It's out... published on Smashwords and available on e-readers everywhere, and at the bargain basement price of FREE!

Vigil is the story of what happens to a family when the invincibility of youth collides with the unpredictable during a day out wake-boarding on a sunny summer Saturday morning. Vigil is a window on love and loss, of grief and the unrelenting nature of mother love.

Please download your free copy of this short story at Smashwords.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you.

Underwater Zoo!
SnorkellingWhat better place to start the school holidays than with a break away in sunny Queensland! And perfect timing with the weather in Victoria cooling down - everyday in Queensland is reliably in the mid to high twenties... perfect for t-shirts and swimming.... outdoor rest and relaxation.

Of course, a trip to northern Queensland is never complete without a ride out to the Sunset at Bowenreef for some magical snorkelling. I can never get enough... fantastical sea creatures swimming all around us and unphased by our gentle exploration - so many species of colourful fish, giant clams, corals, seaweeds and seahorse... even spotted a turtle.

With this break away designed with nothing too much in mind, but rest and relaxation, there was plenty of time for reading and inspiration for writing. Some writing most days yielded around 8,000 words on a couple of different projects. That felt so good!

Of course, it ended with a cyclone - but we managed to fly out of Townsville with just hours to spare before the onset of Ita in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Overall fantastic week, with lovely inspiration for at least another 8,000 words during this second week!


Writers' dream... readers' dream....

Mitchell Library2What a wonderful pleasure to visit theMitchell Library Mitchell Library in Sydney last week! So beautiful inside that I was drawn back on three different days, and never spent enough time there on any one of those occasions. Twice for writing and once for a quiet read.

I need one of these in my house!!

Very special!!