Regular followers and visitors to this site will know I'm using BLOGGERS WERE CHILDREN TOO! for my theme this year. I hope you're enjoying reading about bloggers, some you know and some you may not yet know.
Well I decided I'd better take my turn. My place in the world is quite different to all the posts I've read so far. So take a trip Down Under to the Queensland bush.
Rock on A- Z Challenge.
Yesterday was Kittie Howard.
L is for L'Aussie (L'Aussie Writer).
I WAS BORN IN: Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia - peanut country, maybe that's why I'm so nutty.
I GREW UP IN: Ironpot, Conondale, Woombye, Lower Kenilworth (Gheerulla) - all in the Queensland bush or close to it - might explain why I love the beach so much! And why you haven't heard of any of them, lol! No population over 300, I kid you not.
MY FAVOURITE HOME WAS IN: Conondale because it was a huge property and I could run free, but it was a very long walk to the school bus. This is where I really got close up and personal with the Queensland bush - its trees, its rivers, its animals (especially horses.)
MY BEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY IS: The freedom of doing basically what I liked - climbing mountains near my Lower Kenilworth home and swimming in the nearby creek which was very cold and had a resident platypus. Forget the sunburn, those were the wild, free days! What was my mother thinking!
MY WORST CHILDHOOD MEMORY IS: Nearly getting bitten by a snake while walking home through the bush. Luckily, we were always cautioned to be on the lookout, and we were. Some of those suckers can kill you in 20 minutes flat and we lived too far from a hospital to survive unless we performed our own first aid. (Always had my little snake bite kit with me, but I think I would have fainted and died if I'd actually had to use it.)
TODAY I LIVE IN: Brisbane (capital city of Queensland) and Peregian Beach (100 kilometres north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast.) Best of both worlds I think. Brisbane is a River City, and I live on the river. This is where it's all happening. And Peregian Beach is a gorgeous little village on the beach with great coffee shops, clothing shops and eateries. What more could a woman want? (Er, don't get me started...)
My favourite icon in Brisbane City.
This is the Kurilpa Bridge in Brisbane, taken the day it was opened.
It ends in my street (inner city) and takes you across to the South Bank Cultural Centre.
It's pedestrian only - for cycling, running, walking.
PROUDEST WRITER MOMENT: When I got my first short story published in Fast Fiction magazine in Australia. Some might think it's easy to get published in a commercial magazine - those in the know know this isn't true. Takes a long time to break in, then you have to keep your foot in the door and jump back when it's slammed in your face again and again!)
RANDOM FACT ABOUT ME: I'm a proud Queenslander (you should see me at State of Origin Rugby League time!) but I'm always restless, planning that next overseas trip. The world's a very big place and I want to see a lot more of it! (Probably the Aussie Explorer spirit which I've always had!)
|At Victor Hugo's apartment,|
Place des Vosges, Paris.
She has written three as yet unfinished novels, published short stories, travel features and newspaper profiles. She is an avid blogger and founded RomanticFridayWriters, a place for writers to hone their craft. She will publish a collection of her romantic flash fiction in 2012, then begin work on an anthology of the best of RFW flash fiction. When parted from her laptop she’ll be reading or running. She blogs @:http://laussieswritingblog.blogspot.com - oh, that would be here, lol!
Don't forget to tune in tomorrow for Paula Martin.