Monthly Archives: December 2012

Scrivener – Great Software, Lots of Quirks

Just before Christmas I downloaded Scrivener for my Ubuntu Linux laptop in the hope of finding joy in the tool so many writers apparently swear by. I’ve finally finished reading through the tutorials and had a play. Continue reading

Six Sentence Sunday #24

6 Sentence Sunday LogoGood morning!

Here is yet another 6 from my NaNoWriMo novel from this year, The Rogue, wholly raw and unedited. This continues from last week when Abby went for her jog up the hill and admired the local astronomical scenes.

She reflected on how rarely she bothered to appreciate the things her beloved husband studied day in, day out. The moon always looked so big when it was down low near the horizon. Bruce could probably explain why that is but at the moment she didn’t care. It was just beautiful; the white orb floating in the pale blue sky with the blazing yellow sun coming up on the opposite horizon. She wondered about the planets. She looked for Venus knowing it was a morning star at the moment and likely visible even after sunrise.

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Merry Christmas! (Where’s my Fork’n Knife?)

Merry Christmas everyone! (If you’re of that persuasion. 😉 )xmas-01

We’ve just finished our festivities for the day, cleaned up and promptly fell asleep in various places around the house. It’s now early evening on Christmas Day so I realise I’m a little late with my Christmas Greetings for my fellow Aussies who may also be nursing over-full bellies, or heading out for a round of evening feasting. Enjoy! Continue reading

Six Sentence Sunday #23

6 Sentence Sunday LogoGood morning!

Here is yet another 6 from my NaNoWriMo novel from this year, The Rogue, wholly raw and unedited. This week I again went to a random page but this time I did remember actually writing it! Here we have Abby, the wife of the dedicated astronomer, up early one morning knowing her husband had a tough shift the previous night.

She ran up the hill beside the unsealed road, to the crest where she was able to see the sun rising. Pausing briefly to catch her breath, she looked back towards home and gasped at the sight of the huge glowing full moon setting in the west. What a lovely sight! She thought to herself that she should jog the hill more often. No more being lazy by running on the river flats. Yes, the river was pretty, but the views from these hills!

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Rochelle’s Briefcase Chapter 8 Is Up

Hi Story Time fans!

NaNoWriMo seemed to make me lose momentum on Rochelle’s Briefcase. I seem to blame a lot of my apparent slackness on NaNoWriMo. Meh.

Anyway, I’ve finally got Chapter 8 up for my serial novel, Rochelle’s Briefcase on Story Time after readers voted on the question of Who was calling Rochelle on the phone. The final vote was for Ruby, despite the fact that she had apparently been kidnapped.

I hope you enjoy the latest episode and don’t forget to vote on what happens in Chapter nine. If you need to recap n what’s been going on there other chapters can be found here.

Cheers! 🙂

The Next Big Thing

Thanks to Mike Akin at sumthissumthat.wordpress.com for tagging me for the Next Big Thing. And to Maddie Cochere at breezybooksblog.wordpress.com for the tip!

I’m just going with the flow here, hoping I don’t break any rules or bust a chain or something. I’ve been given a list of questions I must answer about my Next Big Thing, aka a novel I am working on. Continue reading

Myki Tips – Reducing the Touch Off Queues

Myki

Last time I offered some tips for users of the Myki Pass. This time I’ll explore the Myki concept of the Default Fare and how you can take advantage of it to reduce the Touch Off queues and help get everyone, including yourself, off the tram or bus, or out of the train station, more quickly. Continue reading

Six Sentence Sunday #22

6 Sentence Sunday LogoGood morning. Hoping today offers an improvement on yesterday.

Here is yet another 6 from my NaNoWriMo novel from this year, The Rogue, wholly raw and unedited. This week I went to a random page and struggled to remember actually writing this bit. At this point in the writing I was stuck for inspiration so I introduced an alcoholic stripper with a nothing-to-lose attitude. I this scene she gains a regular client.

She loved the attention. This particular man Judy knew nothing about apart from his consistently generous tipping habit. Over several weeks and months he gradually revealed more about himself. He started by hinting he was a doctor by pointing out one or two of Judy’s ailments without her even mentioning them. He said she should go easy on the alcohol because it would kill her eventually. She wondered if he even knew about the Rogue.

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Six Sentence Sunday #21

6 Sentence Sunday LogoG’day again! I hope you”re all enjoying your Sunday so far.

Once again I’m taking 6 from my NaNoWriMo novel from this year, The Rogue, wholly raw and unedited. I this “scene” (I use the term loosely for this draft!), Some local church goers have just heard rumours about the approaching rogue planet.

Father Dominic was very concerned upon hearing the rumours. One of his parishioners, David Smythe, although a firm believer, was interested in the more scientific aspects of the heavens, owned his own rather powerful telescope. It was probably the largest amateur telescope in the USA and it could see some of the faintest celestial objects visible from the ground. When he first heard about the Rogue he thought he should be able to see it with his telescope but was disappointed. He felt that if the Spitzer Infra-red space telescope could see it, his telescope should be able to see it too.
Unfortunately for Mr Smythe, he could not see the rumoured Rogue planet, but this did not deter him from spreading false information about it.

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Blinded by the Dim, Blue Light

Something scared the hell out of me the other evening. I was on taxi duty, bringing my daughter and a few of her friends to a party, when I pulled out of a street onto a main road and severely underestimated the distance of an approaching motorbike. Continue reading