Cruisin’ with the quokkas

Apologies as I meant to give you all my quokka update last week, and I know you have been waiting with bated breath.

Okay, so here goes…

Cadence Dictionary defines the quokka (kwɒkə) as: An effing awesome little creature who has the power to make anyone gush and say, “Er mah gahd! Look at the wittle smiling babies!” Their power is often confused with Satanism. Inhabitants of Rottnest Island are so enthralled by the quokka’s charm, they are incapable of leaving.

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It had been years since I last visited Rottnest Island, and I wasn’t really certain what to expect this time around. On my last visit, I unfortunately didn’t encounter many of the smiley babies. This time…

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I would have had more photos, if my damn camera didn’t die on me.

But these guys can be hard to spot during the day. I cycled right past a number of them and didn’t even realise. As they are nocturnal, they enjoy their sleep during the day, so don’t be upset if you don’t see them right away.

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I actually thought these guys were fake! They were right behind me and I didn’t even notice. They didn’t move at all, and I was convinced they were stuffed! Just as I was getting upset about how cruel it was to have stuffed quokkas sitting there, the one on the right twitched their ear! (The one on the left is showing off the quokka sleeping method).

Hang out for a bit longer as I did, and they’ll come looking for you, begging for food. As more and more people began to leave the island towards the end of the day, the quokkas ventured out on roads for their play time. And it was just when the babies started coming out en masse that my camera died!

As I wandered around the shop area, I discovered what plant the quokkas loved to eat, and once I did… they started swarming me. I haven’t been able to find the name of the plant, all I know is it seems to be some sort of cruel twist of fate that the plant they love the most is the one out of their reach. Quokkas wait until the leaves fall, or until a giddy tourist comes by and starts tearing off leaves to please their quokka overlords.

It was amazing watching them devour their food. I collected a heap of the leaves (which seemed to have some drug-like effect) and gave some out whenever I saw a quokka. There was one particularly fussy quokka though. He/She demanded I feed them the stems only. They didn’t want the leaves, JUST the stems! I was happy to oblige, but they never seemed fully sated, even with my efforts, and I certainly wanted to please! You can’t say no to them, and he/she just kept waiting until I pulled more down. One after the other they were tossed aside, after ONE bite.

I envy those who work on the island, it is such an amazing place, with so many little critter quokkas. I could talk about my adventures cycling throughout the island, but who wants to hear about that when there are quokkas?

All right, I’ll just post a few pictures instead.

Hopefully it won’t be too long until I return to Rottnest Island. It is a wonderful place, and there is still so much to do there that I wasn’t able to during this last trip. If you ever get the chance to go, GO!

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So lost (part 4) – a minuscule musings series

The following is a part of a ‘minuscule musings’ series. It’s more like a work in progress for a larger piece, a short story. I aim to add to it each week, and hopefully something fluid will come of it!

Read part one
Read part two
Read part three


Betrothed to what was stolen from her.
And when once removed of it, removed from her was her use for me.

And yet, as my mind wandered, as I was at war with myself, I could not convince myself of anything. Caught by conviction, I forced myself to move on as if she never existed. Removed her from my memory, just as the spell she had over me.

And not from me, she’ll ever again feel.

© 2016

So lost (part 3) – a minuscule musings series

The following is a part of a ‘minuscule musings’ series. It’s more like a work in progress for a larger piece, a short story. I aim to add to it each week, and hopefully something fluid will come of it!

Read part one here
Read part two here


And not for me, she’ll ever feel.

And tainted of her blood, like a spell, I have forgotten love. I forbade myself her, from loving her. Forever as a spectre withing my mind. My love for her never returned. But never forgotten, the horror of her losing herself. Her happiness, herself, she was robbed of those things when she chose to live life in mourning.

© 2016

Heading off to Perth

You know how I hate to leave you guys, but my graduation ceremony calls and I must answer. From the 15th until the 23rd I’ll be partying away, celebrating my Honours-ness in Perth, Western Australia. I’ll be heading to Rottnest Island (to see quokkas), South Perth, Margaret River, Bunbury, and to lots of breweries in between!

There will be beer, beer, quokkas, and more beer. I’ll be sure to take plenty of photos, when I remember to, and post them for all of you to see.

If you’ve never seen a quokka before, please go to Google and check them out. Scratch that! Take a look at the photos below.

Quokkas are the most amazing and friendly little creatures I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. And I can’t wait to see them again! Such adorable little bubs. If you ever get the opportunity to head over to Rottnest Island to see these babies, just remember that it is illegal to pet them and feed them anything other than the native plants.

Did they make you smile? Of course they did!

