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Wintery Weather

Okay, I know that I was complaining that we needed rain to fill our 20,000 litre tanks to the house, but maybe I should have whispered. Beware of what you wish for, isn't that the saying? This week Adelaide was buffeted by record wind squalls, torrential rain, hail and even snow in the foothills. Take a look at what used to be the esplanade footpath at Moana Beach! The ocean was whipped into such a frenzie that foam covered the nature-strip and road.

On the bright side, my rainwater tanks are full, and there have also been some glorious clear days to lure me out on the motorbike with the Ulysses Club (that's code for old farts club). There's nothing more wonderful that spending the day in a tracksuit and slippers, heater on, and no need for an excuse to stay inside and write.

Busy doesn't being to cover it!

What a hectic few months it has been. Since April I have presented 3 workshops (one that went for a month online), done 3 author talks, attended a writing retreat, tried (in vain) to finish my current manuscript Custody Combat, escaped for a long weekend in Sydney without the children, survived an audit frenzy at work, as well as started planning the next round of presentations.

I'm really looking forward to the Romance Writers of Australia annual conference, which will be held in Adelaide this August. International film-maker extraordinaire, Michael Hauge, will be presenting a master class, in addition to all the other workshops, panels and general literary fervour.

Keep an eye on this page of my website to stay abreast of upcoming workshops, author talks, etc.

My next big adventure will be the Clare Reader's and Writer's Festival in November.
I like the way this guy thinks!

Northern Tour

In early May I set off on a whirlwind adventure with fellow suspense author, Rowena Holloway.

It took many weeks of planning before we were ready to kick off (not to mention a silver tongue to wrangle a suitably large and comfortable vehicle from the man of the house), but our adventure started with a bang. 
400 kms across the top of the Yorke Peninsula and two author talks on the first day! And yes we collapsed with a glass of wine at the end of the day.

Port Pirie Library welcomed us with open arms and full room. Their state-of-the-art facilities were impressive, and had an historic flair being situated on the old railway platform.
Heading further north, we enjoyed an evening chat at the Port Augusta Library with an enthusiastic crowd. The local reading group had a great turn out, and one lovely lady had even travelled from Quorn to see us. These folks sure know the way to my heart... fresh lamingtons!
Next we headed down the Eyre Peninsula for the tuna farming town of Port Lincoln, where we were welcomed by locals at the library.

We also presented an all-day workshop called Hook 'em and Hang 'em, for the Eyre Writer's group, which was a huge success.
Now, you might think that spending every waking hour with a friend for 10 days, is a sure fire way to sever all ties. Not so. I learnt something on this road trip:

There isn't anything you can't achieve with a kindred spirit in your camp!

I couldn't have asked for a better travelling companion and (don't laugh) we managed to talk non-stop for 1,400 kms. Together we faced fatigue, technological failures and a flat tyre in the middle of nowhere, and it didn't end in tears.

Writing Retreat

While I was on the Eyre Peninsula I joined some dear literary friends for a week-long writing retreat at a secluded location on the beach.

It was a blissful opportunity to bring my current work to near completion and re-centre my spiritual being by walking along the rugged coast. The retreat organiser, blogged about the retreat.
You can read a snapshot of one of my days on retreat here... and Rowena Holloway's musings here... (I didn't know these things about introverts. Did you?)

On The Bookshelf

See more of what I've been reading here...

Drop into one of my sites (below) for a chat...
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