It has been a long while since I have heard anyone use those words, tut, tut. They may have been dropped from the dictionary by now – if they were ever in it. However, it is a self- reprimand because I have allowed 17 days to pass since my last blog post. When will I graduate from the procrastinators club?

My feeble excuse is that I have been busy with Goodbye Junie Moon. I know it has been on Amazon for a year now but it needed some punctuation clean-up. It is amazing how often I forgot to put the last book-end on parentheses. And, worse still, I sometimes forgot to place a period at the end of a sentence. This is the result of writing fast and not using a proof-reader. Then there are those pesky commas. Have you noticed that they seem to be disappearing from the written word? I’ve had a few complaints about mine. Either I had too many or they were not placed correctly. Years ago I belonged to Toastmasters International. By pausing at the appropriate spot in my speeches, I gave particular words more emphasis. I write as I speak and there is the little matter of flow and rhythm. I read all my work aloud and I love to get a real rhythm going. Times have changed though, and many people no longer seem to have time to pause.

So, after going through 314 pages it is all done now and back on Amazon, better than ever. Or so I thought – until a couple of days ago when I received an email from the Quality Control Department of Amazon. They complained that I spelled reread as re read. This oversight threw me into the doldrums. I don’t have the energy to pull it again right now so I will apologize to anyone who may read my memoir in the next few months. Please forgive me. And if you have never read my rousing, rollicking memoir, Goodbye Junie Moon, I’m giving you advance notice – the ebook will be free on Amazon for five days from 17th July until 21 July. If you will not be totally put-off by that glaring error, please grab a download. And better still, if you read Goodbye Junie Moon and enjoy it, how about leaving me a review? It’s a hard world out there and reviews help sell books. Just don’t mention that damned, cursed word ‘re read’. So mark your calendars with these dates, unless you prefer to wait until I find the time and energy in the future to make that final correction.




I always boasted I never got writers block. Karma must be charging me retribution. Since I published Junie Moon Rising in April, I haven’t had a writing thought in my head. I have tried analyzing the ‘why’ of this.

Is it because I have wasted so much time on the internet, trying to indirectly promote my books by chatting with cyber friends? If so, it hasn’t worked as my sequel has not taken off with a rousing start. I’ve had one KDP give-away and it was my worst ever. I have no explanation as I did nothing different.

Actually, I do not have a huge internet following and I try to stay in touch with as much regularity as possible with my followers. Bloggers with thousands of followers must find it impossible. Therefore, they would be termed ‘followers’ NOT ‘friends’. I tend to find friends which makes it more personal. This does not, however, help book sales a great deal. Sales come from numbers.The secret to followers must be to blog more AND write with more wit and wisdom.

The time spent on the internet has increased since I’m not writing. In fact, I feel that I waste hours a day, looking for answers there. It has to stop and writing has to start again. But how?

I still enjoy attending my writers group twice a month but I have no new material to read. I still, from habit, wake up at 4 am each day, but I do not rush to the computer, brimming over with thoughts I’m anxious to record. In fact, those quiet, early mornings I loved now feel desolate. Winter is here and it is cold and dark. I don’t want to leave my cozy electric blanket but I’m awake and can’t go back to sleep.

The trouble is, I don’t know what I want to write next, or even if I want to write. I’ve written my life story up until I started adopting the children, I’ve always said I didn’t want to invade my children’s privacy by writing about them. Besides, there are many books out there about adoptions.

My one embryonic glimmer of any story is a comedy. After my children were grown I started doing antique shows, touring the East Coast of Australia while selling American vintage costume jewelry. I had a good supply of this for awhile. It was left over from my Seattle days when I owned the exotic and beautiful ‘Diamond Lil’s’ on 1st Avenue in downtown Seattle (my favorite city.) The jewelry is gone now and you don’t find much decent vintage, costume jewelry in Australia so I don’t do that regularly these days, preferring to write.

While doing those shows, you meet the same antiques dealers repeatedly and many of them make good book material. I have had a faint outline for the story in my mind for a few years. The stumbling blocks are these.

A. Will readers find my writing funny?

B. Is it possible to change book genre and not lose your followers?

C. How do I overcome this block and ‘give it a go?’


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