Thursday, November 24, 2016

I did it. National Novel Writing Month

I can't believe that I've reached my targeted goal in the National Novel Writing Month. Each year my target is 50.000 words, but it's still going. I'm pretty pleased considering I started late in the month.

When I reached fifty thousand words, I posted my manuscript up on the NaNo site to verity the word count. It was  a little over, but I kept going as the flow wouldn't stop.  Now I'm giving it a break for today. 

I think the secret is, stay off the Internet. Completely. No Face Book, no nothing, just write. It worked for me. Perhaps it will work for you. Best of Luck to those people who are almost there and congratulations to the people who have reached their target. It's a good feeling isn't it? :)

Friday, November 4, 2016

National Novel Writing Month

I've just arrived back last night from the High Country in Victoria, so I'm a few days behind in the NaNoWriMo, therefore I'm pushing to finish 50.000 plus words by the end of the month. 

This morning's count is 3.273, so I'm taking a break and perhaps I'll do more this afternoon to catch up. I will get there. lol.

I thought I'd have to write at least 3.000-4.000 a day to catch up, but look what NaNo says. So if I do a little each day, which I'll probably do more, wella the end may be in sight. 

Good Luck to everyone else undertaking the NaNoWriMo. It's a terrific inspiration to get that novel finished, or write a novel in a month. 

Friday, October 21, 2016


I arrived home after almost two weeks away, and I can say it was a whirlwind of a break. With only a few days in Broome we had to head to Melbourne for a family emergency. (there are a few photographs of Broome on my FB page if you are interested) 

I am back into my writing after having withdrawals. lol I had to read through the last three chapters I had written and it sent me leaping forward with a great word count for the day. Yay. :) I hope to complete this manuscript in the National Novel Writing Month of November.

I have received several emails enquiring when my next book will be released. I'm sorry. I can't say at present. I will be working hard to get another out as soon as possible. I would have published another one by now, but I decided to take a chance with a publisher in Oz, so these things take time. Please drop in from time to time and rest assured I'll announce any news here and on my FB page. 

The Farm Sitter remains in the top 20 in the western section and I'd like to thank you for your continuing support. So keep well and read lots.  :) x

Saturday, September 24, 2016


I pitched a manuscript at our recent RWA conference and I hope to hear back by November. I do hope they like my work. It's set in Rural Australia, with a mystery and suspense thread that is somewhat different to what I usually write. With Traditional Publishers it's whether the work is publishable, is it marketable? Will it appeal to a wide audience, will it sell the first print run, and will readers love it? There is a lot to consider. So fingers crossed on that one. :)

 In the meantime I've been working on my current manuscript and enjoying it immensely. I love the way the story is unfolding. My target is 80.000 words. It's amazing what a writer can do with their characters, story plot and subplots. I think you'll like this one as well. 

I also wanted to share with you what I received from one of our lovely members at our last meeting with the Hunter Romance Writers. My author at work coaster. Mary has painted the logo and lined the back with felt. Quite appropriate, don't you think? Thank you Mary. It's lovely and in use at present. :)