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Stop Press: I’m Author of the Week!

17 Feb

Stop press!

The remarkably talented and popular Australian writer, Tracey Alley, has bestowed upon me a delightful honour! She has chosen to make me ‘Author of  The Week’!

As a first-time recipient of such, I’m overwhelmed!

The author of many titles, and a marvelous human being, Tracey has presented this post in an outstandingly professional way. I strongly urge you to see it!

Here’s the link:


And, while you’re there, why not take a look throughout her blog. It’s a joy!

And The Winner Is….

3 Feb

Thanks to all the entrants in the Australia Day Blog Hop!

Thanks, too, are given to Shelleyrae at Book’d out, and Confessions From Romaholics,  for their organisation of the Blog Hop!

This has turned out to be a wonderful idea, bringing together readers and writers, and helping to discover exciting blogs!! I know I’ve uncovered a few!!

Anyway, here’s the lucky winner of a paperback copy of my second title, ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’.

Drum roll……

Daystarz Books!


What I Love about Blogging

11 Nov

Backtrack two years, and I’d never even heard about blogging. At that point. I’d started writing my first book: a collection of Short Stories and vignettes, which ultimately became ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’.25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia    Goodreads-badge-read-reviewsGoodreads_icon_100x100

Writing a book was one thing: blogging, quite another. And I had no idea that authors were expected to share their life with the rest of the world, by way of writing a blog.

But, once I’d tasted it, I began to relish blogging. It has so much going for it.

Blogging allows for immediate publication. There’s no need to wait: and many posts are so much better for being relevant to current circumstances. Flowers, seasons, new literary releases, current affairs: the list is endless.

More: results can be almost immediate. Within minutes, I’ve had positive feedback: thoughtful comments, or even a simple ‘like’ bring their reward.

Linked to this is the associations: even friendships: that can be engendered between bloggers and their readers. Meaningful conversations can be had,  and information transferred between blogger and commentator. What other medium allows for such easy and potentially valuable communication?

Sure, social networking sites also have this application, yet blogging seems to me to have greater potential. Don’t the other sites tend to have much scantier development of ideas?

Lastly, there’s the ever-present potential to be nominated out of the blue for  Blogging Awards. I’ve been nominated twice: The Versatile Blogger and The Sunshine Award. Fun!

If you’re thinking about starting your own blog: well, think no more.  Just do it!

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My 150th Post!

20 Apr

What a milestone! My 150th post!

Doesn’t seem long ago that my 100th saw the light of day, and from that, my first follower, Jennifer Avventura, came into my life. Since then, other bloggers have joined her ranks, some leaving lovely comments.

Between then and now, life has had its ups and downs.

The chief apex is, in terms of satisfaction, the publication of our sixth book, ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’, which was released last week, on the 11th April. Even the cover has special significance since my husband, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. took the beach photo that forms its basis on the eve of our wedding anniversary. A day to remember!

Another happy event came from an unexpected source: my blog found its way onto Jennifer Avventura’s list of nominees for ‘The Versatile Blogger Award’. I must admit, I’m more than a little unclear if this is an honour or not! Why is Jennifer passing it on so readily?!

The downside to our life has probably been the closure of our local river baths due to pollution, initially caused by torrential rain. Our Swimming Club cancelled all meeting from the end of February, and, with more heavy rain over the past few days, the problem seems no closer to resolution. I guess if and when it’s all fixed and clean, we’ll really appreciate it.

So, here we are on a Friday night, and I’m signing off.

150 posts down, who knows how many to go?

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The Versatile Blogger Award

15 Apr

Guess what? Fellow blogger Jennifer Avventura has nominated me, along with fifteen others, for the Versatile Blogger Award.

This is the first time I’ve ever been nominated for an award, and, even better, Jennifer has kindly absolved me from fulfilling the stated conditions of acceptance.

However, in keeping with the award’s spirit, I’ll give away a few of my secrets.

1. As a three year old, I suffered a mystery illness, and my life may well have been saved by  the knowledge of the eminent doctor, Sir Lorimar Dodds.

2. Still on a medical theme, at age 28, I had surgery for appendicitis. I was still in post operative agony when someone revealed the truth. I did not actually have appendicitis! In fact, I didn’t need surgery…. That information went down like a lead balloon!

3. Also at age 28, I took up swimming: and, within a few years, was able to compete without embarrassment in inter-club meets.

4. In my early thirties, I actually dead-heated for first place in an inter-club swimming meet. The fact that all the really good swimmers in my age group were  elsewhere engaged had nothing to do with it….

5. I’ve had nine dogs in my life, with two of them reaching the ripe age of sixteen years. My present one – a Maltese – is a rescue dog. Who knows what is in her past?

6. I am afraid of heights. I am so afraid of heights that I cringe at the idea of looking downwards from elevators: you know, those glass-sided ones that shopping complexes usually have. You’ll never even catch me walking across a bridge.

7. I like teaching myself. Music, painting, studying: I like to set my own goals, and study and learn in my own way, and at my own pace.

There you are. I hope, Jennifer, that you now consider me a worthy recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award. And congratulations to you, and all other winners.

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