Happy New Year!

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year (sorry it’s late). It’s been a difficult year in more ways than one, and I really hope that 2017 will bring us some good… because in all honesty, 2016 has been shit!

I am however loath to admit that 2016 has been good to me in terms of my writing. I am sorry! Please put the pitchforks down!

National Novel Writing Month was probably one of the best things I’ve ever done and it really pushed me to my limits, limits that I didn’t know I had. It’s made me realise I am capable of more, and I suppose my New Year’s resolution is to manage my time better and try to implement a writing schedule (with similar goals and such) as I had during NaNoWriMo. This will, I hope, ensure I write more or as much as I’d like.
I will also enter NaNoWriMo again in 2017. I already have a couple of novel ideas in mind!

Eleanor is almost complete. I will continue working on it throughout the holidays, and it should be up for publication early next year. And then begins that gruelling process! Editing, agenting, publishing… all worse than the writing process itself. Oh yes, indeed! I will prevail however, fingers crossed. I know. I know. Just let me be positive for a while, okay? Thanks!

What’s to come in 2017?
Well, I am soon to fly to Perth (in February) to walk across that stage and receive my Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree. Fingers crossed I don’t fall down. It was my biggest fear back in 2015 when I travelled there for my undergrad. And bloody hell! They don’t hand out the awards alphabetically by student name, rather they do it alphabetically by discipline! As you can imagine Professional Writing and Publishing was one of the last to be read out. So, I was sitting there for well over an hour fighting my nerves and desire to pee.
I think I’ll soon make a post about my thesis. Why not? I’m sure you’d love to read about it! 😉

Most people visit wineries when they head over there (particularly to Margaret River), but I will be checking out breweries. Back in 2015, I visited Cowaramup Brewing Co. and Duckstein Brewery, both amazing places but the only problem was I couldn’t bring much of their beer back with me to Sydney! It was trouble enough just trying to get one growler onto the plane. Anyway, more about my travels later. I know there is great demand to hear about it, so try and remain patient.

What else?
Right now, I’m enjoying the ‘I don’t know’ period. All I’m thinking about is having a relaxing holiday, and getting Eleanor done. I am also looking to get back into proofing/sub-editorial work.

Back to NYE, etc…
How did you celebrate the New Year? Did you give a giant middle finger to 2016, whilst rocking back and forth, and hugging your favourite teddy bear midst sobs?

As I write this, it’s not quite New Year’s Eve yet, so apologies for the change in tense…

I will be going to an amazing absinthe bar in the city tonight, and for New Year’s Eve/Day, I have plans to stay up all night playing Playstation games, some of which include: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Trials Fusion, and I think Dynasty Warriors will have to make an appearance, as it is tradition to play it on NYE. I would love to get back into Valkyria Chronicles also. It was recently released on PS4, thank the Playstation gods! Battlefield 1 might also join the fun too, because nothing says NYE like landing a plane on a Zeppelin!

I think I’m getting a little distracted. Please mind the drool as I salivate over gaming.

You know, I should probably end it here. I need to pack for tonight as I’m staying in the city, and I am again getting distracted, this time by Gopher on YouTube doing a complete playthrough of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I am obsessed, I know! He can be annoying, but he has an awesome yet unidentifiable accent that I love!

So, do you have any awesome NYE/NYD pics? Did you watch the fireworks? Drop a line below and let me know how your ‘Fuck you!’ to 2016 went 😛

Until next time…

Cadence xxoo

Update: It is now officially 2017! I thought I’d just post a few pics from my adventures to the Absinthesalon.

Merry xmas!

I want to wish all my friends, family, and followers a Merry Christmas!

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Our meagre IKEA Christmas tree, with reindeer/goat thingy.

It is Boxing Day, here in Australia, but nonetheless… I hope you all have/had a wonderful day 🙂

Both xmas eve and xmas day were excellent. I think I’d have to say that xmas eve was better. Sorry, xmas! Great food (roast veggies, gingerbread house, Yorkshire puddings, custard, and a lot of cheeses – doesn’t get better than that!), great company, but more importantly I watched the, not only greatest xmas film of all time, but the greatest film of all time: Die Hard.

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Suzy Spoon’s roast, roast veggies (potato, parsnip, carrot, pumpkin, beetroot), beans, broccolini, gravy, Yorkshire puddings, gingerbread house, and… condiments.

Boxing Day isn’t out of the running yet though for the crowning of ‘Greatest Holiday… Day’ (that I have just created). It could be the winner. Only time will tell.

Please be good to one another, and be safe driving.

What did you get up to for Christmas? Anything special this year? Let me know in the comments below, and post pictures if you have any.

Cadence xxoo

So lost – 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 two here


So lost, she’s gone to me. Gone from me. And though I have shown her what love is, what it means to feel love, she doesn’t see it, she doesn’t feel it. Not from me. And though she has betrayed me, manipulated my heart into feeding her delusions, I cannot break the spell over me. I love her and she’ll never return it.

