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August 6, 2013 / diannegray

Nooky Nookington

My Writer’s Nook is ready and waiting for me to get into the three WIPs I’ve been thinking about for the past 6 months. Every morning when I sit here and have my coffee my muse flies past and slaps me on the back of the head. It’s getting painful…

Below is what the Nook looked like when we had the snake incident

Snake

The ‘now shot’ is taken at a similar angle through the kitchen door.

Nook 01

My preferred position is North-facing. I can’t sit anywhere else because the view is overwhelming and I just know I’ll start to daydream and end up with another slap on the back of the head from my muse.

Nook 002

I’ll still be checking out your blogs every morning, but I won’t be posting any new blogs for the next few months (unless something amazing comes up –  like the Booker Prize or writer’s block).

I checked out my stats this morning to see my top 6 commenters. It would be really nice if you could look after them while I’m writing till my fingers bleed.

I also checked out my spam. Instead of trashing, I’ve decided to respond (I’m good like that).

Here goes:

I have been surfing on-line greater than 3 hours as of late, but I by no means discovered any attention-grabbing article like yours. Woah! Three hours, I’m impressed – now get back to work.

It’s pretty price sufficient for me. Personally, if all web owners and bloggers made just right content as you did, the internet might be a lot more helpful than ever before. I know. Please leave your money on the fridge on the way out.

I am in fact thankful to the owner of this website who has shared this impressive paragraph at here. Only a paragraph? Gee…thanks…

I am sure that what you have said will definitely pierce the ears of your readers and make them think more deeply about it. Am I really THAT LOUD?

Excellent blog you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew of any user discussion forums that cover the same topics discussed here? This is my “About” page. I’m sure there are a MILLION user forums falling over themselves to discuss me and my dogs.

You hit the nail on the head my friend! Some people just don’t get it! I know, that’s what I think about my amazing “About” page as well! Weird isn’t it?

I don’t even know how I ended up here, however I thought this post used to be good. I don’t recognize who you’re however certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you happen to are not already. Cheers! I don’t know how you ended up here either. Famous blogger? Yup – now you’ve hit the nail on the head!

According to police, a man police believe to be the subject of a campaign of keylogger and safety solution by expanding government and corporate, but I am afraid – not now. Be afraid, be very afraid.

Stay safe!

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  1. Roy McCarthy / Aug 6 2013 6:32 am

    Brilliant, I reckon you’ve earned a bit of writing time Dianne. And we’re all green with envy at your working conditions. Looking forward to more great works. (PS I hope you didn’t really reply to the spam – don’t you know it will just increase a millionfold now? :-))

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    • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 6:40 am

      No I didn’t actually reply to the spam, Roy 😉 It was just a bit of a joke I was having with myself (LOL)

      I’m looking forward to all those lovely words that are struggling to get out of my head and I couldn’t have a better spot to write 😀

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  2. nrhatch / Aug 6 2013 6:33 am

    Oh, that’s a very ZEN writer’s nook.
    I guess that’s because you’re so easily distracted!

    OW! Your muse just smacked me on the back of the head.
    She says that she’s the ONLY ONE who gets to tease you about your distractability.

    She also says that distractability is NOT a real word.

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    • nrhatch / Aug 6 2013 6:36 am

      And LOL at your answer to the SPAMMERS ~ they can be quite amusing to read at times.

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      • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 6:46 am

        I love being told my words ‘pierce the ears of my readers’! LOL 😀

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    • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 6:44 am

      LOL – she’s good like that! I’m going to find a place to use the word distractability now. OUCH! She just slapped me again…

      The views in all the other directions are very ‘sweeping’ and I think the feng shui drags my mind into the distance (and I need to focus) 😉 I’m really looking forward to it.

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  3. Theo Fenraven / Aug 6 2013 6:47 am

    What a GREAT place to write. The peace just oozes from the after photos.

    We will expect great things from you. *cracks whip*

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    • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 7:45 am

      It’s a writer’s dream, Theo. I should produce something (I hope!) 😀

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  4. mrscarmichael / Aug 6 2013 6:49 am

    Good luck, reading this year’s Booker long list right now and will keep fingers xed for you in 2014, meeting the Eternal Traveller in September at the top ‘o the Shard 🙂

    A little shy of the spam thing sine I’ve recently been there myself 🙂

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    • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 7:48 am

      I’m sure if I saw you in my spam I’d unspam you immediately. I’m glad it’s all fixed now 😉

      WOW – the Shard, I’m looking forward to those pics 😀

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  5. Bonnie / Aug 6 2013 6:56 am

    OMG..that is HILARIOUS!! I love your sarcastic wit in response to spam-bot-talk! Your writing nook is just, well perfect in so many ways…especially in the distraction department for sure, but I have total faith in you, to turn your WIPs into completed works of writing wonderfulness! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 7:50 am

      Thank you, Bonnie – I’m so glad someone has faith in me 😉 Now I’m just going to have to produce something 😀

      I’m glad you like the spam stuff – most of it doesn’t make sense at all (a bit like me after my Saturday night wine) 😉

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      • Bonnie / Aug 6 2013 8:04 am

        It doesn’t make ANY sense at all, that’s why your replies are so darn funny. And I hear ya about the Saturday night wine 😉

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  6. Carrie Rubin / Aug 6 2013 6:58 am

    At least your spammers are complimentary. I had one who told me my post was good–but it could be better. Ouch, pal. That hurt. 😉

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    • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 7:51 am

      I think I’ve seen that ‘you could do better’ spam. It’s certainly not going to win the Spam of the Year Award 😉

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  7. JackieP / Aug 6 2013 6:58 am

    Nooky Nookington sounds like a hookers name. LOL ….just sayin. You DO know what nooky means don’t ya? wink wink.

