Thursday, April 27, 2006

I'll have cream with that, please

We have a new bakery not far away and just next door is a Gloria Jean's coffee. This is dangerous. I went and bought a loaf of bread to try yesterday and whilst there bought a flat white for Peter and a hot chocolate for me. The bread was so good that the whole loaf went yesterday and for breakfast this morning. And the coffees weren't bad either. So today, we needed a new loaf of bread for lunch, so we got coffee and hot chocolate again. I refused their frequent sippers card yesterday, but got one today, and they remembered me, so marked down the two from yesterday as well. Will be avoiding the bakery tomorrow and hopefully, won't feel the urge for a hot chocolate. But, boy, it was good! Especially the extra cream.

I wonder...

'Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise'

So does the opposite stand true?

Late to bed, late to rise, makes a woman sick, poor and stupid

...I have no hope then.

What triggers your memories?

I was reading another blog today and the writer was talking about how smells trigger memory for him. Some smells do this for me but I find that it is food that triggers memories for me most often.

Apple turnovers for the time I visited a bat park (weird on it's own) with my dad and we sat at a picnic table eating apple turnovers dusted in icing sugar whilst bat's screeched in the trees around us.

Date scones for my grandma - she showed me how to cook them the first time.

Freshly baked bread and fresh prawns from the co-op at Tuncurry remind me of all the holidays I had there as a kid with my family.

Dried figs and my dad.

Boysenberry jam reminds me of trips to New Zealand where I first tried that jam - homemade by my Aunt.

I'll never forget the raw octopus I tried in Japan at a New Year's feast put on by friends of my father's.

White chocolate ice-cream with macadamia nuts in a humungous waffle cone reminds me of Dallas, where my stepmother and I ate one ice cream each for our lunch that day. We couldn't have fit anything else in. We were out walking around, looking at the sights. The tourist bureau couldn't believe we had walked everywhere. 'What? No car?"

I am sure there are more, and if they come to me, I'll jot them down.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006


I wrote a new short story last night that Peter says is rather creepy. I am very pleased. I just need to run it by a few other readers and then I'll try and send it out. It is about spiders, very appropriate what with our encounter with a funnel-web a few weeks back. I was inspired as I was reading a message board about horror and what kind most people are writing nowadays. There is a lot of gore and splatter horror out there, and dark fantasy/psychological horror and not as much creepy, things in everyday life/ boogeyman type horror. It made me think about what makes my skin crawl and the story popped into my head.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

The Little Red Tin

I was in the bedroom this morning looking at a small red tin that I have had for a very long time. It is an oblong with rounded corners, about 10cm long by 7cm, and about 2cm deep. On the front is the word "Milky" and a cartoon picture of a little girl. On the back is a listing of the contents - at least I assume it is, as it is all in Japanese. I bought that tin, full of very nice lollies, when I visited Japan in January 1983 with my father and stepmother. I have used it ever since to carry my jewellery, nail scissors and anything else small that I had to carry when travelling. The tin has been to Japan (of course), Taiwan, Hong Kong, Nepal, USA and New Zealand, along with a lot of travelling in the car here at home. The inside is a little tarnished nowadays, but I couldn't bear to part with it.

I look at that tin and remember that trip to Japan, not because of the lollies but because it is my admission ticket to those memories. My father getting tipsy on sake, meeting my penfriend, being nipped on the butt by a hungry deer in Nara, seeing the temple commemorating the three wise monkeys - see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil, catching a glimpse of Mt Fuji, riding the bullet train, having a New Year's meal with friends of my father and playing 'name that object' in English and Japanese and laughing at each others accents, heated train seats in the cold of winter, watching the ladies in the department store wrapping up our purchases with such care and precision, Kyoto, visiting the Hiroshima memorial and seeing the building that was below the epicentre of the bomb. So many memories, and it just takes a glimpse of that little red tin. Posted by Picasa

Friday, April 14, 2006

The Hounds are out

I forgot to mention that I have sent a flash story, The Hounds, (700 words) out today. First I have sent out this year, so fingers crossed. They said on their guidelines that authors may not hear back until June, so could be a long wait. Submissions close on 30 April.

Hopefully more to follow in swift succession.

Well, good news already. I found a new Australian Flash fiction market and sent them The Hounds yesterday evening. I got a response today and they have accepted it. It is not a paying market, but that doesn't matter. My story will be in volume 1. Woo hoo!

List of Lasts

Found this list on another blog and thought it interesting. Haven't been into lists much but, what the heck...

Last Book Read: Souls in the Great Machine by Sean McMullen (Australian author). Met him at Magic Casements (SF Writers Festival held at the NSW Writer's Centre). He was on a panel and I was interested in his writing after hearing him speak. A really good book. Very detailed, but worth reading.

Last Live Music Show Seen: How embarassing - I can't remember it has been so long. I've seen comedians and plays but live music? Oh, no, even more embarassing, it was David Cassidy! Went with a girlfriend who was a big fan and had been since The Partridge Family. But it was a fun night, watching all the middle-aged groupies fawning at the stage. Sad though that the ticket sales were so low. They had to curtain off part of the Sydney Entertainment Centre so it didn't look so empty.

Last CD Purchased: 50 Favourite Australian Nursery Rhymes Vol 2. We needed a new selection so that it takes longer to play the same song again in the car. Katie loves her music.

Last Thing Cooked: Bacon and Eggs on toast for breakfast. I know it is Good Friday and all that but it is also the first long weekend for a while.

Last New Thing Eaten: The white part of the shallots. I grew up eating on ly the green part of the shallot and tossing the rest out. Watching cooking shows they cut the white spring onion part up and cook with it. Much lighter flavour than onion.

Last Thing Bought: Handmade magazine so I can look at all the beuatiful things that I will never get around to making.

Last Gift Received: The first 3 seasons of The Vicar of Dibley on DVD. Pete found them on special and thought of me. So a nice un-birthday present.

Last Piece of Clothing Bought or Received as a Gift: A couple of winter tops.

Last Embarrassing Experience: Katie saying to her Granny - "I've got a looney granny"

Last Totally New Experience: Childbirth, breastfeeding, no PMT for 25 months (the best experience of all!), etc. Seeing my child climb on and off the rocking horse on her own for the first time, and seeing her face light up when she realised what she had done. With a child around there are a lot of new experiences, for us as well as her.

Last Foreign Country Visited, if any: New Zealand, 2003. Peter and I had a 3 week holiday one year after my left knee replacement. I was able to walk out along the river bed to the Franz Josef Glacier and back, something I could never have done before the knee operation. We came back home and decided to try to have our first child - Katie!

Last New Bird Seen: A Wattle Bird in one of the shrubs in the neighbours yard. It was making such a noise, so went to check it out. My step mother was with me and was able to tell me what it was.

Last Big Achievement: Katie. But also tied for first place in the NSW Writer's Centre SF Flash Fiction Competition in 2005. The story was then printed in the newsletter for the Infinitas Bookshop, who sponsored the comp, and on their website, and then a request came from a SF newsletter in Israel to reprint it in their newsletter. So a pretty good achievement from one 500 word story. (If you want to read it you can go to and check out Stories. Look for the story 'We Have the Technology'.

Last Apology Owed: To Peter, because when I get tired I get a tiny bit scratchy, and I was pretty tired last night when Katie did not go to sleep until after 10pm.

And no, I haven't run out of things to say. At least, not yet.