RWA Conference kicks off – RWAus14

August 8th, 2014

The professional writers workshop was on today, so I wasn’t required.  For the past few years Penguin has hosted a cocktail party on the Thursday night, but for some reason this year they did not.  And by the time I found that out (and confirmed I had today off work), the fundraising Literacy High Tea was booked out.

So today was gym, chiro, cardmaking, family dinner – in fact the usual kind of Thursday for me, minus going to work.

Anyway, holding with past traditions, here is my program for tomorrow. I shall do updates at various time, both here and on twitter – we are using #RWAus14, and I am synaesthezia there also.

Note:  last year I didn’t go to the writers workshop (Kim Hudson, The Virgin’s Journey), I went to the Elizabeth Jolley Conference instead, which was being held concurrently with the writers workshop, and looked at romance writing and academia.  I really had a fab time at that, however that was the first time an academic stream had been offered (by Curtain University), and this year there is nothing similar.    That is fine, the James Scott Bell workshop looks quite interesting – although I think Alexandra Sokoloff’s ‘Screenwriting Tips for Authors’ workshop in 2012 is going to take a lot to beat.  I have structured my writing around what she suggested, down to the system cards (well the ones on Scrivener), and it really makes structure flow easily.

But I digress.  Here is the timetable for tomorrow:


Registration opens

Arrival Tea & Coffee


This Knockout Novel Workshop will get you into the deep tissue of your fiction. You’ll learn the tool and techniques of the masters, including:

  • What plot is really all about
  • The power of disturbance and doorways
  • How to write scenes with no dull parts
  • Creating “jump off the page” characters
  • The fastest way to improve your manuscript
  • The essentials of great dialogue
  • The secret of voice

Trials of a First Time Author *bonus session


  • 10.00-10.20 – Morning Tea
  • 12:00-13.00 – Lunch
  • 14.30-15.00 – Afternoon Tea

Leather & Lace Cocktail Party


and now . . .

July 28th, 2009

introducing my new theme!

It took ages to find one I liked that I felt reflected the look and feel I want for the site. Initially I was looking for ‘shabby chic’ styles, and was unable to find any designed for wordpress (only for blogger).  Then by accident I stumbled upon different search criteria – apparetly wordpress designers call this look ‘grunge’ rather than shabby chic.

And of course there is a huge variety within the grunge category – mostly they are black backgrounds with red and / or white writing.  Whereas I wanted swirls, flourishes, florals, and lovely colours (this blog is all about colour, after all!).  I did find some that I liked some elements of, but this is the first one I have liked pretty much everything.

I would like to move the RSS feed thing to the bottom of the sidebar, but I haven’t been able to work out how so far – I did manage to remove some other crappy links so I guess it is just a matter of playing with it a bit.  I was also unable to put  my synaesthesia definition under the name of the blog, but after trying for a while I just created a new page for it with a more information.

Anyway, let me know what you think.

A bit of an update

May 18th, 2009

I haven’t forgotten about Synaesthezia, but between work and being sick I haven’t had time to do much of an update.  I have a few more canvases I need to photograph and update, plus I have been working on revisions of my freeform, Regency Revels.  I also went on a bit of a card making frenzy a few weeks ago, and was very happy with the results.  Now I just need some time to create more!

Hope to have a bit more here soon.  I also have two theatre reviews I want to finish, even though the shows are no longer playing.  Just thought I would post a note saying Not Ded Yet 😉

Welcome to my new blog

March 14th, 2009

You will see that there are already some posts here – they have been moved over from my artsblog which I have decided to no longer maintain.

I have two show reviews to do, and a number of movie and tv show reviews when I get time.  I’ll set up an RSS feed to my livejournal, but all comments will have to be here.  I can even add extra authors if anyone would like to contribute, but I’ll have a think about that – it is just mine for now!

Eventually I’ll use the main url for my artwork, as I would like to get images up so I can start to get serious about selling some of it.  Canvasses will be available on commission, and cards and other mixed media items will be available on request or if I have excess stock available.

I think that is it for now – I hope I get some readers, and people aren’t too bored by it all.  It is not going to be an all purpose rant site (at least I think not) as I’ll leave my lj for that kind of thing.

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