Summer's back! Yes, it spent a week's holiday in Perth and it's back. We're having a week of pretty hot weather to remind us it's still January. And while the east coast has been wet, we haven't seen a drop of rain. Anyone know of a rain dance?
Writing news: I've finished the outlines for the next two Max Murdoch novels and I'm pretty excited. I've beefed up the content of the second novel and it's looking much improved than the earlier version. I outlined the ending for the third book ages ago - that hasn't changed, YESSSS! - and I've added a fun secondary plot which I'm enjoying.
On top of that, I've sent in my first "Activities" for the AWM Online "Pitching to Publishers" course, and naturally, I have some homework to do to improve them. Thanks, Tiana! And I can never keep away from "The Isthmus" for more than a couple of days; I'm plugging away at the "forensic" scene, and will consult with a colleague who's doing a medical degree for a couple of details (she doesn't know it yet!)
I've spent my Last Week of Freedom catching up with some wonderful friends, and walking as much as I can spare around the summit. Found a patch of monadenia (a feral orchid) and I've notified our Bush for Life co-ordinator about that "wonderful" (not) discovery. Great.
The butterfly numbers are depleting with the heat, sadly, and the bird numbers are down - hopefully they're moving closer to water. The astonishing bird news comes from the drive at the set of units where I live: a collared sparrowhawk snatching a ?? [bird, mouse - it squeaked] and flying off with it's lunch. This is while I'm standing talking to the neighbour...naturally the conversation was re-routed. And the wrens have been around in the cooler hours - now that's a joy!
That's my week. Back to work. Happy Writing.
A couple of moody fog (yes, fog) pics from the summit from 20 January 2012.