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December 2, 2012 / diannegray

On the Go Go

One day soon I’ll be able to stop and write, but in the meantime it’s all go, go, go!

Last night I visited more old friends and was treated to a beautiful dinner.

Their house is at Behana Gorge down the road and my pictures certainly don’t do it justice.

A lovey farm indeed

A lovey farm indeed

I found another snakeskin. When I told my friend she said it had come from “Mr Friendly”, a brown tree snake who lives in one of the big trees out the front of the house (another bookmark!)

Another great shot of my foot

Another great shot of my foot

A little green tree frog said hello to me outside. The picture is a bit blurry because he decided to jump at me just as I took it. I didn’t get the chance to find out if he was my Prince Charming because I wiped his lovely big kiss off my face and didn’t try for another.

Hi there! Welcome to the tropics...

Hi there! Welcome to the tropics…

“Mr Fluffy” is their lovely white Shepherd

Mr Fluffy

The moon came up over the mountains and said hello ;)

Moon

Today is another day that will be spent fixing the old farmhouse – and tomorrow…maybe I’ll get stuck into the WIPs!

I say WIPs because I always work on two different novels at the same time. Maybe I should explain why in my next post…

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  1. mrscarmichael / Dec 2 2012 8:12 am

    Just another day in the NT :)

  2. annotating60 / Dec 2 2012 8:13 am

    This too shall pass. >KB

  3. 1girl4adamwest / Dec 2 2012 8:15 am

    What a beautiful house and a gorgeous moon! Ohhh cliffhanger on WIP’s…

    • diannegray / Dec 2 2012 10:11 am

      I think I did pretty well with the moon. It was full the night before last so now it’s on the wane and seemed a little misshapen! ;)

  4. Theo Fenraven / Dec 2 2012 8:24 am

    I want a snake skin.

    • diannegray / Dec 2 2012 10:12 am

      They seem to be falling from the sky at the moment – I may have enough soon to make some boots! :)

  5. on thehomefrontandbeyond / Dec 2 2012 8:32 am

    I shall wait patiently — I do not want a snake skin

    • diannegray / Dec 2 2012 10:18 am

      Oh – sure you do! Snakes skins are cool (as long as they’re empty) ;)

  6. Polysyllabic Profundities / Dec 2 2012 8:39 am

    I’m a third of the way into The Eleventh Question – love it!!

    • diannegray / Dec 2 2012 10:19 am

      Woo hoo – so glad!!! Cayo is one of my favorite characters of all time ;)

      • Polysyllabic Profundities / Dec 2 2012 10:21 am

        The wine is poured….I just have to finish my post for tomorrow and I’m all in!!

      • diannegray / Dec 2 2012 10:26 am

        Have one for me too! ;) Cheers!

  7. Carrie Rubin / Dec 2 2012 8:51 am

    I love that moon pic. would make for a nice book cover. :)

    • diannegray / Dec 2 2012 10:20 am

      I got a new camera, Carrie – so next time the moon is full and there are more clouds I’ll be out there doing my thing! I should be able to work it one day ;)

  8. Don't Quote Lily / Dec 2 2012 8:57 am

    Jeez with the snake! I guess you’re used to it by now. ;) Their house is lovely indeed!
    And that is interesting that you work on two pieces at once. How? Do explain sometime. ;)

    • diannegray / Dec 2 2012 10:21 am

      I’m thinking about that for my next post – I’ve never been able to work on one WIP at a time ;)

  9. Ruth Rainwater / Dec 2 2012 9:06 am

    I haven’t tried working on two WIPs at the same time, but I can read more than one book, so I suppose I could. Since I have two NaNo novels to edit now, I will find out if I can work on two at once. :-)

    • diannegray / Dec 2 2012 10:22 am

      I find it sooo much easier – now I just have to figure out how to explain that and have it make sense as well ;)

      • nrhatch / Dec 2 2012 10:59 am

        It also has to to with your “stacking order.” Some people can only read one book or focus on one creative project at a time. Others of us need to be able to switch gears frequently without losing momentum . . . we keep one ball in play while pushing another to the “back burner” for a bit.

