Friday, 31 October 2014

Queensland | fiction | National Parks

As I mentioned earlier this month, I’ve been meaning to post more from our family trip to Queensland, so today I’m posting another travel inspired fiction. {These are super fun to write}

One of my favourite parts about our Queensland holiday was going to the national parks {even though I was slightly freaked out by the thought of strange topical bugs}. We went to two during our stay. Springbrook is the major inspiration for the next piece while the photos are mostly from Tamborine.

I remember being silly afraid of these strange new plants and bugs on that first walk and not wanting to touch anything I wasn’t supposed to. I lost that fear, well, it diminished, as we went to more places, but I clearly remember that initial fear.

The air sizzled with magic and echoed with the calls of strange creatures. The ancient path was obscured by creepers and debris, but she stuck to it diligently, fearing what lay beyond its protection.

Ada didn’t touch anything and tried to avoid anything living touching her. Every bug that hit her or leaf that brush her neck made her heart lurch and her body break out into goosebumps.

Shivers went up her spine with every step and she admitted to herself that she was bitterly afraid. What waited for her at the end of the path was sleeping for good reason and now she was going wake it.

Ada hesitated, paused on the last step. The path had come to an end, her eyes could only see trees, but she felt the thrum of energy like fire on her skin. She whispered a spell of protection for luck and left the path.


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Sisters Back South

We’re back! And it feels so good to be home. The road trip was a pretty awesome adventure; we saw the blue lake, the twelve apostles, went on the Otway Fly, shopped in Melbourne and saw the Desert sculptures, among many other things. {you can check out the tumblr for more photos}

It was such fun, but I still feel tuckered out, despite a weekend of doing nothing.
I’ve got lots to blog about and lots of non-blog things to do. I’m trying to take it one step at a time and not rush headlong into my usual routine. Normal blogging schedule resumes as of today, though...hopefully, maybe...fingers crossed.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Fourteen Fiction | overboard

An odd assortment of words this month. It probably is every month, but this one took me a while longer to figure out.

It’s so weird to think us girls will be spending our first day in Mount Gambier when this posts. Vickie, Amy and I are posting on our tumblr everyday during our trip, if you’re interested.

But for now, here is a Fourteen Fiction slightly inspired by our efforts to prepare for our trip, but mostly by the words.

The words:
Prepared {Mum}
September {Vickie}
Tattoo {Amy}
Absolute {Dad}
The cat was wearing a moustache {calendar prompt}

‘Don’t you think you’re going a bit overboard, Mill?’ Cassandra looked at the ever-growing list of instructions and suitcases, then at her sister.

‘Nonsense, you never know what the weather will be like in Wales and as far as the lists go, one can never be too prepared for...’ Milly swallowed the end of her sentence and a small flash of panic crossed her face but, with typical Mildred grace, she recovered quickly. ‘September.’ Milly smiled and with a faint rise of her eyebrows told Cassandra to leave it.

It was May; Cassandra knew her sister wouldn’t start preparing for autumn yet, she wasn’t that crazy. She turned to see Jeremy, Milly’s husband, standing in the doorway and it all made sense.

‘September?’ Jeremy questioned, he could tell when Milly was lying -she really wasn’t very good at it. He looked at both the sisters in turn.

Milly looked stuck for a second, then put her hands on her hips and artfully arched her brow. Cassandra tried not to smirk, Jeremy didn’t stand a chance.

‘Is that all you have to say?’ Milly demanded. ‘You’re an hour late!’

‘I, uh...’ Jeremy was bewildered by the sudden change. ‘I came across a cat-’

‘A cat? How long could that possibility take?’

‘It was wearing a moustache! Naturally, I had to follow it and it led me to a children’s party. They were all wearing moustaches; it was a bit creepy, actually.’ Jeremy shivered. ‘I’m sorry, Milly.’

Milly softened and sent Jeremy out to start packing the car. Once he left, she sighed and relaxed.

