23 Aug 2012

Lost in tasks

I guess I'm lost in all the tasks I've set for myself. So sorry I can't squeeze in any more to each day.

I'm finishing the last edit of Tidal Surge, hoping the book will be better than Still Rock Water, which a sequal needs to be, according to my publisher.

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1200x900 (153.4 KB)I'm allowing the mechanical voice on the pdf format to read Long Doom Calling to me. At the end of each page, I make changes to the file. Endless things that can be improved. This novel, written between Edith Parzefall and I, is the forth in the Higher Ground series. Great story even if I do say so myself.

At the same time, I'm submitting a chapter a week of Seaweed Ribbons to the novels-l section of the Internet Writing Workshop. I wish I had time to go through it beforehand and check each line.

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Big sigh. I'm lucky to be healthy, alive and enjoying my retirement. Full occupation makes the time fly.

3 Aug 2012

The real star moonstone ring.

In the beginning ... I bought the ring from a woman who sold interesting items through my craft shop.
Back in the nineteen seventies, I ran the shop from my home in Robe, a tiny seaside tourist town in South Australia, inhabited off peak by lobster fishermen. The shop already existed at one side of the front door behind a long, deep veranda. I loved that house.
A little bit of history: In the eighteen fifties, Chinese, working for Chinese overlords as slave labor, landed in Robe to avoid tax, and then walked across country to the Victorian goldfields. Their families were kept hostage until they handed over their unearthed gold. The first owners of the house built the shop to sell strips of dried meat, biltong, for the workers long trek.
Anyway, back to the signet-style ring with a cabochon stone set in heavy 24 carat gold. When I first saw it and gazed into the shimmering depths, I fell in love and purchased the ring. A fault, hidden deep within the stone, flashed to reveal a star if tilted a certain way. The finger shaft fascinated me. Okay, this quality of gold is soft. But that didn't explain the two, jagged cuts at one side. Didn't take much to set me wondering who or what made the cuts and why. Obvious, really. Someone, intent on theft, cut the wearer's finger off and removed the ring. This was priceless treasure. Mine.
And so my imagination worked on a story over two centuries. The story expanded to three more and warped into four other novels about the future of the ring.

Ring: rubylan.com
Scene: Robe tourist bureau