Chapter 3 is now available!

Posted: December 4, 2011 in Uncategorized
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I’ve had an exciting week.  I got my new laptop, a MacBook Air.  It’s a perfect tool for a writer.  Small, light. portable.  It even has a back-lit keyboard so that I can sneak in a little writing in the wee hours without having to turn on all the lights.  I’ve downloaded a fresh copy of Scrivener and now I’m all set to write away.

I’d forgotten how much work is involved in setting up a new computer, though.  I still have to get my email all ported over, move files and figure out my directory structure.  What a lot of mucking about.  But I love this new computer.  It’s sweet.

I’ve been writing the new book and have revised the first ten chapters of the old one.  Many, many thanks to my partner, Cee, for working so hard on this, and to my Aussie friends Louise and Narelle for doing such an incredible job of editing.  Your suggestions are spot on.  When I sell the movie rights, Cee and I will fly down and take you out for a night on the town.  Or fly you up here so you can see Pudding River.  Your choice.

Thanks to all of you who have read the first two chapters and given me such enthusiastic feedback.  I hope the third keeps you as entertained.  Don’t forget to sign up for email notifications so you see when new chapters get posted.  Start reading now.


  1. Louise says:

    Woohoo!! It’s a deal. When it goes into production we’ll have two flights from Perth to Portland to hang out with you both. Yay!! Narelle reckons it would be great to see someplace lush and green, unlike our dry, brown landscape. So are there any parks in Oregon? ;-D

  2. Are there parks in Oregon? Yes. Start with the coastline of Oregon. It is all owned by the state and is one long park. Swimming, surfing, whale watching, fishing, camping and great hiking. There is a bike trail going through all the parks, so you can bike the length of it. The campgrounds even have special bike areas. We have two state parks close to us. One is a day use park just north of town. The other has campgrounds along a river and is open all year round. We’d love to stay in one of the yurts but they don’t allow dogs in them. There are sections of rainforest that are set aside as parks. If you look on a map, you will see that we are quite far north, so you would think it would be cold here in the winter, but not so. We get our winter weather from Hawaii, not blowing down from Canada like the rest of the country. (Right now we’re having a rare blast of Canadian air and I’m getting tired of being cold. Our temps are twenty degrees colder than normal.) So we stay warm and wet, making it a temperate rain forest. You would be amazed at the size of the trees here. I’ll have to get Cee to find you a couple of pictures.

    In the winter, our day and night temps are about the same, around 7 degrees in day, 2 at night and we get close to 1,000 mm of rain yearly. Most of the rain comes in November, December and January with those months getting an average of 125 – 150 mm each month. Our summers are warm, about 28 – 29 but we always seem to get a few weeks where it gets really hot by our standards (34 – 37). It doesn’t sound hot when I put it in Celsius, but it sure feels hot here when the thermometer is reading 95 – 100.

    Oregon has a major mountain range, the Cascades cutting through it vertically. The western side of the state is lush and green, while the eastern part is dry and barren with a lot of desert land. The mountains prevent the moisture from reaching the other half of the state since our weather comes in from the Pacific and not from the interior of the country.

    This is a beautiful place to live. We used to live in Denver, which is high, dry and brown. In the winters there even the evergreens turned a shade of ugly grayish green. Quite unattractive. Down right ugly, in fact. Everything died in the winter. So to come here, where moss grows on all sides of the tree and winters are wonderfully green, it’s like stepping into heaven. Everything is so alive all the time. We love it here.

  3. Louise says:

    Sounds absolutely wonderful. What a paradise. Those hot temps are hot in anyone’s language. We get that heat but don’t get the range of winter lows like you do. The pics on Cee’s daily photo blog are sensational. Such a beautiful range of colours. I think that is what I miss when I see lush scenery like that. Our landscape is rugged and our native plants here are green – olive or grey green to cope with the heat and dry conditions. Okay, off to crawl all over Google Earth and check it out!! x x

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