1/18/2015 0 Comments
The Australian meat pie is another iconic choice. I shared a recipe for one last year around this time so you can make your own if you like.
Of course the frozen foods section of our supermarkets have a lot of shelf space dedicated to the pie so if you find yourself down under you'll be spoilt for choice. Perhaps you fancy a kangaroo pie just for something different.
Tumblr now has whole sections asking if certain Australian foods ( and wildlife and language) are actually real. Well we really do have a very delicious ice-cream called a Golden Gaytime. These were the sorts of ice-creams that as a kid they were so expensive your parents never let you have one. You had a Paddle Pop or an icy-pole and your mum got a Gaytime.
Here's a sneak peek of the iconic TV commercial that states quite rightly "It's so hard to have a Gaytime on your own."
It is my first Musical Monday post for the year. Sorry I have been so remiss. I figure my Australian readers were laying on a beach somewhere and my American and UK readers were busy riding (or I hope reading) out the winter.
January 12 and I'm happy to report I'm at 13,000 words in my #1000wordsaday challenge. I'm pretty happy about that.
One of the issues I have as a writer, and let's face it a lot of writers have, is that was stall easily and we get blocked. It really is better to keep going, to just write a bit every day in order to push through the blocks and keep your head in the story. I have periods where I'm great at that but then I finish a project or publish a book or just plain lose momentum. I'm really hoping I can break that habit.
The truth is I've spent some long, luxurious days out on magical Sydney Harbour taking in the sun, drinking wine and laughing with friends since January began. I love those days and normally I don't write in January at all. I say to myself that I don't need to, that I get the month off. The thing is I usually give myself December off too, in a post-NaNoWriMo celebration and because December kicks my butt anyway.
That's all very lovely but that's 8 weeks lost. I'm simply trying to maintain the energy while enjoying summer. I have skipped days but I've made them back. Now I'm ahead. Ahead works for me psychologically better than behind. it works during NaNoWriMo and I suspect my momentum will pick up in the next couple of days if I can move further ahead. We'll see.
Meanwhile I need to keep putting one foot in front of the other. (Yes I do take most of my life lessons from stop motion animation, thanks for asking!)
And because not everyone likes their music to come from their childhood. Here is a song that reminds me of the characters in the second book in my Upper Crust series which I've just completed. I love this song and the video, oh yeah and the messages - Love, success, persistance and standing tall.
I do hope if you're reading this your 2015 is off to a great start.
Mine has been a lovely mix of boating, sleeping in, sunshine and writing.
I'm keeping up with my #1000wordsaday challenge. Some days I have skipped but I'm making sure I catch up the next so that I stay on track. This is as much about establishing good habits for me as it is huge word counts.
I'm at the end of a book. Usually I write chronologically in a story, which is much better for me, but sometimes if I have a block I skip ahead so I don't stall and then lose a month procrastinating. This week I've been going back and filling in missing scenes in book 2 in my Upper Crust Series. This is some of the hardest bits of writing for me and I read through the novel along the way changing bits, adding bits and making notes of what is missing. I think it's hard because you're focussing on the flaws. Oh yes and sometimes the reason I have skipped a scene is because it's hard to write and a couple of months later, well nothing has changed.
Anyway, after today I'll be done with that and moving on to Book 4 in the series or perhaps a novella I have an idea for.
Being out on in the summer sun has made me want to write a book about Sydney again. I have a fun fish out of water idea that I think will work well for a novella so maybe that can be my January project, while the sun is shining and I'm melting in to my keyboard.
One of the reasons I like that idea is I have lots of American readers who find the opposite scenes and tarditions here in Australia a little disconcerting so I thought I might write a book for them.
Meanwhile here's the cover of Book 2 in the Upper Crust series. If you've read Any Way You Slice it you may recall Lucy, who works with Ppiper at Pied Piper's Pies. This book is Lucy's story. Lucy needs a date for her high school reunion and Cherie is keen to put her matchmaking skills to good use again. It's a fun story about families, friendships and finding your way.
Happy New Year.
As I mentioned in my last blog post way back in 2014 (that post is so last year) I am aiming to develop good writing habits in 2015 and write #1000wordsaday.
I've added a funky ticker on the top right which I'll update as I go along. Probably not daily but whenever I blog. I'm hoping this keeps me accountable. That and the Facebook group that I started for other writers with a similar goal. So far there are over fifty of us.
Last year I felt like I was treading water. It felt like I didn't get enough work out and that I never really gained traction. In fact what I was doing was writing books that will be released in 2015. By April i should have 3 books in the Upper Crust series published. Check out their lovely covers. So pretty!
I also plan to release two novels in the latter part of 2015 so stay tuned for those - oh yes and a Christmas novella.
It should be a good year for me.
What are your plans for 2015?