Spring Scenery

Just a few weeks ago, thanks to the la Nina weather system, everything around here was green and lush. But things have been heating up, and though there s still a reasonable amount of green, we are seeing more of the gold as the hay dries out and is baled up and the grass verges along the road dry. I feel like I’m driving through Australia’s sporting colours every time I go to town right now. The wattle trees have finally lost all their blooms, but now the air around me is heavily scented with jasmine, rose – I have purple roses, sage, rosemary, and orange blossom. The lavender needs some work, but it is starting to come into bloom again too, so soon I’ll have that scent at my front door.

Research

My current WIP opens with my main character working on a silk painting commission. I haven’t done anything like that since high school, so I had to research the method and techniques, which I did via this website, and lots of youtube tutorials.

Of course, reading and watching all this has made me want to have a go at doing some myself. I really should, shouldn’t I, for research 🙂

Spamology

I’m still clearing out the mountain of spam that accumulated in here. The names often amuse me, today’s favourites include Lem Unfun (maybe a change of career, Lem, being a spammer can’t be much fun at all) and Karen Rat (I wonder what the rate of pay for spammer rats are? Is there a rat union?)

Oztober

The radio station I listen to is running Oztober, where they feature Aussie music from the last few decades, and listing some of the greatest Aussie bands of all time, as voted by their listeners. Yesterday’s band was the Hoodoo Gurus. A band known for their upbeat and ever so slightly irreverent songs that poked fun at social mores – but my personal all time favourite of their work is the more serious tune 1000 Miles Away. A song that in a gentle soft melody, cuts away the glamour of fly in fly out work, and shows the emotional, personal harm it can wreak on relationships.

What was that you were trying to say?
I guess I was a thousand miles away.’

Songwriter Dave Faulkner.

An apology

I haven’t been around here very often. That’s about to change. I faced some major health issues, and had a friendly parting of the ways with my publisher, but am finally starting to get on my feet again. Over the last year I’ve been working on a new stand alone novel. A rural take on the urban fantasy genre. Some of the research has involved learning about eco-terrorist groups, and has been utterly fascinating.