Friday, 3 December 2010


Finished NaNo 6 days early and my 1st draft though naturally a little rough has potential so I am very happy with it.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010


Can't help it I have to Shout Out, I just hit 20,000 words in NaNo and it's only day 10. At the moment my characters are searching for their lost friend but I'm afraid I can't let them continue until tomorrow. I need my sleep.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

The Thanksgiving issue.

I hoped everyone survived Halloween. Last year a dad came with the neighbourhood kids, and when I offered them money he took it - to look after it for the children. The children were not impressed. This year I was prepared with a stash of lollies. I seem to have a few left over. Oh dear, there goes the diet.

In Calamity's Corner this month's Thanksgiving nibbles include: from Western Australia, mystery/crime writer Carole Sutton, whose latest book "Blood Opal' is now available. Come inside Ireland's most visited attraction (no it isn't the BlarneyStone). Wendy urges everyone to try NaNoWriMo at least once in their life. Spitzli and friends attend Obedience Training School. The quiz is an easy one for History lovers, about the most powerful woman in Europe of her time.
Jennifer Leonard shares something special with Sydneysiders and LJ Roberts book review features an Aussie author.

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Good Luck NaNoWrimoers. Will you be among the 18% who win?!!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Halloween Issue of Calamity's Corner

In the Halloween issue of CC our Author of the Month is Lisa J. Yarde who shares her obsession with historical research. I take you to the old town square in Verona, Italy. Laurel Lamperd sent us some strange architecture and this month's animal and the quick quiz are very weird indeed, hehe.
L.J.Robert's book review column is great as usual, Calamity hogged the movie comments (sorry) and Sally Odgers has a wise writing tip for all authors. Look for Margaret Tanner's exciting announcement. All of CC readers are sure to wish her well.
Happy October, Happy Halloween
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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Calamity's Corner September issue

September is a magical issue. Our Author of the Month features Jacquie Rogers, author of Faery Special Romances. Book Doctor, Edith Parzefall takes us on a romantic journey to the breathtakingly exquisite Iguazu Falls in South America and supplies this month's quick quiz. Prolific Australian Author Sally Odgers presents our Pet of the Month, Preacher, a rising star :) and two stories on Texan author Celia Yearly's blogspot inspired the writing exercise.

LJ Roberts' regular column reviews An Unhallowed Grave, Deborah Cannan and Calamity comment on recent movies, and Calamity's dear friends Jan & Ken Manning share a lofty experience.

This is another fun read to enhance your September leisure time.

Wendy visits Texty Ladies

Read my article about Calamity's Corner: why I started the newsletter and why I continued with it when there was no reason to be.
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Saturday, 31 July 2010

My article on 'Calamity's Corner' at 1st Turning Point.

1st Turning Point turns the tables on Calamity! Now Calamity, who seeks articles for Calamity's Corner, is invited to write one herself -- about Calamity's Corner. How great is that?!! Want to read it? You can on August 5th at 1st Turning Point but don't wait till then. They have wonderful articles on self promotion and marketing, every day.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Calamity's Corner e-newsletter

As usual, the May issue of Calamity's Corner is filled with fascinating contributions from readers and writers around the world. In the 8 page pdf e-newsletter, sent on the 1st of the month, they share their experiences on writing, travel, book and movie reviews and pets.

In May the featured author is Canada's Jo-Anne Vandermeulen, author of Premium Promotional Tips for Writers and Conquer All Obstacles.
Fantasy writer, Anna L. Walls, author of King by Right of Blood and Might, shares her Alaskan Wilderness, a young violinist, Gabriela, busks in Paris and we feature Andy, a four month old Shih-Tzu as Pet of the Month.

In her regular column L.J. Roberts reviews Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand by Fred Vargas.

There is something for everyone, including a quick quiz, writing exercise & a grumble from The Groper.

Always seeking to expand, Calamity would love to welcome you to our growing group, which, so far, reaches 22countries: Australia (all states); Canada; Denmark; England; Germany;Hong Kong; India; Indonesia; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Malaysia; Mexico; Mongolia; New Zealand; Poland; Portugal; Ukraine; USA (most states including Alaska &Hawaii); Slovenia; South Africa and Switzerland.

Any member is welcome to contibute to the regular segments, if they wish, and I will thank them by promoting their websites, if they have one.

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