Regarding Eleanor

Things are going well so far. I have been sticking to my plan: spending one day editing, another updating edits, and I have also been working on my pitch for Pitchapalooza. I’ve written and re-written it about 6 or so times, and I’m still not quite happy with it. It’s just a matter of picking one and sticking with it. I don’t think I’ll ever get it perfect (or to my idea of perfection) no matter how many times I write it, or how many hours I spend on it. One thing I have certainly learned from this is that summarising Eleanor down to 250 words is harder than I thought!

Hopefully by the time this post goes out, I’ll have a finished pitch, and who knows, maybe I’ll have emailed it out. We shall see.

Whilst on my trip, I will try and get some work done, but no promises. I know, I know, I’m so sorry, but you know how hard I work. I need a holiday. You know that, right? Will you grant me this holiday?

Next week, I will be publishing part three of my minuscule musings series, So lost.


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Stay tuned for another update.
Until then…

Check out this little bubbah.

And listen to this awesomely creepy music. Perfect for a horror movie!

 


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Eleanor – Editing (and a trip to see the Mormons)

Well, I’m back from my trip to Melbourne! That was damn fun, and The Book of Mormon was hella funny. It was not as I expected. I thought the musical would be more like the South Park episode, All About Mormons. Not that that’s a complaint. The show was damn good, and I highly recommend you go see it! But if you can’t, definitely get a hold of the soundtrack.

Check out some of the tracks below. Turn It Off is pretty damn amazing.

I also visited one of my favourite places, The Cornish Arms, in Brunswick. I tried the vegan chicken burger. It was a-mazing, but I swear they used vegan duck this time around, haha!

Can’t say no to awesomeness like this…

or this…

I also got to visit one of my favourite Thai restaurants, Thai Puka in Albury. They have the best Tom Yum and Panang Curry I’ve ever had!

Anyway…

Now onto Eleanor:

I have been working on editing and formatting. It is going really well, I must say, and has given me more motivation and confidence in the project. I admit that while the goal tracker was helping me put down the words, it wasn’t helping as much as simply editing and proofing. I should have been focusing more on this aspect, because when I was forcing myself to flesh out the story, I was pushing Eleanor to places I didn’t want it to go.

You may remember that I was initially working on Eleanor in parts, and was planning to format it as such. Instead, I have decided to give each part its own chapters. I think this will help you, the reader. I mean, that’s something I prefer as a reader also. It certainly helps when I plan to read only a chapter before bed… or ten… or the entire book. You know how it goes!

I’m really proud of how far this project has come along, in a relatively short time. National Novel Writing Month has been a big part of that, and I owe my thanks to the program. So, thank you!

So… I will continue in this fashion with Eleanor, as it seems to be the most effective for me… at this stage. Of around 280 or so pages, I have managed to edit only 60 odd. So, it’s going slow, as is expected, but I’m getting through it faster than I was with my goal tracker the other week. That’s not to trash the tracker, or anything. It is a very useful tool. I simply think that I’ve gone as far as I can, story wise, with Eleanor. Really, I could create a new tracker, but with editing and formatting in mind, rather than a word count. Perhaps I will consider that.

I still would like to finish before heading off to Perth (on the 15th!!!), but I don’t think that’s realistic at this stage… but we’ll see. We’ll see. I can be an editing machine when I need to. All those years subbing and proofing will come in handy, haha!

I’m working on chapter three at the moment. Eleanor has just been kicked out of the university. I’ve been advised to build up to this a little more, and I think that could work, but considering the character of the lecturer – who kicks Eleanor out – it seems more in his nature to blast Eleanor upon first sight. This probably isn’t making much sense for you guys right now. I’m having trouble knowing what I should or should not reveal at this stage.

The ending is the only problem right now. I’m still unsure what exactly I want. I have some ideas. During the goal tracker weeks, I was getting a little too complicated with the ending. I think it just needs to be simple. Simple is better.

Oh, and Henry. I’m still working on making him more three-dimensional. I have a plan for than. I have a plan!


Thanks for keeping up to date with all things Eleanor!

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Stay tuned for another update…

Want to learn more about my NaNoWriMo project? Check out my Eleanor page

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Check out my writing moods for Eleanor with my Eleanor Spotify playlist

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Eleanor – Intermission

I have been advised to take a break from work as I get my head together. That means I have stopped working towards my goal with National Novel Writing Month’s goal tracker. I am quite sad about that, but I think it’s for the best right now, as I seem to be steering in the wrong direction with Eleanor. I need to step away, then come back to it with fresh eyes.

