Your Story

How important is your story? To yourself, your children, grandchildren and others who follow? Or to the world at large if your story is of significance to those beyond your family? Don’t decide you are of no real consequence or importance. You have no earth shattering tales to share? You are so wrong. No matter your walk of life or the journey you’ve taken – are taking – your story is so very important to someone. I’m not talking about … Continue reading

Melbourne and the Twelve Apostles

My favourite memory of our Melbourne break will be the day we visited the Twelve Apostles. Of the day trips offered, there was a funny reason for choosing this one. I saw the journey, all 600km of it, would touch the town of Colac. Having grown up in Colac Bay in NZ, I just had to visit Australia’s Colac and compare these two place names. We left Melbourne at 8am. It was an overcast day, but I had my fingers … Continue reading

Visit to Melbourne

After talking about taking a visit to Melbourne (Australia) for a number of years, I’ve finally made it. Although I guess this isn’t my first visit. A couple of years ago we were on a cruise which stopped in this beautiful city for a few hours. But a few hours does not give much time to appreciate what a city might have to offer. We only allowed ourselves six days to visit and explore. What have we done? I’m not … Continue reading

Physio Experience

Today I’m sharing my physio experiences. I’ve become an old hand now. My shoulder improves every week. This is largely due to the care I’ve received at PhysioConnect. Attending physio regularly also helps motivate my exercising. “Physiotherapists help people affected by injury…through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice.” What’s “manual therapy” entail, I wondered? I nervously attended my first session. I was managing little arm movement without pain. The idea of any “manipulating” or “manual therapy” filled me … Continue reading

Reversal of Rights

I’m nervous about recently requesting the reversal of rights for three of my books. I’d noticed a distinct drop in sales for these stories over latter years. Okay, so my marketing/advertising, particularly this last year, has been less than ideal. I accept this as a contributing factor. But how to attract new readers to these older stories? One obvious suggestion is to re-release them myself. Hence me asking The Wild Rose Press for a reversal of rights for “Devon’s Dream”, … Continue reading

How Do You Write?

How do you write? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you plan to such an extent others might call you anal? Or do you just sit at a keyboard and see what flows from your fingers? What’s buzzing around inside my head right now is the wonder if I’m making my writing life so much more difficult than it needs to be. I’m definitely a pantser. But worse than that, I’m now finding I rarely write in chronological … Continue reading

My Apologies. What A Hellish Year

Hi, I want to offer my apologies for my absence most of this calendar year. Its been a hell of a year so far, but that’s about to change. I’m looking toward spring with greater anticipation. http://www.anneashby.com/focus-on-southland/ Early in the new year, after we had spent such an enjoyable holiday in Southland, my older sister phoned with devastating news. She had pancreatic cancer. I immediately offered to help, in any way she needed. But shortly after this, and before I … Continue reading

Grammatical Errors

As a writer I probably make more grammatical errors than my contemporaries. I’m actually useless at most things “grammar”. Without those ugly green lines under my work and my editor who knows where I’d be now. But I guess some of Maggie’s corrections and advice has sunk in over the years. Without actually realising it, my understanding of at least some grammatical principles has stuck. This morning I’m mucking around a bit as I’m doing the weekly clean of my … Continue reading

Home Via New Plymouth

A call from our daughter, holidaying with family in Wellington, helped us decide to join them and head home via New Plymouth. Not too different from our original plan, before eagerness to sleep in our own bed took over. Pukeiti Gardens The prime attraction of visiting New Plymouth is always to call at Pukeiti Gardens where the ashes of many of my husband’s family have been placed. It is a beautiful, peaceful place on the side of Mount Taranaki (Egmont). … Continue reading

Interislander Kaitaki

It is a short drive from Blenheim to Picton and the ferry for the North Island. Our booking on the Interislander Kaitaki for a 1.45pm sailing suited us perfectly. It cost a little more ($263) than if we had booked further in advance but we didn’t want to commit ourselves while not knowing how long we might stay in the South Island. Boarding the car ferry is an interesting experience. Last time was more years ago than I’m willing to … Continue reading