‘Wouldn’t it be easier to tell Jeremy?’ Cassandra asked, stopping her sister from picking up her stack of lists to review them for the hundredth time.

‘Because it’s unlikely anything will happen, he doesn’t need to worry.’

‘He still doesn’t trust Aunty Gertrude?’ Cassandra asked. She looked out the window at Jeremy. She couldn’t blame him after every Gertrude had done.

‘And she doesn’t trust him. Listen, all you have to do is make sure if Aunt Mary comes, you send her away, and if Aunt Gertrude comes...well, I’m sure you’ll figure something out.’

‘And the troll at the end of the garden?’

‘He shouldn’t be too much trouble. He’s rent’s not due til we come back. Besides, I think he’s going to London to get another tattoo over the weekend.’

Milly went for the lists again and Cassandra swept them up. Milly frowned, the sad way she always did when she was nervous. ‘Don’t worry, Mil. Whatever Aunt Gertrude comes up with, I can deal with. You need a break.’

‘You’ll be alright?’

‘Absolutely, it will be wild parties every night. I’ll have a ball.’

‘Cassandra,’ Milly gave her a disapproving look, but it was half-hearted.

Cassandra laughed. ‘I told you, don’t worry. You’ll come back and everything will be the same, no stains or notices from the police. I promise.’ She gave Milly a tight hug. ‘Now, go have a fabulous time!’

Friday, 10 October 2014

Sisters Head East

Us girls are heading off on a twelve day adventure next Monday and we’re all pretty excited/nervous. It’s crazy that this mad scheme we hatched {all thanks to Mum} is so close becoming a reality!

I thought it would be fun to make three collage photos themed for the trip; they feature some of the music we’re looking forward to listening to, our emergency reading material, one of the many destination/activities we’re excited to see/do and a glimpse of our roadtrip jumpers.

The blog will be pretty quiet while we’re awhile, I haven’t had time to make extra posts, but we’ll all be posting everyday on our tumblr, Sisters Head East. So check it out if you’re interested in some beautiful scenery and goofy selfies!


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

OLD | Inspiration at the Museum

It’s been almost a year since our wonderful family holiday, which is a bit crazy, and it’s reminded me that I am tragically behind on the posts I want to share. Since us girls are going away again soon, I thought I better get cracking on sharing a few!

I’ll start with something writing related.

I don’t consider myself an art gallery/museum person, even though I really do enjoy wandering around them, especially museums. I think it’s because I’m so much faster at walking around then everyone else and end up wandering aimlessly, waiting. But they’re great source of ideas

We spent a day at the Queensland art gallery and museum, our last day in fact, and I was so inspired by the place in general and a few exhibits in particular. I wanted to share a few photos of the ones that had me excited about their possibilities. Sometimes I read or hear or see something and I have no story come to mind, but there’s the potential for one and that’s kind of thrilling.

It would be interesting to challenge myself to dug into and find a story in these exhibits, not sure when/if I’ll do it but it would be a cool experiment.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Hair // Fringe-tastic!

My hair has stayed the same for *shock*gasp* two months, so I decided to change it up a bit before my next colour with a little fringe.

Fringes really come into their own when you pull your hair back, but they also totally change your hairstyle without having to lose much length. I’ve adapted to having hair on my face much quicker than last time and I’m loving the change.
{thanks for playing photographer, Vickie!}

Friday, 3 October 2014

Oops! Or an accidental hiatus

Oops, looks like I accidentally took a bit of a blogging break! The rest of October’s going to be a little sparse as well as I’m off on a roadtrip for twelve days with the sisters (it’s going to be awesome!).

I’ve been busy planning for the trip, going to a market (and preparing for it), writing and thinking constantly about/trying to make a big (read: scary) decision.

Next week and then the last week of October should be back to normal. I’m looking forward to finally getting around to posting more about Queensland, my extended project and then about our roadtrip! I won’t be short on ideas for a while, that’s for sure.

Well, that’s it til Monday, just wanted to explain the infrequent blogging of October. :)