Thursday, 29 October 2015

Graffiti - Time to Move? ....

So last night Fozzie went a little crazy barking around 12 - 1:30am. I yelled at him a couple of time and he settled back down.  This morning when the cleaners were here I get a knock at the door - the police.

Some delightful someones had targeted my tiny street and the long one alongside with graffiti.

Every car that was parked in the street was covered in grey tags and obscene words. Those house that didn't have front fences were also targeted with more graffiti on the brickwork.

Luckily I have a fence so my car was safe but my side fence took a hit.

In all about 3 dozen cars were completely covered along with a few houses and fences. I told the police about Fozz barking and they said they'd narrowed down the time to between midnight and 1:30.

When they left I saw everyone outside trying to remove grey paint from their windscreens and car paintwork. Check my fence and stood chatting with half the street. Gave some turps to a few people to get the paint off their windows and windscreen.

Then I noticed there was the lid of a grey spray can under one of the trees alongside my fence right where the fence had been painted so I rang the police.  Was told to carefully collect it in a plastic bag without touching it and they come back and pick it up.

When they arrive later in the afternoon they had two leads as well as my can lid so hopefully they catch the bastards ... fingers crossed they don't come back.

Wouldn't have been so bad if they did something amazing like this turtle... 

I'm starting to think it might be time to move - some nice houses on Lake Macquarie around Kilaben Bay that would be very nice to live in .... lol.

I could have me a big studio to work in, enormous block of land to have a few chickens and a much more laid back lifestyle.

2016 could very well be the year of the move. There are some beautiful houses up there within my price range and on 1/4 acre and are blocks. I'll get Xmas out of the way and then look.

Mmm - starting to sound very appealing - I think I just might do it! 

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Lots of Happy Dancing ...

Been a heady few days.

I submitted a manuscript to my publisher a the start of the week and was really surprised when I got a reply back on Thursday telling me it was accepted. The quickest I've ever waited has been 9 days and the longest a month. So I quickly signed the contract before they had a chance to change their mind ... lol.

Then this morning I was checking my Amazon page - I'd added my latest book to my author page and wanted to make sure it was now 'live'.

Imagine my surprise when I found it was #74 on their Top 100 Paid Best Selling list!!

What an unbelievable buzz!!

It doesn't get better than that ... I get excited when my books hit my publisher's best seller list but to actually get one on Amazon is totally amazing. I'm gobsmacked ... lol. Especially when you consider there are over 2 million ebooks for sale on the site!

So I've been happy dancing around the house - of course the cats and Fozzie think I've completely lost the plot but I don't care.

Finished my Lion painting and now just gessoed a large canvas - 1.5m x 1m. Decided it was about time I did another oil painting. Think I'd like to work on a seascape. Got lots of pics for reference.  

It's just a matter of deciding which one of the few hundred I've got. Been a long time since I worked in oils but sometimes you just have to get out the brushes and the pallet knives and let it rip especially after doing a black & white watercolour.

UPDATE - It's now #27!!!!  Whoohoo .....
Just when I thought it was going back down (it went back to #47 overnight) - it's started climbing again and is now at #20!!

Friday, 2 October 2015

Deep Musings ... lol .....

Just realised I haven't been out with a male  on a date for almost two years .... lol.  Since I got fed up with dating websites and the idiots on them it's a bit hard to meet anyone.

Sure there's a chance while coasting down the supermarket lane or scouring the shelves at Bunnings but it's highly unlikely. Although I have been chatted up a few times at Bunning by little 20 year olds .... so cute. Since 2011 I think I've been out on 5 dates .... how sad is that!  ROTFL.

This from a writer of best selling and award winning erotic romance novels .... how funny/ironic is that!

I have no idea how to meet new people. I guess I could go to the local club but it just doesn't interest me. I hate poker machines, I don't drink and not into crowds.  My life drawing sessions aren't on until next year. I feel like a goose when I go to the movies by myself or to a restaurant.... although I do it.

I really do enjoy being alone I don't know that I could handle having someone live with me. But it would be nice to have a friend.  Someone you could ring and say 'want to go to a movie?' or 'I'm want to go take some photos want to come along?'.  Also it would be nice to have some emotional contact.

I was at the hairdressers the other day and a woman client, probably in her early 50s, was complaining. She said she hated being alone. The hairdresser said she thought she was married and the woman said she was but she only saw her husband at night.

I was really confused and I think my hairdresser was too. My idea of being alone is when you don't have someone in your life. This woman said she and her husband went out a few times a week and did things on the weekend but it really made me wonder what sort of life she had if she thought she was alone.

It reinforced my idea that no-one knows what goes on behind closed doors. No-one knows what people hide or feel.

I'm working on my 4th book in a series that deals with things that happen behind the shut door. To the outside world people show one side of themselves but often that view is completely faked.

I know I show a mask to others and the 'real' me is only shown when I shut the front door. Of course no-one sees 'me' because I live alone but you get the general idea.

In fact sometimes it is hard to show the 'real' me even to let alone trust someone enough to take off the mask.  If I was honest I don't know that I ever really have. I've got close. I worn a 'half mask' but never in my life have I gone 'naked' with someone else.

I guess I never met another person who I could trust enough to bare myself. And that's really what it's all about - trust. It's finding someone who you can put your life in their hands and know that they would do whatever they could to protect and honour you.

Kind of like a Dom and a sub - she has the trust to place her safety in his hands and he has the love and commitment to protect, care for and respect her. All comes down to that one thing - trust.