During my goal tracker venture,  I had been finding that I was at war with myself over the plot and story of Eleanor. Things were becoming a little too complicated in the story, so I am hoping to pull it all back and get it on track to where I wanted it originally, which may mean Eleanor working better as a novella. This isn’t set in stone. Throughout my drafting processes, I will be fleshing everything out more, BUT the story itself is shorter than I anticipated originally. I don’t want to sacrifice integrity in order to get it to novel length which, I am afraid, I am doing. So, no! No, Cadence, no!

So, I have ended my goal tracker… on 9,212 words. Still, it’s not bad, but now I’ll have to wade through all of that and see what is salvageable.

So far during the intermission, I have been working on editing, and formatting. The formatting work is mainly to get me excited and motivated about the project more, and to get a feel for how the manuscript may be printed – I am still undecided about traditional vs self-publishing. Self-publishing seems to be more suited to this project, but that doesn’t mean I will discount traditional. Have you noticed that I’ve been going round in circles? Haha!

I am also unhappy with my character, Henry. He’s not where I want him to be, so my plan is to work on some short stories, or write from his perspective on each of his scenes with Eleanor. At the moment he’s okay, not brilliant though, so I want to get him as close to brilliant, or perfect, as possible. I have been directed towards some works (and characters) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to get a better idea of where Henry should be. So… more added to my TBR pile, or bookcase(s) rather.

And so we move on to reading. During the intermission, I have been getting stuck into some books – that’s not to say I haven’t been reading at all during my writing. I have, but some books are too difficult to get through, because of spelling/grammatical errors, and I found I was spending my leisure time doing markups (because, you know, I have to do that!), instead of enjoying the book.

I am finally finishing Lili St. Crow’s A Tale of Beauty and Madness series, with Kin. It’s been a really interesting series (Nameless will always be my favourite), and I love the author’s creativity and writing style. I am certain Lili St. Crow (or Lilith Saintcrow) is annoyed by how many times I ask her to write more of this series, haha!


Then I’ll move on to The Witcher series. It’s been a while since I’ve read about Geralt’s adventures.


Thanks for keeping up to date with all things Eleanor!

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Stay tuned for another update…

(which may or may not include my adventures in Melbourne!)

Want to learn more about my NaNoWriMo project? Check out my Eleanor page

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Eleanor update – Week 2 of goal tracker

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It is Day 11 (well, Day 12 by the time this is published).

Goal tracker word count: 7,893
Goal tracker goal: 20,000
Total word count:
 62,621
End goal:
74,728

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I’ve been asked where this awesome tool can be found. Check out the National Novel Writing Month website here http://www.nanowrimo.org and create an account. Good luck!

Somehow I managed to reach my targets for this week. I have no idea how that happened. Between watching Gopher’s complete playthrough of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Alanah (Charalanahzard) Pearce’s complete playthrough of Until Dawn, and this awesome video of a sand spider trying to hide (video below), I had very little time to myself to get these words down. It’s been crazy, I know. I’m just so busy. But I did it! 5,000 odd words isn’t too bad given I’d be struggling to meet that without the tracker. I love this tool, I really do, and I will continue to use it throughout my drafting process with Eleanor.

Although I am not 100% happy with what I’ve written, at least there’s something there for me to work from. Who knows? I might end up deleting the whole 20,000 words I am to write this month, but we’ll see. We’ll see.

So, Eleanor is going all right. As a whole, it’s going really well. I’m happy where it’s heading. The ending is the tricky part though. I have been working on it quite a bit this last week, but I’m still undecided about a few things.

I’m meeting the goals so far, which is great because I will be heading off early February to see The Book of Mormon in Melbourne! I am absolutely tempted to write solely of my Melbourne adventures (a trip to The Cornish Arms is definitely on the plate – see what I did there?). Perhaps I will. It’s not like anyone can stop me, unless they have a court order (the reason why I can’t sing Wuthering Heights in public anymore).

Back to Eleanor. There is so much I want to reveal about what’s been going on, and I am so excited about it all, but I know I shouldn’t. I wouldn’t want to spoil anything for my darling readers.That’s right, by reading this you have entered into a binding contract, which means you must read Eleanor once it is published.

I can reveal…
There has been a murder! Ermahgahd! (Insert Twilight Zone theme here).
But whose murder, what kind of murder, and who is the murderer? Not even I know!
Well, of course I know.

I can reveal…
Eleanor has become a bit of an absinthe addict (her favourite drink being Lemercier), which is perfectly understandable given her recent misfortunes, of which there are many.

I can reveal…
There has been some tension between Eleanor and Henry.

I can reveal…
The name of Eleanor’s horse is Gabrielle.

Thanks for keeping up to date with all things Eleanor!

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Stay tuned for another update. In the meantime…


Want to learn more about my NaNoWriMo project? Check out my Eleanor page

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Check out my writing moods for Eleanor with my Eleanor Spotify playlist

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