If I’m not writing, either in my head or at a keyboard, I feel I’m wasting time. This is where I belong.

G’day, I’m Richard Leonard. For too long my writing has been less than virtual. This stops now. Unfortunately this spinning ball of rock we call home waits for no-one; time is scarce and bills must be paid. I live in the Yarra Valley, east of Melbourne, Australia, a region famous for its wine. I’m not a wine drinker. I can’t tell red from white if the lights are out. But I love the area. Especially valuable to me is I can look over my back fence and not see a house. Nothing but rolling green farmland often bathed in fog on cold winter mornings, back-lit by the rising sun. Beautiful. This is why I’m happy to spend ninety minutes traveling to work each day. I don’t live to work, I work to live and I live in the Yarra Valley.

I’ll write about whatever idea brews itself into some vaguely coherent sentences in my head and stay there till I get to a keyboard in a non-distracting environment.

But my ultimate passion for writing is fiction. Somehow I feel this demands more care, more effort… more love, I guess. I’m not sure if I want to bother trying to explain that other than to say I’ve written articles for magazines, technical documents and user manuals, but nothing seems to cry out for sleeping time between stints more than a short story or the novel I’ve been working on, on and off for the last seven years. Sleeping time is what the work expects so it can stretch and yawn and shake out all its matted fur, ready for the next time I sit down and brush it. One day I might feel ready to let it out on to the street.

In the meantime, bear with me while I gather my quirky observations of life and society with all its irony and shortcomings, and any other miscellaneous but hopefully entertaining mind-dumps, and stick around for some thought-fodder and a few laughs!




37 thoughts on “Richard

  1. mikeakin1

    Hey Richard a fellow blogger friend Maddie said to tag you in The Next Big Thing. So you are tagged! lol Take a peak πŸ™‚

    1. Richard Leonard Post author

      Hey, thanks Jess!
      Now I’ve got two weeks to scrounge up 6 stars! Haha! πŸ™‚
      *Adds task of doing Blog of the Year award post to increasingly long Todo list…*
      *Continues in vain shovelling snow off self*
      Have a great weekend!

  2. Heather

    Sorry, my computer had a fit – the previous post was meant to say more than “Hi Richard!” What I was going to say was: you are very lucky to live in the Yarra. I’ve not been there myself, but have wanted to go for a while. I live about an hour from the Hunter Valley, so I get what you mean about greenery and farmland – so much nicer than in the city. I work in Sydney (travel for about as long as you) and it’s such a relief when I get home at the end of the day and don’t have to put up with crazy city people in a rush to get no where!
    Anyway, I look forward to reading your blog. Thanks for following mine!

    1. Richard Leonard Post author

      Pesky computers, they’re wild beasts, aren’t they?
      It’s funny how we take for granted all the good things in our own backyard. We have to slap ourselves to wake up to the fact we have some pretty good stuff really close by. The good thing about the long trip is plenty of reading time!
      Thanks for your comment and the follow. πŸ™‚

  3. liamodell1

    You’ve got another star for Blog of the Year 2012 – Congratulations! πŸ™‚

    P.S. I won’t link back to my site incase it is once again marked as “spam”.

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  5. Janna G. Noelle

    Hi Richard, thanks for visiting and following my blog. I feel like I’m always writing one way or another – that my not-writing is just fodder for when I finally make it back to the keyboard.

    Nice to meet an(other) Aussie. I’m going to be making my first visit to Australia later this year and am super-excited!

    1. Richard Leonard Post author

      Hey, Janna! Thanks for stopping by too!
      I hope you enjoy your trip down under. Beware of the sheer size and the wide open spaces. It catches a lot of people off guard. I have some funny stories about that. Mainly featuring Europeans, however.


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