#88 Flame of Inspiration

Candle Flame

I took time out to do a long awaited ritual while Dave and Dylan went bushwalking this morning. Fire and the Goddess Brigid came up for me. I’ve been fascinated with fire and flames since I was a child – but it was patience as I figure out my new camera, which got me this shot.

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Review of December Goals

As it is not just mid-month but also the new moon, I thought I would have a review of where I’m standing with my goals for this month.

Complete Fourth Fiction Novella

official date is 4th December but going to see just how that pans out.

I have posted five of what has become twelve installments. I have written another three leaving four more to go. On the 8th, which became the new official end date, I wrote close to 5000 words and have struggled since. Have the new strain of narrative but haven’t had a chance to put it down given the drama which came firstly with the FF finale, my own personal fall out, then new family dramas and most recently my birthday.

New official date for completion is Christmas Eve and with Mum here now, there is potential for several hours of writing a day.

Complete and submit Bondi – my 12 Days of Christmas entry by 8th December

Done – and it even went in early because of the time zone differences!

Complete all Chinese Whisperings related matters by my birthday – 16th December

We’re still chipping away, but almost there. Again – moving it to Christmas Eve and then having a proper break.

Read The Confusion by Neal Stephenson

Too confused in my own head to try and tackle this. Currently reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to celebrate the 10th anniversary of receiving it for my birthday and to finally say, “I’ve read Mark Twain.” I also got The Lovely Bones for my birthday and hoping I will devour it in time to also see it at the movies.

Submit Graceville to Meanjin

Still on the to do list.

Submit Taping Lydia and My Sandals to Miscellaneous Voices: Australian Blog Writing 2009

On the to do list for tomorrow while the moon is hanging out in productive Capricorn. Also promised Ben I would look over his list of possible blog articles for submission.

Have one week away from the computer

Scheduled for the week starting Christmas Eve.

Post a photo everyday for 365 (rather than posting in bunches!)

Still uploading them in batches, but I didn’t anticipate all the stuff which has come out of the woodwork this month. I’m taking one every day which is good enough at the moment. Exciting news is we got a new camera for Christmas, which I was allowed to open early to photograph my birthday yesterday. Amazing zoom and looking forward to lots of weird and wonderful pics to rival Jen B’s gorgeous shots (well I can hop!)

#87 The Chameleon Pushing Boundaries

After a story developing (a bit like a storm) overnight, I had to find time today to put it down before I lost the intracacies of it or it became stale. And “The Chameleon” was born. So excited by my efforts I rushed downstairs and asked Mum if she wanted to read it. The first time I’ve possibly let her read any of my writing since I became an adult. Then had a moment were I realised there was swearing in it, violent deaths and a rather lurid mention of sex.

Turns out she loved it. Then got herself bent out of shape later when we were discussing the microchipping of humans (which is a prominent feature in all my sci-fi stories). Gratefully, micro chip or not micro chip she still loves the story… and the bonus, I am actually ploughing away successfully at my goals for this month. Now to sow and reap the rewards.

PS: just thinking – I might rename this story Chameleon Nightmares on a twist of the name Chameleon Dreams an album by Kiwi songstress, Margaret Urlich’s, which I have from the early 90’s.

#86 Solar Returns

Also known as your Birth Day. No hiding how old I was this year… compliments of Mr D who can’t help but be fascinated with numbers and ages. I celebrated with a small but dedicated group of friends and a much larger bunch of amazingly well behaved children.  There was cake and pav, sausage rolls, spicy aubergine salad, dip, more watermelon than you could poke a stick at and yummy frozen flirtinis (for the grown ups!)

Later on in the evening it was time to party on at the Evett’s Christmas Party.

The best present – my Mum flying in from Cairns to have my birthday with me. The first time since we moved to Brisbane and I became a Mum six years ago.

#85 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Cheap Tuesday – the easiest day during the school holidays to decide what to do. Today we saw Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs which had some of the funniest luddite moments in animation history. Oh and the ‘eyebrows’.

And my favourite line, “You thought having allergies would make you more attractive.” Nothing says I love you, like made-up hives.

#83 Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

We finally got around to putting our Christmas Tree up today. The hold up was the relocation of furniture and TVs in two different rooms on two different floors, but we got there. Dylan was amazing this year… was able to take out the bits of the Christmas Tree and open out the smaller branches. It is the first year since we’ve had the tree, that is has been just the three of us to put it up. It is feeling rather festive now.