Thursday, August 8, 2013

Cracking the Sads

I admit it, I'm an Offspring fan. Only recently I have to say. The last couple of seasons reeled me in and now I'm invested.


The last few episodes have wrung me out. Billie's spiral out of control and self destruction had my sympathy because it was so well written and well acted. I felt sorry for her despite her doing things that I absolutely can not agree with. I knew they had me then.

And then came last night...

I have a sick family, I was already worn out and a little emotional from puke clean up and general caring for all. And then they killed Patrick. Patrick who has just found such a good place with Nina and who is about to be a dad and ...

From the show

I know, it's just a show, but wow I cried. I admit it. And I fully expect to have a cry next week, because I feel so sad for Nina - this imaginary person I'm not sure I even like. And part of me hates them.

But a bigger part of me loves it. It's safe emotion. It's cathartic to cry for someone else even if they are all imaginary.

I'm like it with books too. I love a good cry. And I like to create one in my reader where appropriate.

Do you like to cry over books, tv, movies, or are you made of sterner stuff?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

On the phone

This isn't about those times my big sister needs to rant and I get stuck for hours but something a little more bookish. I am always stuck for a few minutes in the car at school pickup and swimming lessons and so on.

Usually I write, scraps of conversation and what not.

Or I play Angry Birds (it's a sad addiction).

But I finally got kindle app and read a whole book on my phone. It helped it was a lovely Sarah Mayberry (Her favourite Temptation) which made it super easy to read. Now, it isn't my fave way to read but it is perfect for those few minutes I can steal.

What about you, what do you read on?

Monday, July 29, 2013

If you squint

One of my heroines is a baker. She makes cupcakes that leave me drooling on the keyboard. I am not quite so talented but with my little man turning 6 this week and being mad for all things Star wars, I rolled up my sleeves and gave it a go.

Of course his Pa can't eat egg so it had to be an ice-cream cake!

What do you think? Recognisable?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

An oldie but a goodie

So, I survived 50ks - and successfully at that but I needed a break from that story. After doing the brain mush thing for a while, I picked up an old story and I can see stuff I didn't before.

Time really is magic!

I have also been devouring books. Romances of course but some in YA and NA too. Some sci-fi and I wrote a story for Mr nearly-6 birthday next week. Now I think my brain is getting back into gear. Or at least it will when the kids go back to school.

Holidays here with three under 8 are full of arguments and tantrums and the most hilarious moments. They're the break the kiddos need but also make me switch into a different mode and make me LONG to get back to writing and the kind of peace Miss 4's kindy schedule gives me.

I way appreciate writing time even more when I have so little!

Holidays and old stories - like? Loathe?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Winter gremlins

Once again, I signed up for RWAus 50kin30days. Again.


It is freezing cold (for Adelaide, which means maybe as low as 8 degrees) and there are sniffles and scratchy throats abounding and all I want is to nap. But I'm trying to write 1667 words a day.

Great plan me.

This is actually snow from our trip to Japan - but it feels cold!!

But so far (with the exception of the day my cold thing got me) I've got pretty close to that. Every day. That's with sick kids and going out (who plans social events in winter?? #hibernate) and general wanting to throw my hands up and say it's all too hard.


Well, there's the small hate-to-fail issue I have happening and I told people I would do it. There's the advice and support on the forums and there's the habit. I'm in this story, loving the characters and it is kind of fun. Lots of fun, even. Eleven more days to go and it might just happen...

Have you tried one of these challenges?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentines Approach-eth

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. having been with hubby for a bajillion years, give or take a few, we've had a few of these days. Sometimes they're a disaster of someone forgetting or the 'don't worry we're saving' that someone (maybe me) didn't mean.

This year I have spent up a little but it's something we needed. a splash of luxury we might not have got around to otherwise. Of course I won't mention it here in case hubby is snooping. I always love flowers too. The first Valentine's Day after my mother passed away hubby started a tradition of a white rose for her. he was sad he'd been too shy (we were young) to treat her while she was alive. Then when Princess was born he bought her a daisy.


I really do believe in every day is for 'I love you' but also spoiling someone never hurt (unless it's my children *grin*).

It's put me in the mood for a Valentine's story.

Any recommendations?


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A release 23 yrs in the making

Made for Marriage

This month another of my brilliant CPs hit the shelves (hope it's catching). Helen Lacey's Special Edition release, Made for Marriage is available at last. It's a great read... BUY IT!!

Equestrian Callie Jones was used to difficult parents at her riding school. But Noah Preston took the cake.
How dare he question her teaching abilities, after his headstrong daughter paid no heed to rules—her teacher's or her father's?
Single dad Noah was ready to apologize for overreacting. But he wasn't sorry for the way the stunning American riding instructor made him feel. And he soon learned that there was more to Callie than her smarts, sass and fire: a shattered heart that threatened to splinter even further. Could he make her see that he—and his family—were for keeps?