    Just kiddin with ya. Love the writing nook! I envy you, but I know how hard you have worked on everything there. Hope the writing comes free and easy. hehehe, kind of like,……neva mind…..

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    • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 7:53 am

      Yep – I know what nooky means (LOL) – I might have to name a hooker in one of my stories Nooky Nookington 😉

      I’m hoping the writing comes easy too. Yeah – kind of like… LOL

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      • JackieP / Aug 6 2013 9:26 am

        haha! 🙂 Good name for a hooker.

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  8. A.V. Walters / Aug 6 2013 7:03 am

    Loved the nook–I’m a little jealous of the view. but then I don’t know how I’d be productive working outside. (Too many distractions and the constant call of the garden.) You’ll be missed in the blogosphere, but write away….. it is la reason d’etre, en tout cas.

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    • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 7:56 am

      It certainly is a reason 😉 I write far better outside (particularly at night when I can see the moon and stars), but I’ll have to wear my blinkers to avoid that view during the day 😀

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  9. on thehomefrontandbeyond / Aug 6 2013 7:12 am

    like your replies and love your writing nook

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  10. Anna Belfrage / Aug 6 2013 8:07 am

    Best of luck with your WIPs, Dianne – but i do hope you pop in now and then to give us an update, however brief. The nook looks fabulous – just the setting for a nice mojito and pre-dinner snacks. What? Ouch, your muse does have a nasty back-hand, doesn’t she? So; no mojito, but plenty of tea!

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    • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 8:25 am

      The mojito sounds like a good plan, Anna 😉 My muse does have a hefty hand (LOL) 😀

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  11. Letizia / Aug 6 2013 8:30 am

    What a lovely place to write! The best part (for us) is that when we read your future writing we will know that it was created in that great place (snake free, of course).

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    • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 10:04 am

      So true, Letizia! It is a lovely place to write and is now a ‘no snake zone’ 😉

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  12. Jenny Ackland / Aug 6 2013 8:39 am

    Happy writing Dianne, what a gorgeous spot for you! I’m hoping that anytime your muse has given you a slap you’ve reached for your note book? Would love to know more about your process sometime, maybe when I come and sit on your verandah! Will miss your posts but understand: the writing comes first. I don’t know how you’ve managed your creativity while not writing. Well, I do know: DOORS and WINDOWS. All the best with your writing xx

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    • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 10:08 am

      I’m sure you’re right, Jenny. The doors and windows are just another outlet for the creativity. I normally get very fidgety and annoyed when I don’t write but it’s been very different this time 😀

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  13. Photos With Finesse / Aug 6 2013 8:39 am

    Love your writing nook – I hear you about facing backwards. I’d be distracted by taking pictures to illustrate my book! I tend to ignore spam, but find their attempts at flattery amusing. Might be taking a closer look now! – Suzan –

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    • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 10:11 am

      There’s a photo in the making every few seconds on that veranda, Suzan. They’ll be cutting the sugar cane soon and thousands of white birds will descend on the area to eat the insects – maybe I’ll just snap a couple of those 😉

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  14. Jill Weatherholt / Aug 6 2013 9:00 am

    Your new writing nook…heavenly! I would keep my butt planted in the chair all day if I had that view ~ nice! I guess Australians get better spam…to funny! Best of luck with your writing, Dianne! You’ll be missed.

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    • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 10:14 am

      My butt will be planted in that chair a lot, Jill (LOL) 😉 Thank you for the best wishes with the writing – I think I’ll miss blogging for a while 😦

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  15. Sheila Morris / Aug 6 2013 9:51 am

    Wow! Your place is so fantastic you just might write the Great Australian Novel sitting there…:) Enjoy your work and your space and your workspace!! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 10:15 am

      Thanks so much, Sheila 😀 ‘The Great Australian Novel’ – I love the sound of that! 😀

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  16. Kate is / Aug 6 2013 10:34 am

    I love your nook. As I freeze here in Canberra ( here for some work) I am longing for some sun. Oh look, here comes the rain 😦
    It’s looking fantastic, Dianne. You’ve worked so hard.

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    • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 1:17 pm

      Canberra is where I’ve moved from, Kate. Good grief it gets cold there!

      I’m glad you like the nook – and hope you get a little bit of sun while you’re in Canberra 😉

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      • Kate is / Aug 6 2013 7:08 pm

        It’s a lovely town, I’ve never spent more than a few days here, but I’ll be here for a few months. I’m looking for nice cafe’s and finding quite a few. 🙂

        You will get some serious writing achieved in your nookington.

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      • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 6:51 am

        If you’re working in Civic, I think Tongue & Groove is the place to go for after work drinks on a Friday. But most of the cafe’s in Canberra are quite good. Have a look on Riotact (online) because they have loads of Canberra news and things to do. If you get stuck finding things or need a contact there, let me know. I hope you enjoy your stay 😀

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      • Kate is / Aug 7 2013 8:52 am

        Fantastic, thanks Dianne. I’m living and working in Manuka.

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      • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 11:30 am

        Okay – I’m not that familiar with Manuka, but I know they have lovely cafes and restaurants and some very cute shops 😉

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  17. EllaDee / Aug 6 2013 10:49 am

    Much as I’ll miss your blog posts, the nook and the writing is good news 🙂 Fantastic that you get to work outside, at least your muse doesn’t have to negotiate walls, windows and doors to give you that slap, and while you might be engaged in typing your fingers to the bones, at least you can see and feel the world around you in 3D… I couldn’t think of anything more tedious than spending days on end inside in front of a keyboard and screen… oookkaayyy … sounds familiar,,,, currently that’s MY life!
    It’s nice that you acknowledged your spammers, maybe they’ll take the hint and see that it is possiblle to do something productive with their efforts 🙂

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    • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 1:21 pm

      I just love working outside (particularly under the stars at night) it must be the fresh air or something (and the slaps from my muse who can easily find me loafing) 😉

      Most spam comments are just weird, but some are funny/weird and I couldn’t resist 😀

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  18. agjorgenson / Aug 6 2013 11:05 am

    What a great idea to do some concentrated writing! Best wishes on bringing forth books from your nook. I look forward to your return – all in due course, of course.

