18 September 2017

Monday motivation

I love Mondays because I try to be by myself, without commitments that take me away from home. Today's motivation is looking through my idea notebooks, where there are so many ideas waiting to be developed.


There is one problem, though. I flit from idea to idea and can't focus on a single one. Is this a form of procrastination or am I scared to start? Probably both in my case. Do you ever have this difficulty? 

Here's how I overcome it: simply make a choice, any choice, and then start writing.

As long as I'm not on a deadline (and I don't have any of those at present), it doesn't really matter what I write but just that I do write. Start and then the words will come.

You may not be a writer but there might be quilt pattern ideas in your notebook or a list of projects for your garden. It doesn't matter what your ideas are. Take the first step. Go on. That's all that's needed to make something happen.

Do you think this approach would work for you if you are overwhelmed by choices?  I'd love to know! 

11 September 2017

My book of the month: September

What if all your secrets were put online? This is the premise of the latest Jack Parlabane thriller (number eight in the series) by Chris Brookmyre.


I first came across this series when I read Black Widow, a ripper of a story that is number seven in the series. After that, I planned to start at the beginning with book one (Quite Ugly One Morning) but didn't get around to it before Want You Gone was published.

It's natural that a computer hacker and a journalist would have a mutual interest to obtain information but it's when they both realise they have a common enemy that they are thrown together. The story moves quickly and there are a few twists throughout the plot to keep the reader surprised. 

Now I WILL go back to start at book one! πŸ˜ƒ

Read more about Want You Gone on Goodreads.

04 September 2017

Spring flowers

David Jones department store is a Sydney institution. Stylish and elegant, the Elizabeth Street store beckons me each year to its spring flower show. It's always worth the trip to the city!


Seeing the arrangements by 30 specialist florists always lifts my spirits and ignites my enthusiasm for gorgeous colours and blooms. Don't miss it!


There really is "no other store like David Jones". 🌼🌼🌼