A blog about everything I love! From Astronomy to music and everything in between. I cover 'sudoscience' - We've got aliens, and conspiracy theories, disclosure, want to ascend? Me too..... Then I spin it the whole other way and give you 'factual science' with cool stuff I've been learning at university. I share choice music, books, funny websites, silly hobbies, people, fun and food. Join me on a crazy ride through my life on this wonderful planet we call Earth!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Wrong Way Go Back!

Sometimes you realise your on the wrong path, and need to take a step back to reasess the situation!
That's what's happening to the main character Ally in my new book-
"Ally in Disguise"
I'm having so much fun inventing her life and puppeteering her around......
I love having such an inventive imagination.....definately not boring being in my head!
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Friday, 28 October 2011

Short Story Competition on Facebook!!

Vote for my short story on facbook by clicking the link and scrolling down until you find Tara Anderton's post and liking it!!



http://www.facebook.com/thewritinglab/posts/215836788471997

Thanks for your support!!!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Creative Minds!

I went to meet with some creative minds in various industries last night, to discuss my friend Rhea's music career, and how we can raise money to enable her to get studio time to record her album. It was an interesting and productive night with some amazingly creative and talented people, including myself, who are hoping to combine our talents and help her to kickstart her career and get serious about her obvious talent as a singer/songwriter....
I wish her all the best in her journey and am positive she will find a way to make her dream a reality!
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Monday, 24 October 2011

Update on book 4

I've been a bit busy, and have had some time away from my book to relax and do other things. You should always take a break when you need it, otherwise projects that that start out fun, turn into something that consumes you! Its easy to be consumed by something, sometimes its even fun for a little while, but it's always good to have other interests and things you like to do.

I'm actually still up to typing...(book 4) the main body and idea of the book that I finished writing a few weeks ago. I still have a long way to go but I like to type up what I have and then work from there - filling in the gaps and creating conversations. I've probably got 3-4 hours of typing to go (about 15 hours already completed),and yes there where alot of moments that I wigged out and wished the book would type itself up! Im not too bad at typing, but when you have hundreds of hand written A4 notes that have been edited and crossed out with arrows going this way and that, its a bit of a head FUCK!
I love creating a novel, writing it - the typing is just something that has to be done!
- Then I'm going to save it to a momory stick and take it to office works for printing. (Apparently they charge 8c a copy - totally awesome) Which saves me getting a printer for a little bit longer....
Then the process continues... x

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Saturday Night With my Best Friend!

This is me and my best friend fooling around with makeup on Saturday night........
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Saturday, 22 October 2011

she brings the rain

She's brings it!
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Thursday, 20 October 2011

My heritage!

Italians are a passionate people! We laugh big, we love big, we fight big and we makeup big!
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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Always planning and imagining!
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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Ally in Disguise!

Writing a book about made up characters is very interesting. To create a character is a bit of a process. I'm sure every writer does it differently, but this is how I do it.

Take the main character of my 4th novel Ally. Currently still without a last name.
I start off with the idea of the book first. I basicly just start writing. The characters start to form, I become the character. As I write, I start to picture what this person could look like, and what her name could be. I have a separate piece of paper and start adding characteristics- like brown hair,height, body type, and then job. The name usually comes pretty quick. As I continue to write the book, her likes and dislikes and personality appear- she slowly becomes someone.

And that's my story :-)
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how good is water!

Omg water is so amazing... i'm loving it atm! Every time I drink it lately its just really doing it for me.....plus its good for showers, swimming and cooking! :-)
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Vote for my short story on facebook

Vote for my short story by following this link and scrolling down until you find my post and like it. I could win an Ipod 2..... http://www.facebook.com/thewritinglab/posts/215836788471997
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Saturday, 15 October 2011

Random thoughts on a rainy Saturday afternoon!

Isn't it interesting the different stages of life we go through.
The I want to have a good time and do fun things stage.
I mean, sometimes all I want to do is go out, see my friends and have a good time. I count down the days until the weekend arrives, finding that awesome pair of heels I totally need, because they are the only ones that will go with my outfit, and attend parties, share dinner with friends, go for drinks or even go out somewhere and watch a DJ, band or singer.
Then the inevitable hangover that can last all day, depending on the type of drink and how much I chose to consume on that particular night. Which really can be a bit of a bummer. Sometimes but not always I can tend to drink a little more than I should. I'm having such a good time that instead of stopping I keep going and end up regretting the few extra drinks in the morning. I'm a weirdo when it come to drinking. I can have 2 glasses of wine and be pissed as a parrot, or I can have a 1/2 a bottle of CC and coke and be wondering why I'm not on the floor. Other times I've had 5 vodkas and been really drunk. I tend to think - mood, food eaten that day, how fast I drink and what type of alcohol all contribute to how my body reacts, so its hard to determine if Im going to be hungover in the morning....

And then theres the want to write and be creative stage.
The one where I basicly focus all my spare time on thinking, writing, creating and typing. I turn down invitations, nights out and fun to confine myself to my imagination. Legs crossed, sitting on my bed music or TV on, computer humming in the background incase I need to look something up....

So thats been me for the last nmonth or so. I must say I have enjoyed my creative time. Its been pretty awesome, but I'm now looking forward to the summer. BBQ's , beach days, swimming, sunbaking, drinking fluffy drinks and cocktails, relaxing, and of course lots and lots of parties. I love the smell of summer and everything that goes with it...

