Archive | June 2012

The Lucky Seven Blog Challenge

My gorgeous CP and friend  Rachael Johns has tagged me in the “The Lucky Seven” blog challenge.

The challenge. Post seven lines from an unpublished work of fiction. I’ve chosen to post from my current mss.

The Golden Rules:

■ Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript (fiction or non-fiction)

■ Go to line 7

■Post on your blog the next 7 lines, or sentences, as they are – no cheating

■ Tag 7 other authors to do the same

From page 7 –

“And you?” She swallowed some of the enthusiasm into her voice. Not wanting to appear too eager.

“I came here for work but am on a forced holiday break with my sister. She believes working too hard is not good for one’s soul.” His stance was relaxed, with his arms loosely hanging by his side as his smile grew wide with the mention of his sister.

Cute. Tick.

Family guy. Tick.

If he was single she’d give him a third tick and hit the trifecta.

Most of the writers I know have already been tagged however, if you haven’t and want to be – consider yourself tagged 😀


Book launch

Last night I attended a book launch for Elana Benjamin’s memoir, My Mother’s Spice Cupboard. With such an evocative title, it would be easy to assume Elana had written a cook book. Nup. This is about her family’s history and how they came to live in Australia.

After briefly talking about why and how she wrote the book, we were treated to a reading of the first chapter. At the end we all eagerly queued to purchase a copy so we could read the rest.

In romance writing there’s always back story, the stuff that makes the hero and heroine in what they think and the choices they make. It’s what makes them tick. It got me thinking about how the lives of parents and grandparents influence our characters.

For my writing friends – have your characters had parents/grandparents that emigrated? And if so, how did this influence them?

For my non-writing friends – has your family emigrated and how did this influence you?

I’d love to hear your stories 🙂

My new desk!

My new desk!

So after years of writing on the kitchen table, I now have my own writing space. Cue squeals of happiness and much happy dancing!!!

Have a look at the gorgeous type-writer tea-pot my parents gave me 🙂

I’m so happy to have my own place to write and can’t wait to fill it up with my writing stuff.

To my writing friends – do you have your own area to write? If not, what would your dream space be? And for my non-writing friends, do you have your own quiet area?