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Sheep shifting and a new puppy!

On a beautiful Sunday morning the kids had the job of shifting a mob of sheep (I always go with them but hang right back or right at the front to slow the ewes down, so I’m there if they need help.) Today they took their bikes and two dogs – Rocket, the Jack Russell, a well…

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Guest Blog: Fiona Palmer

Fiona and I met about two years ago. Rachael Treasure actually put us in contact! I think Fee and I were slightly over-awed that one of our favourite authors knew enough about both of us to think that we could be a good support network to each other. And I think we have been. Being…

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ABIA Awards

It’s been such a busy time for us recently, with seeding, sheep work and all sorts of other things on the go! It will be like this until after Christmas now with hay making, shearing and later, harvest. We’ve been lucky enough to have good rains and everything seems to be on track for a good…

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Guest blog: Nyssa Pascoe

Marketing your book is such a difficult thing. We’re told that our publishing house will do it for us, but after an in-depth discussion with my publicist, a few other authors and watching ‘The Tuesday Book Club’s’ episode with Lee Child, Matthew Reilly, Bryce Courtney and Di Morrissey, I think we’ve all decided that authors have to…

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Beautiful mornings and good news

I was out about early this morning, helping Anthony fill the combine and getting ready for a day of replenishing the stocks in the pantry! It was very nippy and heavy dew left my fingers wet and cold, not willing to bend. I had to shift some ewes and lambs as soon as it was light…

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Part One: Come along for the ride!

Well as some of you would know, I’ve just finished a whistle-stop tour in NSW. Friday was my first day home and I’ve had a sharp jolt, back to reality! Back out feeding the cows as soon as the kids were on the bus, as we still haven’t had enough rain, to grow any grass. But I…

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Guest Blog: Jeff Toghill

When I met Jeff through my writing cours, straight after I left school, I never realised what an impact he was going to have on my life. I know the first few assignments for The Writing School I hadn’t put my best into and Jeff’s comments reflected that. Suddenly I became too busy to do something…

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Blue Skies Launch

What a day! It was awesome! The Condy Fair really was brilliant this year – not that it hasn’t been other years, but there were so many people, so many things to do and just a fantastic atmosphere to the day. A sharp thunderstorm the night before had our hearts in our mouths, but even…

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The Brains

Meet Cal. She’s the brains behind Blue Skies. When we first started talking about what the next book would hold, we came up with a few ideas. 1. Cal’s house is very old (it was actually the first double-brick home built on farming land in Esperance) and is steeped in history. I can’t remember the year, but…

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Blue Skies Launch and Book Signings!

I have an opportunity to offer you guys a pre-release copy of Blue Skies! Our local bookshop, Le Grand bookshop, has secured 200 copies before Blue Skies is due out. Now these are for a couple of events. First one is that the Blue Skies Launch will be held at the Condingup Community Fair on…

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Shifting a mob

Today there is a catastrophic fire danger for the South coast of WA. It’s gonna be a stinker of a day and we’re just about to have another meeting to see if the Bushfire Brigade are going to issue a Movement of Vehicles in paddocks ban. There’s a smoke haze from a fire to the…

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Guest Post: Sharyn Munro

When Red Dust was on its way to being published, my nerves ran riot, I was unsure of the editing process and some days, things just got too much for me. I also had the deadline of Blue Skies hanging over my head and I was fairly sure that I wasn’t going to make it.…

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Stolen moments and working spaces

Being a farmer and a mum, often my writing time is snatched in between feeding kids, husband or animals and every other job you can imagine. Because of this, I’ve been known to write in a variety of places. Today I’m being very naughty and using the shade of a tree for my workspace. I’m scratching out some plans…

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Blogging opportunity for authors!

Blogging opportunity for authors! This is a great opportunity for some publicity for authors – Jaime from ‘Life in the first draft’ is looking for writers to blog on her site. Check it out and get those fingers a-tappin’! Calling All Authors I have a fun promotional opportunity for the new year. I’m working on…

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The Edit!

I love getting the first clean, fresh, pages, back from Allen and Unwin – it looks like a book and is ready to read. It’s like starting again and seeing the book through fresh eyes. This edit was particularly difficult for me. We were going flat chat with harvest and I had a deadline to…

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Full moon, an end to harvest and a finished edit!

I must say, after a fairly intense three weeks, harvest has finally finished and I, for one, am glad! I love seeing the grain come in and finding out what we’ve produced! But three weeks of 4am starts and after dark finishes, as well as trying to edit Blue Skies, has taken its toll! I was…

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What a thrill – Industry Guru’s on chat!

Picture: The Webmistress’ cat helping organise the huge web event….sort of Next Saturday is a huge day in my web mistress’s life! Nyssa runs the web site called A Writer Goes On A Journey. It is mainly for fantasy and sci-fi fans and is smothered with reviews, industry news and many other interesting things. But next…

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I’ve been invited…

I’ve been so lucky to be invited by Bron Parry to ‘guest blog’ on her web site. So today, I’m off to ‘visit’ NSW.  I wish I could physically go, the photo’s that I’ve seen of Bron’s area, makes me want to visit! So we’re hoping you’ll pop across and read the interview questions that…

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The first ever book

I guess everyone thinks that Red Dust was the first book I ever wrote… but it wasn’t! One of my oldest friends came to stay with me, around the time Red Dust was launched and brought with her, my first book. Not quite novel length and titled very plainly, ‘The Letter’ you can see the illustrations…

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Blue Skies and New Additions

I’ve been really busy since I received the Blue Skies edit last week. Ali has done a really intensive edit that then needs me to read through and either say yes to the changes, or no. The changes can range from something as tiny as a suggestion to change a word, to wiping out whole scenes. Thankfully there’s…

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SEPWA Ladies Day

The SEPWA ladies day was an inspirational day for all who went! I felt like I was an impostor amongst all the women that spoke – they were all so clever and had achieved so much! To a degree, whether they spoke about farming, viticulture or achievement, the message was simular – you can achieve…

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