of the female squealers was on court and I can’t stand that. It drives me bonkers! A quiet oof or unk as one hits the ball is perfectly reasonable but there’s no way those prolonged woos and eees are natural. So, I did some channel surfing and discovered Movie 2 of Lord of the Rings was on! Now that’s better. It’s one of those stories that is full of noble, courageous, heart-in-the-mouth moments but in the second movie there are a couple that stand out to me. One of them is when the Elves line up along the tower – probably only 50 or so of them – to face...

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