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    • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 1:22 pm

      Thanks so much, Allen. I’ve been away from it for too long now and I’ve got a lot of catching up to do 😀

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  19. Ruth Rainwater / Aug 6 2013 11:20 am

    I’m so jealous! Counting down to retirement – 6 months to go!!

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  20. John / Aug 6 2013 11:28 am

    Really? I’ll miss your posts! Be well Dianne. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Aug 6 2013 1:24 pm

      Thanks so much, John. A classic line for you – “I’ll be back” 😀

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  21. Pagadan / Aug 6 2013 2:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing your before and after shots of your Nook. (I love before and after shots. ‘Course you gotta remember to take the before shots!) And thanks for sharing your spam/trash. Oh, yes. That decision–sending it to the trash–is usually easy to make. And I enjoyed your replies too!

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 5:56 am

      I sometimes forget to take the ‘before’ shots – if the snake hadn’t appeared I probably wouldn’t have got a ‘before’ shot of the nook. I try to get shots of the place from every angle, but then I ‘file’ them and can’t find them again (LOL) 😉

      The spam is sometimes very funny and can often sound like parts of popular sentences have been taken from the web and thrown together to make one sentence. I just couldn’t resist 😀

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  22. lexiesnana / Aug 6 2013 2:08 pm

    Your nook is beautiful. I can just see you all cozy and content.
    I laughed so hard at your spam comments as we all get them and I have often wondered why they put them up. You were to funny. Be well Dianne and God’s Blessings.

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 6:00 am

      Thank you so much for this beautiful comment and blessings. The nook is very cozy and I can see myself spending many hours here 😀

      I just couldn’t resist writing something about the spam – it gets so odd sometimes and I really don’t know what the spammers are trying to achieve by being so convoluted 😯

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  23. curt / Aug 6 2013 2:39 pm

    Love this post. I’ll never look at my spam without thinking (smiling) about this post. Thanks! -curt

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 6:02 am

      Thanks so much for coming by to read and comment, Curt. The spammers are a very odd bunch indeed and I just couldn’t resist 😀

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  24. Teepee12 / Aug 6 2013 2:41 pm

    You complain your view is too GOOD? That’s a complaint? I’ll take your leftover complaints. Great place to just hang out and be. I guess you don’t have a serious bug problem? I have a great deck, but I get dive bombed as soon as I sit down. Soon, though, Autumn. It will be better.

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 6:17 am

      Hi, Marilyn! Summer is the time we get bugs (it’s still winter here). I’m going to set up lights downstairs to keep the bugs away from the nook and I seriously hope it works, otherwise I’ll have to screen 😉

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  25. Janna G. Noelle / Aug 6 2013 3:08 pm

    I’ll miss you, Dianne (we all will), but I know that good things will come of your absence. And maybe that snake will pop by again to pay you a visit. 🙂

    P.S. I envy you. My writing “nook” (aka, my slightly beat-up couch I got secondhand from an old intern at work) looks out onto a parking lot. Also north-facing.

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 6:21 am

      I’ll be dropping in to check out your posts, Janna (I can’t resist) 😉

      If the snake pops by again I’ll say hello to him for you 😀

      My writing nook was a couch for many years with a TV blaring in the background, so this will be a nice change! 😉

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  26. Dawn Whitehand / Aug 6 2013 3:37 pm

    LOL… very funny!!

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  27. jannatwrites / Aug 6 2013 4:02 pm

    The spam responses were hilarious. Some of the comments are quite ridiculous. (Yeah, I actually read some of them before deleting.)

    What a lovely nook area (looks much better without the snake!) Good luck on your writing. I’ll miss your posts,

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 6:28 am

      It seems as if some of the spam is bits of words taken from the web and mashed together in an attempt to make a sentence. I find some of them hilarious (particularly the one about piercing my readers ears!) I always read them before deleting as well (unless they’re really long with loads of links in them).

      Thank you so much for the well wishes – I’ll still be popping over to see you regularly so I can keep up with what’s happening in your world (and Darlene’s adventures of course!) 😉

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  28. bulldog / Aug 6 2013 4:10 pm

    Now have you never hit your muse back… I wouldn’t put up with that disrespectful behaviour…
    I love you nook and I’m not sure I would get anything done with a view like that, however I’m sure you will… may the Gods of writing sit on your shoulder and aid with words you are looking for… and may you pop in every now and then, just to let us know you’re still there, as we will miss you …
    May the 3 WiP be completed and do well for you .. enjoy yourself… lastly, thank you for answering all my comments on your posts, don’t know how they all ended up in your spam… lol

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 6:31 am

      Haaaaaa! You’re such an intelligently witty man! I love reading your comments and this one about the spam made me laugh out loud 😀

      Thank you so much for all the well wishes – I’ll still be visiting you regularly to admire all those beautiful pictures 😉

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  29. harulawordsthatserve / Aug 6 2013 4:13 pm

    What a beautiful spot to sit and write…so glad you have the time and space to write again now…your muse will settle down when she knows this isn’t just for show, months she said muse, months…she’s all yours! Those spam comments were hilarious!!! Happy writing dear friend:-)

