Autumn Comes to The Antipodies – a time for reflection
The clocks have gone back and the evenings are drawing in, the leaves on the deciduous trees are colouring up and the mornings are often misty…to me there is something decidedly melancholy about bidding goodbye to another summer…a feeling I suspect is universal, after all Native Americans measured their age in summers.
Autumn is also a time for reflection, what have I achieved in the past year and where do I go from here…
Writing-wise it has been a productive year with two new books hitting the stores … last spring The Farmer Takes a Wife the third book in the trilogy The Mulleins of Katherine Bay hit the cyber-shelves and at the beginning of summer, just in time for Christmas Kayla’s Christmas joined the growing ranks of novels available…and before we took our summer holiday … Lovers’ Lies the first book in the new series Prodigal Sons was given a complete re-edit and a spivvy new cover…and this has reaped rewards in sales… and my new book The Return … the second book in the series Prodigal Sons is three quarters finished and Whitby or Me the third book in the trilogy is also mapped out… and hammering away at the back of my mind.
The other major event in my life is that I’ve begun carving out me time…and DH and I bought ourselves a luxury caravan and have enjoyed an extensive summer holiday touring around the North Island and catching up with friends and family. The weather co-operated and we’ve enjoyed an endless summer…with April temperatures setting record highs…not so good for the farmers who are desperate for rain.
ThamesCoast didn’t end well. I went with our granddaughter gathering mussels off the rocks and slipped and fell, breaking two bones in my left wrist…it was such a silly accident as I know better than to clamber around rocks wearing sandals…oh well there’s no fool like an old fool!!!!
The good news about this is that I am well ahead in my autumn clean-up in the garden as it’s hard to accomplish much with one arm in a plaster cast…
So on the technology front, I am about to embark on using voice recognition technology to help me keep writing… and I get the feeling that’s going to create subject matter for a whole new blog post…
Published on Thursday, April 10th, 2014, under Latest News