Jan 28, 2014

Lazy Random Monday



It's a public holiday here in Australia today (Australia Day) so I'm feeling a little lazy. My laziness manifests itself in many ways, one of them being the urge to stay in bed and read all day but its my turn to blog so in the spirit of laziness I thought I'd throw together  some random not-necessarily-connected thoughts.

***edited to add - had trouble loading this yesterday so its now Tuesday but somewhere in the world its still Monday so I'm sticking with it :-) ***

Warning - rambling ahead!!!




When I was a kid one of the most entertaining things to do at a party was to find the Cheezel bowl and decorate my fingers with Cheezel rings. Not quite doable these days with adult fingers but still no less fun!








Have you heard I've been involved in writing a The Bold and the Beautiful novella? Its a joint project between PanMac/Momentum and the Bell people with 8 all up coming out this year. The first two are released tomorrow - digitally on a global scale but can be bought in paperback here in Oz. The covers give me a happy sigh - sprinkled with star dust or what??







Its my sister's birthday today. She's the last of us to turn 40! I think if she wasn't so busy and exhausted all the time with her young brood she'd be a little freaked out by it. I found her these amazing glass tea-light holders that are beautifully hand-painted and I know she's going to adore them. Doncha just love it when you *know* you've bought the perfect gift?













A fellow Harlequin author friend of mine - the fab Anna Cleary - and myself are launching a new project this week. After years of giving advice/critique to people on their unpublished books we've decided to go into the manuscript assessment business. Word Witchery is now officially open for business and although we're taking all genre fiction we're specialising in romance (category romance in particular) so if you know anyone who's after some help and is interested in having an appraisal done before sending their manuscript off then send them our way :-)   www.wordwitchery.com.au






We have bats. Yes, bats - not rats (although we've also had them in the past too!) In our gum tree. Yes, our gum tree!! I don't understand it but they screech and carry on at night (right outside my bloody window) and then in the morning there's a whole pile of leaf matter/debris at the bottom of the tree. It's flowering at the moment so maybe that's what attracts them but I really wish they'd find a nice cave or fruit tree somewhere and fly away for good! Plus, bats just plain creep me out!







Talking of bats - I raised 2 fruit bats myself. These ones don't creep me out :-)
















I'm 12k in on my new writing project. I should be more like 16-18. Sigh.....


 







My daughter jumped out of a plane - a perfectly good plane - a few weeks ago. Why??!!






 Anyone else have some random information they'd like to share - just for the hell of it?




19 comments:

  1. Oh I LOVE a random day - especially yours! I love the tea lights and the news about Word Witchery, and I'm sure you're sister is busy but look at you with all your words and your Bold and the Beautiful books and your cheezel fingering abilities!!

    My random news for the week is that my twin girls started high school yesterday!! Am I sad? Hells to the NO. After six weeks of school holidays I'm just hanging out until their brothers start back at school next week.

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  2. Oh yay Barb!!! That's great random news!!! The light at the end of the tunnel suddenly got a little bigger, huh?

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  3. Love your random thoughts, Amy.
    Why does the wind blow in one direction when I'm heading out in my kayak so I go into it, figuring it will be easier on the way home when I'm stuffed, only to have it change when I get the farthest point from home and end up slogging it both ways? I swear this always happens.

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    1. Oooh, good random thought, Sue! Why *is* that?

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  4. Random day with you is fun, Amy! Love, love, LOVE that tea-light holder! Perfect gift! PERFECT!

    And huge congratulations on the launch of Word Witchery! Awesome name, too!

    Your "bats" are very cute - except - EEEK to your daughter jumping out of an plane! Amy, how did she get this past you?

    Random thoughts from me - well, there's rather a lot of roaming thoughts in my mind so I'll pluck one off the top of the pile... I've just given the finger nails on my left hand a very severe trim - it's so hard to play a good C chord on the guitar with long nails!

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    1. Hmm, did I know you played the guitar, Sharon? You'll have to bring it to conference this year and serenade us! :-)

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  5. Ooh, what exciting news about Word Witchery, Amy! Wishing you and Anna every success with it. :-)

    Your random thoughts are lots of fun, but I now want Cheezels. Not to mention a beautiful tea-light holder like Ros's (yes! perfect present!).

    Random thoughts? I've written 10K so far this week and there's a spot on my right thumb -- to the top and side -- that's been going numb. I think these two things are related.

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    1. lol, Michelle - I bet you're right about that!

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  6. Amy

    Loved that post :) random facts one of my daughters jumped out of a plane a couple of weeks ago and didn't tell me till she had done it and you new book just downloaded to my kindle :)

    Have Fun
    Helen

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    1. Yes, I really wish I didn't have to know about it first too, Helen!
      You know I've just emerged from 12 hours of gastro and completely missed Forbidden Affair downloading on to my ipad!
      It sure looks pretty though :-)

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  7. Hi Amy! I just wanted you to know I just finished The Most Expensive Night of Her Life & loved it! Forbidden Affair looks good, too!

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    1. Thanks Sharlene! So pleased you loved the book! :-)

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  8. Hi Amy, I love your random Mondays (or Tuesdays)! I am scared to hell by bats….eeek! Those tea lights are beautiful- lucky sister!

    Random fact: camping last week we had a thunder storm- lightning hit a tree in our campsite and split the tree in half! So glad it didn't hit just a hundred or so metres to the left!

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    1. Oh, that's scary stuff, Louisa! They don't call gum trees widow-makers for no reason!
      Hats off to you for camping in such rotten weather!

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  9. Great post, Amy. Love all your random thoughts.

    I'm so thrilled for you launching Word Witchery. Your amazing help and support is one of the reasons I'm published today.

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  10. Aww thanks, Jen. But the reason you're published today is because you kept at it, took advice on board and got better.
    I'm so proud of you!

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  11. Love this post! We should do it more often!

    A random thing from me - I've discovered Cadbury is doing chocolate coated popcorn. This is very good news.

    Those fruit bats you raised sure are cute. :)

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  12. Ooh, nice discovery, Rach!
    Yeh, they're kinda cute aren't they? Think I'll keep them :-)

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  13. Ooh, nice discovery, Rach!
    Yeh, they're kinda cute aren't they? Think I'll keep them :-)

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