A new cafe is always good

There's a new cafe just opened in my local shopping strip (like, yesterday), and today I got to check it out for its "office" potential. I didn't have time to linger and write or anything, being somewhat under the pump with work this week; but I've established I am far more productive overall if I … Continue reading A new cafe is always good

2014 in review ~ Mission accomplished!

It's the end of another year (a fabulous year) but I seem to be very tired. Christmas happened last week in a three-day frenzy of shopping, cooking and celebrating (I tend to leave all my Christmas shopping to the last minute). I didn't put up any decorations, so I didn't have any to take down. … Continue reading 2014 in review ~ Mission accomplished!

Journal ~ Lying on the couch doing nothing (and why it’s important)

I am lying on the couch doing nothing. At least, I was before the urge to tell everyone about my state of nothingness rose to the fore and I grabbed my computer out of the bag that’s never too far from my side. Nothing. Mulling. Daydreaming. Writing in my head. This is one of the … Continue reading Journal ~ Lying on the couch doing nothing (and why it’s important)

Sunday journal ~ time out at Phillip Island

Winter sun. Wind. Waves. Words. Phillip Island in winter is quiet, serene, beautiful. With the blessing of a clear weekend, I hightailed down to the island this past weekend for some much-needed R&R and time alone with my WIP. It turned out to be one of the most relaxing and joyous weekends I've ever spent … Continue reading Sunday journal ~ time out at Phillip Island

Sunday Journal ~ life balance, new website and a book launch

Work on my novel revision has been coming along well during the past month. I'm still spending lots of time working on 'creative endeavours' in cafes, and still very much enjoying myself. I have a routine that's not a routine -- that is, it changes from day to day, but there's a certain modular regularity … Continue reading Sunday Journal ~ life balance, new website and a book launch

Sunday journal ~ the other client

I've been writing steadily over the past two weeks. That is, I've been putting in a couple of hours most days, mostly in cafes. I've been treating 'creative endeavours' (including 'cafe writing') as another client in this new freelance/self-employed life of mine; another client with its own timesheet category. Not only does this log the … Continue reading Sunday journal ~ the other client

Sunday journal ~ entering the world of Mac

The past couple of weeks have been a challenge on the creativity front, owing to a few different factors, one of which has been the bad behaviour of my netbook computer -- which is the machine I've been taking to cafes. Basically the battery has more or less died, giving me little more than 1.5 … Continue reading Sunday journal ~ entering the world of Mac

Sunday journal ~ rhythm

I'm contemplating a regular (semi-regular?) Sunday journal post, in which I muse briefly on recent creative endeavours and/or achievements. If it gets too boring, I'll stop, but let's see how we go... This past week I finished reading through the messy first draft of the novel I've been working on for the past, er, while. … Continue reading Sunday journal ~ rhythm

From Corfe Castle to Brighton

Let us journey back to the UK for a short while . . . Soaring high on a hill above a village in Dorset is a ruined castle. It's a strong, defensible position and the crumbling edifice dominates the lush green landscape all around. This is the 1000-year old Corfe Castle, built by William the Conqueror … Continue reading From Corfe Castle to Brighton