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Yaaaah! Whoo hoo!

I am so excited! You may remember me boasting about winning the Hervey Bay Queensland Short Story Prize with “An Alien Life”…well, that story has successfully competed and now been selected to appear in Melbourne Books ‘Award Winning Australian Writing 2012’. I can’t believe it. I am appearing in a book alongside names like Robert Adamson and Ron Pretty. A book whose foreword is being written by Mark Tredinnick! His book, ‘the little red writing book’ is one of my bibles. Oh man! This is just the kick along I need.

I am proud to say that the only editing done was getting rid of my plethora of hyphens. I like hyphens, but I guess I do over-use them, lol! Also some commas and quotation marks, which I am excessively fond of.

The book will be available in book stores in November. Keep an eye open for it.

Cheers, Rosa

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New 10 minuter

Well hi there! I am sad to report that even though I had the week-end off and all to myself I did not add to my word score on my new novel. Bummer! But, I do have a good excuse. I got side tracked and wrote a new 10 minute play. I do so love this medium. You may think getting one done in a week-end is pretty good going but again I have to confess, I did cheat a little. I re-jigged a short story and turned it into a play script. I think it worked all right. I’ll wait to hear from the POTheads about that. Our next meeting is in about 2 weeks, so will put it away and concentrate on the novel during that time. It is actually coming along okay, I’ve done about 18000 words and my characters are developing nicely. My protagonist is a nut (Now there’s a surprise!), but is she a serial killer? She is a sexual tease, but will her Psychiatrist resist all her efforts? The tension is mounting. How long to the climax? I have no idea. Jenny is totally unpredictable and keeps throwing me curve-balls. For instance, last week she tried to suicide. Why? I don’t really know yet but I think she is about to make some major disclosures…or not. She keeps me guessing. Other news – not much, just had Sinbad, the dog, sheared. Yes sheared. He is a minature labradoddle, so a little smaller than a medium dog. I have kept his wool. It’s like merino. Anyone know a good yarn spinner? Ha ha ha! I crack myself up. I haven’t written any poetry for ages, or done any painting. It’ll happen when its meant to. I can feel it building. Okay, it’s nighttime here so this is goodnight from me.   Cheers Rosa.

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Sensible and well thought out

Here is a link to an article on writing and publishing today, which makes sense and doesn’t leave me feeling like a complete failure because I can’t do the whole social media thing. I just want to write my stories. I do want people to read them, of course, but does that mean I have to continually shout about myself? Can’t I hand that over to an agent or traditional publisher? It is a relief to hear that I can and not be made to feel like a complete moron for it. http://www.sfwa.org/2012/08/guest-post-dreaming-well-does-the-future-of-publishing-need-more-imagination/

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How do you do it?

Hi, I am about to start writing for the day. The subject matter of my writing at the moment is  pretty heavy, requiring me to ‘get inside the head’ of a psychopath, so I find it is not a place where I can stay for too long. I tend to write up in longhand, while sitting out in the early morning winter sunshine, then I type it up later. this seems like a waste of time sometimes but I feel the flow better when writing longhand. How about you? While I’m typing it up it is kinda like a mini first edit anyway. I have written directly onto the computer but find if I do that I will go back frequently and edit spelling etc. I know I shouldn’t but if it is wrong I must fix it! I am not the world’s best touch typist. The problem with actually writing is that I sometimes can’t understand my own scrawl.

At the moment I am finding I can only do 1500 – 3000 words a day. Mostly that is because I am in the throes of getting the story down and am doing it one quick chapter after the other. I will go back and flesh out the characters, scenes etc later, but right now I must find out what my protagonists want to tell me. One of them has suddenly decided to go on holiday and leave the other without her therapist for two weeks. She is peeved at his desertion. He likes that she is peeved. What are they doing?

So, how do you write are you really, really organised? Do you plot before all else? Are your characters born full-blown? Do you have a clearly defined path to your denouement? No, seriously I’d like to know. I don’t think I will change how I’m doing it, but I am interested in how others proceed in their work.

Well, enough of all that. Off to the sunshine with my pad and pen.   Cheers, Rosa

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OH MY GOD!

I have just witnessed the world’s most beautiful, fantastical, magical sunrise ever! It was amazing! I took a ton of pictures (here) but none of them do my vision justice. It started out as an ordinary walk along the beach at sunrise – beautiful colours and cold feet (it’s winter here and I had no shoes on). Then I came across some curlews in the shore front brush. I wandered back down the beach and sat on my favourite log and the magic slowly began as the sun rose. The wispy cloud above the sun slowly turned into a rainbow, like the aurora but without the fluctuations. I saw a multicoloured dragon’s head that morphed into a phoenix, then a skull and finally a wolf’s head. I watched for about 20 minutes until the sun was too bright to look at and I was seeing spots before my eyes. I laughed, clapped and said a prayer of gratitude. I don’t know if I’ll ever see anything like this again. I know I have never seen it before. Oh magic, magic morning! Have a look at the slideshow. I wish you could have been there and seen it. Cheers for now Rosa.