It’s been a busy and exciting week for me with interviews for publicity for Poet’s Cottage and working on the FINAL stages of the first draft of Currawong Manor. Yes, it’s nearly there! The characters are doing their usual games with me at the moment but I think I’m following behind. Thankfully, this bunch is patient.


I’m so thrilled to post the first review of Poet’s Cottage HERE. It’s such a surreal feeling for me to see the book that has been part of my life since 2007 now out there in public. I know Booktopia have preorders available HERE and thank you to the lovely friends who have put in orders.

If you are interested in chasing down my original magical trilogy then Momentum have all three books (with brand new covers) as EBooks. YOu can find them HERE.

I am in my garden writing shed. It is pouring with rain and I’m so blissful I could melt. There’s no greater joy than writing in the garden in the pouring rain.

I have to also mention one of my favourite Blogs, The Local Rose, has just celebrated its first birthday. I don’t have a lot of time to visit Blogs but this is one I always love.

Shiva and her lovely daughter

My dream is to buy a writing retreat and head to the bush as often as possible to live a glam and bohemian a life as Shiva Rose. Her lovely, light-filled home was also featured on Apartment Therapy this week.

Shiva's home via Apartment Therapy


And in moments of great joy or sadness, I always turn to one of my favourite movies. The Unbearable Lightness of Being.



This move is so beautiful, so haunting, it hurts.

Life’s so Light.

Thank you for visiting me. I should also mention that Poet’ s Cottage will be featured in the March edition of Good Reading magazine. The article will tell the story of how a family holiday inspired my mystery novel. Have a beautiful weekend. I am hoping for a couple of dawn writing sessions to get the first draft out of me.

This morning my geranium at the front of the house which I sadly thought had died has a lovely red new flower for me to marvel over. xx

“She loved to walk down the street with a book under her arm. It had the same significance for her as an elegant cane for the dandy a century ago. It differentiated her from others.” ― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being



10 Responses

  1. josephinetalepeddler March 2, 2012 / 5:30 am

    You are always so good to me, darling Ms Howell. I guess you know how tough it’s been the last twelve years. Even the smallest things mean so much to me at the moment.xx

  2. Vanna March 2, 2012 / 6:54 am

    Congratulations – I cant wait to read your book … and The Unbearable Lightness is one of my favourites, I must watch it again. Vanna xxx

  3. josephinetalepeddler March 2, 2012 / 7:00 am

    Thank you, Vanna. I’ve missed seeing your lovely face on the school run. Yes, I worked myself up writing that post so much I think I have to watch it again, this weekend. xx

  4. pinry March 2, 2012 / 11:48 am

    oh how exciting! i’m thrilled for you about all the booky lightness! can’t believe you’ve nearly finished the draft of currawong – you must have been powering through. shiva is indeed wondrously fabulous. wishing you even more lightness. jxx

  5. josephinetalepeddler March 2, 2012 / 10:45 pm

    Thanks, Jennifer. I don’t feel as if I’ve been powering at all. But the draft is so rough and needs about a billion drafts before I’ll be happy with it. But there is definitely a story and so I’m happy and not too panicky. Yes, Shiva is divine. She must have an angel perched near her to be that beautiful inside and out. I want her compost heap! Let’s hold hands and float together. xx

  6. jen storer March 3, 2012 / 9:52 am

    Congratulations TP! Gosh you’ve worked hard, and I know it must have been tough at times with everything else that’s been going on for you. I am so looking forward to seeing your book on the shelves (and buying it of course) You have also inspired me to revisit Unbearable Lightness, i haven’t seen it for decades. Stay light. jxx

  7. josephinetalepeddler March 3, 2012 / 10:04 am

    Dear Jen, thank you so much. Yes, I’ve had easier years that is true. Thank you so much for all your support as always. And I shall send you a copy of the book. It’s the least I can do for you and Jennifer. xx

  8. Carla Coulson March 8, 2012 / 7:38 am

    Josephine an exciting time in your life with the launch of a book and another on the way!! Still time to appreciate the little things that make our hearts full, the red geranium (so Italian) and the soothing raindrops. I wish you well on your latest journey, sounds like it has been hard going for you for a long while.
    Oh and thank-you for the Unbearable Lightness trailer reminds me to watch this masterpiece again soon.
    Carla x

  9. josephinetalepeddler March 12, 2012 / 10:10 am

    Carla, you are so wonderful to visit. You are the Unbearable Lightness. Your photography never fails to uplift me. Thank you for your blessings. xx

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