Anyway I hope you all having an amazing weekend x

Thursday, 13 October 2011

There are 3 sides to every story: My side, your side and the truth. And no one is lying. - Robert Evans
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Monday, 10 October 2011

Oh I forgot about the pizza!

How could I forget to mention the pizza! I was going to throw something in my last blog about writing and eating pizza and make it sound funny and witty but I forgot. So now I just sound like a twit. Writing about typing and pizza and making no reference to any actual pizza! Hmmmm Im blogging on my phone- the damn computer is frozen and im finding it hard to focus on what I want to write! Anyway pizza was amazing.... maybe not worth rambling about but you can't win them all lol
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Typing and eating pizza!

For the last two nights I have been stuck in secretary world typing up my 4th book.
Its kind of interesting watching my words turn into a book, and also annoying, as I often find mistakes or parts I want to edit and fight with myself about weather I should keep typing and edit later or the other way around?
Its a toughie! What if I forget something and I didn't get it down.....? so its a long process as you can imagine! But awesome and exiting and fulfilling! I love writing if you haven't already guessed!!
Lots more nights of typing ahead and many more writing...... I can't wait!


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Saturday, 8 October 2011

Facebook Short Story Comp

I've just entered a writing competition. - Thats right, my first ever competition!
It is being Held by The Writing Lab check them out on Facebook.

I found out about it from the competitions page at Australian Writers' Resource .

I had to write a 420 character short story and post it on The Writing Labs wall on facebook under the competition heading.

This is very new to me, the whole short story thing! Now that I have started writing books - the kind that have 60 000 words plus, the thought of writing a short story kind of made me think... what could I possibly say that could be written in 420 characters.Yes thats right 420 letters including spaces! Hmmmm and then all of a sudden I was writing! This is what I came up with.....


The sun pierces my brain as my eyes, caked with last nights mascara flutter open. The air heavy and stale with alcohol, sex and cigarette smoke surounds my aching limbs. I stumble nude to the bathroom and vomit. I drag last nights clothes on and glance at the bed. Regret, lust, stupidity, love? I call a taxi.

"Where are you?"

"I'm on struggle street!"


I hope you like it! Its a bit dark and disturbed but it will fit in well in one of the chapters of my new book. Apparently the winner is decided by how many likes they get on facebook on The Writing Lab facebook page, so if your feeling generous check out the competition and like my short story - I could win an IPAD 2!!!

Thanks x

Researching Writing Competitions

After wondering what else I can do, that i'm not already doing in regards to getting my writing read and creating interest around my blog and writing.
I've decided to research Australian Writing Competitions. There are literally hundreds of competitions to choose from in plenty of genres. One place of interest is;

Australian Writers' Resource

- for a list of various competitions available and my starting point. There are many more that can be found by typing Australian Writing Competitions into Google or any major search engine.

If your interested in writing you should get on it!

Friday, 7 October 2011

I'm still waiting for a reply from Tate Gallery... as the days tick by - the sinking feeling , the one you get when you know deep down, their not interested! Its probably a 20% chance I'm going to get a positive response! Its been at least 3 weeks now and I cant actually remember how long she said it would take to expect a reply. Linda requested a SSAE, so I thought some sort of reply was imenent!

Admitedly I'm disapointed, but lifes full of disapointments isnt it?
I guess a handful of rejections from uninterested agents,(mostly their not reading my book genre.) And one legitimate response that requested a copy of my synopsis for Gold Digger my second book. Oh and the two different submissions to Allen and Unwin - 1 a positive response saying my writing showed merit and the other reieving no response is just the beginning of my journey!
I love to write, so Im definately going to continue even if I never get published. Hopefully I evolve as a writer, and someone, someday wants to publish one of my books but if I dont try and out myself out there then Ill never know!

In the meantime I have plenty of other options.
I will persue publishers directly. (in a previous blog I was tossing up weather or not to contact publishers directly or find an agent first)
After alot of mixed views on the internet regarding Agent Vs Publishers. Im finding that apparently its extremely hard to find an agent in Australia, and I have more hance of going in direct!
So with approx 6 or so major publishers and a possible 10 others worth trying, and then as a last resort or in better words as plan B or C??? Im going to try overseas! Ive actually herd good reviews about Australian writers publishing in the UK and US. There is a bigger market - so def worth a try.
Anyway ill be up all night writing because its inspiration weekend :-)

AND THAT IS ALL!

get inspired

This weekend is get inspired weekend! ! Im going to write more of my fab new book (currently still without a name) and listen to music. Maybe I might even type some out..... also watch tv and basicly try and relax a bit. I desperatly need a new laptop! Mine is being very tempromental and I don't trust it with my valuable new book so I have to upload it onto my portable hard drive. I also need a printer Mmm yep still haven't got one! Im planning an doing a few book reviews too if your interested....
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Monday, 3 October 2011

Breathe!

Sometimes there is so much to do and so many things going on in life, you just have to sit back, take a deep breath and do nothing!
Thats what Im doing tonight! - I'm kicking back waiting for my new favourite show 'Made in Chelsea' !
No writing, reading and NO THINKING!
Just what I need!
Have a good night whatever your up too x

Saturday, 1 October 2011

NYC

Me walking the streets of NYC is my dream! August next year can't come quick enough!
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i love music!

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