Monday, January 30, 2012


January seems to be the month to lose things. First I lost a packet of dragonfly charms for bookmark making. Straight from the post to the bin, I fear. Then my (fortunately) cheapie Eiffel tower necklace, but what cuts the deepest is the loss of our much loved little moggy, Webster.


He disappeared over a week ago and hasn't been seen since. He may still turn up - I sure hope he does - but he's never been one to stray.

And what came first, you may ask. My pen name or the kitty? Well, Webster has been with us almost twice as long as I've been writing. And yes he was the inspiration for my name.

So we're all feeling sad and welcoming the distraction of back-to-schoolitis.

I'll be back in a day or two with something more cheerful.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


2011 is well and truly over and as I look back on it I can say I'm glad it's passed. For lots of reasons it was a hard year.  However, there are always high points and interesting diversions to even the worst of years.

It was the year I was able to stand back from my first WIP and make some much needed decisions. At present Blackbird is quietly marinating in my bottom drawer, but not forgotten.

I started two new projects, faltered on one and am slowly progressing through the other.

Putting my hand up and becoming the president of our local Writers' Workshop was a moment fraught with nerves, yet it has turned out to be a very positive move. Sometimes it's good to step outside of our comfort zones.

Fountain at Versailles, France.

After much fundraising we were able to send our oldest son on a European tour. The experience is something he will treasure for many years.

2011 was also my final year as a homeschooling Mum. My daughter is set to start high school next Friday, leaving me with a lot more hours in the day.

As life takes it twists and turns we can never really know our future, but despite that we lay plans for the days, months, and years ahead; hoping at least some will come to fruition.

These are my plans for 2012:

1 Finish my present WIP: working title 'Tegan's Story'.

2 Be more creative: patchwork, card making, stitching.

3 Read plenty of good books.

4 Blog more regularly than I have been.

And as I work on Number 4, you'll get to hear about my long, hot summer; my first foray into 4 wheel driving; and my best reads of last year. I hope you'll join me.

Old Dunstan Road - close to where Rohan, LOTR was filmed.
Oh, I need to add another: Don't put bread in the oven and then write blogs!  (Don't worry, the house is still standing!)