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Desert Islands and Castles of Dreams…

I first met Sharon Bennett Connolly through The Review on Facebook – just quiet interactions that always left a positive mark behind. But most lately – she has been trailblazing! Her book, Heroines of the Medieval World, is acquiring rave reviews and fully endorses her blog which she entitles ‘History – the Interesting Bits.’

 

And that’s the thing, isn’t it? History ‘can’ be boring, overdone and heavy but Sharon takes the truly interesting facts and runs with them, injecting light and life into what ‘could’ be a crusty subject. It’s therefore with interest that I see she has become castaway on Bodiam Castle! And yes, it is surrounded by water, therefore an island, so why not? Sharon, you book list intrigues.

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Masterclass…

My own bag zipped up and ready to go and with a pocket to remind me that I can actually embroider things at a freeform level when I try.

Survival… embroidery glasses with magnifier clipped on, camomile tea, Panadol for inevitable neck pain.

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The Sum of Us…

I’ve just been reading my cousin’s biography.

Nick Riewoldt is the well-known and well-regarded ex Saint Kilda player (football on a par with soccer in Australia, an iconic game) and Allen & Unwin released his autobiography earlier this month after his retirement

Nick’s young. Close to my son’s age.

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An Irish Castaway…

Catherine Kullman’s opening description of Ireland caught my attention when I realised that Tasmania, the tiny island on which I live, a state of Australia and to the south of the mainland continent, is actually larger than her whole country. Like Catherine, I live on the fragrance of the sea and its many moods. It was with interest that I read her choices of books for her castaway time. Even more intrigued when at the end, she eschewed Ireland for somewhere quite remote…

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Dior and me…

What prompts an historical fiction/fantasy writer to want to see the Dior Exhibition?

Silks, satins, embellishments of beads and gold thread. It’s that simple…

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Speculative times in the Scillies – Desert Island Books…

I met speculative fiction and historical fiction writer Richard Abbott through Facebook. Both of us belong to an excellent writers’ (and readers’) group called The Review.

The desert island that Richard chose charmed me straight away. He says: ‘The “desert island” is actually the north end of Bryher, one of the Scilly Isles. Since these are only 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall, calling it a desert island is perhaps stretching a point, but I would happily be stranded there! Some of the Scilly Isles are inhabited, others not, but they’re all within an easy row of each other. Each is a little different in character, but they all have splendid views of sky and sea.’

Over to you, Richard…

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Time out…

Time out, time away, time to breathe…

I have a personal tradition that I try to celebrate every birthday on Maria Island, not far from where we live. I’ve been doing it for years and have visited the island too many times to count. Not just for birthdays but for any boating day during the year. It has a unique air,  an island away from an island. The days are always enchanted and enchanting.

This was one such.

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Desert Island Books with a wise woman…

Author Louise Wise and I began our indie life at a similar time back in the early 2000’s and belonged to a mutual group of writers who supported each other through the unfamiliar universe at that time. It’s a pleasure to hear Louise’s desert island story.  Louise didn’t provide a choice of island on which to be castaway, so I’m doing it for her.

This is the almost inaccessible and mind-blowing island called Maatsuyker Island, south west of Tasmania. I suspect that in the lighthouse, she will sit and write the most chilling time-travel stories. Louise, the floor is yours, albeit windblown!!!!!

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A recipe for life…

As a writer of historical fiction, one appreciates all the grand historical times – the Greeks, Romans, Dark Age Britain, Vikings, Byzantines, Renaissance. Sweeping, glorious stories that are the stepping stones of the world as we know it today.

But sometimes, history is miniscule. And personal.

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Indie…

What is an ‘indie’?

According to Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indie

Indie is a shortform of “independence” or “independent”…

    • Indie literature, a book published outside mainstream publishing
    •  So why did I become an indie writer?
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