I’ve been a tad quiet on the blogging front of late. It’s not so much that I have nothing to say other than things have been a bit loud of late – if that makes sense. I tend to go through this at this time of year every year. Weirdly, there is an astrological reason (which I won’t bore you with) why Gemini time is when I struggle the most – but this year it feels as though it’s noisier and messier from a headspace point of view. Mercury retrograde hasn’t helped – but i said I wasn’t going to bore you with the astro.
Also, I’m struggling with blogging catch-ups as opposed to something more meaningful. Given, though, that this blog is ostensibly for me, grab a cuppa and we’ll head into another catch-up…
Yes, winter has arrived in South-East Queensland. While our winter temps mightn’t impress anyone in the northern hemisphere or the south of this country, we’ve had some chilly nights and even a couple of days below 20C and the winter woolies have made an appearance, albeit a probably fleeting one.
Wasting time with Voila
I wasted a good 20 minutes the other day with this app that changes your selfies into cartoons or renaissance paintings. I rather like the cartoon version of myself – even with blue eyes.
The app itself though, while free, does my head in with the number of ads for pointless games.
With my online women’s group we’ve just completed a 4-week photo editing course. It’s helped me be more mindful about what I’m photographing and has taught me more about the editing tools on my phone.
Sadly, that doesn’t mean that I won’t still bombard everyone with unedited images each morning on Instagram, but it’s been a lot of fun.
While I’m still drafting the final novel in my chick lit series set in Melbourne, I’m busy researching the first of my cosy crime series set in Yorkshire – the Philomena Barker Antique Mysteries.
I’ve been wanting to write an antique led book for years. My mother has always been interested in antiques – and through her I’ve had an interest (and a cabinet of vintage china I rarely use) and learnt a few things along the way. I can’t walk past an antique shop or a bric-a-brac stall without having a rummage – although these days I don’t buy.
Anyways, this all means I’m having a fabulous time on instagram down the hashtag rabbit hole to really interesting pieces. Instagram gets a bad wrap for many (some very good) reasons, but as a research tool or for inspiration, it’s fantabulous.
I’m also reading a couple of memoirs by the auctioneer and regular on shows such as Bargain Hunt and Antiques Roadshow, Philip Serrell and watching pretty much anything I can.
That’s what I love about writing – especially something new – the ability to follow my curiosity and learn something without seriously learning it…there is a difference.
I won’t be starting to write until the beginning of August, but am so excited about starting this one – something completely new for me.
I’ve been up here in the Bay for the last week staying with Sarah. While I’m still day-jobbing as normal, it’s lovely to do so somewhere else – and even better to spend some quality time with my daughter.
My walks have been to Urangan Pier each morning instead of the beach, and my office has a very different view.
I’ve also been able to catch up with my friend and fellow blogger Debbish a couple of times. #winning.
As always there’s been some great food, but I might blog that separately… maybe…
ABCTV is showing the final series of Jack Irish (which I’ve already binged) and a fabulous British production, Manhunt, based on the true story surrounding the investigation into the death of a French student in London. Based on the diaries of the investigating officer and starring Martin Clunes, it’s great TV.
In the Kitchen
Sarah has had a list of her faves she’s wanted me to cook for dinners while I’m up here – everything from curried sausages and salmon in lemon butter (a new fave) to mushroom risotto and smoked chicken pasta – but there’s been no baking in the last week.
Before I went away I did, however, make a lemon drizzle cake, a smoky aubergine dip and these rather moreish vegemite and cheese rounds.
Okay, that’s my catch-up…how have you been doing?