Tamara McWilliam Blog

on 09-Feb-2018

The Nambucca Valley (and very close surrounds) have some pretty awesome talent living here. From Musicians to Artists and its very own hub of Writers. Every month a group of Authors get together to enjoy a beautiful meal, brain storm all areas of our craft and of course spend some quality time with like minded people. Today was one of those special days... 

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on 07-Feb-2018

Happy Hump day! I find it hard to believe it is only half way through the week. It feels like Friday again. It has been a jam packed week so far. Sienna has finished the last of her tests... initially this one was funny to watch as she had little electrodes planted in her hair but unfortunately, it turned out to be the worst she has done so far. It actually left her tired and a little ill due to strobe lighting and the erratic breathing techniques they make you do for it.  

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on 28-Jan-2018

With the second book in the Mosconi Series ("Son of the Godfather") Due for edits in less than four weeks my writing has hit a curve ball. Writers block you ask? Nope. I have ideas soaring through my mind! The problem is simply life. I remember years ago a problem or hurdle would present itself, I would put on my big girl panties and play the adult. I would work out a way through and or around the problem and move forward. Months and months would pass before anything else would occur. Life was calm. Life was Simple. Life was beautiful. The last twelve months have been an exception. Don't get me wrong, it hasn't been a horrid year. There have been some mind blowing moments when at times I have almost needed to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming and yet in direct contrast there have been moments where I truly think ramming my head into a brick wall would be kinder and much more constructive. Do you remember a time in your life when you had no responsibilities and you didn't have to parent or "Adult? at all"  

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on 20-Jan-2018

Today is Saturday. I am sitting in bed on this glorious Saturday morning listening to the neighbours lawn mowers begin their weekend ritual. The noisy Corellas outside my bedroom window are attacking the neighbours bird feeder and the sweet smell of the Nambucca River is tantalising my senses. My eldest child is leaving for a touch football comp and my youngest is still sound asleep. Ah to be a teenager again....I must admit I am quite glad to see the end of the week even though it was a great one. I was able to take a few days off work to spend time with the kids for school holidays and what a jam packed week it was!!  

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on 13-Jan-2018

A new part of my writing journey has begun! As many of you would know, I am a very happy and proud self published author. I haven't really strived to become a traditionally published author as I love the control I have by doing it myself... (control freak?... Yeah...maybe) A part of the writing journey I love is being able to watch my stats, see which areas are climbing and how steadily they are doing so. I love doing my own covers and handling all of my publicity and promotions. I find this part just as exciting and rewarding as the writing part... So what made me sign a publishing contract? 

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on 31-Dec-2017

Well, that year just flew by! I remember doing a blog this time last year... Why did this year go by in such a hurry?... It really could have stuck around little longer instead of speeding by leaving nothing but memories in its wake... (Some amazing memories I might add and some not so amazing.) This year has bought around laughter, sorrow, happiness and tears. Join me for a little wonder through the last twelve months... 

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on 26-Dec-2017

The rainy, overcast weather is still hanging around Macksville. To be quite honest it is absolutely beautiful! I am loving laying about like a big old slug reading books and eating way too much Christmas chocolate (Thanks to Ranae at Ranaes Choclatique) on this glorious Boxing Day. This week off work is a time I will be re grouping and rejuvenating. I am about to start my new journal for 2018. A lot of planning and forecasting as well as creative brainstorming about to happen here...I love this transition week, it gives me time to relax and take a moment to reflect on the year past and look forward to the year ahead. 

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on 24-Dec-2017

Christmas has almost arrived.... Today every Christmas sense of mine has been alerted. The fresh fruits have been chilled and the ham has been sliced. I have made the jelly ready for tomorrows trifle and the crabs have been caught. The rum balls are in the fridge and the oysters have been opened. Sadly there is one thing missing. My babies. It is the year they spend with their father and as hard as it is to share, share I must. The weather has proven to be in line with a typical Aussie Christmas. Temperatures soared into the mid thirties and forties in some ares. As darkness fell thunder roared over the mountains as lightening brightened the nights sky. The storm is now swirling ferociously around our house with heavy rain, hail and gale force winds. The thunder is still roaring as the lighting shows us a magnificent insight to the beauty of the storm we find ourselves in the middle of. It is on that note I would like to thank all of my readers for their support this year. It has been a fantastic year and I am super excited for what next year may have installed. I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. If Christmas isn't your thing, I hope you have a happy and safe holiday.  

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on 20-Dec-2017

Well.... that was an epic! What a mess this last week has been. Of course I should have known better than to organise the printing and delivery of my book 'Daughter of the Tiller-man' two weeks before Christmas, but going true to Tamara form I left it to the last minute and only allowed five days wiggle room. What is wiggle room you ask? Well that is time allowed for any delays or mishaps that may happen between printing and transporting the books from America to Australia.  As it was, I should have allowed for six days wiggle room as the books were delivered on Monday.  I must say, if they didn't feel the need to stop over in Honolulu on their way here I could have gone ahead with the schedules book launch of Sunday morning... the day before they were delivered. But hey... at this time of year, who wouldn't want a stop over in Honolulu (Books included)? 

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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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