Yes, it’s been a while since I blogged. I’m going to try to do better this year! It’s one of my many New Year’s Goals for this year, along with finishing my 3rd single title, writing a novella and going through the submission’s process with book 2.


In December, most of our writing group (the fabulous Hunter Romance Writers) met for a day out. Part field-trip, part Xmas lunch. We met up at the historic Fort Scratchley in Newcastle for a tour of the tunnels – led by a wonderful old character! We then made our way to a restaurant on the harbour for a lovely lunch and chat. Always lots of chatting 🙂

Early in the New Year, I was able to share the exciting news that book 2 (Elsie’s Place) came 2nd in the Romance Writers of Australia’s Ripping Start contest. That news enabled me to cross one of my writing goals off – to final in a contest. And it gives me the push I need to keep writing!

So right now, I’m finishing off final tweaks of Elsie’s Place, and am about to dive back into Book 3. I wrote 17K of it back in June during the madness that was 50Kin30days. I pulled it back out a few weeks ago, gave it a read and was pleasantly surprised that it’s not too bad! Now I need to do some plotting, character GMCs etc before I add more words to it.

This year I’ll be starting a new guest post series – Share Your Passion. We writer types are obviously passionate about writing, but what else do you live for? What other things put a sparkle in your eye, a spring in your step? Is a sport, a hobby, a charity? Tell us all about it. If you’d like to be a guest poster, email me or let me know in the comments and I’ll add you to the schedule.

At the moment, I’m quite passionate about photography. I made a resolution this year to learn to use the manual settings on my camera – and me being me, I dived into the deep end by joining in on a 365 Photo challenge. The aim is to take a photo each day and include some part of you in it – your reflection, shadow, body, body part, even your DNA (child)!  After only 1 week, I’ve learnt so much about my camera and have been challenged and encouraged by the other participants. You can follow my progress at http://365.mavenforums.com/365-calendar/?user_id=234. Today’s photo is the Australia Day one at the top of this post.

So welcome to 2014. I hope it treats us all kindly!