I’ve been in opshop heaven this week. I’ve found two pairs of shoes – a pair of blue ‘suede’ shoes to wear with my TARDIS skirt (and a possible future Nerfpunk costume). I wore them to my writers’ group. They are soooo comfy.
…And – be still my beating heart – another pair of ‘granny’ boots for everyday steampunk outfit. And they are leather! They just need a bit of buffing and a new pair of laces. Both were only $12 each. Huzzah!
I also scored in the library (cancelled item) sales shelf. Six audio CD’s of Sarah Jane Adventures (for $6 total). Have I mentioned lately how much I love my local library? This week they had a display of banned books (well, not currently banned books – but ones previously banned).
And the library also had a find-the-Houghton Howler (with a prize of chocolate) for the fiftieth anniversary of first recorded sighting (in newspaper) of the mysterious Thylacine, similar to the Tasmanian tiger. There have been recent sightings: in 2016 and even one this week, on the York Peninsula. The Houghton Howler was the inspiration for my short story, ‘Hunted’, which featured in the 2016 Tea Tree Gully Fringe Exhibition, A Trail of Tales.
Tuesday – off to a talk on 3D printing with my friend, Terry. Oh, so many potential projects I have planned… Huzzah for libraries!
Wednesday: Off on a cafe and bookshop crawl with fellow writing group members. We had brunch, tea and chocolate at Koko Black, then adjourned the air conditioned comfort of Dymocks.
Last stop was the pen shop, where I finally found a purple fountain pen (and purchased obligatory purple ink). I signed my first webpage shop order with my new pen and posted it off (waves to Courtney – hello!)
Then off to see Maona, with the family, at the gorgeous Art Deco Capri where an organist greets the audience. And popped into Kappy’s Tea and Coffee Shop on the way home. Roman’s blend is of Assam and Darjeeling, specially formulated for a friend of ours to replace his favourite brew when another tea house closed down.
Thursday: Rolling up D&D characters for a new campaign.
Last week was a whirl wind. A letter was sent out, not expecting any reply – then, in the space of two days I’d had my first newspaper interview and photo shoot. This week’s photos are a record of the interview, including behind the scenes.
On the day: I usually prefer to be behind the camera (it’s one of the reasons I took up photography at school). So I snapped this picture while our chirpy photographer, Matt, was busy setting up a shot and keeping us all relaxed.
He liked it so much, he asked for a copy for his scrapbook.
We had expected the article to be published next week but, lo it came to pass that the Leader Messenger pulled a ‘swifty’ and sneaked this into this week’s local paper. You can also read the article online.