What I do when I am not writing…

So, I don’t always write in my spare time…occasionally I am allowed out for good behaviour.

These were taken while out walking in the local John Forrest National Park which is about 5 mins drive from our home. The Kangaroos below were snoozing next to the John Forrest Tavern in the park!


See if you can spot the 2 wallabies below 🙂

50% through my draft…and a bandicoot #amwriting

Today marks a special place in my drafting of book three, and I am delighted to hit the 50% (or 50k in words) mark!

I always aim for around 100k in the draft, and generally chop around 10k in the editing stage to leave a decent scifi size of around 90k. I break my book into quarters for planning, and set myself a daily target in scrivener. I am currently on target to finish the draft by the end of April, and then the wonderful, and endless, editing can begin.

I actually like editing, I like writing more, but editing is also fun, and I feel a great deal of satisfaction from turning a rather basic draft into something far more polished.

But…I have another 50k to go before any editing can begin, and I have been surprisingly disciplined with myself in not over editing what I have just drafted, which is paying off in terms of progress.

To confirm just how dire my addiction to writing is, my husband took an Instagram snap of me (unbeknown to me at the time) with the comment ‘Even when we’re out she’s editing her book!’ It got quite a few likes—I suspect mostly from writers 😉

Yes, I did have my kindle with me, and I was reviewing yesterdays draft, but it was just to set me up for the day, honest!

To take a break from my writing, I did a little gardening yesterday (and yes it was hard to drag myself from my computer), which is when I spotted the bandicoot chomping down on the cat’s food. We get a lot of bandicoots around here, usually early or at dusk. They are pretty cute, and not at all bothered by people or our cats. In fact, this one hopped straight past me and the cat on his way to the food bowl!

Hope everyone has had a wonderful easter weekend.

Happy writing 🙂

Bandicoot 2

Bandicoot 1

burmilla cat

Out and about and book blurbs

The beautiful picture above is Noble Falls, Gidgegannup (Yes, Australia has some epic place names!) It has done nothing but rain again all week. Today (at long last) it was sunny so we decided to take a little road trip around the Perth Hills region where we live. Noble falls is about 30 mins from our home, and Toodyay (Yes, another great place name) another 30 mins drive.

Noble Falls 2

Toodyay is a pretty little country town, and we stopped off for a very pleasant cream tea. The cafe was opposite this lovely old Mill below.

Toodyay Mill

I have also been playing about with my book blurb again this weekend, that essential piece of information that hopefully entices a reader to try some sample pages. I have completely re-written it for about the hundredth time! Why are book blurbs so hard? Feeling pretty happy with it, but I know I do not have faultless / professional / grammar skills so declaring it ready always terrifies me.  A few peer checks required 🙂