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Internet-free for FIVE days!

Totally unplanned. We didn’t even have a phone signal – so much for carting both laptops and mobile broadband with us on our camping trip to the Murray River!



Just finished unpacking, and now we have to pop out to work for a bit. But first, I must shower. Got some beaut photos to share.


Taniel, Vika, Writing

Catch Up

Hello people, I hope this finds you well.  I’m adorning this post with images from our morning walk during June. (Nokia Lumia 530 windows phone)

a small wilderness by the drain

Vika, lingering autumn leaves, strappy belladonna clumps, and masses of green clover

First – let’s get the usual confession out of the way: July already and my self-imposed publishing deadline has come and gone – yet again! Just as well it is flexible. I thought I might put Taniel on preorder in a few weeks, before I realised I still can’t do that because I’ve committed myself to finishing it on Wattpad. I cannot leave my little band of readers hanging when I publish on Amazon’s KDP.

footbridge & autumn leaves


Well, the delay is not just that, of course [sigh]. I now have several different endings for Book One and only a few scenes to edit before I must make up my mind which path I’m taking. This week saw me stalling and procrastinating. In all, I have 20-30 scenes left, depending on my decision. And, since I’m only managing to edit three scenes a week that is another TEN weeks, tops, unless I up my game. So, to those of you dying to be my beta readers … sorry for the extra wait. Hopefully, it will be worth it.


foggy morn at the end of the service road

I have entered Taniel in Wattys2016 – the biggest online writing competition in the world!  One of my followers suggested I should, but it turned out that he meant my haiku book, which surprised me. I think the various winners are announced in September. Needless to say, I feel somewhat bold entering the competition which is as simple as adding a tag to your story. (Ongoing stories are acceptable, excerpts are not.)

I decided to change the rating to Mature. I have mature themes and my few bedroom scenes are a little borderline – not particularly graphic, but Wattpad recently updated their definitions so that they have no grey area. Entering the Wattys will put it under scrutiny by their ‘data scientists’. Better to be safe, than sorry.

Taniel peaked at #459 in Fantasy. Considering that there are millions of books on Wattpad, I was really pleased with that. Mature titles are not included in the rankings. Great. Now I can stop the constant checking.

Gosh, I will have to get that impulse under control before publishing at Amazon.


misty range

Yesterday, I played with the idea of submitting to the publishers who take unsolicited applications online. There will always be a part of me that will wonder … what if I had tried getting traditionally published?  Now I’ve had the thought, I cannot unthink it.

misty rural scene

misty gums

We have had lots of rain. The paddocks are getting lush. Healthwise, my cholesterol levels continue to improve and my weight is very very slowly coming back down.  My blood pressure is under control again. (I’m sure that getting sucked back into my novel’s world had caused the increased heart action.)  I’m seeing a physiotherapist now, so I have to do the exercises I’m told to do. My annual visit to the podiatrist is next week and I’m really looking forward to having my feet buffed again. I’m overdue for my biennial mammogram.

green rural scenery behind my house

rural scenery behind my house mid-June (this one is clickable)


Thanks for reading. I hope you are having a good weekend. I’m going to try and get around a few blogs this coming week. I’ve set up a new organisational diary for myself and have scheduled blog visits and Instagram into it. Hope that works. I hope I work!     🙂


Todays walk

my dog Vika

Did you say walk? ( Nokia Lumia 530 )


I’m still flat our editing and improving Taniel every day. I have 50 ‘chapters’ on Wattpad now, and already am a third of the way towards reaching my next 1000 reads!  (1.35k reads so far)  I am getting useful feedback from my voting readers. Wattpad’s reader engagement graphs are also revealing – I can see the chapters that do not hold a reader’s attention, particularly one where some readers must think adding a dragon’s POV a step too far, for then I lose them.


after a wet night

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My Dog: Vika

I love my dog. Vika is a female, 14-year-old Shiatsu, Maltese terrier and silky terrier cross.


smiling … I’m looking for skinks


wet during a thunderstorm … she loves them


Vika dry

resting by my feet

Have a good day.   ❤


This is for Cee’s latest Black & White Photo Challenge:Open Topic. As usual, I’m scraping in by the skin of my teeth, and only because of the time differences between our countries. Next week’s topic is Flying.


May 2015, Central Victoria, Australia

I thought it converted well to grayscale, though it might be lopsided in composition. I love the clouds and the shadowed fence posts. The cattle are Herefords. Over to the left from where the cow is looking over the fence, there is a kangaroo, and another two further back behind it. I’d hoped they would show up better, and I’m reminded of my countless promises to go round to our local golf club and really show you some kangaroos!

If you want to view the image, this latest WordPress editor, to date, means you will have to right-click on the image and select view image. I didn’t set some new setting I suppose.

The narrow paddock in the middle of the image has an old railway bed running its length, the tracks long gone. The Heathcote station is also gone, the Bendigo-Kilmore line having closed down due to the construction of Lake Eppalock.

Heathcote RS

Heathcote RS. 1907 (supplied by Ken Coram)

I’ve borrowed the 1907 photo from the Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail blog. There is a fantastic walking/cycling track already built from Bendigo to Heathcote. Now they are looking to extend to Wallan, which is beyond the original junction at Kilmore.

The Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail Inc. (A0054089L) is a community group of people who all recognise the fabulous potential of a long distance trail on or near the route of the former Wandong, Heathcote, Sandhurst Railway. We love rail trails and long-distance trails, and members have travelled many of them within Australia and in other countries.

This next photo was taken in 1968. Perhaps this is the last train. You can see the range in the background – the same one I can see out my front window.  I’ve captioned a link to Richard Felstead’s Railway page as required to use the image here.

Yeah, I know that the 1968 one isn’t black and white, and I’ve included two images I didn’t take myself.

I’ll finish with a photo of Vika, also taken last May.


Vika, May 2015

My two photos were taken with the Windows Phone (Nokia Lumia 530)

Thanks for looking. Have a good day.   🙂

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