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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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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Holidays over

School holidays are now finished. No more damper cooking, long walks or fun trips to town! As I waved goodbye to the kids, I thought that they were as pleased to be going back to school as, perhaps, I was to send them! Now don’t get me wrong, I love having the kids at home…

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What I’m Reading…

Reading for me is a passion. I was brought up on many books, some were The Famous Five, Trixie Beldon, and Colin Thiele books and I went through a phase where I collected every Sweet Valley High book I could (don’t hold that against me, and perhaps that’s showing my age!) My bookshelves are filled…

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Damper in the House

School holidays is a great time for us to do the things that we just don’t seem to have time to do during the term… and some special things. The kids have been wanting to make damper for ages after hearing us talk about the way the old stockies used to, while they were out…

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Tiny tugs get the job done

I was in Esperance the other day and happened to be on the foreshore when this ship was coming into the port. I’d never actually stopped and watched the tugs bring one in, but since I had the kids with me, we stopped and watched for a little while. It’s really quite amazing, the way…

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Here’s the Competition!

Together with That’s Life magazine, we’ve thought of a way that you can be included in helping write Blue Skies! If you head to this link you can enter the competition that we’ve got going for a farm name. You’ll have your name mentioned in the acknowledgements if I chose the name you’ve entered, plus…

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Holiday Fishing

Well, we got our wish! Holiday time arrived and two days in, we went fishing! I was standing up on top of the sand dunes to take this photo of Anthony and Rochelle getting set up to catch ‘the big one’. I think, by the looks, Anthony is giving instructions! We had a lovely big…

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A great opportunity!

I’m hoping you guys are going to be as excited about this as I am! Together with That’s Life magazine, we’re offering you a chance at an exclusive competition to be involved with the writing of my new book, Blue Skies. Keep an eye on my website and That’s Life’s website – over the next…

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My mate Ned

About three and a half years ago, my friend Ned rang me to tell me she had breast cancer. I was stunned. Gutted. How could she? She was only 40 and had two very young children. Ned’s personality was larger than life and that was the way she treated every hurdle she ever faced. She…

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Another Surprise!

When I started up the computer this morning, I had a lovely email from my German publishers! There was an attachment with the cover for Red Dust which is due out in Germany, in April 2010. Only there they have changed the title to Wilder Eukalyptus. It blows me away to think that it will…

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Old Faithful

My mum and dad have been over to visit recently and brought with them a large box. Once I realised what was in the box, I fell on it with delight! All my old favourite books were there — The Famous Five and practically every Enid Blyton book ever printed, Trixie Beldon, Colin Thiele and…

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