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Books I’ve read in 2016…

I’m a very slow reader of fiction.

Partly because I spend a great deal of time reading non-fiction for research. For time off, I either embroider or tumble into bed exhausted at night and manage just 3-4 pages of the fiction novel I might be reading.

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 I haven’t counted the books I’ve read this year and will just list those in my library which appealed the most to me as a reader and writer. I’m not a believer in listing books which have not been what I had hoped or which I was unable to finish. I think it’s unfair to the author who may well by liked by many other readers and who has a brand and who has worked hard to pull off a good novel. Reading ‘likes’ are completely subjective and so below is my very subjective list…

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Solitary Confinement…

Sometimes life is for escaping from.

Sometimes it’s for escaping to.

Today was the latter…

Very early this morning, the men decided to go fishing and being totally uninterested in the hunter-gatherer thing, I asked if they could drop me at Maria Island.

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Cabinet of Curiosities…

Thoughts for the new book are coming together.

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I feel like a detective placing clues on a board. Some shout louder than others but somewhere in what I am looking at, a storyline is emerging. The legend of the Fox Spirit is whispering particularly loudly. Readers might remember her appearance in The Shifu Cloth. 

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True Grit…

Today, 27th November, would have been my mum’s 91st birthday.

And even though she has been gone for over a year and is now the sparkliest, brightest star in the heavens, we will still celebrate because she was so important to our whole family…

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Inspired marketing…

I was listening to a well-known Australian writer on the radio this afternoon.

She was talking about her latest release – a story taking place in WWI. Woven into the story is a tin of chocolate.

This writer is adept at marketing and promotion. To entice readers to her Meets and Greets, she had a chocolate made by an Australian chocolatier to give to trusty fans. And to make it even more special, the chocolate is blended with blackberry which is the name of the heroine’s horse.

And in a previous novel about perfume, WWI and France, she had a special French perfume blended and readers were invited to buy the limited edition.

Inspired marketing? Yes, I believe it’s very clever…

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M.I.A…

Sometimes it’s nice to go Missing in Action.

To just take off somewhere and breathe deep.

My husband and I did that today. Told no one where we were going.

Not even the kids…

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Books In Print…

 And not the BIP that all we who are/were librarians have used!

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 When my books are in print, these are the agencies through which they are distributed via the world’s biggest printing agency – IngramSpark (Lightning Source).

It is possible to go to any of those retailers with the ISBN of the book concerned, place an order and the book can be ordered…

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A Time of Firsts…

Earlier this year, I was heavily involved in a protest against salmon farming.

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The group to which I belonged was endeavouring to stop a private company and the Liberal Government of Tasmania from placing 28 high density pens off a the popular east coast.

Because of private commitments, I had to leave the organisational wing of the group but not before I and many others had been subjected to attacks on social media by our detractors.

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I had cause to reflect that whilst they hit us round the head with so-called scientific evidence that all was clean and green (to be refuted tonight by the ABC Four Corners programme 8.30PM Australian Eastern Summertime and refuted numerous times over by leading newspapers like The Australian), there were those of us who merely want to keep the east coast as it is. Currently, apart from low key shellfish farms, it is an uncluttered pathway to a stupendous island which is designated world heritage…

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Shy fame…

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 Tobias, the first book of The Triptych Chronicle, is just over a year old…

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