Up Close & Personal

My Very First Writing Award.

Since joining the Writers’ Platform Building Campaign, I’ve been receiving quite a few comments on my blog, and I was quite surprised to receive one that said I was the recipient of The Versatile Blogger Award.  When I explained the award to my husband he said ‘Oh, a chain letter’, but I don’t look upon it that way.  I feel that after all these years of blogging, making numerous changes and wondering if anyone out there is actually reading what I have to say, I finally know that people are and I’m getting rewarded for my efforts.  So I give a big hearty thank you to Elizabeth Ann at ElizabethAnnWrites.

Now, like any grateful recipient, I have prepared my speech.  So, here are seven random facts about me, you probably just didn’t want to know:-

  1. My favourite colour is royal blue.
  2. I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher when I left school, but I didn’t get the marks to get in (I guess writing was my real calling).
  3. Sport doesn’t really do much for me.  Walking and playing on the Wii Fit is the best you’ll get from me these days.
  4. I hate clowns; always have.  I think they’re creepy.  I just have to think of John Wayne Gacy, which just about says it all really!
  5. I once won $100 on my first attempt at playing the poker machines.  I was happy to take the money and never play again.
  6. In my house, I’m the Zoo Keeper and Bejeweled Twist champion.
  7. I’m a tea person, not a coffee person.  I hate the smell of coffee and it gives me headaches (yet I can consume chocolate by the truckload – go figure)!

Now we come to the hardest part of receiving this award.  I have been visiting so many great blogs lately, I find it difficult to narrow my nominations down.  So because, like a good many of you, I’m flexible.  So here are my twelve nominations for this award:-

  1. Nicole Zoltack at Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight
  2. Susanna Leonard Hill
  3. Charmaine Clancy at Wagging Tales
  4. Renee at Books for Little Hands
  5. Helen Anderson at Helen Writes
  6. Cally Jackson
  7. Pauline at Pauline’s Prose
  8. Dawn Malone at Here’s the Story
  9. E. L. Schneider
  10. Heather at My Demon Spirits
  11. Dimity Powell at Dim’s Write Stuff
  12. Sabrina Llave at Little Red Writing Hood

I hope you’ll all take the time to visit these blogs.  As I’ve said there are many worthy blogs out there (too many to just narrow it down to so few), I aim to compile a list of other writing blogs in a future post.

I thank you and good night! 🙂

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A Breath of Spring Air.


It’s my favourite time of the year once again!  Spring is in the air, and there is a definite bounce in my step.

The season has gone off with a terrific start.  Signing up for the Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign has proved rather hectic with all the groups I have signed up for, but it has been fun meeting a whole bunch of wonderful writers I would never have met otherwise.  Thank you to all my fellow campaigners who have stopped by here to introduce themselves and/or subscribed to my blog.  Throughout the campaign, I aim to visit each and everyone of you, comment (although I find this difficult with some blogs I visit), and subscribe.  I would have to admit, visiting some of these other blogs has made me feel a bit of an amateur!  Because of the season and the inspiration I am getting from other campaigners, I’ve even changed the look of my blog/website.

For the past couple of weeks I have made some progress with the re-writes/edits of my first YA novel, Deception.  I was having difficulties with getting the voice right for one of my main protagonists, but with some tweaking, I think I’ve got it now.  I have managed to add about another 6,000 words during that time.  When I eventually finish with these re-writes, I hope to find some critique partners/beta readers.  If I recall, Rachael Harrie has mentioned something about this on her blog, so maybe I could be critiquing with some of you. 🙂

As always, with the arrival of spring, I go over my progress for the past twelve months and re-assess my goals.  I have plenty of ideas for novels and short stories (what’s writer’s block again?) and I have three complete novels to re-write/edit; my problem, as always is juggling my time.  I need to get my priorities right and make some sacrifices, but I’ll talk about that next week.

How has your writing been going lately – have you made good progress?

Image by Debbie Johansson.

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The Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign.

Whilst trying out my new writing schedule of going onto social networks after I’ve finished my writing for the day, I recently came across Rachel Harrie’s Writer’s Platform-Building Campaign through Google+.

This is Rachel’s third time in running this campaign, where the aim is to connect other writers and help build their platforms.  I carefully considered joining this, as my main concern was – do I have the time to dedicate myself to it, even if it is only for a couple of months?  As I’m not studying during this semester, I didn’t hesitate too long.  I believe it is a great way to meet other writers through various social networks and via my blog.  I can read the blogs of other writers and they can read mine, so I won’t feel as if I’m talking to myself anymore! 😉

The campaign began on 22 August, 2011 and runs until 31 October, 2011.  If you want to join in and become a part of this great campaign, you don’t have much time left.  The list of campaigners will close on 31 August, 2011.  If you’re interested in joining me, you’ll find me under these categories:  Picture Books/Chapter Books/Early Readers/MG/YA, Horror, Paranormal, Suspense/Thrillers, Short Stories, Australian/New Zealand Writers.  Okay, granted, I went a little crazy, but I wanted to make sure I had all my bases covered, right?  A big thank you to those of you in the campaign who’ve already stopped by on my blog and introduced yourselves.  I intend to return the favour shortly – as you can see I have a lot to get through.

So, now I’m back to my original dilemma – trying to make sure that I don’t let these social networks interfere with my writing time!