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. :)

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

WOTH | lost work & moving forward

Time for a little novel update!

Despite losing a day’s editing thanks to my file being corrupted, I managed to get the first ten pages of The Wizard of The Hill, a synopsis and author bio done by the scholarship deadline. I was reasonably happy with my efforts; they were certainly the best I could do at the time.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get the scholarship, which is a bit disappointing. However, I’m happy that this opportunity made me rethink my projects and set me on a path I feel excited about, so the disappointment isn’t too great.

Having a deadline was a great kick-start to this novel and now I’m working on build worldling and sorting out other details {including fleshing out the plot} so I can get started writing by the end of the year. Maybe not winning the scholarship is for the best, I could already see the stress of having to polish a first draft by April, not to mention writing it!

This is a story I’ve had in my head for the past five years or so, so it’s exciting to finally be working on it. It’s going to be fun. My only problem at the moment is getting the characters to be as vivid and well drawn on the page as they are in my head.

Hopefully, I’ll have a few snippets to share before the year is through!

Monday, 22 September 2014

A note on The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Mr Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings, save upon those not infrequent occasions when he stayed up all night, was seated at the breakfast table. I stood upon the hearthrug and picked up the stick which our visitor had left behind him the night before. It was a fine, thick piece of wood, bulbous-headed, of the sort which is known as a ‘Penang lawyer’. Just under the head was a broad silver band, nearly an inch across. ‘To James Mortimer, MRCS, from his friends of the CCH’. Was engraved upon it, with the date ‘1884’. It was just such a stick as the old-fashioned family practitioner used to carry – dignified, solid, and reassuring.

‘Well, Watson, what do you make of it?’

Holmes was sitting with his back to me, and I had given him no sign of my occupation.

‘How did you know what I was doing? I believe you have eyes in the back of your head.’

‘I have, at least, a well-polished, silver-plated coffee-pot in front of me,’ said he.

I really enjoyed this little book. I’d never read any Sherlock before, in fact my introduction to the great detective came via Basil the Great Mouse Detective and the latest BBC adaption {both of which I love}.

Amy loved the book, so I was pretty confident I would, too.

Hound of the Baskervilles is a short, quick read but satisfying. The mystery is intriguing and the story has a humour I wasn’t expecting. There is a lot of description in the book, but, because it’s so strongly in Watson’s voice, it wasn’t actually that noticeable as lots of description.
All the characters were a delight, Watson and Holmes have a wonderful relationship and they’re really quite funny together.

I was a little unsure of the end, I must say, and I can’t comment on the spooky level as I’d already seen the BBC episode based on the story so I knew the basic plot points.

But it was a great story, thoroughly enjoyed.