Two Kookaburras visiting out the front of our place

It’s officially the first day of three weeks’ holiday for me, and the sun is shining here to celebrate! (actually we’re having a very dry, warm start to Autumn here in Melbourne so rain would not spoil my day either) It’s beautiful weather and the local birds are loving it too – the rosellas, lorikeets and cockatoos are invading our area to take advantage of the local eucalyptus blossom.

Powerpuff me

#Powerpuffyourself was last weekend’s social media craze – here’s me as a Powerpuff girl, which was cool except it wouldn’t let me add a cat and dog as part of my interests

I’ve been quiet on the blogging front for a while – basically I haven’t had much to say and it’s been a long few weeks at work getting things ready before I left, plus working on my second novel and a couple of short stories… oh, and getting way too caught up in various social media outlets and reading far too many books! I am two books ahead of my Goodreads reading challenge so far (I set my challenge to read fifty books in 2016), so I’m happy with that, and it all adds fuel to the creative fire.

I’ve decided not to blog unless I have something exciting to say. I will try to keep up with reading the blogs I follow, and hang out on Twitter and Instagram with the other Young Adult book readers, writers and publishing types, and I will keep working on my own writing, as I should if I want to be part of all the energy and excitement which is the Australian YA scene right now. Which includes another book launch next Tuesday night, for Shivaun Plozza’s Frankie, a very cool book about an angry young girl whose half-brother turns up out of nowhere, then disappears again, leaving her to pick up the pieces. It’s set in the rougher inner-city suburbs of Melbourne, so I’m loving the references and gritty, realistic descriptions!

Tree and bark

Bark and dog in the park

Meanwhile the indigenous seedlings that I’d sown in mid February are more than ready to be thinned and transferred, so I’d better spend time on them. Plus there’s the dogs to walk, the cats to wrangle and pay attention to, and a few catch-up medical appointments – maybe one day I’ll be rid of this hip pain and have a little more energy 🙂

Elvie & Hermie on bed

The animals know how to have a holiday 🙂






So thank you for following and reading my blogs along the way, and I hope you all continue to enjoy blogging as much as I have. I will see you around!

About carolynswriting

Author, Menagerie Manager, 9-5er. Love my writing, my family and other animals, my friends, and even my job :)
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11 Responses to Holidays!

  1. Gary Lum says:

    I hope you enjoy your leave.

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  2. WordMothers says:

    Enjoy your holidays, Carolyn! Good luck with the second book and I look forward to continuing to chat with you around the traps. x

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  3. Animals can teach us a thing or two about holidays and relaxing!

    Also, we have about the same book goal for the year! I do 52 a year. I figure I should be able to read a book a week. I am way ahead this year – which means I will get bogged down at some point and get way behind!

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    • Sometimes I cheat by having a few on the go at once, reading whichever suits me at any given time – it’s weird but it works, I don’t tend to stop reading that way! We will have to compare next year’s goals once we get there 🙂

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      • Oh, I regularly have a “hard” book – one I think I should read, but for whatever reason I know it won’t be an easy/fun read. So I will bargain – read one chapter of the hard book, then get to read the fun book. I’ve gotten through some pretty dry books this way!

        And, I always have an audiobook for the car. Those thing are great – and I never have trouble switching between those and the actual books. It must be something about the difference in how my brain processes them.

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      • I MUST get on to audio books – I think I haven’t because I don’t spend enough time in a car (& I’m happy about that!) but I hear great things – that’s a good idea 🙂


  4. Carolyn, Happy to read your post today. The animals look like they are already celebrating having you on holiday with them for a few weeks. Have a lovely vacation. Clare

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