Achieving what you believe

nelson quotes-4For me it’s countdown time. The last year has been challenging to say the least. Sometimes as hard headed as I am- I still haven’t learnt how to say No. I have this tendency to love helping people. Must be a genetic defect because mum has the same problem. Or maybe it comes with the nurse and need to heal thing. Whatever it is, I think I can say without a doubt that I have a weakness for saying yes, when I actually should be taking care of myself. Lucky for me my daughter  makes sure I don’t overdo it.

So the next few months are going to be jam packed. To start it off, I get to go for my First Australian Romance Writers Conference in Melbourne. I’m actually looking forward to it. Normally I’d be scared because I’m traveling alone and I don’t know anyone in Melbourne. RWA conferences are usually much bigger than RWNZ so it’s bound to be scary, but I’ve grown up somewhere along the way. Maybe I got better at faking being okay when I’m not, either way, it works:-)

When I get back we have our own RWNZ conference and as I’ve been planning it with some wonderful people all year, I am hoping for a fabulous conference. I also get to handover to the new President of RWNZ and get to have my life  back again. I won’t be able to be called the President anymore, but between you and me, I really won’t miss it.

Then there’s Armageddon with my baby girl. We get to meet the original Flash, stars from Arrow, and a few other popular TV shows. Last time I met McGyver, shook his hand and knew anything was possible as long as you tried hard.

Looking in, people might think life is perfect. I wish I could tell you it’s a box of birds. Life is never perfect and nothing is as it seems. People who make it look easy just struggled harder so it seems that way. People who are confident are really insecure at times and wonder when it’s all going to come tumbling down.

I can tell you that life is what you make of it and that you should believe in yourself and visualise what you want and it will happen. I can tell you it works and you might think I’m a little quirky.

But that being said, whatever you believe there’s only one thing that has to be important in your life. Be positive in your own life and don’t wish negativity on anyone else. Life is way to short for that sort of carry on.






Increasing productivity and word counts

If you’re a procrastinator like me, you’re probably going to put off reading this until another time. After all it’s much better to find something better to do than talk about increasing your productivity and word counts, it’s not as though you want to start writing faster and have more words on paper. After all, what are you trying to achieve here, write a book in a month or two?

Well, I have always been a fast writer and that doesn’t mean I write an amazing book in a month, but as someone great once said- you can’t edit a blank page. So in order to be called a writer, one has to write. The one thing I have learned from writing consistently and this has been something that has been one of those hindsight moments in my life, is the more frequently you write, the better you get at it.

So how did I learn this lesson, well I had to start from the beginning. I had to make writing a habit rather than a chore and something I had to get done. Did you know it takes three to four weeks to get into a routine or habit of doing something. It’s when your body or mind gets used to doing the same thing. So that’s what I did, I followed the same routine, since the beginning of this year and now, it’s part of me and what I do. If I don’t write every day, then I feel lost and incomplete.

So you might ask, how to increase my word count. Well, before I write, I think about what I’m going to write. So I plot or plan the scene ahead. You can write this down, just quick points. You’re going from point A to D and while you’re going there, somewhere in-between there’s going to be a car crash and a baby crying and gunshots are heard.

This process may not work for you, and you may choose to forget all of this and just sit at the computer and tap the keyboard until you hit that word count.

Either way, I don’t think it matters too much how you get there, just that we get there in the end.

Happy writing or reading.


Watching# The Walking Dead

Okay so here’s the deal. I was watching the much awaited for premiere of The Walking Dead like most of the world, and it ticked all the creative boxes. Exactly like it should have. But while I was watching it, I realised  I was sitting there, glued to the TV screen, actually waving at Rick saying, get that Zombie, and yes…I was actually watching a TV series about Zombies. Wow. What happened to me?

Still trying to figure that out. But I suppose the reason some of us watch the Walking Dead is for the same reason, we want to see if the characters make it. We take people and put them in unusual situations, we throw everything we can at them and in the end, we want good to win over evil. That’s it in a nutshell, isn’t it?

I’m going to admit to being a TV addict, but I only watch good TV with good characters and good emotional stories that have me drawn in from beginning to end. Exactly like I am when I’m reading a good book. I want the journey and for that hour or 43 minutes, I want to forget everything wrong in my life. When it comes to that good book, I want to close that last chapter, sigh and dream of that couple making it in the real world. As corny as it sounds, I want to have hope, even though it’s not always possible.

My son sometimes comments on me being engrossed when I watch TV, I suppose he hasn’t learned the art of escapism as yet. Or maybe he hasn’t lived a life where he had to forget a lot of the pain or unhappiness he’s had to endure, which is a good thing. But for us writers we’re tasked with this job of giving our readers hope.

An interesting concept, but I figure if we can find hope in a world full of Zombies, then the future is open to interpretation.

