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Living in Hillcrest, a leafy suburb on the outskirts of Durban, is perfect for someone with roots on the farm but a need to be 'in the city' for various reasons. We have abundant bird life, large tree-filled gardens with space and peace to spare, and a few entertaining but not necessarily welcome visitors.

monkey 1My daily routine is simple - I wake very early, usually before the sun, and spend the first hours seeing in the dawn and then visiting my various social networks and working on my blogs before focusing on my work schedule for the day. Somewhere between 08:00 and 10:00, usually on a Tuesday and a Friday, we have a troop of monkeys come flying through. Flying, here, is almost literal. The trees provide a wonderful trapeze network for these little characters to traverse the neighbourhood. And please don't ask me how they know which day of the week it is. I haven't the foggiest notion, though the idea of them having little diaries is kind of cute, but

 

 

lavender lifeI am truly blessed. I wake every day to the joy of living the lavender life - one of hard work, but rewarding work, doing something I love. I choose my own hours, based on the workload, and at last have time to look at doing my own writing once again and, soon, being able to play in the garden and catch up on all the shaping and creating that still needs to happen in my 'little place of paradise.'

Working as a fulltime freelance editor has been a dream for many years. So many times, working a full and demanding job and slogging away at editing in every free hour I could find, I would wonder if it was worth

 

murderThe writer itch cannot be denied. The plots and sub-plots continue to stir and settle into a sequence of events, and characters surface and will not be denied.

It's a crime. A real one. Actually, it's a series of real ones, small pieces of a larger puzzle, where no co-incidence should go unexplored. I'm having a blast, but I'm also discovering how much there is to learn.

And that, of course, is the greatest fun of all. I'm not afraid to admit that I've never yet had any first hand experience with committing any crime, either

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Every good novel begins with an outline. Doesn't it?

Of course it does. I mean, how else are you going to get all your characters worked out and ironed out and written out just like they should be? Everyone knows that a good novel needs a good structure, good characterization, good plot line, good setting...and the only way to get that right is a good outline. Isn't it?

So, always willing to learn new skills, Yours Truly set off to create The Outline. I wasn't going to write a word until I had it just so. I would be ordered, disciplined, super-duper-efficient and

 

hayfields rainbowTwo Sundays ago I took part in a celebration... of grief and hope and something way bigger. It's taken a while for me to find the courage to speak it.

On 24th December 2012, my brother (in-law, but real brother in all ways that count) lost a long battle with brain tumors and left a huge hole in the space he once filled. And oh, how he filled it, that lion among men, true "patriarch" with wisdom and courage and the easy confidence of a true gentleman.

We gathered on "his" hillside to drink a toast to Willy, with an ache

 

horse postWell, here we go again! Nothing quite like being hacked to change one's perspective. The temptation is, of course, to moan and mutter and gnash my teeth, and I confess to a somewhat colorful stream of creative appelations for the cyber-jackers in unguarded moments.

The fact is, though, it's pointless staying mad, if for no other reason than the fact that it's pandering to their sense of power. If the truth be told, now that I've got over the initial disbelief, I feel very sorry for them. Clearly they don't have a life if they have to get their jollies by violating others, just because they can. It's really quite sad.

The upside of all of this is that I get a "do-over", just when my three books are due for re-release. So yes, while it's a pain to be back at the beginning, it's also a good opportunity to change a few things and make some improvements.

I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, just be patient with me while I sift through the cyber-wreckage.

Take care,

Jude