Tamara McWilliam Blog

on 18-Jun-2018

For five days, I rode the Peace train. No, I haven't lost it... (not yet anyway!) It has been a difficult few weeks, months...years actually. As a young teenager (I am reflecting to teenage years as I have two very teenage, teenagers in my house at the moment  and everyday is a teenager day. Any parent that has been in this position is currently rolling their eyes letting out a deep groan just before they smack their heads against the closest brick wall...) As I was saying, as a young teenager my parents would often say (amongst other things...) 'Life is like a rollercoaster, most of the time it scares the shit out of you, then you have moments when it goes slow along the straight before you plummet back down a steep hill.' You know what... they were soooooo right. For five days and five nights... I rode the Peace Train... not the head spinning messed up rollercoaster.  

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on 08-Jun-2018

It is Friday. It's funny, I seem to write most of my blogs late at night. Perhaps it is because it is a quiet time for me. I have all of my 'home jobs' done and the kids are in bed. Right at this moment, the house is quiet, I have poured myself a steaming hot cup of peppermint tea, jumped into bed with my laptop on my lap and for the first time all week I can feel my bones and muscles relax throughout my entire body. What a week it has been.  

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on 26-May-2018

It is Saturday evening and I am sitting at the kitchen bench with my headphones on rocking to 'Slice of Heaven' by Dave Bobbyn. For those too young to remember this song... you really should google it... those who do know this song... there is only one thing to say...  FOOTROT FLATS WAS EPIC! !! I am going to jump off memory lane for a moment and fill you in on the awesome week I have just had... Where to start!!  

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on 17-May-2018

Age has always just been a number to me. When I hit my twenties it meant very little. I was in the throws of work, marriage, children and divorce. By my thirties I was knee deep in raising young children and again age was just a number. By thirty one I married a man twenty seven years older than myself... again the age gap is just a number. I could never understand people having a Mid Life Crisis at forty or fifty, to me it is just a number.  As I went for a walk yesterday I decided not to take my headphones and listen to music, instead I took in the sounds of nature around me and my thoughts. (Mmmm not sure if this was really a good idea! ) 

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on 06-May-2018

This week has been a busy one! Yesterday I was able to let out a little secret I have been keeping for a couple of months now. There is an author event that happens every second year in Melbourne called 'Fictionally Yours Melbourne.' (jump onto facebook and check it out!) It is a ticketed event where International and National Authors come together to meet their readers and have a chat whilst they sign books, shirts, notepads, and anything else the readers may want signed. The third Fictionally Yours Melbourne is happening in 2019 on the 6th and 7th July and I have been invited to go along as an attending author. Am I excited? I am super excited!! (Mixed with a tonne of awesome nervous butterflies of course!) I am so happy my gorgeous friend and fellow author Fiona McArthur will also be there as an attending author. It will be the first time I will be in Melbourne and it is my first major signing event.  I seriously can't wait!  

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on 02-May-2018

What a fantastic few days!! Things are moving full steam ahead in regards to the second book in the Mosconi Series, 'Redemption of the Tiller-man.' Edits are due back very soon then it is time to send it to the printers. I was fortunate enough to team up with my fabulous crew again to do a shoot for the front cover of this novel...  

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on 22-Apr-2018

What a beautiful Autumn weekend! There has been four seasons in a matter of days. We have had down pours of rain, with bright hot sunny moments, followed by cool winds. Autumn in Australia has been a little confused this year. The weekend began with a trip to Gladstone with my beautiful daughter. (My son wasn't fussed on the coffee and shopping trip we were about to embark on and decided to sit this one out...) 

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on 17-Apr-2018

I have been a little busy over the last few weeks organising some pretty massive changes to my family business. For those of you who are unaware what I do for a day job, (unfortunately I am not a full time writer) I own a business in Macksville that is a Hairdressing Salon, Natural Health Clinic, Cafe and DVD hire store. As you can imagine the DVD Hire component is becoming obsolete. (I think we are the only ones left on the entire East Coast of Australia to be honest) So it is time to move forward.... I can't let on too much about the changes but I can say they are very exciting and we CAN NOT wait to sink our teeth into it. Having said that when you have been in business for fifteen years and take on a major change like this is does bring forth a little reflection. Reflection of how things have changed over the fifteen years, where we started.... (I was only twenty five believe it or not!!... OMG I was a baby!) I had two very young children and was embarking on a totally different journey to Finance and Banking. I found a picture from back in the day and thought I would share.  

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on 08-Apr-2018

Redemption of the Tiller-man is DONE! It is always an amazing feeling to complete a book and send it to the final editing stages. For some reason writing this book has been a challenge, not because I didn't know what to write, or I had some kind of writers block.... no.... Life seemed to always get in the way of writing this book. I sit back now and wonder how on earth I actually completed it! To give you a little example...I sat down yesterday to write this blog when I received a phone call.... 

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on 24-Mar-2018

 I have spent a lot of time this week being an Author doing amazing author things.  (Pretty exciting times!) I started the week in the usual way...working in the shop on Monday followed by Tuesday and Wednesday being Naturopath and Hairdresser days. By the time Thursday came around I was a part of an awesome seminar Called "You can publish your own books" The seminar was hosted by Rosie Sutherland from Paper Horse Design & Publishing and was held at the Macksville Library. It was a free event and I was joined on the panel of presenters by fellow authors, Karly Lane and Joanna Becker.  

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