When the stars align and the internet plays nicely I sometimes have a quick look through my Twitter feed. Recently I seem to have lost interest in much that’s said there, haven’t actually tweeted/retweeted/liked anything for a long time, in fact a lot of unfollowing has happened as I’ve got fed up with the thoughts of some users…..but now and again something piques my interest and I click through to read some replies. Rightly or wrongly (depending on your point of view) Poor ‘1000 cases a day’ Gladys & Mr ‘not my prime minister’ M (NSW Premier & Australian PM) are really being lambasted over recent events. Lets just say some of the words ‘spoken’ make interesting reading,
Anyway seeing a recent tweet from a Scottish knitwear designer had me thinking about when I’d heard someone else talking about self publishing to keep hold of creative control. (I’ve removed all the other usernames mentioned in the tweet)
After all these years The Golfer and I don’t feel the need to be in each other’s pocket all day every day. Unlike many retired couples who do spend their days together we’re happy to amuse ourselves knowing each of us value that ‘own time’. While we’re here in Bowen this (below) is where he spends several mornings a week hitting a little white ball, trying to get it to land in a hole in the ground half a mile away…..yes a slight exaggeration but listening to him recap his hole by hole adventures you’d think it was instead of just up the way a bit😊
Meanwhile I’m enjoying the delights of this little town One of them hearing a talk at the local library earlier this month by visiting Australian author Annie Seaton
I’d already read several of her novels so enjoyed sitting there for well over an hour while she entertained us with humorous snippets of her life, where ideas for her novels come from, early treatment by publishers, how hard it was to ‘fight for’ what she had in mind – covers and book titles being changed – to retain creative control (Australian words & terms changed by international publishers …eg the very Australian word bast.rd….changed to ars..le…..turning derogatory into vulgar …….certainly not what she wantedin her novel) and now self publishing as a means of having that control. She has managed to reclaim the rights to several of her books, ‘editing and rewriting’ where necessary to return them to their original state and was happy to tell us they were selling in larger numbers than with the previous publishers.
This is her latest book Hidden Valley Book 4 Porter Sisters series
It’s been a strange week here full of emotion and ‘words’ – I’m beginning to feel hemmed in and ‘restricted’ more so now than over the past weeks. Who knew that state Premiers not agreeing on when to open their borders, golf being allowed but choir singing not, farts and having sausages for dinner two nights in a row could be reasons for a war of words in our household.
There was one bright happening I’ll tell you about……and it appeared when I wasn’t even looking. Since the world blew up in our faces lots of my emails have remained unread…no interest – couldn’t be bothered – you name it, it just didn’t happen. Anyway trying to clear my head by clearing the inbox seemed like a good way to spend half an hour and that’s when I saw something that really put all this weeks rubbishy ‘stuff’ into the garbage bin where it belonged!
Sometimes I tell you about the things I knit 🙂
I give/donate them to Knit One Give One (aka KOGO) who then give to what they call community partners (We supply our items to over 280 Community partner organisations. These are Public Benevolent Institutions, charities and government agencies source) which means none of us knitters know where our gifts will end up or who will benefit from our ‘handwork’
These are some I came home with – for some reason I was particularly happy with the one below.
The soft tones of the pink and grey were a good mix. Not as dark in colour as these photos – just right for a young one, no matter where they were living or what their family circumstances were.
OK back to the emails.
Look what I saw when I opened a recent newsletter. A delightful little one with a big smile on her face wearing a pink and grey raglan sleeved cardigan, pink stripes on the sleeve cuffs finished off with grey buttons. Certainly brought a smile to my face.
The sun has just come out to dry up some of the enormous amount of rain we’ve had over the past couple of days. Maybe some time in the garden is what I need…..then I can pick up the needles again 🙂