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 6:35 am

      Thank you, Harula 😀 You’re so right about the muse, she’s getting impatient but once I get into it full-time I’m sure she’ll settle down and do what she does best – inspire me! 😉

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  30. restlessjo / Aug 6 2013 5:07 pm

    We’ll miss you, but it’s nice to be able to picture you working. What a violent muse you have. Mine is far more docile. Must be why I’m less productive.
    Nice of you to leave those links. I’ll check out the ones I don’t know. Happy writing 🙂

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 6:37 am

      Thanks so much, Jo 😀 I’ll still drop in to see what you’re up to and to go on those lovely travels with you 😉

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  31. 1girl4adamwest / Aug 6 2013 6:00 pm

    What a super fabulous Nook! The transformation of the nook reminds me of all us! The more love and hard work we put into our vision of our lives the more we open ourselves to the vast array of possibilities, creativity and calm we all seek to welcome!!! Soooo hello Nook!!!!

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 6:40 am

      So true, my dear! Nothing happens without us putting that effort in and it’s really worth it in the end 😀

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  32. the eternal traveller / Aug 6 2013 6:45 pm

    That’s a gorgeous place to be working Dianne. I’ll miss your posts but I’m looking forward to seeing your new books. I’m honoured to be one of your most prolific commenters too. What fun blogging is. I see you know that mrscarmichael and I have a date in September. How exciting. I can’t wait!

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 6:43 am

      I’m looking forward to that trip with you and Mrs. C as well. I can’t wait to see the photos 😀

      The nook is a gorgeous place and one thing about it that really gets me is that everything surrounding me seems so ‘alive’ 😀

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  33. Spider42 / Aug 6 2013 8:23 pm

    Good fun post and I’m already jealous of your nook! 🙂
    Enjoy, cheers!

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 6:51 am

      Thank you so much – it’s very relaxing! 😀

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  34. adinparadise / Aug 6 2013 9:24 pm

    Love the look of your writer’s nook, Dianne. You’d best just get down to business now. 🙂 Your spam comments and replies really made me chuckle, especially the “famous blogger” one. Hilarious! 😆 Happy writing. I’m loving your macabre short stories. I have to read each one at least twice to get everything out of it. Fabulous! 😯 xx

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 6:55 am

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the short stories. I absolutely love reading short stories (I think it has something to do with my attention span) 😉

      Yes – the “famous blogger” comment is a classic. I’m really not sure what a “famous blogger” is (LOL!) 😀

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  35. Peter / Aug 6 2013 10:41 pm

    Great Nook. Up here in N. Wisconsin it’s not quite warm enough even in MID SUMMER to sit outside early and write. I used to write indoors — facing a blank wall — actually sitting at a corner computer table that I had built facing into the corner. I like your space better!

    Write, write, write…. bill paying is much more important than shooting the breeze with your WordPress family — but not more important than getting a dry space underneath the roof over your head. You look like you’ve pretty well sussed out the roof part, so on to better and bigger things.

    My Reader will remind me when you post and I’ll eagerly come along for the ride.

    Cheers,
    Peter
    A retired Photographer looks at life
    Life Unscripted

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 6:58 am

      Thanks so much, Peter. I’ll still be coming by to see how you’re going 😀

      It’s warm all year round here, so writing outside is ideal. I’ve come from a very cold climate where I had to put my feet in ‘foot warmers’ under the table when I was writing (LOL) 😀

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  36. mcwoman / Aug 7 2013 12:19 am

    Such a beautiful “nook,” Diane. The cane fields are a green ocean and it’s nice to see you’re making your vision materialize. I’m just wondering how many wild critters will think it’s a beautiful space, too.

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 7:00 am

      I love the wild critters, Barb (as long as they don’t bite or sting me) 😉

      This is just a wonderful place to write, I’ve already got a few chapters down in the past few days so I’m really happy about that 😀

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  37. Jacqui Murray / Aug 7 2013 2:53 am

    I got those same comments–what a coincidence.

    I will think of you writing in that beautiful area!

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 7:01 am

      Oh no – you mean someone thinks you’re a famous blogger as well? Dang it! I thought it was just me (LOL) 😉

      I’ll be dropping in regularly to visit you and check out all those great tips 😀

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  38. lifeonwry.com / Aug 7 2013 2:54 am

    Your nook looks wonderful! Makes me breathe easier just looking at it in the picture. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 7:03 am

      All this fresh air has to be good for the creativity, Wry 😀 I’m sitting here now and the sun is rising and lighting up the mountains in the distance. Just too nice 😉

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  39. ocdreader/Elisa / Aug 7 2013 3:58 am

    That is gorgeous! Hopefully it will make your muse happy – I can’t wait to see what those bloody fingers type up 🙂

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 7:05 am

      LOL! I’m hoping these bloody fingers type up loads of good stuff for you to enjoy 😀 I’ve already written a fair bit sitting here – ahhhh, so nice 😀

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  40. Hazy Shades of Me / Aug 7 2013 8:44 am

    Ooooh, I am soooo envious of your ‘nook’!! And, that you’ll be writing away ’til your heart’s content and your fingers are bloodied. How awesome is that?!? May your muse become far less abusive and much more supportive! Happy writing to you, Dianne. (Although I’m sad you won’t be blogging, I’m thrilled you’ll still be at the keyboard doing something that fulfills you)

    Your spam responses are hilarious. As for you top commenters – darn, I knew I’d been slack lately!

