The Rough Draft: February Round-Up

February has officially become the Month of the Hermit for me! Not a bad thing at all between the oft-unpredictable Scottish weather and the fact I had a novel to finish. It’s been a great month in spite of- or thanks to?- both of these things and I’m settling back into the family home with far…

The Rough Draft: January Round-Up

January has been a bit of a whirlwind month for me- most of it good, some of it… pending a trial-run as we head into February, and a wee bit of it rather saddening! Some of the whirlwind included, but was not limited to: finally publishing my novel in print format (nope, still not shutting up about…

You know you’re an author when…

You know you’re an author when… …you need to start practicing an “Author Signature” because people are buying your book and suddenly asking you for your autograph!   As always, I’m truly blown away by the support and excitement you guys have showered me with since the launch of my debut novel and I really…

The Not-So-Elusive Print Edition

It’s been an exciting year already and we’re only into the second week of January! On Monday evening I received my first ever paperback copy of my novel Amanzimtoti: The Ridge from CreateSpace! And I can’t even put into words just what it felt like to be able to hold that book in my hands, to have that…

New Year, New Look

I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable festive season and are looking forward to a brand, spanking, new year! I’ll admit that though I’m not a huge fan of Christmas, I am definitely a new year kind of girl. I like the idea of it being a fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning. It’s…

Where does the time go…?

It feels like only yesterday I was letting you all know about my upcoming roadtrip around the Northern Territory of Australia and how I expected to be MIA until the end of June. It’s been around three months since I ended that roadtrip and I feel like I’ve only just lifted my head long enough…

On Writing: Amanzimtoti Two Months On

Just over two months ago, on March 14th 2016, I launched my debut novel Amanzimtoti: The Ridge! It feels like both the longest and shortest time of my life, and though I know I won’t be winning any records for sales, it’s still been one helluva journey so far! I published this book between packing up my…

NaNoWriMo In May

We’ve just hit May 1st here in Australia and since I’m currently jobless and have the next 25 days free of any obligations, I’ve decided to use this month as a sort of ‘NaNoWriMo*’ to spearhead the writing of the sequel to my debut novel Amanzimtoti: The Ridge! [*NaNoWriMo, for anyone unaware, stands for National Novel…

Finding Toti: Map & Points of Interest

Toti Map & Points of Interest Wondering where Wayne lives? What the beach actually looks like? How far away they all are from Toti High? Then check out this handy wee map I created to answer just these sorts of questions! The map is set to satellite mode to give you a more realistic birds-eye view of the…

Weta Airport

Welcome to “Weta” Airport, Wellington, New Zealand the very middle of Middle Earth! Wellington Airport has to be one of my favourite places to fly to and from, for the simple fact that it has so many Lord of the Rings related sculptures that is has affectionately become known as “Weta” airport! Thanks to the Weta…

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