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Announcing the winner of the competition that went withMary Jo Putney's interview with Anne Gracie, about her new book, MARRY IN SECRET Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Word Wenches
I love train travel and I've made quite a few trips by train. When I was a little girl w took the train from Southampton to Scotland — I'm not sure where we got off. All I remember was that I slept on the floor, and that my father and one of my sisters were waiting to meet us. And that on the way the train had stopped in the middle of the night for snow to be cleared off the tracks. And my older brother and I jumped out and made snowballs. As teen I did a number of long train trips from Melbourne up to Brisbane, to my older sister's place, which took two days — part of which was an 8 hour stop in Sydney. I remember lying in my bunk and gazing out onto the shadowy moonlit scenery passing by my window. I also read a stack of books. I did those trips on my own, so I guess Mum and Dad thought train travel was pretty safe. I don't think they thought about those 8 hours in Sydney, where I explored the city on my own. And I sure wasn't going to tell them. LOL Later when I was a backpacker, I bought a Eurail pass and did as many as I could of the journeys that were listed in the Thomas Cook "Most scenic train trips" travel guide.That was spectacular. I also took a train from Vancouver up to Prince George and Prince Rupert and loved it. I saw my first bears in the wild from that train. And read a lot of books. I still have a number of train journeys I want to make — across the Nullabor Desert in the south of Australia, and on the Ghan, which bisects Australia from south to North. And then, of course, there is the Orient Express . . .
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Annette, I feel much the same about the Australian sky, and the smell of the air outside the cities. And a favorite part of my morning ritual is to pull open my curtains and see the sky and whatever weather it's bringing and hear the rainbow lorikeets chittering in the big tree at the front. And yes, it's head down and writing now for me. I'm in the writing cave. Thanks for the encouragement.
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Thank you, Margaret. It so good to meet Wenchly readers. And I should say, my little dog is not so little -- she's a kelpie cross, about the same size as a border collie. I think of her as little, but she considers herself quite big. And she loves the kennels, but this time I was away a bit too long. She's certainly stuck close since I got home.
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It was fascinating, wasn't it, Andrea. I'd love to try it again, and for a longer time. My regular retreat people do five days, which I think is perfect.
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Gail, we have a different electric current in Australia, so when overseas I travel with a bag full of adaptors, which would make an electric toothbrush a bit unwieldy, I suspect. Not that I've ever used one. You make me curious about them. Might have to try one.
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Thanks, Maryellen -- and you were wise to stay home. It was wonderful meeting readers, and especially wenchly readers, but you need that hip to heal and grow strong. Connecticut was lovely — so green and lush. And Andrea's house was so quiet and peaceful — when we were writing, that is. The rest of the time it was utterly stimulating and fun.
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Sonya, a pity you missed it. And yes, the conference in Western Australia will have a lot of cowboys (cowpeople?) at the cocktail party. And the lifts in New York were sometimes challenging — especially if a lot of people came out of the conference on the same floor at the same time. They pretty much froze. But otherwise I didn't mind them and the odd system. At least the system bypassed having to stop at every floor, which would have taken forever. But if you were nervous of heights, it could be downright scary as they were 75% a circular clear bubble -- only the doors and floor were opaque, and since the hotel was many stories high the drop was immense — and fast. I was on the 33rd floor and by no means at the top. Seeing all these clear pods flying up and down crammed with people -- it was a bit like that old TV cartoon, The Jetsons. Enjoy your trip, when it happens.
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Thanks so much, Kareni. And while I'm very happy to have my dog with me again, I think she's happier. She follows me everywhere at the moment, just in case I slip away again. She's happiest when I'm at my computer working and under her eye, and since that's where I most want to be as well, it suits us both. But the minute I'm up to put on another load of washing, she's there, at my heels.
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It was fabulous, wasn't it — and I'd love to do it again — time and finances allowing.
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Wow, Pamela, what a journey for you — I can imagine the plane connection would have been anxiety-inducing, but how nice to be looked after with an electric cart and an upgrade. And how hard to be in North Dakota and missing your mother. Do we ever stop missing our moms, I wonder? But it sounds like the journey was a triumph for you in so many ways — not least the independence you showed in doing what you wanted to do. Well done you! And thanks for sharing your lovely story.
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Anne here, and I've just arrived home after traveling and attending conferences and writing retreats for the last three and a half weeks. And launching a book, so if this blog is a little scatty and unfocused, I hope you'll forgive me. The first conference was the Romance Writers of America conference in New York. I flew from Melbourne to Los Angeles and stopped in LA for a couple of days, because the 16+ hour flight is long enough without continuing straight on to New York, which would be around 21+ hours flying time, not including waiting time. So I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Word Wenches
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Denise, I have a similar smaller group -- four friends who originally met to play MahJongg, but later decided to make it canasta, and we also add in occasional other games that one of the group likes to introduce us to. We also have weathered many of life's twists and turns, and one of us had a baby the morning after card night — when she rang me in the morning to say the baby had arrived I didn't believe her because we'd all said goodnight at 12.30 the night before! But that baby is now a 6ft something twenty-something year old. It doesn't seem that long at all. *g*
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She's wonderful isn't she Quantum -- and yes what a treat to have her sing at one's wedding. Thanks for sharing the link.
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Quantum, I found an interview I did with Juliet Marillier and thought you might be interested. I know There are more recommendations, but I the Typepad search engine is a tricky beast and some posts that mention her don't show up. But here's the interview. https://wordwenches.typepad.com/word_wenches/2015/11/juliet-marillier.html? https://wordwenches.typepad.com/word_wenches/2013/01/what-were-reading.html
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Thanks Quantum. I have a shelf full of her books, and she's done several fine series. You have some gorgeous listening ahead of you.
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Thanks, Mary Jo. I really appreciate your kind words. And the interview, of course. *g*
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Aren't you lovely, Sue -- thank you. It's always a bit of an anxious time when a book comes out, so I'm delighted you enjoyed it. Thanks for shouting. *g*
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Wow, that man was certainly in a hurry, Karin. LOL. It sounds like a very small, intimate wedding. And jeans are pretty cool, anyway.
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Michelle, what a scary story — but it sounds like you all handled things so well, and what a good idea to have a special ceremony later. And it sounds like they'll have some great stories to tell that six-year old when he's a little older. As for the series, I'm writing the 4th story at the moment. *g*
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Wow, Patricia, I always thought green was supposed to be an unlucky color for a wedding. I personally love green, but I can see it would have caused a few eyebrows to rise. I remember when I was little, a friend of my older sister wore a wedding dress trimmed with red satin and black lace and that was regarded as something quite shocking by the older generation. She looked stunning, I remember.
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Oh Margot, what a beautiful, moving story. So hard for you all not having him there, and how hard for him, knowing he wouldn't make it. But it sounds like he was there in spirit. I bet you were all in tears as that letter was read out, so perhaps those planes helped. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
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LOL -- that's True Love.
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What a beautiful wedding, Annette — it sounds perfect, exactly what you want a wedding to be. Thank you for sharing it.
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LOL Julie, not what sounds like a memorable scene. It reminds me of when Kristin Higgins was in Australia for a romance readers conference. For some reason some firemen were in the hotel -- maybe to check the fire alarms or something, but she got talking to them, and told them her husband was a fireman and she was a writer here to speak. And they said "Would you like us to pick you up?" -- and of course she said yes, and there were some very memorable and wonderful photos. *g*
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