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LEARNING CURVE...

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Most of you know I do like my garden...in fact I like anyone's garden. So when I venture off to ooh and aahh over other's works of greenery art, I happily snap away. Only to return home with a lot of photos and a desire to change, add or construct in my own plot.

It has taken me a long time to finally realise that although I admire, love and covet what others have and how they garden...it's not always for me.


I go and admire something like this.

My potting area is a shambles and our deck looks like this...


With a few more pots... actually a lot more pots on it.

I fell in LOVE with this dragon...how awesome!


and I have this..



Actually I do have another dragon who is AWESOME...and a dragon pot!   yet so different.





I fell in love with the creative way this gardener set out their planting...



Mine are in an assorted tumble of pots on the deck.
Now it has taken a long time for me to understand that while I totally admire and love what a lot of people are doing..it's just no…

BLACK OUT POETRY...

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During the school holidays, amongst the balloons and bubbles, the puppet storytime and wrapping kids up as mummies...I ran a black out poetry workshop. My first.

It was such fun and it left me amazed at how imaginative and creative kids can be.



A very excited group arrived, and interestingly none of them had created black out poetry before. A few had written poetry and one little girl (our ages were 9 plus) had quickly written a poem that morning as she thought that would be needed.
I quickly gave an explanation, and showed them examples.
We talked of finding an anchor...that one word that would be your starting point. And how to then scour the page for words that could be tied in.

We worked on an example on the board...showing how words can be in the same wavelength.

LOVE ---They offered up chocolate, boys, friends, kiss, coffee, family, dog etc

Or how words can be opposite and create something interesting---they gave me denial, hate, pain, hurt.




For a lot of them the hardest part w…

CHARACTER CRISIS...

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Last weekend I had the great opportunity to attend a workshop with Kate Cuthbert from Escape Publishing. 




She was a great speaker, full of information and eager to share her knowledge.

She got us thinking about our works in progress, and then she made us write about our characters.

Now, at the moment, I'm working away on my novel. I'm on second draft but have just done a major time shift, and rejigged scenes etc but after this workshop I realised I know nothing about my characters.



Paper cutouts...shadowy figures that do what I want them to do. (Mind you, every now and then, one or more of them do tend to go a bit wild and apparently do whatever they please).

The more exercises we did, the more I came to realise, how much more work I need to do on my characters. Not necessarily for what they do in the book, but for what they do out of the book.

Interestingly I thought I knew my characters...but when Kate asked some in-depth questions, not necessarily to me, but to others in t…

EAGER TO LEARN...

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There are a lot of quotes out there about learning but this one resonates with me.

I do like to learn new things. Doesn't matter if it's a new system at work, new craft or a new technique for writing. I like to try new things, see if they work for me. Over the years I've attempted a lot of tricks and techniques from writers, famous and not so famous, to see if they would spur me on to great copious bursts of creativity.  I'm still trying to find the right one for me.

However recently Lovely Daughter and I ventured on a cake decorating course.


For me this was very intimidating. Now Lovely Daughter is a great baker and creates the most amazing cakes. Her decorating skills are some that I am in awe of. However I was there to learn.

Even though the majority, hell EVERYONE in the class makes cakes for weddings and engagements, 21sts and anniversaries. You name a huge celebration, and these women were making cakes for it. One lovely young one had won last year's Melbour…

THE JOYS OF SPRING...

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Every time autumn rolls around I think it's my favourite season, but then along comes spring and I change my mind. There is just something magical about it. The promise of so many new things after the long dark chill that is winter.


It doesn't hurt that the weather begins to warm---well it gets a bit warmer. The days become longer, the sun surfaces (occasionally)...and of course the flowers bloom.


It all just makes me feel so happy. And creative. With a strong yearning for adventure and travels and discoveries.

I get itchy feet and want to go places.


This time of the year I find it difficult to do the hard slog. The editing and redrafting and all the nitty gritty.

I find it exciting to begin something new yet again.


But even though this call for newness and first drafts is demanding, there is the understanding that there is other work to finish. Drafts to slog through. Chapters to tighten, timelines to wrangle.

Although a part of me wonders if it is possible to only begin new…

WELCOMING THE SUN BACK...

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Isn't the start of spring gorgeous? Mind you that first week was a cold chilly reminder that winter was holding on...brrrr.  There's something about spring that brings a smile. That suggestion of anything can happen.

At the moment so many of my friends are on holidays. Yep, holidays. And I love the fact that via social media it is so easy to connect, share photos and adventures. But alas, a tad of trip envy pops up.


I want a holiday!

NOW!

Alas, that can not be...(although am planning a few days off in a month or  two).

Yet I fear I have a case of itchy feet. I want to go somewhere....anywhere.


It doesn't have to be far. Doesn't have to be overseas or even interstate. This Victoria of ours has so much to offer.

It doesn't even have to be that far away.


I just feel the need for some getting out and about. Time for some exploration.

Usually when I do travel, near or far, there is always something that sparks an idea. Perhaps it is a change of environment. Not sitting…

Father's Day...

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It rolls around each year. The day we are meant to celebrate our fathers. Praise them to the skies. Buy them useless presents like socks and chocolates and soap on a rope (who on earth invented this and why!) And if you are a father you are meant to sit back and lap it all up.

It's a day that frustrates me like Mother's Day and to a certain extent, Valentines Day. These Hallmarked days that tell you who to praise/ love and if you haven't got a father/ mother / lover or if you aren't yourself a mother/ father/ lover ..how much of a loser you are.

Don't get me wrong it's always nice to get a phone call and a visit from your children, but that is just lovely on any day. Not a specifically designated day chosen by a commercially avid world.

Rant over.

I did phone my father on this special day. Had thought of a visit but due to my heavy cold and the fact that he's only recently out of hospital, figured it wasn't the best idea.

Then I became designated drive…