      • nrhatch / Dec 2 2012 11:02 am

        Oops . . . too many glasses of wine.

        I meant to say: “It all has to do with your “stacking order.”

      • diannegray / Dec 2 2012 12:41 pm

        :D

  10. letizia / Dec 2 2012 9:20 am

    What a lovely house your friends have, and I love the collection of animals. Do you really use part of the snakeskin as a bookmark or were you just teasing us? I’m quite curious.

    • diannegray / Dec 2 2012 10:23 am

      I may or may not use it as a bookmark, Letizia and yes – I am a bit of a tease :D

      • letizia / Dec 3 2012 12:10 am

        hahaha, you are too funny :)

  11. bodhimoments / Dec 2 2012 10:04 am

    We were at a dinner party last night as well. And when we saw the moon we wanted to go to the beach and watch it from there, but never ended up going. …. I wish there had been a frog (possible) Prince at this party!!!

    • diannegray / Dec 2 2012 10:25 am

      Hahaha! I love Prince Charming. Maybe next time! :D

  12. adinparadise / Dec 2 2012 10:25 am

    How lovely to be almost kissed by a cute little frog. :D Mr Fluffy is so adorable, and your moon shot is lovely. Dinner with friends in a beautiful old house would be my idea of a perfect evening. Maybe you can save the snake skins and make some sandals. I have a pair, and I love them. :)

    • diannegray / Dec 2 2012 10:30 am

      If I keep finding them at this rate, I’ll definitely have enough for a pair of sandals! I think it’s the time of year where they are all shedding their skin – maybe I’m doing the same with the big changes I’m making in my life :D

      It was certainly a perfect evening and the house is lovely and filled with antique furniture (which I love and can’t wait to get mine sent up when the farmhouse is finished) ;)

  13. nrhatch / Dec 2 2012 11:01 am

    The house is lovely. So is the moon. And the dog. And the frog.

    But NOT the snake skin. :D

    • diannegray / Dec 2 2012 12:40 pm

      Hahaha! I’m sure Mr Friendly is a lovely old fellow! ;)

  14. ramblingsfromamum / Dec 2 2012 11:22 am

    Great snaps Di – Mr Fluffy aaawwww and i LOVE the tree frog. I was in fits as I read he jumped on you and planted one! Wouldn’t mind having that house…juz saying… :-)

    • diannegray / Dec 3 2012 8:07 am

      It’s a beautiful place! Mr Fluffy is very fluffy indeed. He had a bath yesterday and when he was being brushed it was like it was snowing! ;)

  15. jmmcdowell / Dec 2 2012 11:24 am

    Another snake skin? Is this perhaps a sign from the universe? My image of you is now morphing into someone wearing snake skin boots while writing at your computer! ;)

    Good luck with all the house work, but do make time for those WIPs!

    • diannegray / Dec 2 2012 12:43 pm

      I’m thinking the universe is trying to send me a sign about shedding my skin! ;)

  16. Kozo / Dec 2 2012 11:32 am

    Who are these friends of yours? I’m so jealous: they live in a dream house, have a beautiful white dog, are surrounded by tree frogs and friendly snakes, and get to have Dianne Gray over for dinner. Did they win the lottery or something? :)

    • diannegray / Dec 2 2012 12:45 pm

      Hahahaha! That’s wonderful! They are very dear old friends of mine. I tried to get a picture of the surrounding landscape, but my camera didn’t do it justice. It’s a truly beautiful place ;)

  17. John / Dec 2 2012 12:16 pm

    Beautiful home indeed! Great color too. The frog got a little fresh with you aye! :)

    • diannegray / Dec 2 2012 12:48 pm

      He certainly did! He was a very cute little thing ;)

  18. pixilated2 / Dec 2 2012 12:58 pm

    Working on one is hard enough, but two?
    I have to say that I didn’t understand about the bookmark until today! Oh my goodness, are you going to creep out a lotta folks with those! ;) Fun! ~Lynda

  19. donnajeanmcdunn / Dec 2 2012 1:14 pm

    Loved your pictures Dianne. I work on more than one wip too. When I need a little break from one, then I’ll work on the other. It keeps me motivated. I’ll be very interested to know why you do it too.