Anyway, I’m being a busy beaver and working away at my next book.

As they say, time flies when you’re having fun.



Ever Written a Book in a Month

Who knew that changing your focus in life would be such hard work, even though it’s a passion? Well actually I did. I always say to my children you have to work hard for what you get in life and here I am having to take a page out of the proverbial book. So long story short, it been hell and challenging but rewarding in it’s own way.

I’ve grown from being an inbetweener plotter/ pantser, to a plotter/puzzler and maybe only people in the writing world may understand.

I have cried when I had to cut half my book and sometimes I cut bits I really, really liked (well I still have them in a junk folder- us writers never delete). Words that I thought were fabulous.

And you know what- I switched genres and titles and my baby girl- well I told her she was fired- well chances are- she wanted to fire me, because I changed my cover so many times- because of the title and series and name etc.- but she did an awesome job on the cover (I do hope you agree)-  that’s what happens when you give birth to talent LOL

But- it’s a learning curve and I grew as the book grew and the story developed and now I can’t wait for you to read it. But I suppose I have to publish it first. Okay. calm down- I’ll get to it.

So the book will be out in February. I decided not to rush it. I want to put out my best and I did have to grieve for all those words I cut. Did I mention it was half the book?

Well that’s me. I will tell you all about it. But right now, I would like to reveal the new Book Cover and Title for my next release- a Romantic Suspense called Being Sophie. It’s going to be Book 1 in the Blood Ties Series.

I would give you more details- but I figured if you visit me more often- you might find more little bits here:-)

Take care now


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Today is voting day here in NZ and it has been an interesting few weeks to the run up of voting day.
Coming from a country where we actually were not allowed to vote until the 1990’s I find all of this very fascinating. Especially when the news has now announced this has been the worst campaign in NZ history and then I have to blink and wonder if I am on a movie set.
Well that’s politics for you and enough said about that.
So 15 years ago, today I was rushing in to hospital, in early labour. I remember thinking, damn this pain is a lot different than the last time. Wasn’t labour pain supposed to be the same, well here’s a newsflash, not always. Then I go in to hospital, and I get stuck with this midwife who was strange to say the least. When I asked for some pain relief, she wanted to give me a break down of the cost. Have you tried being rational to someone in acute Labour? My advice- don’t try it.
Then if my memory serves me correct I told her I was ready to deliver. being a nurse and having had one child already and that little girl had been a quick delivery, I knew, this next one might be a quick delivery and my doctor needed to be called. My midwife then said, you can’t be ready to deliver, I checked you and you were not ready.
After some prompting- I got her to check, which she did and then any guesses for what she said next?
“Don’t do anything your doctor isn’t here. You can’t deliver this baby without him.”
Funny thing is, baby’s have their own schedule, my baby included.
Long storIMG_0376y short- 7.19am on the 20th September I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy.

He came four weeks early and was the boy I was hoping for

Happy birthday son

Love mum

When life becomes an Island

Hand_Island_InfoboxHave you ever had those moments when nothing seems to fit anymore?  These are the moments when all the things you used to think were great, aren’t and when you try and reach out for a life line, you find yourself on an Island  with no one else around.

This is when I’d like to swap places with one of my kick ass heroines, because I know that any one of those strong woman I write about will not be satisfied with sitting around waiting to have a solution drop into her lap. She would put on a pair of boots and go out their looking for a way out and if it meant building a bridge/boat to get out of there, you bet she would do just that. I keep forgetting that I write to help people, maybe even help myself. The point I am getting at is really simple. In today’s world we’re all so busy getting from day to day, trying to outbid the last day that we forget to stop and breathe. It’s important to stop and look around, appreciate the people who make us who we are. Without them, we are nobody. We also need to remember that it’s okay to help and be helped. Just don’t be afraid to ask for it when you need it. Life can be an Island, I can relate to that, but if you must- make it a holiday destination rather than your home. It’s much better if there is a way out:-)

Take Care


When it comes to Failure

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.

Abraham Lincoln

I have never seen failure as the worse thing in my life. As a high achiever I hate failing and I tend to work too hard so that I don’t fail, which has it’s good points and bad. Unfortunately for me this is something I passed on to my baby girl. I wish I could teach her some of the lessons I have learned along the way, like it’s okay to fail. As long as you tried and did your best. It’s always better to try and put yourself out there, then to have regrets.

Sometimes you have to fail because you need to be taught a lesson.

Sometimes you just need to slow down and look at things a different way.

I know a lot of people out there are reading this and wondering, what is she on about. But I am really proud of my daughter. She works hard, she’s a good person with a good heart. Loves animals and is gorgeous. I am amazed at the things she does and is interested in. I just hope you know, you can never be a failure in my eyes, as you are one of my two greatest accomplishments. I love you.