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 11:29 am

      I’m hoping my muse calms down soon. She just loves cracking the WIP (oh dear, that’s such a bad joke!) 😯

      I’ll be popping in to visit you when you post (hey – I can’t stay away) 😉 and I’m sure you have been in the top commenters list before – thank you so much! 😀

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  41. Kozo Hattori / Aug 7 2013 10:25 am

    Beautiful nook, Dianne. I can’t wait to read the products of this sacred space and your abusive muse. I’m tempted to call Writer Protective Services.
    A few chapters in the last few days??? I take that back about your muse. Send her my way. I need a few slaps. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 11:33 am

      LOL – she’d be only too happy to slap you into getting stuck into work, Kozo (she’s a bit like that). 😀 I love Writer Protective Services – we need a hotline 😉 {{{hugs}}}

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  42. dennisberry / Aug 7 2013 3:23 pm

    Thank you, Dianne. I needed a good laugh. By the way, I like your lovely nook. Got a witty response to that?

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    • diannegray / Aug 8 2013 5:54 am

      Thanks for liking my lovely nook, Dennis! I like my lovely nook as well (try saying that fast a few times) 😉 I’m hoping to get loads of novels up and running (and finished) in that space 😀

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  43. Rohan 7 Things / Aug 7 2013 9:20 pm

    Lol, hilarious responses to the spam, and wowie, that is some nook! Just beautiful, can’t wait to see what inspirations come from your new spot 🙂

    Will miss you on the blogosphere, but do enjoy your work Dianne, good luck!!

    Rohan.

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    • diannegray / Aug 8 2013 5:56 am

      Thank you so much, Rohan. I’ll be dropping in to visit you regularly. Well done with all those great reviews! 😀

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  44. bluebee / Aug 8 2013 12:17 am

    Nooky Nookington? For writing?! I suspect that your muse has seen through this ruse 😉
    Happy writing *green with envy* & thanks for the mention 😀

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  45. jmmcdowell / Aug 8 2013 4:53 am

    Running through my head now is “Spam spam spam spam Spam spam spam spam….” It’s always good for a laugh, be it the blogging kind or a Monty Python skit. 🙂

    We’ll miss you while you’re away, but if the absence means we’ll soon have new books to read, it’ll all be worth it. Do take a few breaks, though, to enjoy the views from that nook!

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    • diannegray / Aug 8 2013 6:00 am

      I love Monty Python, JM! 😀

      The nook views are amazing, now I just have to put my head down and focus – which isn’t easy with all these puppies running around under the table 😉

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  46. Britt Skrabanek / Aug 8 2013 5:00 am

    Yay! Good luck on those WIP’s. I love that you replied to your spammers. You’re so thoughtful…and hilarious. : )

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    • diannegray / Aug 8 2013 6:02 am

      I’m such a thoughtful person, Britt – all those lonely spammers just sitting there waiting for a reply (LOL) 😉

      The WIPs are going well (so far) and now my muse isn’t slapping me anymore 😀

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  47. donnajeanmcdunn / Aug 8 2013 1:45 pm

    Wonderful nook for writing. I’m so jealous!

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    • diannegray / Aug 9 2013 5:55 am

      It’s just the ‘right place’ to get those creative juices flowing! 😀

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  48. gabrielablandy / Aug 8 2013 11:04 pm

    What a beautiful nook – perfect for writing. I wish you luck with your WIPs and thank you for putting a smile on my face with your last (for a while) post – good to make something useful out of those spammers!

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    • diannegray / Aug 9 2013 5:58 am

      I guess we have to find a use for those spammers, Gabriela, otherwise they just drive us nuts 😀

      Thank you so much for your best wishes. I’m in exactly the right head space for writing now 😉

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  49. audiophileparadise / Aug 9 2013 2:28 am

    Awesome nook you got there! So, finally done, eh? It looks wonderful! Would love to sit out in a heavy thunderstorm and drink a hot cup of cocoa! 😀

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    • diannegray / Aug 13 2013 6:35 am

      I haven’t experienced a thunderstorm there yet, but I am looking forward to it because I’m sure it’ll be spectacular! 😀

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  50. ripe red berries / Aug 9 2013 3:38 am

    Your writing nook is SO cool (and beautiful!) – what a great spot to work…I will miss hearing from you…thank you for always making me smile and I look forward to reading your next post as well as your next book! Enjoy the RUC and happy days ahead!! Too funny with the spammers…(:

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    • diannegray / Aug 9 2013 6:00 am

      Thank you so much 😀 I couldn’t have picked a better place to work – and I’ll still be dropping by to say hello to you 😉

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  51. ly / Aug 9 2013 4:09 am

    Beautiful place to write! Will miss you while you and your muse make beautiful pages of words.

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    • diannegray / Aug 9 2013 6:01 am

      Thank you so much, Ly. It really is a dream come true 😀

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  52. cestlavie22 / Aug 9 2013 10:10 pm

    Aww I am always so sad when bloggers I love take a little break. But we will be here waiting when you return. Now you gave us some homework, look after your fav bloggers, I am off to check them out now 🙂

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    • diannegray / Aug 10 2013 6:16 am

      Thank you so much! 😀 I’ll still be checking out your posts 😉

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  53. maggiemyklebust / Aug 10 2013 1:57 am

    What a beautiful place to write, Diane. Good luck and enjoy 🙂

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  54. DaydreamsinWonderland / Aug 10 2013 7:40 am

    Your writer’s nook looks like a place I want to hang out. 😀 I’d have to stick to your position as well, though because then my photo-snapping itch would start.
    Tell your muse she doesn’t have to be so violent. She’s always welcome to sit and have coffee with you. lol

    & Thank you for the mention. *hugs* That was sweet of you. You’re one of my top commenters as well. I’m happy to know I’ve been reciprocal (hope that’s the right word, forgive me – I’m runnin’ on fumes. I’ve been up all night.)
    Anyhow, I love hearing your stories on my downtime, Diane. I look forward to many more as we both multi-task heading into the autumn season.

