Tamara McWilliam Blog

on 07-Dec-2017

I have been trying to write this blog for a week now... What can I say... the silly season has arrived! From the start of November, everything seems to be passing me by in fast forward... I finally have a moment (at midnight) to sit in silence with a cup of peppermint tea and breathe for long enough to give you a little recap of what craziness has been happening. So...with 'The Big Bang' by Rock Mafia bopping away in the headphones wedged in my ear lobes, let me give you a little recap of what has been happening... 

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on 23-Nov-2017

I planned to write this weeks blog on the awesome Bowra Regional Writers Expo that happened over the weekend. (Stay tuned it will definitely be coming soon.) Unfortunately after certain events that have transpired over the last few days I felt the need to write a blog on a little more personal note tonight.  As I am sure many of you have already guessed, I love my little community. I was born in Canberra but the majority of my raring was done where I live now. Some people say I am mad for not moving away yet others agree I am one of the lucky ones to be able to stay here and raise my family here too. Over the years I have experienced emotions I would have never dreamed possible. Some were utter joy and some the deepest sorrow. There is no manual to help through the emotional roller coaster of life and at times you honestly wonder how you will cope. I have experienced the loss of loved ones through old age, illness and accidents but suicide has never touched my immediate or extended family and friends until this week.  

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on 17-Nov-2017

Well it has certainly been one of those weeks... I am glad to see the end of the week for a few reasons. One... I have a horrible cold. It started in the wee hours of Monday morning as I woke with a throat that felt like razor blades were sticking into it. Before long the headaches came on and the body aches joined in for the fun of it. If that wasn't enough my chest became tight and wheezy as I sneezed until my stomach ached. Absolute bundle of laughs I was....Enough of me, now to the week that was. Tuesday and Wednesday were days filled with tests and numerous trips to Coffs... I must admit even though it was stressful and my head ached and nose ran, I had some awesome one on one time with my gal.  

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on 06-Nov-2017

It was a busy week last week! Finally Friday afternoon came around and it was time to get the photo shoot under way for 'Daughter of the Tiller-man.' I honestly love this part of the writing and self publishing experience. It is one thing to be able to pick your own book cover but another thing all together to be able to photograph and compose it yourself (with the aid of my trusty partner in crime Bettina.) 

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on 29-Oct-2017
  • October

You have probably noticed I have been posting a little about the Bowra Regional Writers Expo. So what is it? We are so lucky in this beautiful area of the Mid North Coast, we have some of the nations best musician, writers and Artists. A few of us local authors put our heads together and felt it was time to bring a Writers Festival of sorts to the Nambucca Valley, hence the birth of the Bowra Regional Writers Expo.  

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on 20-Oct-2017

I have lived twenty minutes of my life I wish to never, ever live again. As a parent we are sent trials and tribulations. They fall over, brake a leg, need stitches, get the flu, faint, you name it most of us parents have lived through it. I experienced my youngest child passing out yesterday. Not an uncommon feeling for me, my eldest has fainted before and to be honest I have been known to drop in my time. But to be unconscious for over twenty minutes.... not something a mother wants to live through. I am not writing this today to express how it felt as a mother, because as you can imagine, the neurotic parent, scared shitless, hyperventilating in the gutter whilst two ambulance officers worked on my child was all there and much much more, it would take a thousand blogs to really say how I felt and even then it would only touch the surface!! The reason I am writing this is because living in a small town the sense of community I felt was beyond amazing. Without naming any names (because I know them all personally), to the beautiful and kind nurse that helped Sienna the moment she collapsed on the field. To the fellow parents who did their best to keep me calm when I was totally loosing my shit. To the four amazing ambulances officers who remained so calm and focused even with a neurotic mother like me around them. Especially to the two ambulance officer that drove us to the hospital and were so so kind and compassionate. To the Doctors and nurses that examined her with tenderness and love. To the nurses taking blood that calmed and soothed Sienna through the entire ordeal. To the Doctor with the most beautiful bedside manner that was so thorough in her work. Even to the Police officer that stuck his nose around the corner to check everything was alright. To my parents, my sister, my friends and all of the kind people who sent messages through the night of love, prayers and thoughts I seriously can't thank any one of them enough. And of course to my rock... my man... You see the stabbings you hear on the news, the bombs about to explode overseas, the terrorist that are out to kill us all seems to balance itself out when you look at how much love and compassion and kindness is in the world. So a huge shout out to every paramedic, every Doctor, every nurse, every police officer, every kind sole out there that makes this beautiful world of ours spin. Thank you.  