    • diannegray / Dec 3 2012 8:08 am

      I’m glad you do it too, Donna. Motivation and momentum are the to main reasons (and the fact that I’ve never done it any other way) :D

  20. bodhisattvaintraining / Dec 2 2012 2:01 pm

    sweet little frog, gorgeous dog, but I think we should be seeing your foot (or not) in riding boots with all that untamed nature around…

    • diannegray / Dec 3 2012 8:10 am

      I’ve got a great pair of boots that I didn’t bring with me – but I’ll be getting them when I go back for Christmas! There are too many things I could step on here ;)

  21. Anna Scott Graham / Dec 2 2012 2:45 pm

    What wonderful shots; I am curious about when the third snakeskin will appear. :)

    I usually work on two projects at once; writing, editing or formatting, there’s plenty to keep me busy. Can’t wait to hear your process!

    • diannegray / Dec 3 2012 8:17 am

      I’m just hoping the third snakeskin is empty, Anna! :D

      It’s good you multi-task like me – it keeps thing very fresh ;)

  22. Janna G. Noelle / Dec 2 2012 2:55 pm

    Yay, more snake skins. They really are beautiful, aren’t they?

    And I, for one, definitely want to here about this two-novels-at-once work habit of yours. It gives me heart palpitations just thinking about attempting such a thing myself.

    • diannegray / Dec 3 2012 8:20 am

      The snake skins are great! When I found this one, I told my friend and she said, “That’s from Mr Friendly, he’s the brown tree snake up in that tree – a lovely old chap.” LOL!

      I know how I work on multiple WIPs – it’s just trying to explain the process that’s not going to be easy! ;)

  23. justinwriter / Dec 2 2012 4:16 pm

    Aw, look at the froggy. Maybe it was a celebrity frog and didn’t like having its photo taken. :)

    The last sentence of your post is … ;)

    • diannegray / Dec 3 2012 8:22 am

      Mr Froggy was very cute, Justin! But he just wanted to kiss me :D

      I’ll be exploring that last sentence of my post in my next post (I think – if I can figure out how to explain it) ;)

  24. The Bumble Files / Dec 2 2012 4:39 pm

    It looks so peaceful there, Dianne. And, another snakeskin. I think those have become lucky for you!

    • diannegray / Dec 3 2012 8:24 am

      I hope the snake skins continue to stay lucky (and empty!) LOL ;)

      This is such a peaceful place – particularly after the hustle and bustle of the city :D

  25. foroneplease / Dec 2 2012 6:59 pm

    aaaaah, what a lovely dinner it must’ve been :) love the pics!

    • diannegray / Dec 3 2012 8:26 am

      It was beautiful (apart from the fact that my friend is a fantastic cook!) the night was very relaxing and serene ;)

  26. Subtlekate / Dec 2 2012 7:37 pm

    Eagerly awaiting your WIP’s thesis.

    • diannegray / Dec 3 2012 8:27 am

      Me too, Kate – I have to figure out how to explain it so it makes sense! ;)

  27. audiophileparadise / Dec 2 2012 11:31 pm

    Wow! Simply put – WOW! Amazing house! You HAVE to tell them to invite me over for dinner! And Mr. Fluffy is adorable! :D :D

  28. poetmcgonagall / Dec 3 2012 12:30 am

    Sounds like you’re having a lovely time. It makes all the difference to go back to a place you know.

    • diannegray / Dec 3 2012 8:29 am

      Even though I was working full time back in the city, I seem to be much busier here and I’m not working! There is so much catching up to do and I’m loving it! :D

  29. Sheila Morris / Dec 3 2012 12:59 am

    Oh, Dianne…thank goodness you didn’t find Prince Charming from this frog – he looks positively evil. :) Love the pics of the house and their dog!! I’m thinking Australia isn’t that different from Texas and South Carolina. Well, maybe with the exception of the snake skins…yikes!

