The Noisy Ghosts

I’ve now reached 25,000 words with my Currawong Book, which is why I’ve been a bit quiet on Facebook, Twitter and in Blogland. Some writers may scoff at that output but combined with being a full-time mother it’s not too dusty for me. With every 25,000 words, I reward myself with a small treat.


The annual Scarlet Stiletto Awards is on again. I didn’t think I would enter this year but a story has just begun to beat a little drum in my head.

And it has rained for days non-stop in Sydney which is heaven in the writing shed. In Little Brick we keep the fairy-lights on in the hope they chase the spirits away. 


Fairy lights to keep the spirits at bay


At night the wind is so strong, I wake all the time thinking a ghost is walking down the corridor banging and shaking the walls .

Little drum stories and noisy ghosts. It’s no wonder I am always weary.

ghost image source


4 Responses

  1. pinry June 18, 2011 / 1:03 pm

    oh, your fairy lights and floral paintings are gorgeous. little brick must be very cosy. i love the sound of the wind and rain outside while snug inside. congratulations on the progress with your book – treat well deserved in my opinion. hope the ghosts (and my aren’t they scary ones too) give you some peace.

  2. josephinetalepeddler June 19, 2011 / 7:32 am

    Jennifer, I’m planning on putting my fairy lights in our shed as well. I’m mad for them. Shall visit you very soon. xx

  3. Apple Island Wife June 30, 2011 / 2:57 am

    A treat after every 25,000 words – what a marvellous idea! What do you recommend?
    I’m writing the book of my blog, always hoping hoping hoping. Am 48 thou words into the second draft.
    My writers’ group recently inspired me to write four chapters in a month, and I did it too. Then things have slackened off a bit since I’ve been blogging and twittering. Know what you mean about the conflict there.

    • josephinetalepeddler June 30, 2011 / 10:09 am

      Hello Apple Island Wife. Whatever treat gets you moving. With me, it’s often books that I covet. What a terrific idea to write your Blog out. I always think it’s sad how impermanent Blogging can be. Like dandelion clocks lost to time so easily. You never know where your luck will flow. Look at the success that Wife of the North had.
      Sleepy Dwarf, I hear how cold it is down there. I”ll actually be down there next week for a few days to see my sick dad. Looking forward to a blast of artic air Thanks for your good wishes on my headache.
      Simone, I never know where to blog. I do miss Blogger as it’s so easy but sometimes it’s just more convenient for me to do it all here. I’m torn between my two blogs!
      Vicki, Johnny gets better and better with age. Just like us!
      Jennifer, that is so true. Not like the bad old days when if you had red hair or didn’t fit a mould you weren’t accepted. I do feel sorry for young women today however with all the media saturation of the photoshopped perfection and resulting pressures from that. xx

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