Release - The Land of Painted Caves written by Jean M. Auel


I don’t’ know how many, or if any of you, are fans of the Earth’s Children’s Series by Jean M. Auel but the news is the final book in the series and ebook has been announced for release in 2011.

The Land of Painted Caves: A NovelThe Land of Painted Caves is due for release on 29 March, 2011.

It's been a long wait for all us lovers of the series. Astounding to think that the first book was printed over thirty (30) years ago! The new title certainly gives a clear picture of where this novel will be going but leaves enough intrigue to make us want to buy the next and final book. I don’t know about you, but I’ve already added it to my Online Wish List!

Now all us avid fans have to do is stay alive until 29 March, 2011. Let’s hope we can do that!

See announcements and further details at some of my favourite places:

Show Not Tell - Show Me Your Story, Don't Just Tell Me It Happened...


Words it’s not the words it’s how you place the words.

As Keith Richards said, the ideas are there, we just have to reach out and grab them.

To describe a sunset or anything, it’s not as simple as the sun rose above the hill. It’s all about how the words are placed and how they're used. Using the right words to describe and capture the feel and the essence of a sunrise is what we are trying to do.

For example, instead of the sun rose above the hill. You could write, the sunrise pushed against the hills reflecting high into the sky, first light at its brightest caressed clouds gently floating by...

Or something to that effect.

The beauty about describing a sunrise or sunset is that no two ever look the same. Therefore, you don't have to feel it's too hard to be original about a sunrise or sunset. The beauty is in really looking... 

Find that difference and describe it to your reader.

Try it for yourself next time you spot the sunrise or sunset.

This sunrise (above) is my particular favourite.

I looked out from the front yard on our cattle farm and there was this extraordinary sunrise greeting me - it appeared to have two eyes, two eyebrows and a rather chubby nose - so far I've been the only one who can see it...

What do you see?

Continuous interruptions or writers interuptous akin to coitus interuptous...

On Writing.

As a writer it’s a bet that all too often you’ve experienced writers interuptous (WI) by members of your family or that damned phone. You find you have a few quiet moments, the writing bug hits hard and you settle down in a cosy little spot to get down to it and... Purrrinnng! The darn phone rings or your partner wants something, or asks,



“Hello, I thought I was writing?!!...”

So, you see writers interuptous is similar to coitus interuptious but of course you didn’t decide to withdraw from your writing, someone else decided that for you. Ha! Ha! guys I bet you can say that too! er Ahem...

"WI" has been going on for as long as “CI”.

The effect is you loose your train of thought and often those ideas are lost forever.

How are you ever going to get that moment back? Well, you don’t.

How do you teach others around you that writing is actually doing something?

How do you educate them to believe writing is worthy?

The cases of “WI” are greater and more frequent than you may be aware. So many potentially good writers never get their work out there because of it.

But then, like so many in life, if every idea was populated the world would be a crowded place.

Coitus Melodus [Explicit]What do you think?

Writing Your Novel – getting to the finish line... Tribute Jessica Watson

It’s not easy writing a novel and anyone who tells you it is, possibly tells fibs...

Like sixteen year old Jessica Watson’s recent sailing voyage around the world, writing a novel can be a tough endeavor and it’s likely there will be no big fanfare, celebratory party or Prime Ministers' hero-welcome at the end of it either :(

Jessica sailed for over 200 days and covered some 23,000 nautical miles without seeing a fellow human- NOW, that happens to sound a lot like writing a novel, don’t-cha- think? A novel is likely to take over 200 days and some 30,000 words or more!

Does sound familiar somehow, doesn't it?

Well, it should.

The solitude it takes to write a book is likely to have you feeling a lot like Jessica on those “testy” days on the ocean (see day 154 of her trip here) she stated "I think I'm ready to come home now. Love it out here still but enoughs-enough."

Many a writer can feel this way about their novel too, and it’s usually about here that many give up. To add to this loneliness and solitude if you decide it’s time to show people your work prematurely then you have to deal with the criticism and backlash that comes from sharing an unfinished product (by unfinished in this example I mean fully completed 30,000 word novel but not “polished” not fully edited or "spruced-up. It's not ready for sale").

I guess what I’m trying to say in way too many words is,


And from someone younger than I who expressed the same idea so much better,

"I'm an ordinary girl who believed in her dream, you don't have to be someone special to achieve something big. You just have to have a dream, believe in it and work hard. Anything is possible."... Jessica Watson.

See... told you, I couldn’t say it better if I tried.

Good Luck Jessica with the rest of your life journey and good luck to all the writers out there who want to complete their novels and are having doubts.

You CAN do ANYTHING if you just believe in yourself.

Go on now, keep writing!




Sometimes we writers, (or would-be-writers) take time out, and that's where this writer's been.


Reading Stephen King's, Rose Madder. (So, really I was researching wasn't I? I was like, "What is it about this book that stops me from putting it down? Why?").

Anyway, trying to get into the mind of King's writing and what a mind he has. I thought mine was crowded but his is definitely worse (poor guy).

I will not spoil the read by telling you what the novels about - I'll let you decide on that one. But, if you want to be a writer then you must read widely, and Rose Madder, is about as wide as one can get!

So, apologies for my tardiness to this blog and all its blog getters, but sometimes life gets in the way, and when it does it's damned good!