    • diannegray / Dec 3 2012 8:33 am

      Their dog is beautiful, Sheila! My photo didn’t do him justice. Someone else took a photo of him at the creek and won a photography award for it!

      Australia is probably similar in climate and people to Texas :D The snakes are a bit of a worry, though! 8O

  30. Britt Skrabanek / Dec 3 2012 1:41 am

    Mr. Fluffy is so cute! Sorry, couldn’t contain my pet excitement. : )

    • diannegray / Dec 3 2012 8:34 am

      LOL! That’s okay, Britt – we all have that ‘pet excitement’ at some time or another :D

  31. ocdreader / Dec 3 2012 3:52 am

    I LOVE the pictures! And hello – how many snakes are around there and GROWING LARGER!? Dang. Our snakes are hibernating right now…exactly where I like them. :)

    • diannegray / Dec 3 2012 8:36 am

      Our snakes will be hibernating next June, Elisa – (that’s when I’ll do more exploring!)

      I’m so glad you like the pics – I think I’m getting better at it :D

  32. Jacqui Murray / Dec 3 2012 4:25 am

    Had to leave a comment–your post started “One day soon I’ll be able to stop and write” as you wrote your post. Hehe. I understand. Blogging is not the same as writing, is it? On the other hand, I’ve learned a lot about writing from blogging.

    • diannegray / Dec 3 2012 8:38 am

      Oops – I should have said – “One day soon I’ll be able to stop and work on my WIPs” LOL ;)

      Blogging has really helped me keep my hand in while the WIPs are waiting (very impatiently!) and has been great for me – I love it ;)

  33. Deborah Hawkins / Dec 3 2012 4:30 am

    Wow, more snake skins! Beautiful in a scary way. I was thinking, I don’t write two fiction pieces at once, but I suppose the professional writing I do for a living counts as one and the book I am working on counts as another. And then there is the blog! Writing is fun, isn’t it?

    • diannegray / Dec 3 2012 8:39 am

      Well there you go, Deborah – you’re working on THREE at once ;) Well done!

  34. Maddie Cochere / Dec 3 2012 5:17 am

    What a great mix of pictures, Dianne. That moon is very cool, but it’s Mr. Fluffy who grabbed my heart. Look at him posing for you and smiling so pretty. :-) Glad you’re enjoying your new surroundings!

    • diannegray / Dec 3 2012 8:42 am

      Mr Fluffy love to smile! He’s such a poser and knew I had the camera out :D

      The surroundings are fantastic – I’m having a ball. You’d love it here, Maddie ;)

  35. 4amWriter / Dec 3 2012 12:47 pm

    Great pics, and I really enjoyed the snakeskin. When I find skins, I like to keep them and use them in my Halloween decorating. :) When it’s not Halloween, I tuck them safely away in shoeboxes. The froggie is adorable.

    • diannegray / Dec 3 2012 1:18 pm

      That’s a great idea! I might just save them for next Halloween! :D

  36. jannatwrites / Dec 3 2012 2:42 pm

    Great pictures. I’m so glad you didn’t try for another kiss with that frog. If he had been Prince Charming, that would’ve been one awkward conversation with your husband :oops:

    I have never tried working on more than one novel-length piece at once. It takes me forever to get one done! (Really, it does….I only have one completed!)

    • diannegray / Dec 4 2012 7:57 am

      Thanks, Janna – I’m trying my little heart out to get good pictures! ;) The little frog was SO cute!

      Maybe you should try working on more than one WIP at time one day and see how you go :D

  37. bulldogsturf / Dec 3 2012 3:56 pm

    I would love to here why two novels at the same time… people think I’m mad working on two books at the same time….