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    • diannegray / Aug 12 2013 3:13 pm

      My muse has really calmed down now (she loves coffee) lol 😉

      I love the use of the word multi-task in your comment, because that’s what I’ve been doing a lot! My new puppies are running around like rascals and I’m trying to squeeze in house painting and gardening between my writing – there’s just not enough hours in the day 😀

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      • DaydreamsinWonderland / Aug 12 2013 3:16 pm

        You said it, girlfriend! Juggling a 3 year old (soon to be 4 year old), countless doctors appointments, redecorating, art projects, and somewhere in the wee hours of the morning I write. Sleep? Meh, maybe when I’m dead. 😛

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  55. ramblingsfromamum / Aug 10 2013 9:09 pm

    I’m late..I’m late 😦 a beautiful little writers nook indeed, how glorious an d now being up here I can understand how you can be inspired daily if not b y the minute! Love you did a Spam-a-licious- hilarious! Tell that Muse of yours to ease up! 🙂 xxx

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    • diannegray / Aug 12 2013 3:14 pm

      Not late at all – I think your holidays are over tomorrow??? Port Douglas is amazing 😀

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  56. ramblingsfromamum / Aug 10 2013 9:10 pm

    silly IPad and typing in almost darkness. I don’t nor m a l l y wr i t e like that 😉

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  57. Darla Welchel / Aug 12 2013 1:20 am

    Beautiful, I’m so glad its finished. How is the rest of the RUC coming? Sorry you are going to be gone for a while, I will miss you. I’ve been having issues with my browser and couldn’t post in WP, but I think I have part of it fixed for now! Happy Writing!

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    • diannegray / Aug 12 2013 3:16 pm

      Thanks so much, Darla 😀 There’s still a lot to do at the RUC – I’m painting and gardening when I’m not writing. I’m so glad your browser is working now, I think I’d go a little nutty if I couldn’t read blogs 😉

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      • Darla Welchel / Aug 19 2013 8:39 am

        Its not 100% but I can make it work. If I’m not logged on with a particular blogger I have to log on then exit the page and reopen it. If I forget and write my comment, I lose it, so I’ve been trying to copy and past before I hit post. AND I still can’t LIKE a blog!
        I’ve been off my blogs a bit because I’ve been spending a lot of time marketing my hubbys real estate business and by the time I do all his stuff, I’ve been on the internet way too long!

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  58. Darla Welchel / Aug 12 2013 1:21 am

    Oh, and just slap that muse back!

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    • diannegray / Aug 12 2013 3:16 pm

      LOL – she’s behaving herself now 😉

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      • Darla Welchel / Aug 19 2013 8:42 am

        That is good to know. I’ve had a bit of a writer’s block myself. Useually when I get an idea, I just sit at the keyboard and start tapping until my opening comes. The other day, I actually closed a page without coming up with a lead! Very unusual for me. As a former journalist, you have to be able to produce even if you don’t feel like it. I guess I’m losing my touch. My other way of coming up with ideas is while I’m driving or mowing, but at my age, I cannot remember my ideas when I get back to my computer! LOL

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  59. Lisaman / Aug 12 2013 3:32 am

    Take Care.. Happy writing and just leave a page open for us so we can pop in and leave a word or two!!!

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  60. midlifetraveller / Aug 12 2013 5:36 am

    What a great view, good luck with the writing.

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    • diannegray / Aug 12 2013 3:18 pm

      Thank you so much – it seems to be powering along at the moment 😀

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  61. Elizabeth / Aug 13 2013 10:58 am

    Love LOVE the comment section– hilarious!! =)

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  62. EJ / Aug 13 2013 7:21 pm

    The nook looks like a great place to write! I had to turn my desk around because I kept being distracted looking out the window so I understand turning away – but if your muse tells you to take a while to get a really good look at the views and fill your soul up with the beauty, you go ahead and do it 😉
    I hope the writing goes brilliantly xx

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    • diannegray / Aug 14 2013 6:56 am

      Thanks so much, EJ 😀 I’ve been getting stuck right into it and it’s flowing beautifully!

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  63. Lynda / Aug 14 2013 2:34 am

    Dianne, this is a beautiful place to create! Thank you for sharing it with us. I will miss you while you work, but will look forward to all you have to share when you get back!

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    • diannegray / Aug 14 2013 6:58 am

      Thanks so much, Lynda 😀 Hopefully I’ll have some updated photos of the RUC as well on my return 😉

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  64. Piper George / Aug 14 2013 3:43 am

    Stopped by to see how you are getting on- it’s a beautiful looking place and coming along nicely. Don’t forget to put some new pics up every so often so I can carry on drooling in jealousy.

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    • diannegray / Aug 14 2013 7:02 am

      Lovely to see you, Piper! I’m in heaven at the moment sitting here writing. My muse’s slaps in the head seem to have done the trick 😉

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  65. audiophileparadise / Aug 19 2013 11:31 pm

    Amazing! Good news! I can write replies on posts again (Akismet had screwed up temporarily), and the first post I commented on was yours!