© 2016

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Playlist for Eleanor

Finally I have a spare moment to jot down the songs I listened to whilst writing Eleanor. I didn’t listen to music for all the time I was writing, as I usually get distracted and sing along, so this list isn’t that long. But, as I am still working on Eleanor, I will continue to add songs to the list on Spotify.

Music is certainly inspiration, and I try to venture into various genres to get a feel of my mood, or my characters’ moods. You will therefore note a dramatic change in music styles in my list, from symphonic metal and rock, to classical, art pop, and whatever genre Björk is! And though I am a big 80s music lover, I did stray away (as much as I could) in favour of music that I thought was more cohesive and conducive to my moods whilst writing Eleanor. That may seem rather odd, when you see the list, as everything is in chaos. I admit that I did put my player on shuffle, but when I came across a song that wasn’t working for me, I simply moved on or picked something suitable for the scene or my mood. Bear in mind that this list doesn’t 100% reflect the development of the story.

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I can’t imagine Eleanor listening to Styx, but I can’t deny my love for them, so they’re on the list. Styx definitely know how to pick me up and get me pumped and ready for writing. Likewise with Babymetal. Gimme Chocolate isn’t exactly a true representation of Eleanor’s descent into madness.

Yet, it is the very first song on the list that really does it for me. It was the perfect song for the first day of National Novel Writing Month, and the first day of Eleanor. It woke me up, got me motivated and ready for the month ahead. Have a listen, and I think you’ll agree.

My playlist is available on Spotify. You will need to create a free account to be able to view and listen to my playlist. You have the option to follow my account, which means you will receive a notification when I add new playlists.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find every song through Spotify, so I may simply post up those songs individually, or post a screenshot from my player.

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Eleanor Spotify list

Did you enjoy the playlist? Was there a song on there you loved or hated? Let me know in the comment section below.

An Ode to Bipolar

Published in the 2016 Blue Fringe Arts Short Story and Poetry Anthology: Speak Out
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An Ode to Bipolar

Into sadness,
a sometimes forgotten spell.
Feverish, fetish, devouring all.
Yet when deprived,
a fondness; so yearning
and lachrymose.
Of tears, weeping
the flower
of being.
And necromancy,
an embrace;
a plea for answers,
but soft and deafening
the shadowed face.

Perpetual madness,
a labyrinth of decaying
thought and nameless love,
where spectres dance, and ravage,
and sentence the mind
to answer.
Damnation.
Doom.

But the hummingbird,
the sublime,
the beauty within.
Does it linger? Why does it so?
The love foretold,
and wisteria singing.
Creepers entangling,
strangling no more.
And leaden drops no longer
fill the lands with despair.

© 2016

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What you’ve missed – Day 28 of NaNoWriMo

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Word count: 50,337

I’ve made it! I’ve crossed the finish line! In roughly 25 days, I hit the 50,000 word goal for National Novel Writing Month. It feels great, especially as I never anticipated I’d finish, at least not when I first began. Yet, I told myself I would commit to Eleanor, stick to the daily goals at the very least, then hope that something would come from it.

At 2am November 26: There seems to be a slight discrepancy however between my personal word count with Word and the word count with NaNoWriMo. I’m not certain why there is such a difference. I actually finished on 50,131. I can only assume that perhaps it counts hyphenated words as two words, for example…? Not sure.

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Today:
As you can see, my work has slowed down. However, I will continue working on Eleanor until the 30th – I want to keep adding to my word count. NaNoWriMo has been a wonderful motivational tool, so I want to take advantage of it for as long as I can!

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Thank you to everybody who supported me throughout NaNoWriMo, and to everybody who continues to support me. It has been a blast, and I can’t wait to do it again next year. If you’re thinking about giving it a go, definitely go for it 🙂

So, what now?
I will be revising my work, but before that, I think I will spend some more time relaxing… The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt-style!

In December things will be quite chaotic, as you can understand. Everything will slow down again, but I aim to get Eleanor to a publishable standard very, very soon. I am also considering my options, ie traditional vs self-publishing. I think it will come down to the potential of the book.

And, of course, I feel as though I am neglecting my other works in progress: A Travesty and Wings of Malice.

Coming up?
I will also post up my Eleanor playlist, so you can see (and listen to) everything I had playing whilst trying to write. Much of it proved as a hindrance, actually. It’s hard to listen to your favourite songs and not sing along.

Also, the Blue Fringe Arts Literature event is coming up soon, which is very exciting as it was not going to run this year. I have submitted a work, and will be attending.


For now…

From this week’s playlist:

Björk – Army of Me
Imperia – Fragile
The Superjesus – Shut My Eyes
Battle Beast – Black Ninja
Aesma Daeva – D’oreste D’adjace
Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights

What you missed on social media (including all the boring bits):

Dalmatian puppy getting a massage!


If John Hurt had a cat coming out of his chest, he would have at least been happy in his final moments in Alien.

A little bit of Community

A moment of crisis!

More Witcher, of course!

And a discovery!

Bad Sex in Fiction Awards. Never knew there was such a thing, and I can’t be certain that I am better for knowing about it now.

Because there were two articles on it… and some discrepancy.

Again, thank you so much to everybody who sent me love and support during this project!

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

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