Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Chit-chat Wednesday and almost The End

I'm nearing the end of what has been a major work for me. In the next few weeks I should have a complete draft of my 1930s/current time mystery novel, Poets Cottage, ready for my agent. That's why my posts have been a bit spasmodic lately as I've entered into that strange mind zone which a lot of writers would recognise near the end of a novel.
The weather in Sydney has been perfect for writing. Torrents of rain. I've been purring away at home editing. The Scribe is reading Poets Cottage before my agent receives it. Always a nail-biting time for me. If he thinks it's pants - he's not afraid to say it.
So wish me luck as I launch myself into the home straight. Are you working on any lovely creative projects at the moment? Let me know if you are. I also am longing to start baking my own bread after reading the April edition of UK Country living. Any tips from bread makers out there? My sister lives in the country and bakes bread for her children when they return from school. The smell of home baked bread always reminds me of my childhood as we lived near a country bakery.
Enjoy your week. Keep creative. xx

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  1. I am adoring the sound of your new book. It sounds like this weather would also be perfect to read it in also.

    Anyhow Josephine, I wanted to congratulate you on your give away win :) You are now the owner of the Cath Kidston purse. Please email me your postal details to -


    PS I also wanted to let you know that the English Country Living magazine is one of my faves too.

  2. congratulations on getting the book to complete draft, it sounds fabulous. as does baking bread. i have occasionally tried, but not really gotten into the swing of it. a friend swears by the no-knead method - - though kneading and punching dough can be very therapeutic too.

  3. Congratulations on your book! That's truly an accomplishment to have an agent~

    Currently, I am doing the same thing as you as far as creative endeavors go...writing my soon-to-be-done autobiography!

    yay us!

  4. Josephene, I love visiting your blog. Always, always something lovely here. Re - the bread making. You will enjoy it immensely. I make bread most days at the Shop, and I recommend the "Simply No Knead" brands. They perform every

  5. Another UK Country Style reader - if you lived nearby I'd accuse you of always pinching the last copy at my local newsagents! :-)
    Great mag. And great news about your novel, it sounds purrrrfect!
    Remember that book I told you about @ Louise's house that time in Rozelle? (Probably not) It's finally done! Australian Big Cats is ready to lope off into the big, bad world. We received the proof today and it looks jolly good, and hopefully the printing presses will fire up next week. It's a good feeling, isn't it? x Rebecca

  6. ooh!!! best best best of luck!
    i cant wait to buy your book!!!!
    xoxox ♥

  7. Soooo exciting!! Congratulations on your accomplishment! Enjoy this achievement and your bread baking.
    p.s. Maybe that you are wanting to make "bread" as you just finished your book means that you will soon be rolling in "dough".

  8. I learned lately that yeast bread rises better (but the bread doesn't keep as long) if you leave the dough a little stickier than you think is right. True, so far as I can see.

    And well done on the book - that must have been quite an undertaking.

  9. Well done talented lady! Best of luck seeking a publisher.

    I think my brain is in that strange mind zone you talk of, only permanently ... Huh? This may explain alot.

    Can't wait to be reading your book in a comfy chair with my feet up and munching freshly baked bread drizzled in butter. Paradise :)

  10. I can't wait to read your book!!!!!!!
    also...i read a lovely blog called Lucillian Delights....Ilva who writes it also is part of a group called (i think) bread making babes.....they often post bread recipes any case, check out her blog coz it's pretty awesome.....

  11. Hey hun! Congrats! I don't know how you do it! Do you always have the whole story thought out from start to finish when you begin? I so wish I could write a novel...such discipline!

    As for bread...fresh yeast is a good idea if you can get it. I can maybe send you the recipe we used on my makes such delightful perfect bread? xxx

  12. Just wanted to stop by and say that I love your blog!


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