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Hi there, again! I have been offline for a while because of some damn virus I picked up. No details, don’t worry. Anyway I haven’t been doing much.

I have been working on my first watercolour portrait. Not too happy with the first effort. It looked like an illustration for a book, but have been fiddling and fiddling and it is better now…I think. We’ll see what the woman who commissioned it says. When I have her permission I will post it in my gallery.

I have decided to use a pseudonym for “Ruth In Pieces’. My surname ‘Christian’ just doesn’t seem to work with the book’s content. So, you will find a new Facebook entry under Percy Rose with excerpts from Ruth In Pieces on the age protected page accessible from there.

I have stared to nut out a new book but haven’t got very far. Decided I’d take a different approach than just slamming the story onto the page. Thought I’d try to be more organised – write my character profiles, scenes, shape of story. However, it is not working for me. I just want to write the story and do the details later. So will do that, as the careful plotting etc is putting me off. How do you go about writing your stories? Are you a plotter? Do you write screeds then chop it back? Do you write the bare bones and flesh it out later? I am seriously interested in how you go about the business of writing, so let me know.

Cheers for now , Rosa.

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I’m hot!!

No, really I am! I am sitting on the back veranda and though there is a breeze it’s not helping much. This heat makes you just want to lie down and do nothing, but I fought off the lethargy long enough to do some gardening this morning. To make it bearable I started at 5:30 am by 8am I was too hot to continue…never mind the wet will come soon and we will all be whingeing about that. It’s still nice and cool on the beach, so long as you are in the shade… Shut up about the weather already!

Writing – I believe in a previous post I told you that I was challenging myself to write one ten minute play per month – well, I just finished December’s and thank god for that. It is very dark, so dark that I don’t know if I’ll ever show anyone else. Having written it though, I am feeling very up and relaxed. Now, I have to get back into “Jenny’s Story”. I’m a bit bogged down there but am spending time thinking about it and trying to get back into her mind, which is a very peculiar place.

Okay that is enough tish tosh for now, see you next time. Rosa

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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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First Prize Surprise

Well, I haven’t done much with this blog lately but I now have something to skite about. I won First Prize in the Harvey Bay Arts Council Queensland Day Short Story Writing competition. What a mouthful! I am so happy and thrilled that someone outside my know group of friends and family considers my work prize worthy..not that I don’t appreciate all the support and encouragement you have all given me, but this is a different kind of validation. You can read the story here. Hope you enjoy it. If you feel you have read it before, that is because I cannabilised a longer version to fit the required word count.

Thank you to the Harvey Bay Arts Council and the Judges. ‘Bye for now.

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Serial now up and running

Well, here it is folks ‘Sinbad’s Voyage to Australia’ I hope you enjoy the read. Please feel free to give helpful feed-back. Get your kids to read it and ask them what they think so you can pass on suggestions to me. Thanks.