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

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

Travel Bug

Do You Have The Travel Bug? I most definitely do. I love the idea of travelling so much I wonder if I was born with the urge to travel. Although as the end of every trip away from home sneaks up, I admit to the urge to get back to reality, to sleep in my own bed again. But that need soon fades and I’m ready to begin planning another trip. I am so fortunate to live in a country … Continue reading

What Is The Greatest Legacy A Person Can Leave?

What’s the greatest legacy a parent left/could leave behind? Let’s keep away from practical things like money, houses, cars, etc. Have you received something which has impacted on your life? Some unforgetable advice shared with you by an elder member of your family? My mother was an amazing person, but so self effacing. She never realised how much she shared, how much she taught or how much she encouraged me (and my siblings).  She had little sayings she’d occasionally drop … Continue reading

A Genealogy Question – Go Back Or Go Forward To Meet Your Family Members??

If you had an option, would you wish to go back or go forward to meet your family members – your ancestors/descendants? I know its an unrealistic theory but lets just play at manipulating time. Which would you want to do? What would appeal most? To go back or go forward to meet your family members – your ancestors or your descendants? I recently came up with this question and it took some time to decide which way I would … Continue reading