    • diannegray / Dec 4 2012 7:59 am

      I get the same thing with people, they’re not sure why I do it – but I’m pretty sure you would understand if you can work on two books at the same time. It just makes things a whole lot easier ;)

  38. Vikki (The View Outside) / Dec 3 2012 7:18 pm

    Wow! That house is GORGEOUS! :)

    Xx

  39. Zen A. / Dec 3 2012 11:27 pm

    Those are lovely pictures! The house is absolutely beautiful, and even though I’m not a dog person, I want to cuddle the living daylights out of Mr. Fluffy! He looks so cute, haha.

    • diannegray / Dec 4 2012 8:05 am

      He is very cute, Zen! You would have cuddled him ;)

  40. maggiemyklebust / Dec 4 2012 4:09 am

    Your friend has a beautiful house. Loved the pictures especially that cute little frog :)

    • diannegray / Dec 4 2012 8:06 am

      Thank you, Maggie. You would have absolutely loved being there (and the lovely friends!) ;)

  41. pinkpolkad0tfood / Dec 4 2012 4:15 am

    Beautiful pics!

  42. Hazy Shades of Me / Dec 4 2012 4:33 am

    A fun day and I can’t let this one slip by…you work on TWO novels at the SAME time? Oh my…I have a hard time keeping track of ONE. My hat is off to you!

    • diannegray / Dec 4 2012 8:10 am

      It was a very fun day ;) I’m going to expand on my strange statement about two WIPs at once in my next post :D

  43. harulawordsthatserve / Dec 4 2012 5:03 am

    I love seeing all the animal companions that seem to bless your life at the moment…and leave useful offerings behind:-) You missed out – he was definitely a prince! Yeah, I’d love to know how you work on two novels at a time…I often wonder if I should be more focused…one thing at a time. In general I’m not a very good multi-tasker – but it seems to happen naturally with writing AND…nothing’s getting finished. Yes, share more please:-)

    • diannegray / Dec 4 2012 1:20 pm

      You’re right, Harula – he WAS a prince!!! ;)

      I’m still trying to figure out how I’m going to explain my crazy way of working with WIPs :D

  44. Sheila / Dec 4 2012 8:09 am

    I love the snakeskin bookmark idea – that would definitely make people wonder! I also love any and all dog pictures – especially when it seems like they’re smiling.

    • diannegray / Dec 4 2012 1:23 pm

      He certainly smiled, Sheila (as soon as I got the camera out – he’s such a show-off!)!

      If I keep finding snake skins at this rate I’ll have enough for a pair of boots :)

  45. tchistorygal / Dec 4 2012 4:34 pm

    I like your fuzzy friend, not so much your scaly or slimy friends. So did he turn into a prince? Not for the lack of trying, probably!! :)

    • diannegray / Dec 4 2012 5:46 pm

      It would have been great – I have a girlfriend who really needs a prince at the moment! ;)

      • tchistorygal / Dec 5 2012 1:09 am

        haha How about Ralph? He’s looking for a princess. Of course, he’s in Spain – not too close!

  46. eof737 / Dec 5 2012 1:57 pm

    Love that home… and the shade of blue… Peaceful. Ugh to the snakeskin and frog. :lol:

    • diannegray / Dec 6 2012 5:56 am

      It does have a lovely feeling about it! I guess the creatures are just part of the deal ;)

  47. EllaDee / Dec 6 2012 12:24 pm

    I’m torn… between wanting you to write, and so enjoying these blog post insights into your life up north :)

    • diannegray / Dec 6 2012 12:51 pm

      Oh, Ella, you’re so lovely. Hopefully I can get into the WIPS and blog about the experiences here at the same time ;)

  48. Margaret Sullivan / Dec 29 2012 6:44 pm

    Happy New Year and a big hug.

    • diannegray / Jan 1 2013 7:16 am

      Thank you so much, Margaret. I’ve been on the road for several days and haven’t had a chance to respond. What an experience it was in the Australian Outback for me (one I’ll never do again) ;D So glad it’s nearly over and I can get back to my writing and blogging :D

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