A fan

I had a lovely thing happen to me this morning. I got a message from a “fan”. The delightful thing is that I don’t know this person at all. They said how much they enjoyed my book, Beast-speaker, and said they’re looking forward to book two. Now, I’ve had similar messages before but this was the first one from a complete stranger. A complete stranger! On one or two occasions I’ve sent a little message to an author whose work I particularly value. Each time I’ve had a moment of hesitation when I’ve thought, “Hold on. Is this just a little bit stalker-ish?” Thankfully, each time, the recipient of my little epistle was gracious and friendly. (Phew!) Now I know what it’s like to be on the receiving...

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I have seen the future

Sorry I missed posting last week due to illness. I’d like to thank you all for your concerned emails but as I didn’t get any I’ll just move on. Do any of you watch The Block? (Australian TV show in which contestants are taken to an apartment block that only has the framework left, and they compete by building and decorating one or two rooms a week.) The last time I watched it (I’ve been ill, you know) they revealed the living and dining rooms. One couple have constructed a “library” on one of the living room walls. I think it is fantastic, apart from being a bit small. The judges loved it. One said it was the first time he’d seen bookshelves “styled correctly”. I gather we’re supposed to group the books...

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Dreams are weird

I find the phenomenon of dreams quite fascinating. Some people dream only occasionally, while others dream a lot. I dream every night and, quite often, I have several dreams during the one night. Most of the time they’re interesting, exciting and colourful. I rarely have a nightmare, although there have been the occasional few that have made me wake up, gasping in fright. I’ve never dreamt I was flying, even though that’s supposed to be one of the most common. Nor have I dreamed of being naked in a public place, another common dream. (What is wrong with you people?!!) I gather the common view is that dreams are the product of our subconscious minds working on our “issues”, while we sleep. (Again, seriously, some of you need therapy.)...

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