Back to normal here – crazy cat is still crazy…
So, here I am, back home from Europe. Even though my unpacking still hasn’t been completely successful, I already feel like I’ve been here for a year!
Now the “fun” begins. I’m doing some huge edits on my next book, which at the moment my editor and I are calling “The Landowner’s Secret 2” (because I don’t want to come up with a title, and she hasn’t yet, either!). I plan to add several thousand words into the manuscript to expand on a few things, which is going to be a big task to have done over the next two weeks.
I also have the third book to finish, and I want that done before Christmas (which is frighteningly close now!).
So, I’m back in Canberra, and the sun is shining (strongly), all the birds I’ve known since they were babies have reappeared on the front and back decks and have been looking at me desperately for food (it’s baby season in the Southern Hemisphere, and they had to eat CHEESE until I could get them some raw mince), and two paperback copies of The Landowner’s Secret were waiting for me on my front doorstep!
It was a fantastic decision to end the overseas trip in Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital – and where I’d been only a few weeks ago – because it’s such a friendly city, full of great food, lots of culture, and some great cats!
I made friends with this half-grown black kitten. I wanted to adopt him! This is me with him on our front balcony in Tbilisi two afternoons ago. Also: check out the steep streets in the old town!
The trip home was partially great, but largely full of the kind of people I want to – and probably will – base nasty characters on in the future. It’s so disheartening when you do nothing wrong, but people just choose to be horrid to you anyway. I came home shaking mad, but a glass of wine or three will fix that!
I’ll say this, though: major kudos to the African guy at security in Doha, Qatar, who was so wonderfully blasé about the whole thing! (88% of the city’s residents are expats.) He made the trip home for me. Also, the Qatar Airways staff are always great.
I have major, MAJOR work to do. One book to finish edits on by the end of October, and two more I want to have finished by the end of December. I planned to start tomorrow, but I’ve already done some work – in my jetlagged state!
Anybody remember television show Dark Angel? Because not only is today the nineteenth anniversary of its premiere, but the show was set in “the future”: post-apocalyptic 2019!
The late-Nineties and early 2000s were full of female-led shows, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias etc. I feel like we were doing a better job in general with female characters back then than we are now that people are more outspoken about feminism. What happened?
(Though I could also argue that these days we’re fighting the idea women have to be fighters in order to be strong characters.)
Dark Angel premiered on the 3rd of October, 2000. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about it:
Dark Angel is an American cyberpunk television series that premiered on the Fox network on October 3, 2000. Created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee, it starred Jessica Alba in her breakthrough role. Set in 2019, the series chronicles the life of Max Guevara (Alba), a genetically enhanced super-soldier who escapes from a covert military facility as a child. In a post-apocalyptic Seattle, she tries to lead a normal life while eluding capture by government agents and searching for her brothers and sisters scattered in the aftermath of their escape. Dark Angel was the first and only series produced by the company Cameron/Eglee Productions, and was filmed in Vancouver at Lions Gate Studios.
The Downton Abbey movie is here! I hope it lives up to everyone’s expectations.
In a spot of impeccable timing, my publisher scheduled my book’s release for a few days after I’m due to fly to Europe. I’m leaving the country on Saturday, and will be in Romania and then Georgia for the coming weeks (I’m home in early October).
I have some posts scheduled for while I’m away, but because finishing another book completely zapped all the energy (and time!) out of me, I don’t have as many as I would have liked.
I haven’t had the chance to read up on anything in either country I’ll be in – I guess that will happen on the long, long, LONG journey over!
Because these last few years have been pretty insane – I think sometimes you just need to laugh.
Here is one of my favourite videos of the year so far: a man in Belarus who cut his Audi in half, attached a horse to the front of it, and now gets around in a vehicle he doesn’t have to pay maintenance on!
My favourite part: the police stopped him, but because he hasn’t broken any laws, they didn’t know what to do!
I did something spectacularly stupid on Wednesday: I tripped and fell onto the glass corner of a piece of furniture – WITH MY FACE! I’ve spent the rest of the week with the right side of my jaw badly bruised, and also sliced in two places. It’s made going out in public pretty embarrassing! I’m very lucky I didn’t do something much worse – or kill myself – so a funny-looking face is definitely the best option.
Lots of work this week – and the realisation I want to change something in my first book, but it’s far too late now! I’m having a bit of trouble balancing historical accuracy with not causing offence to twenty-first century readers:
I’m also wading through the seventy-gazillion websites authors are apparently supposed to be on, such as BookBub.
Some of my travel plans have changed, and it now turns out I’d have been able to attend the Romance Writers of Australia conference in Melbourne next month, but it’s too late. (However, I definitely had an “Oh my God, I’m a published author!” moment when Harlequin emailed to ask what parties I’m attending. Apparently you get special – free – perks when you write for them!)
I’d like the opportunity to speak to certain people face-to-face about things, but it’s not going to happen this year. Instead, I’m busy stressing about pitching future books…
Today is the hundredth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the most important treaty ending the First World War.
A note: I am spreading the posts I already have scheduled out over the coming months, rather than posting pretty much every day as I have been for ages. One of the main reasons for this is that this blog now feeds into my Goodreads author page, and it’s starting to seem like spam!
How is it only a few days until winter – we’re still having t-shirt weather! (It’s due to change in the coming week, however.)
R.I.P. to Niki Lauda. The Formula One paddock won’t be the same. I used to sit near pit lane at every Australian Grand Prix, and he was always, always there.
Here are some pictures from last weekend. The first is Victorian architecture in Goulburn, New South Wales, where we stopped for lunch on the way home from Sydney (Goulburn features in my books). The second is the approach to the Sydney Opera House the night before: