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I am a writer, editor, reviewer and dance teacher based in Perth, Western Australia. You might enjoy my books - The Dagger of Dresnia, the first book of the Talismans Trilogy, is available at all good online book shops. Book two, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available again shortly. Book three, The Seer of Syland, is in preparation. I trained in piano and singing at the NSW Conservatorium of Music. I also trained in dance (Scully-Borovansky, WAAPA) and drama (NIDA). Since 1987 I have been writing reviews of performances in all genres for a variety of publications, including Music Maker, ArtsWest, Dance Australia, The Australian and others. Now semi-retired, I still write occasionally for the ArtsHub website, and I still teach dance at Trinity School for Seniors, an outreach program of the Uniting Church in Perth.

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The first novel of my trilogy, The Talismans, is available as an e-book from Smashwords, Amazon and other online sellers. I do have paperbacks of The Dagger of Dresnia at the low price of $AU25 including postage within Australia. I also have a short story, 'La Belle Dame', in print - see Mythic Resonance below. Book two of the trilogy, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available again shortly. The best way to contact me is via Facebook!

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The first two books of The Talismans trilogy were published by Satalyte Publications, which, sadly, has gone out of business. Book one, The Dagger of Dresnia, is up on the usual bookselling web sites as an e-book, and I have a few hard copies to sell to those who prefer Real Paper. Book Two, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available soon. The easiest way to contact me is via Facebook.

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Are we all back on deck?


Wow, time gets away from us over the Christmas-New Year period! January is waning and it's hard to believe that it's over a month since I last posted. And it's not as if I've been busy or active in any productive kind of way. I'd love to tell you that I've been adding the finishing touches to The Cloak of Challiver, but I'd be lying. It's still with an editor friend for final critiquing before I send it off to Satalyte Publishing. 

What I have been doing is lazing about, reading a little, watching TV, playing on Facebook, writing a few emails (but I'm still less than half way down the list of annual newsletters from folk I love to stay in touch with at least once or twice a year) and going out socialising to celebrate the holiday season. Truth to tell, I'm getting lazy in my old age. Besides, summer in this part of the world (Perth, Western Australia) is HOT. Very hot indeed. Days are rarely under 30 degrees Celsius, and not infrequently the mercury rises to over forty! Good ice-cream weather.

Part of the problem is that everything except socialising stops for December and often January too, so my usual activities have been replaced by social outings. I had a lovely afternoon last Saturday, for instance, with friends from the Shakespeare Club of Western Australia at the home of one of our members. But keep-fit classes have started again now, and I'm teaching theatrical dance at the annual Summer School of Trinity School for Seniors. Several new ladies are trying the class out, and I do hope they like it enough to sign on for first term. The problem there, of course, is that they are new to dance and might find it hard to slot into the existing group, yet there aren't enough of them to start a second class. We'll see what happens next month!

Only a few more weeks until belly dancing and yoga start up again, too. Maybe by then I will have exercised off at least part of the three kilos that have suddenly appeared on the scales due to cake, mince pies and lack of exercise. But right now, after just a couple of keep-fit classes I feel heavy, weary and achy all over!

I think I'll just go to the fridge and get another ice-cream ...


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