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on 08-Oct-2017
  • October

Well I am disappointed to say I have lost my 'Hacked' virginity. I have officially be Hacked by someone in some foreign country. Let me start at the beginning....This weekend has been a strange weekend. Saturday was busy and frustrating, Daughter of the Tiler-man is so so close to being complete but there are still some finer points to get through... (Finer points in writers terms mean 'bloody annoying bits and pieces'.) I have noticed over the past week I have had e-mails returned to me, when I have read where the messages were returned from they were weird email addresses I have never seen before. It was then I was notified by my email supplier to change my password as they noticed unusual activity on my account. Easy done. But it was too late!! I received ANOTHER email but this time from Amazon saying I had successfully changed my email and password. The  LOVELY people (I am being sarcastic by the way... the words I would use to describe them really wouldn't be appropriate for a blog) had already hacked my amazon account and changed the email address and password to the KDP section where I get my royalties for my books!! And it was about now I went into total freak out mode!!! After taking a few deep breaths, calling American Amazon and clearing up this mess, I now have my KDP account back in my control with no damage done. (My apologies to anyone I usually send emails to and have received SPAM messages from me lately!)Then came Sunday!   Today looked a little like this.... 

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on 29-Sep-2017
  • September
  • se

I don't know if I am chasing the moon or the sun at the moment... It has come to the pointy end of writing 'Daughter of the Tiler-man.' The point where I come home from a full day at work, cook, clean, sort the kids and the hubby then get into writing/edits and re-reads. This usually takes me until 2:00-2:30am. I fall asleep utterly exhausted then wake to my husband getting ready for work at 6:00am... Yep we are talking about four hours sleep... so you see I don't know if I am chasing the moon away or chasing the sun up. By sun up I am back to work. Thank Goodness this part doesn't last for too long!! I found a picture on the internet that aptly describes how I feel about now... I thought I would share it with you :-)  

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on 18-Sep-2017
  • September

...'It's comin' round the bend...' The first book in the 'Mosconi Series' is about to be sent to edits! It has been exciting to get back into writing a series again. The Mosconi Series is in smiliar vein to the Willow Tree Series, a contemporary, gritty series dealing with the harsh realities of life in todays society. There will be three novels in The Mosconi Series with release dates of November for the first novel, 'Daughter of the Tillerman.'  A March Release for the second novel and June release for the third. (Actual Book launch dates and locations to come.) 

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on 07-Sep-2017

I remember when I gave birth to my first child my mother told me, 'They don't come with a manual.' You know what... Life doesn't come with one either. The last few months of my life have been challenging. It has been challenging for a myriad of reasons. I am at the pointy end of raising teenagers and that equates to two beautiful dependant souls becoming independent, they are forming their own personalities and is difficult to navigate at times. I feel I am in a strange place at the moment... I am so busy at times I don't know if I am Arthur or Martha. There are never enough hours in a day and there seems to be such mammoth obstacles put in front of me at random times of late.  Mornings can be a calm and happy place but by lunch all hell has broken loose! Then the calm follows before another major issues rears its ugly head. By night fall when I am tucked into bed and everyone is asleep I just sit and stare trying to wrap my head around the crazy day that just passed me by. Nothing seems to go according to plan these days no matter how hard I try, there is ALWAYS something that goes array. I have seriously had moments of 'Deer in the headlight," when I just look like a stunned mullet thinking to myself... WTF!  

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