Friday, 23 August 2013
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
Greetings! Having come near to completing my 2nd novel I have found myself going in an almost opposite direction to where I originally intended. Old Government House at Parramatta was to have been the focus of my story, but instead I have leaned very heavily towards the dairy cottage in the domain precincts of OGH.
The families living in the cottage became the story. So, having blind-sided myself accidentally, I have now decided to make one story into three. That is, the dairy cottage story of 1815-1820 becomes ‘Book 1’, and I continue later with Books 2 & 3, following the Cavendish family through to the beginning of the 20th century. How did I do this? I don’t know. It just happened. My fingers wrote a story my brain hadn’t even known about when I started this exercise.
All being well, Book 1 will be completed within a few weeks; edited and published by mid-July 2013. Watch for:
CAVENDISH COURT, BY THE RIVER Book 1 – The Dairy Cottage
Don’t hold me to it, but book 2, may be called:
CAVENDISH COURT, BY THE RIVER Book 2 – Peter Cavendish, Physician
I then anticipate the next one to be:
CAVENDISH COURT, BY THE RIVER Book 3 – The Dynasty
It’s really been quite good fun to start a project like this one. Turning to writing in my retirement years has been something of a revelation for me. I found I like writing. My dog hates it! I don’t pay enough attention to her, apparently. Nevertheless, she still loves me, and is often underfoot as I sit at my desk. Take care and enjoy life.
Saturday, 22 June 2013
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Saturday, 11 May 2013
Thursday, 9 May 2013
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Saturday, 20 April 2013
Saturday, 13 April 2013
The date for the commencement of the cover art process for my book, Interrupted Romance, is creeping closer all the time... to 20th May. Meanwhile, my second book is progressing each day and I've reached the 4th chapter. Who knows how many chapters it will end up with?
This new story is set in Parramatta, known as the cradle city of the nation of Australia, where the convicts laboured to cultivate enough food to feed the colony of New South Wales, as it was known at the end of the 18th century, into the beginning of the 19th century. Very few of these early convicts and settlers ever returned to old England, and were basically forced to establish new lives and/or identities for themselves and their families... or died trying.
The tale revolves in and around [Old] Government House, which is currently the oldest standing public building in Australia, and thousands of tourists visit the site every year. Parramatta River does actually run along beside the House as described in the book. The fields and paddocks described have since been given back to the public in the form of Parramatta Park, which includes a great new football stadium close to, and within walking distance of, the CBD. Picnic areas abound within the confines of the park, along with cycling tracks, exercise areas etc. It's a great place to start for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in local history, and close to other historical buildings, such as: Elizabeth Farm House, Hambledon Cottage, Roseneath and many more. Some days the words flow like river water - but there are days when it just gets too hard, and those are the days to go back to tracing my family tree in Scotland and England. That's a rewarding pastime for any one interested in family!