Learning

  Today I'll leave you with a classic track witch touches on learning.   Thanks for stopping by. I hope you're enjoying these A to Z Challenge posts, and that you'll call in again tomorrow. Until then, happy reading and blogging.     If you want to catch up on some great blogs, check out some of the others on the A to Z Challenge

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Journey

What is J for? Jumping around all over the place, looking for inspiration. Judgement? No, that sounds a bit serious and negative. Joker? Better, and never better than when played by the brilliant Heath Ledger. Such a shame he died so young. Jesus? Better leave that one alone. Jimi Hendrix? Maybe we'll finish with a track from him. Or perhaps J J Cale ... Joint? Save that for later too. Jaguar? Yes, that's a subject I like. But I doubt many of…

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F#*”!

If course language offends you, leave, have a great day, and call back again tomorrow.       Today, I'm talking about one of my pet dislikes. I won't waste emotion hating something, but this just ticks me off. You'll see it in many posts and comments, as I'm sure many of you have. What I'm referring to, is the annoying use of ‘f-bomb’ instead of 'fuck'. One of the reasons it annoys me is that when you read ‘F-bomb’, what word do you hear in your…

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Excerpts from The Sydney Quartet

Excerpts from two books of The Sydney Quartet It’s been a busy few weeks in many ways as I prepare for the publication of Flank Street, and start those spring jobs in the garden. I’ve also been working on the third book of the Sydney Quartet. Today I’m taking the easy path and pasting some excerpts here for you to enjoy, and comment on. Flank Street Excerpt We join Flank Street as Micky and Carol drive back to Sydney to collect a…

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Anger

April 1st, all fool’s day and the start of the April A to Z blogging challenge. Twenty-six days, twenty-six subjects. Sounds easy right? For those of us that sit and arrange words, and distil thoughts by day, it should be. However, I depend on my characters to show me what to write, to give direction to the plot. And so I’ve called on a few of them, and even a mutual friend or two to pitch in and make this next month…

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Flank Street – The Sydney Quartet

I took a different approach to writing Flank Street than I did to writing other books. I wrote the last page first, called it a prologue, and then worked out how the MC would get there. It was fun and the writing went fast. It's written in first person from the view of Micky DeWitt, a shiftless criminal. Micky arrives in Sydney by boat, broke and on the lookout for opportunity. After taking a job as barman in a Kings Cross pub, he’s eventually…

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The Voyage of The NaNoWriMo

I’d seen the word, the name, but knew nothing about it. It was a mention on another author’s blog—+MJ Bush, I think—that caused me to look at what it is; what NaNoWriMo meant. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is an annual writing challenge. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel—or 50,000 words of a novel— in only 30 days. It seems like a tall order to average 1660 words a day. Being cripplingly introvert, my normal instinct is to close the…

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Heather – Against All Odds

I considered changing the title of this novel to 'Against All Odds'. Not due to the content—although in one way it does reflect the theme—but due to the string of events that slowed, and at times inhibited, progress, and then ultimately obstructed my efforts to publish. It is now three and half years since I left Australia in pursuit of a lifestyle that would facilitate writing. From the quiet comfort of Tamborine Mountain, I recalled that period of my life when I was…

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As one manuscript closes, another opens.

As the writing of one book ends, others start to push forward, competing for time and space in my already overcrowded head. It has been tempting to start on another manuscript before this current one is as finished as I can make it. I have seen many references by other writers who do that. Leaving one unfinished work for another. I suppose for some it is a method of dealing with writer's block. For others a way of putting some distance between…

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