The Literature Review



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Something to sing about – New Holland Honeyeaters


I read a fantastic post this week on the ‘Patter’ Blog by Pat Thomson called

the writer’s tic – it’s all about the invisible gorilla

I had spent hours and hours trying to get started on my Literature review…I have a lot of information, so no problems there, but that first sentence…o.m.g…well after the whole morning in the study, I decided on an early lunch, then came back to the computer but I only lasted ten minutes. Nothing was firing in the brain. So, then I went outside and moved some wood closer to the house; it’s actually starting to get cold here. I came back to the computer and knew and straightaway where I needed to go to get some technical type help…in just 4 hours I sorted out how to structure my Literature Review…and the vimeo mashup on Patter captured everything for me:):)

Hope you check it out and enjoy it too:):)



What next? Are you really saying you don’t believe in democratic processes?


I usually don’t post on politics but today I find myself shocked at some of the twitter posts and headlines I’m reading about BREXIT.  In fact, I’m so shocked I just have to join the cacophony. I think it should be remembered that this democracy in action. So, are people really saying they don’t support democratic processes…sometimes the results surprise us and shock us. BUT  ‘democracy’ should be supported still.  I think it should also be remembered, regardless of whether you’re a ‘remain’ supporter or a ‘leave’ supporter, that almost 52% of the people voted to leave.

This means  almost 52% of the people have been very unhappy about what they see as happening in their ‘world’. Perhaps more energy needs to be spent on a ‘proper’ analysis of why. I’d also like to know where the statistics about the age split of the voting came from. Did people put their ages on the forms? I can’t believe for one minute that every single person over the age of 49 years old voted to leave, and everyone under that age voted to remain…and yet some of the twitter posts I’ve seen about older people have made me wonder which country I’m reading about.

Also, where was the ‘risk management’ plan…the ol’ plan B…I get the feeling that there wasnt one. Why not? It speaks to me of a complete lack of understanding of how bad the people are feeling? The first thing I had to deal with when I worked with government policy was ‘what is your plan B if that doesn’t work?’ So, again a proper analysis would be very useful here.  Cameron could have  taken charge and shown strong leadership…after all as I understand it, the vote is not legally binding. I think the opportunity to bring the country together has been missed. If only there had been a Plan B!!!!

The election is looming and next week  Australia will go to the vote. I have felt for some time now that there is complete lack of strategic thinking and ability to think about, or even of, the broader implications of government policies. Some of the policy grabs put forward by the government to get a quick hit in the media have been nothing short of stunning, spectacular even, and would have been an absolute thrill in a political feature film…except of course this is real life. I won’t give examples….there are too many…

I really hope that the shock passes quickly and that  people can settle down and that the ‘hater’s dont hold sway. Neither side of the vote has the right to totally pillory the other…it’s democracy in action!


After the Rain


Today’s post was originally going to be about almost finishing work on Draft Four of the novel. It is almost done…just three chapters to go, and a final read through and fix up and then finito…till the next time.

But, (I don’t like the word However), we had flooding rains over the weekend which only stopped early this am. We thought we had been lucky because we had no leaking roof, blocked drains or flooding to worry about. So, we watched the news and talked about how hard it must be for the people who have lost their loved ones, or had water racing through their homes, or even those who had lost their swimming pool and half of their back-yards in the ocean below them.

That was until we found out (when I was able to get back to normal routine of doing the washing) to my horror that we had a leak in the roof above the laundry cupboard. We then found out that we had a blocked drain, and to top it off, the pump on the tank doesn’t work.

So, the novel is on hold for today while we wait for the lovely plumber to fix our roof, he’s just been to see what was wrong and has raced off to the plumbing shop to get what he needs to fix it. He’s quite pleased because the cause of the leak was immediately visible and he can fix it today!!! (we’re very pleased too). We will have to dig a little trench near the drain but at least we know what is causing the water to pile up. And we are waiting the ‘someone’ to come and fix, or take away to fix, our pump.

Now yesterday, before the rain had finished I prevailed on my husband to come with me and take some photos of the amazing surf pounding the beaches along the far south coast, and we did, and we got some amazing shots. I have attached one to the post…I hope it shows the tremendous power of the ocean that we happened to be witnessing from the headland.

Hope your week is not as eventful as mine is turning out to be:)