Sunday, January 28, 2007

Snakes Alive!

Hi folks,
Well I have had a very exciting few days. Firstly I finished my medical continuity which was grea fun. There was a lot of work in it in terms of police procedure and getting it right so I am afraid I spent a lot of time with the police lately-for all the right reasons of course!
We have a terrifying scare up at the beach house on Friday. It was Australia Day and my husband and I and the two dogs were walking back up from the beach through our bushy path when two steps in front of me a large tiger snake was crossing the path. I am fine with snakes, I leave them alone and let them get away but when I've got a feisty fox terrier and a playful Poodle puppy running under my feet I can tell you my heart rate went soaring. Tiger snakes are particularly aggressive at this time of year as it is mating season and this one was certainly mad at us. He lunged at Pippi (the fox terrier) but missed and instead got ensnared in an old fish trap we have along the path along with all the buoys and beach combing treasures we've collected over the years. The snake got away just as my husband grabbed Pippi, I have to run after Polly who I had screamed at the get away and she got frightened and ran out of sight. I was terrified the snake would double back and get her. We now go down the path with a spade in hand and the dogs on leads. Once summer is over it won't be so bad. Of course the saying is more snakes see you than you see them but it still worries me just how many there are spying on me!
I hope your week hasn't been as stressful as mine, although I do feel for those in the snow right now. Snow is lovely but not if you have no power and it's blocked you in for days on end.
With warm wishes,
Melanie x

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Writing up a storm

Hi everyone,
It's been a busy week but I'm heading down the home straight with my continuity novel. It's been a real challenge but lots of fun too. I managed to write 10,000 words during a hectic week of appointments and weird weather. We had a huge thunder storm yesterday with buckets of rain. We don't get storms in Tasmania very often as we usually have quite low humidity so it was nice to watch from my office window. It was a welcome relief from bush fires and water restrictions I can tell you!
Polly is growing so quickly. She is chewing a shoe as I type this. She is growling at it and shaking it to bits. Pippi just looks on indulgently, she occasionally looks as if she is rolling her eyes at this wild child's behaviour!
Hope everyone is well and happy.
Melanie x

Monday, January 15, 2007

Fantastic news!

Hi everyone,
I have some wonderful news- I received two 5 out of 5 reviews on Cataromance for my upcoming releases: In Her Boss's Special Care (Medical) and Bedded and Wedded for Revenge( Presents). I am totally blown away and feel very humbled that my reviewer loved my books. I always try to write from the heart the type of story I like to read and it's a thrill when other people really hook into that.
Polly is the biggest time waster that has ever entered this house! I am totally enthralled with her, she is so playful and engaging to watch. She has scattered toys all over the house and chewed shoes and hidden socks and so on. I am spoiling her shockingly of course but she is just so adorable. She now knows how to sit and shake hands and stay; the staying bit is a bit shaky as her attention span is tiny but I am so proud of her.
Hope you are all well. I am still working on my continuity novel and enjoying the interaction between my characters.
All the best,
Melanie xx

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