Monday, 29 November 2010

Sunday, 28 November 2010

So much to do... little time.

You all hear me on that right? I'm not the only one I know. I sometimes think this modern world with all its conveniences has life more busy. Well, we want it all don't we. And there is so much to choose from.

So I have to rethink the way I do things. I have to do this every so often because of the CFS. I'm getting things done, don't get me wrong, but I feel like I could accomplish everything in a more 'paced' way. A more balanced way.

I'm a night owl. I've stated this how many times over the years, but the world is not. This time of night - it's now 2.30am here-- is a time when I can get work done without phone calls or too much disturbance. But when you have appointments during the week like I had this week, it can shake this schedule.

So productivity vs practicality. Maybe I need to do a weekly plan. That way if on a day when I'm really tired, I can adjust things.

OK, so this week will be busy in my non-writing world, and therefore there will be less time with writing. While NaNo has been a bit of a bust (I've got about 6,000 words done) I am still writing and submitting and working. So that's a good thing.

I'm really happy with the way a new project is going. A paranormal romance novella.

So what do I want to do this week?

  • Write - work on the novella. It would be great if I can get the first draft done by end January (have to realise there is a little thing called Christmas and associated goings-on with that)
  • start 2nd draft - Gateway novella. I gave this a read through and I just need to fix a couple of plot points before the polishing starts, so a second draft is in order.
  • Short stories - fix plot pitfalls of clown story.
That should do right?

I do have other associated tasks to do with writing:
  • Hearts Talk project for Romance Writers of Australia
  • A banner design
  • Blogging and keeping up with blogs. Actually I have to review blogs I subscribe to and see if I should continue. It's great getting information, but I feel like I'm in information overload territory.
I'll see how I go.....

Until next time, take care.


Monday, 22 November 2010

So watcha think?

So I had played around - very quickly with this banner and had planned to show it during my blogging seminar. Ummm....ran out of time.

I had timed the presentation and well, let's say on the day, this didn't happen. But it was my first time ever presenting this. I hope all were happy with it.

Anyway back to the banner.....

What do you think? Will it do for Eleni's Taverna?

I've also changed the font colours to try and match this. This isn't set in stone. Like I said in an early post - this is an in-between job. One that I don't have to think about too much.

I've had a very tiring few weeks and especially weekend. I have to remember this wonderful thing called 'pacing'. :D


addendum: goodness my spelling is shocking today - maybe it's bed time???

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Funny ads

I was reminded by a friend of mine yesterday about one of the funniest ads I had seen - though it hasn't been on for awhile.

It's the Greek couple in the Woolworths ad.

YouTube link

Being Greek, I find this even more hilarious because I understand what they are saying and there are mannerisms in Greek couples I know. Right at the end the wife says to her husband - you've finally done one job right. Cracks me up every time I hear it.

So thanks Alison, I loved laughing over it again. Though it was quiet laughter as the rest of the house is asleep.

Another classic commercial I haven't seen in awhile is the Telstra ad for the Yellow Pages. Maybe it's because with more and more people using the directory online, the importance of the paper Yellow Pages isn't as important? I don't know. So for all my OS readers, when you hear an Aussie say 'Not happy Jan', this is where it comes from.

YouTube link

I hope you had a blast from the past and some laughter.


Tuesday, 16 November 2010

White Ribbon Day

The 25th November,  is White Ribbon Day - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women.

1 in 3 Australian women will be assaulted or abused (physically or sexually) in her lifetime. 1 in 3!!! And to think we are meant to be in the 21st Century.

Excerpt from their Australian website:

The campaign calls for men across Australia to speak out and take an oath. An oath swearing never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. The campaign culminates on White Ribbon Day (25 November) each year, when men and women across Australia are called to wear a white ribbon or wristband as a visual symbol of their commitment and oath.

In swearing and wearing a white ribbon, men and boys can act as positive role models and advocates for change by challenging behaviours and attitudes that have allowed of violence against women to occur.
The Oath page is at the MyOath site. Check out the info while you are there.

YouTube Link

White Ribbon Day started in Canada by men in 1991 on the second anniversary of one's man massacre of 14 women in Montreal. They wanted to speak out against violence against women.

It's unfortunate we need such an awareness day, but thank goodness people are speaking out.

Stay safe.


Sunday, 14 November 2010

Prepping & Some Good News....

I'm finally using PowerPoint for my Blogging presentation and I'm learning these nifty ways to have your text and images animate on the screen.

It's been pretty time consuming getting my presentation notes in a logical sequence, and now I'm making sure everything makes sense and works. Next will be the run through for time....fingers crossed.

I haven't done much else this week other than some blog work, and a bit on my Hearts Talk project.
No writing :(( Still I think I needed a break after my competition entries.

Some good news 

Ny flash fantasy story, Mirror, Mirror, has been accepted by MindFlights - an online magazine. I haven't any details yet, but am happy to have another short accepted.

Also, The Bucket will appear on a podcast on Beam Me Up in the future. I will get you more details. What a thrill it was to hear someone likes my story enough that they want to read it out on their show.


Sunday, 7 November 2010

Busy bee....

I have been a busy little bee - my entry is winging its way to a competition, I'm working on a project for Romance Writers of Australia, undertaken Bob Mayer's Warrior Writer course via the Romance Writers of New Zealand, prepping for my blog seminar, sending query letters out, submitting short stories, and working on a banner, as well as the Dark Side DownUnder blog launch. Phew!

On the personal front, there has been a family wedding (huzzah!). Had a really great time and loved the Greek dancing - opa!!

And I'm thinking of changing the look of my blog. Not too drastically, maybe just the banner. But that will be a 'fill-in' job. You know the type of jobs you do snatches of in between other jobs.

So hope you are all well.

Oh and here's something I came up with at the I haz cheezburger site.  Love the expression!!

i haz cheezburger link


Thursday, 4 November 2010

The Bucket!

My flash sci-fi story, The Bucket,  is up on the Antipodean SF site now. Go have a look and let me know what you think.

You can find it here.

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