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    • diannegray / Aug 20 2013 10:08 am

      Awww – thank you! I’m glad you’re back 😉

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  66. Linda Vernon / Aug 20 2013 3:18 am

    Haha! Great post Dianne! I know there’s nothing I would like better than for a spammer to pierce my ears! Unless it was a telemarketer to pierce my belly button! 😀 I’ve got to go check out the snake incident now! You deck is breathingtaking btw! 😀

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    • diannegray / Aug 20 2013 10:13 am

      Thank you, Linda 😀 My writer’s nook seems to be working very well 😉

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    • diannegray / Aug 20 2013 10:13 am

      Thank you, Linda 😀 My writer’s nook seems to be working very well 😉

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  67. tchistorygal / Aug 22 2013 11:21 am

    You have some great answers there. Your spammers should be impressed. I’m impressed, and I’m not even a spammer. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Aug 22 2013 3:32 pm

      LOL – you’d never be on my spammers list, Marsha! 😉

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      • tchistorygal / Aug 23 2013 2:04 pm

        I might be able to write like a spammer. They sure are funny! 🙂 Glad you are doing well. Your home is looking beautiful! How about your journalism assignment? Has that panned out? 🙂

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      • diannegray / Aug 24 2013 1:31 pm

        I’ve been too busy to date, but just updated my home page with some of the new things I’ll be doing 😀

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      • tchistorygal / Aug 24 2013 5:05 pm

        I’ll check by there on Sunday when I am a poker widow. : )

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  68. tchistorygal / Aug 22 2013 11:24 am

    Ps, thanks for the mention as a top commenter. I feel as though I don’t around nearly as often as I’d like to! 🙂 Have a nice three months off. I have the tea or coffee set out. Which do you prefer? Or maybe lemonade in the hot afternoon?

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    • diannegray / Aug 22 2013 3:33 pm

      Coffee in the morning, lemonade in the afternoon. I’m looking forward to it 😀

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      • tchistorygal / Aug 23 2013 2:05 pm

        I’ll make some yummy cookies, too. I made the best no bake chocolate-oatmeal-peanut butter cookies the other day. I could hardly stop eating them! 🙂

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      • diannegray / Aug 24 2013 1:31 pm

        Oh YES! Send me some 😀

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      • tchistorygal / Aug 24 2013 5:06 pm

        We can meet in Hawaii and I’ll make you some fresh! 🙂

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  69. ocdreader / Aug 29 2013 2:38 am

    Was just missing you so I thought I would pop by to say hello. I hope the writing is going swimmingly!
    Best!! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Aug 29 2013 11:08 am

      Awww – thank you SO much. The writing’s been put on hold for a week while I’m down visiting my mum. But I have been getting into it and have the entire ‘writer gets kidnapped by serial killer’ book in my head – it’s an absolutely blast with more twists and turns than I could have ever imagined! Just loving it 😀 Hope you’re well xoxoxo

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      • ocdreader / Aug 29 2013 11:48 am

        That story sounds awesome! Hello to mum 🙂

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  70. Lisaman / Aug 31 2013 5:45 am

    Hope you are well.. xxx

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  71. Shakti Ghosal / Sep 5 2013 7:19 pm

    Great intention and wish you all the best in your writing initiative over the next few months.

    So where do you see yourself three months down the road?

    Shakti

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    • diannegray / Sep 6 2013 6:25 am

      I’m hoping to see three novels finished, Shakti 😀 Thanks so much for the best wishes 😉

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  72. Jonathan Caswell / Sep 7 2013 11:22 am

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    DON’T YOU LOVE HER COMMENTS BACK TO THE SPAMMERS?????

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  73. Zen A. / Sep 8 2013 9:53 pm

    Your Writer’s Nook looks really lovely, Dianne! The ideal spot for writing. =D

    Also, how are you? I’m afraid I’ve been pretty bad at catching up with other people’s blogs. 😦

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    • diannegray / Sep 9 2013 6:36 am

      I’m very well thanks, Zen. I’ve been travelling around a bit to see my mother who is not well, but I’m back at the farm now (and sitting on the writer’s nook as we speak). It’s hard to catch up with all the blogs so I know how you feel 😉 I hope you’re well and the writing is going well 😀

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  74. adinparadise / Sep 9 2013 6:45 am

    Been thinking about you a lot recently, as I’m reading your book, “The Everything Theory.” It’s fascinating and I’m loving it. Hope the writing is going well. xx

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    • diannegray / Sep 9 2013 12:03 pm

      Thank you so much – I’m so glad you’re enjoying it (you’ve made my day!) I’ve been away visiting my mother who is very unwell and I’ve only just returned to the farm. My writing has taken a bit of a backseat in the last few weeks, but I’m going to try and get back into it again now to take my mind off things. I hope you’re well. I’ve missed seeing your beautiful pictures every day 😀

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      • adinparadise / Sep 9 2013 12:08 pm

        So sorry about your mom, Dianne. Hugs to you both. xx

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      • diannegray / Sep 9 2013 12:14 pm

        Thank you so much – the more hugs the better 😉

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  75. Maddie Cochere / Sep 12 2013 12:11 pm

    Hope those WIPs are coming along nicely, Dianne. I love your writer’s nook. I have a new place to write, too. Rich built a deck off the kitchen. I never knew how much I would enjoy writing outside.

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    • diannegray / Sep 13 2013 5:51 am

      Writing outside is the best! I’m going well and the WIPs are coming along nicely. It’s wonderful that Rich built you your own little writer’s nook – that’s so very sweet. What a darling he is 😉

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  76. Sheila / Sep 13 2013 3:51 am

    I love your writer’s nook. Hopefully you won’t get too many snake visits! It helps to step away from the blog every once in a while. I missed you and your creatures while I was gone though!

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    • diannegray / Sep 13 2013 5:53 am

      Thanks so much, Sheila. The writer’s nook is the best thing since sliced bread 😉 Sometimes I have to pinch myself just to make sure I’m not dreaming 😉

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  77. Billy Ray Chitwood1 / Sep 14 2013 2:47 am

    Love your nook…and hope all is well with you and family. All my best.

