Monthly Archives: January 2013

Bush Fires in Australia

Last week in Australia.

Many parts of Australia had record high temperatures and catastrophic bush fire conditions in country areas. This photograph is of one of the many homes lost. Luckily there has been no loss of human life. But two firefighters collapsed and died on the job. I don’t know what these brave men died from but they were heroic in the full meaning of the word. Fire Authority and community announcements on social media, television and radio no doubt saved many lives. Our wildlife suffered, cattle and sheep died, homes, property and fencing were destroyed but local communities all rallied to help. I am proud to be Australian.

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Perfume Bottle

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Click on the photograph to see the detail of this imaginative and beautiful image.

Photographer: Bianca Washington

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The Gothic Imagination

The title says it all.

The title says it all.

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Colonial Viet Nam

Colonial Viet Nam

This year I am going to post pictures to show you the past. Different countries, different times and different people. I hope you enjoy them,

Cheers Elise

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January 13, 2013 · 8:33 am

My Writing Journey

I am still working on the outline of my WIP. It’s amazing how many ideas have been tossed out! Hopefully it will save me time when I start writing to have a lodestar to follow. It’s more fun than I thought and I’ll keep at it until it’s finished. I have outlined other books in the past but not to this extent and I’m pleased with the results so far. Other than outlining I’ve been reading books from the era (and a few lines from books not of the era!). Lots of research to do but now at least I won’t be wasting time on research that is wasted because of a discarded idea. And serindipity happens. I will tell you in a future blog about something that happened by accident that has led me to someone who knows much about the area and period I am writing about. I will be meeting her for the first time the week after next. Good writing for the next week…cheers Elise

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2012 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

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EIGHT YEARS! There must be MILLIONS of blogs that get many more views than mine. Nonetheless I have enjoyed my first year of blogging so much I thought you might like to read about my blogging journey. I love WordPress and have made literary friends through my blog who inspire me with tales of their own writing journeys.

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Happy New Year: More than a Hundred Years Ago

more than 100 years ago

This image set in cooler climes reminds me of our friends who are lucky to enjoy a white Christmas. Here in Australia, while lots of people still enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch, others set of for the beach or enjoy a picnic with family and friends. It seems now our traditional Christmas lunch is seafood and a myriad of salads. It can be hard to let go of traditions. I have never experienced a white Christmas but it is on my to do list. I wish everyone all the best for the New Year. Thanks for following my blog which I create from my heart to yours,

Cheers Elise

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Woods in the Mist

woods in the mist
Another image by a wonderful photographer.
Photographer: Kirsty Mitchell

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My Writing Journey

In the month of December I read books set in, or about, the era and the country of the novel I am planning to write. January has arrived and while I am still reading and joyfully becoming immersed in the time, place and ambience of my story, I am also writing an outline. I hope to finish it by the end of the month. Everyday I connect to my new work. I can’t wait to start writing but I know an outline will save me time and frustration in the future. Good writing for the next week to everyone,
Cheers Elise

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Venice in the Rain

venice in the rain

I love Venice. When I visited some years ago I slept in a bedroom with shadows of moving water reflected on the ceiling. It seemed I was in a room where illusion was interconnected with reality. It was a summer night, windows open. Sounds from the city echoed softly around the room. I was living in a world of my own making and fell asleep to dream of ancient cities and people I did not know. No wonder I love Venice.

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