Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I remembered how much pleasure these activities gave me, and how I gave everything up when I started writing, because writing seemed so IMPORTANT. I could only pour my creative energy into one channel, surely? Funny that... considering that I tried all these other crafts while raising four children and teaching. I wonder what it is about writing that seems to be all consuming. And I'm thinking about all those lovely scarves and shawls and capes that are so fashionable now and how much fun they'd be to knit in the cooler months. (Not now -- summer has arrived in a series of dust storms that have covered the entire east coast -- yes, even all the way up here). One of my writing mates is making beautiful bead necklaces, and still writing gorgeous books, so perhaps my theory about one craft at a time, is rubbish. Or maybe I'll just make my characters good at other crafty things.
I can see I have a new thing to ponder on...
Last week, my daughters and I brainstormed a new story idea and it was so much fun having their input. Daughter Vicki (another crafty type) even made a collage of our ideas using picasa... I am so in love with this idea. I do hope it gets the nod from my editor.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Also, I can now bring you the recipe for a wonderful salad that was part of our romance writers gathering at Tarzali a couple of weeks ago. Thanks so much, Mervet!! I can assure you, this is delicious!!!! My (southern) family are arriving tomorrow (school holidays, you know) and this will be on the menu.
Warm Salad of Bacon, goats cheese and grapes:
Serves 8 - cook time 20 minutes.
6 rashers of streaky bacon, sliced thickly
2 witloaf leaves separated
1 (200g fisee, trimmed50g wild rocket leaves (I use mixed leaves instead of these 3)
110g goats cheese, crumbled
2/3 cup (80g) toasted walnuts
150g small seedless red grapes, halved.
WALNUT OIL DRESSING
1/2 cup (125ml) extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup (60ml) white wine vinegar
2 tbl spoons walnut oil
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon caster sugar, salt and freshly ground pepper.
(I usually put the dressing in a jar and give it a really good shake so it fuses together - delicious!)
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
This isn't unusual. I often have to write my way into a story before my characters gel. This time I've planned more in advance than I've ever planned before, but it hasn't helped the actual words on the page factor. It's still a challenge to convert the story dream to written reality. But now that my hero has a name I like, I feel better.
And he has a face. It's in a collage on my wall. And I know his future. I just has to feel my way into his present and I'll be smiling.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
In the tree fern forest at the bottom of our block, we have native orchids flowering right now.
This is part of the forest where they grow. It tumbles all the way down a steep hillside to a creek at the bottom.
And of course there are palm trees and frangipani everywhere in Townsville.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Sunday, September 06, 2009
These writers (who are all talented cooks as well) are in the photo below, getting our amazing lunch ready. From L to R they are Noreen Allan from Ravenshoe, moi, Mervet McClintock from Townsville, Becca Quin from Mareeba, and Shannean Moncrieff from Cairns. So you see, everyone had some distance to travel, which made the destination all the more appreciated, I believe, and although these galz might not be published just yet, stand back world. I'm sure it won't be long.
We had the most scrumptious lunch and afternoon tea while we brainstormed story ideas, teased out the subtle differences between the Harlequin lines, considered the benefits of collaging, and nutted out how to deepen story conflict.
Even though I was "supposedly" the mentor, being the most experienced, I'm sure other teachers will agree that there is always a lot to be gained from sharing knowledge. It's never a one way street.
To start with, I have "A Walk in the Clouds" to watch later today, a movie I didn't even know about until yesterday. And after so much brainstorming with others, I was lying in bed this morning at 4 a.m., thinking: now, how can I deepen the conflict and emotion in my next book?
I think we've all been inspired to set new writing goals... I'm going to think about plotting my next book instead of my usual method of 'flying into the mist'. Will keep you posted on whether it works...