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  78. tchistorygal / Sep 14 2013 2:39 pm

    I just stopped by to say hi, Dianne. I haven’t heard from you in so long, I wondered how the writing is coming. I can’t wait for your next book! 🙂 I’ve slowed way down on the blogging, too. Carol has Manny and is touring Europe with him, and will be bringing him home to Australia with her. Hope things are going well. Miss you! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Sep 15 2013 5:51 am

      Thanks so much for dropping in to say hello, Marsha. It’s wonderful to hear from you. I’ve been flat out – I was trying to get my writing done and then my mum took a turn for the worse and I’ve been visiting her. I’m back at the farm now and she’s on her third round of chemo. I’m trying to settle back into things, but it’s not easy to stay focused. Although – I did win a makeover in the local newspaper and I’m considering writing a post about it. I’ve been dropping in to see how you’re going but haven’t left any comments because I was using my phone to read your posts in the hospital and am not sure how to comment with the phone 😉

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      • tchistorygal / Sep 18 2013 8:51 am

        I’ve thoroughly missed you! It is hard to make comments on the phone. If you get someone liking your post while you are making a comment, your comment disappears. Sometimes it just doesn’t post! It’s a pain, so you can just browse quietly and know that I’m thinking about you. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom! You have a lot going on in your life right now! Feel free to email me if you just need to chat. tchistorygal@gmail.com. 🙂

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      • nrhatch / Sep 21 2013 1:54 am

        I stopped by to say hi . . . sorry to hear about your mom.

        We miss you. Peace.

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      • diannegray / Sep 21 2013 11:42 am

        Thanks, Nancy – it’s lovely to hear from you 😀

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  79. Denise Hisey / Oct 11 2013 5:08 am

    Hi Dianne,
    I’ve been thinking about you…hope you and your muse are doing well. Looking forward to hearing from you again soon. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Oct 11 2013 8:25 am

      Thanks so much for dropping by, Denise. I’ve been very busy with writing as well as traveling to see my mum. I keep thinking I should update here, but the time just seems to be flying by. The fact that one of the new puppies ate my glasses doesn’t really help with trying to write, but I just got a text telling me my new glasses have arrived at the store so I’m going to pick them up today. I hope you’re well 🙂

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  80. bodhisattvaintraining / Oct 21 2013 11:13 pm

    Thinking of you too Dianne xx

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    • diannegray / Oct 22 2013 7:01 am

      Thank you so much, my dear 😀 Things are trundling along here – the RUC is going well (but I probably spend far to much time on the physical side of things) and the writing is a little slow, but I’m getting there 😉 I really hope everything is going well for you xxx

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      • bodhisattvaintraining / Oct 22 2013 8:20 am

        All is well. I know your mother wasn’t and it was worrying on top of all the physical things you’re doing.

        Life has a way of turning us on our heads like that 😉

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  81. restlessjo / Oct 29 2013 12:19 am

    I know! I know! Go away, you’re trying to focus! 🙂
    Popped into the nook to see if anything was happening. I was surprised to see that your last post was early August- it seems ages ago. Sorry to hear about Mum. I’ll come back and check nearer Christmas (don’t mention that word!!!)
    Take care.

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    • diannegray / Oct 29 2013 5:55 am

      LOL! Thanks, Jo 😀 I’ve got my head down working hard – fantastic to hear from you 😉

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  82. Sheila / Nov 16 2013 6:00 am

    Just wanted to let you know I miss you and hope everything’s going well with the creatures!

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    • diannegray / Nov 17 2013 5:42 am

      Thank you so much, Sheila 😉 All is well, just working on my latest WIPs. I hope all is well with you 😀

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  83. Jacqui Murray / Nov 16 2013 2:17 pm

    I need my Diane fix…. Hmm… Knock knock.. who’s there… OK, I’ll go away and come back later…

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    • diannegray / Nov 17 2013 5:43 am

      LOL – thanks Jacqui! A lot has happened here and I’ve got a bit to sort out. I’ve got my head down writing (and I constantly go back to your tips!) 😀

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  84. WordsFallFromMyEyes / Nov 23 2013 6:26 pm

    Love your sense of humour, Dianne!! This is a wonderful post !

    Here’s hoping for the Booker Prize 🙂

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  85. Eliz@MirthandMotivation / Nov 27 2013 11:21 pm

    Hi Dianne,
    Wondering how the WIP’s are going…? I’ve been on hiatus from my WP blog for 6+ months and slowly thawing out. I’ve missed you and my other writing buddies and decided to stop by and say hello! Happy Trails and Writing Magic to you. Thanksgiving is around the corner for us in the USA. I’m thankful for plenty this year; especially family, friends, and the gift of life. ❤ 🙂
    Stay blessed,
    Elizabeth

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    • diannegray / Dec 2 2013 6:25 am

      Thank you so much for coming by to see me! I’ve missed you and my blogging buddies as well. I hope Thanksgiving was a wonderful time for you 😀

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  86. sherrylcook / Dec 4 2013 2:51 am

    Stopping by to say Hello Dianne…I’ve been wondering where you were! Take care now…and hurry back! : )

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    • diannegray / Dec 4 2013 6:49 am

      Thanks so much for dropping by, Sherry! Great to hear from you. I’m just writing and being a bit of a hermit. Have a lovely Christmas and a safe and happy new year 😀

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  87. escapingdarkness / Jan 27 2014 4:01 pm

    What lovely nook. I wish I had that kind of view and space in our apartment for when I start my childrens book writing course and maybe even start writing.

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    • diannegray / Jan 28 2014 5:32 am

      I lived in a poky little place in the city for years and always dreamed of having a spot like this to write in. It just goes to show that if you wish hard enough… 😀

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