A beautiful image from the past. I wonder who this Ziegfeld beauty was and what happened in her life.
Monthly Archives: January 2013
I finished the outline for my novel this week! It does need fine tuning and editing down and I will take about a week to work out some of the details and plot points etc. I have a sense of achievement and tried to stick to my plan of allocating time for working on my outline. It didn’t always happen. But the days I planned to write I managed to do so. No Googling or researching did the trick. Looking at emails twice a day helped. Will let you know next week how I go with having a detailed outline ready. Good writing, would love to hear from other writers about how they structure their writing day. As a writer I am always interested in how other writers plan their day. Perhaps we could have a weekly blog on this subject,
This is part of an email I received last week from my dear friend Bianca. I felt I was on the journey with her.
‘I had a lovely day with a friend in the city (Sydney, NSW) today. First we had a coffee at QVB to give us energy for the days adventures. We walked down to Bridge Street where we stopped at The Sydney Museum to see an exhibition of Margaret Olley called ‘Home, Interiors at Duxford Street’. What an experience and insight into an incredible artist’s philosophy of life and creative imagery. The richness and clarity of colour and intimate detail of each object lovingly captured in her unique style invited me in and I am in complete awe of her works. As I had never been to the museum before, my friend who is a very frequent visitor, showed me around all the different historical and archaeological features which are in situ and can be viewed through plate glass under the museum building, plus all the current but regularly changing exhibitions of Sydney from its beginnings to the present day, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I felt very uplifted in spirit and lighter in step as we left the museum. Afterwards we walked to Circular Quay and had afternoon tea and then I caught the train to Central, linked up with my daughter to travel home.’
Yesterday afternoon I went to a playreading at La Mama Theatre, Carlton. Zena Ladner was written by Bill Marshall and directed by Jacob Oberman. It was read by Richard Gyoerffy, Marc E. Laurence, Julia Madotti and Sophie Sardi.
It’s London 1978. Whilst working at an infamous toy shop a young Aussie clown is out of his depth when he’s seduced by an exotic woman. An affair he’ll never forget. . .
Zena Ladner is based on a true story. A romantic-comedy written by Bill Marshall and directed by Jacob Oberman it is full of twists and turns that make for great audience viewing. The plays more serious tone happens in the last act when all is not as it seems. Zena Ladner is a play that reminded me of a Woody Allen offering but it is totally unique. A play worth watching out for at a theatre near you.
The last two weeks I spent in a house by the bay. I was meant to use this time to finish the outline of my novel. I did not. Still on track to finish by the end of the month. Today, as well as working on my outline, I will plan my writing month of February. With the outline finished I will have to make sure I start writing. There is no need to write linear chapters because with an outline you can, for instance, write chapter 4 before chapter 2. You can work on any chapter at all. I will put time aside to exercise, visit friends, go to movies and of course I will blog every Sunday morning. I don’t watch a lot of television but will enjoy a few shows each week. I read every night. I intend to have my day planned out the night before. In fact all I am doing is writing an old-fashioned list! The first thing to go has been my habit of watching the morning news on television. I’ll have my breakfast the old-fashioned way, at the table, and look out my picture window, much more relaxing! In a weeks time I’ll let you know how my plan is working and the progress I am making,
I am minding a Burmese family cat for a few weeks so my mind is on cats, hence the picture above of Bob and his cat. The cat that has come to stay is called Sparky and he is limping on his front right foot due to a torn tendon. The vet said to avoid an operation he has to stay indoors. Not a happy cat but adjusting to hs new life. I take him outside each day and let him look around his temporary garden. Next week I’ll post if going home is an option. At his own home there is a little scruffy dog that he plays rough and tumble with which is not condusive to healing a torn tendon!
Nothing ever goes away until it teaches what we need to know.