My dream reader

Do you sit down with a friend to have a cuppa or a drink somewhere? Do you talk, share ideas, have a laugh and even the occasional cry? If you share the things you are both interested in and the ideas you’ve been thinking about since last you met up, then that’s the kind of post I hope you’ll find here (until I change my mind).

My interests at the moment just so you know where I’m coming from: camping, bushwalking, gentle sea kayaking, geocaching, photography (DSLR + phoneography), spinning, weaving, dyeing, knitting, gardening, music and writing.

I plan to share some short stories here from time to time. I do write fiction, – currently fantasy, so you might even like that.

I’ve found some fascinating blogs because of this assignment for Blogging101 – I’m so glad I’m handing this in late. My best wishes to everyone doing this programme. I’ll leave you with some photos from our Christmas holiday.

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

Phoneography Challenge – Nature

Soft Serve Icecream

Summer afternoon
Walking back along the track
Longing for icecream.

I love following Sally’s weekly challenge even though I’m not a regular contributor. It’s summer here and we were returning from a bushwalk – a bit hot and tired – when Nature offered us this icecream. Spotting it there on the rock face, low to the ground, brought delighted laughs. Especially because mine usually end up falling apart like this or melted all over my hand because I can’t eat it that quickly. My haiku was scribbled a bit later in the car.

To enjoy some of the other entries to this week’s challenge Sally has them listed on her own post. You’ll also find the programme and the instructions for participating

LensandPens by Sally

Just as a a by the bye – I’m hoping to have my new blog ready soon, so I’ll let you know the address when it’s ready.

Hello, how are you?

Today’s plan was to publish my first post on this brand new blog. Serendipity lead me to WordPress Blogging 101 last night. So here we are doing this challenge together. It’s not what I’d planned to write, but that’s OK, all that can wait.

I’ve been dithering with fear for over a month now so joining the January cohort sounds just fine. Just what I need – a little hand holding.

Why am I here when my earlier attempts at blogging were sporadic and without a heart? The easy answer to that is because all the gurus say we should be. But there’s got to be something more.

I’m a fantasy fiction writer and blogging is my way to say “hello” to my readers.

A book (even an ebook) is such a formal distant thing. We no longer live in a world where authors are mysterious people, unknowable. Now we can reach out both ways – author to reader, and reader to author, share thoughts and ideas.

As for topics they’ll grow out of the activities I’m interested in: spinning, weaving, bushwalking, photography, geocaching, kayaking, reading, music, and all the thoughts that happen along the way.

Twelve months from now? I certainly hope to have blogged consistently. And developed a voice which will appeal to readers. And be over my fear of all this.

Wishing you all well on your blogging journeys.


Phoneography Monday – The Sea Urchin

Camera - HTC One

Camera – HTC One

I think I’d only had this camera a few days, maybe a week, when we went for a winter walk along a beach. Sometimes there are sea urchin shells washed up among the rocks and even occasionally they have their spines, but they’re always bleached and brittle. I’d never seen one like this before, I’m not even sure I knew what colour they were.

The experience was as if I had found a jewel, bright and alone on the fresh white sand. From the distance all that could be seen was purple on white, getting closer and with the recognition of it I received a gift.

And it was a delightful gift – one to find and then to leave undisturbed, hopefully for someone else to come afterwards and share my experience.

This post is part of  a Phoneography Challenge organised by Sally of lensandpensbysally. Please go to her post for all the contributions to this week’s Nature Challenge.

Phoneography Monday – processing

Canon EOS 620 by Android HTC One -- Standard camera (ZOE) for original picture, Pixlr Express to adjust hue, saturation and then I decided to apply a "sketch" to see what would happen.

Canon EOS 620 by Android HTC One — Standard camera (ZOE) for original picture, Pixlr Express to adjust hue, saturation and then I decided to apply a “sketch” to see what would happen.

Well Wednesday really.

Our task: 5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week (Objects)

Although I love taking photos with my phone I’ve stayed away from most of the effects that seem to be available. I’ve got too many real photos from the 70s which are faded due to the early colour processing problems to ever need to simulate that particular look. I will admit that being able to adjust the balance of the picture is marvelous. And cropping – that’s my favourite.

While reading around the other entries from last Monday I found a new app, Pixlr Express (for Android), thanks to Su Leslie. I’ve also been boxing up all my old SLRs for a TAFE teacher who wants her class to experience film photography. So this story, fairly obviously, is one of old and new.


Have a look at Sally’s entry where she lists all the participants for this week:
LensandPens by Sally

Once again this post was mostly done on the phone – this sentence is being added as I proof on the big screen.