Sep 24, 2009

Eerie Weather

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, September 24, 2009 4 comments

A combination of a strong cold front moving north, strong gusty winds and a heavy silt load at Lake Eyre from Queensland's flooding rains earlier this year, have together created one of the countries biggest dust storms.

Hitting Sydney early yesterday morning, it reached here (Brisbane, Queensland) later in the morning. Within 30 minutes we went from blue skies, to a dark eerie glow... car lights needed to be switched on, as did lights within the house.

The air was strong with the scent of red bull dust, evoking memories of when I worked in the outback. Even though I closed the house up, a thick orange layer of dust has still managed to coat everything.

The photos are taken from the same spot on my deck.

Sep 20, 2009

12 months on...

Posted by AJ Blythe at Sunday, September 20, 2009 1 comments

It has been one year since I decided to get serious about my writing. I'd lost my day job, and with little chance of finding another that would allow me to work around being a full-time mum, my husband and I agreed this was the time to put my writing first.

To get the ball rolling and just see whether 'published author' was a pie in the sky fantasy, I entered RWA's High 5 competition - for unpublished category writers. Turns out my entry seemed to have a good plot idea, great voice and a lot of potential.

Today I was having a bit of a 'down' day with my writing. So I dug out that entry (a different ms to the one I'm working on now), and reread those 5 pages. What a great pick-me-up to realise maybe my writing isn't as good as it is going to be, but it is certainly better than what it was.

Sep 8, 2009

RWA Blog & Book Giveaway

Posted by AJ Blythe at Tuesday, September 08, 2009 2 comments

RWA have a blog!

Only recently started, the blog features articles on craft, author interviews, book giveaways, information on Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) and much more.

As a member of the blog team, I'm very proud of how popular the site is becoming. My particular focus is the Blog Bite - a column where RWA members (both published and unpublished) answer 5 questions to reveal a little bit about themselves.

Today the site features a Blog Bite with CC Coburn who is giving away a signed copy of her upcoming release Colorado Christmas. Visit for your chance to win.

At the moment the 5 questions asked by the Blog Bite are:
1. My worst habit is...
2. It's a bit daggy but I love...
3. My first job was...
4. Three things people might not know about me are...
5. I write...

What do you think of these questions? Should the same questions be asked every time?
Would love some feedback.

Sep 2, 2009

Take Time

Posted by AJ Blythe at Wednesday, September 02, 2009 3 comments

As part of the wonderful goodies bag from the RWA Clayton's Conference 2009, I received a bookmark, hand painted by one of the talented participants, Mary De. On the back she had this inspirational poem...

TAKE TIME (author unknown)

Take time to Work - it is the price of Success
Take time to Think - it is the source of Power
Take time to Play - it is the secret of Youth
Take time to Read - it is the fountain of Wisdom
Take time to Dream - it is the highway to the Stars
Take time to Look Around - it is the shorcut to Unselfishness
Take time to be Friendly - it is the road to Happiness
Take time to Laugh - it is the music of the Soul

In a world where we seem to always be on fast forward, always rushing from A to B, trying to get so much done and getting more behind, it is easy to forget. But we all need to slow down and Take Time. Life would be so much nicer if we did.

Clayton's Conference

Posted by AJ Blythe at Wednesday, September 02, 2009 0 comments

I recently was involved in the RWA Clayton's Conference - the conference you attend when you can't make the face-to-face conference (running online simultaneously with the RWA Conference). The conference you can attend in your PJs.

Compliments to the wonderful ladies who organised and ran the weekend. And to all the fantastic members of RWA who contributed in some way to make it the success it was.

With many fabulous sessions and an awards night to rival the 'real' one, it certainly made up for those unable to make the trek to Brisbane. Writing chats, writing challenges, writing competitions – there were even competitions for the best PJ’s and best Fake Book Cover.

Winner - Best Fake Book Cover

If I can't make a conference I'll certainly be joining in the Clayton's.

Visit to read more about the conference.

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