Saturday, March 29, 2008

Great results!!

Well! The Aussies have done amazingly well in the newly announced RITA and Golden Heart finals lists. My good friend and fellow Canberra Romance Writer Tracey O'Hara has finalled in the GH Paranormal section with Night's Cold Kiss. She's now excitedly preparing to fly to San Fran.

Anna Campbell has finalled twice in the same section, Anne Gracie, Kelly Hunter and Emily Gee (Kiwi). We'll be hearing the cheering from way down here come July.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

On reading

The book I'm reading at the moment is not from the library. I don't restrict myself totally to the alphabetical system. A while back I read an article about Alexander Mc Call Smith's No.1 Ladies Detective Agency books, set in Botswana. My brother picked up this copy abandoned at the airport and it's doing the rounds of the family. Makes a delightful change from the gritty, gory and or smart talking, hip crime fiction books flooding the market these days. Plus the setting and cultural milieu is interesting.

I like a good murder. My local discussion group has been meeting for over twenty years. Our subject is crime fiction this term. The next book in the course is Dorothy L Sayers 'Strong Poison' starring the inimitable Lord Peter Wimsey. Very dated but still witty, clever and downright funny in places.

In between library and other books I have War and Peace on the go. It is surprisingly readable except I forget who all the multi titled Russians are between outings.

Sunday, March 16, 2008


About twenty five years ago I decided to start readng my way through my local library. You know what's it's like in the library. You go back to the same authors because you can't remember that name someone recommended, or you wander up and down the aisles aimlessly browsing and not deciding.

That day I'd had enough indecision. I went to the first two or three books in the A section and took them. Next visit I took the next few. I didn't cheat if the title or genre put me off--I read whatever was there. I didn't always finish a book. Some were just too deadly but I came across some wonderful authors I never would have read. I've read an amazing cross section of styles and storylines.

My library has shifted premises twice in those twenty five or so years but i find my place and continue on.

Guess what letter I'm on at present . . . .

Saturday, March 1, 2008


Hmmm. I've been tagged, which is nice, but being knee deep in editing/ revising my two coming releases, revising and tweaking what will hopefully be my third book for Avalon, plus keeping tabs on my wip, and revising a mainstream story--whew! Oh--and managing the short story contest run by RWAustralia, plus working---you get the drift? Blogging playtime is limited.
Plus I can't figure out how to add a links section. I thought I did it but it hasn't shown up on the page. I got the photos etc up in a fit of expertise but I seem to have lost the knowledge. Oh well.

Sorry, Suzanne, who tagged me. Here's the view from my writing room window with just a glimpse of the now departed Herbie.