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July 16, 2014 / diannegray

There are plots in them there plots

I’ve been sawing a lot of wood this week and still have all my fingers (and one very muscly right arm – just call me Popeye). The only injury I sustained this week was cutting my finger while preparing Beef Stroganoff on Sunday night (it was yummy BTW).

I prepare meals for M-I-L and F-I-L (mother and father-in-law) several nights a week because it worries me that they’re not eating enough and I guess this has triggered the Mother Hen strand of my DNA.

A typical day for me is:

  1. Get up at 4 am and check out your blog posts, read the paper, answer emails
  2. Make brekkie and lunch for hubby and boot him out the door
  3. Clean the house and then start on the latest backbreaking project (this week it’s cutting the tongue and groove timber to line the interior walls of the bedroom)
  4. Make dinner for M-I-L and F-I-L
  5. Walk the dogs to the creek
  6. Fall into a screaming heap in front of the TV and turn on YouTube to see what’s new in the world (there’s a load of weird stuff out there).

Notice something missing?

Um – I need another 6 hours added to my day so I can write.

My latest novel The Devil Seam is due back from the reader this week, so I’ll need to cut something out of my days to do a final edit.

I vote to cut out #3 Clean the house and then start on the latest backbreaking project. 

I can see you nodding your head and I’ll take that as an overwhelming YES result to my vote.

Anyhow – enough whinging about my poor time management skills.

I took some pictures during the puppy walk on Monday afternoon and it’s images like this that ignite the firecracker of my imagination.


A farmer was working his plot of land (you can just barely see the tractor in the distance) and I wondered what he was thinking as he drove up and down the field. I know him and there is an amazing story tumbling around in the background of his life. For those who have read Let Sleeping Gods Lie you may have an inkling of what I’m talking about, but it’s too complex (and would take several pages) to explain here.

When I took this picture I thought of his story and added a plot involving my little black Rottweiler, Kitty, (who refused to move out of the way for this picture). She already features in another one of my stories and I’m guessing she must be a muse (of sorts).



I love the sky in this picture. It gives me the impression of a stormy event on the horizon of life. I may be rushed for time during the day, but my imagination is always on the go.

It intrigues me that every plot of land on the earth holds a unique story. Some may be mind-blowing and some may be ordinary – but they are definitely there and ready to be told.

I feel the same way about blog posts. Each is a small plot of virtual land where you can go to read stories about lives and I guess this is why I wake up at 4 am to see what is going on in your world.

Are you intrigued by people’s stories and is that why you read blog posts?
(or am I just a crazy lady)

PS – this is my 150th post! YAY 😀



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  1. Jonathan Caswell / Jul 16 2014 10:27 am



    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 10:42 am

      Thanks for the re-blog, Jonathon 🙂


      • Jonathan Caswell / Jul 16 2014 10:58 am

        Dianne—check out Jodie Llewellyn’s post about writers choosing plot or characters first for better context. So which do you choose first, when writing a story?


      • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 11:05 am

        I definitely start with a plot, Jonathan – then I throw my poor characters in to weather the storm! 😉

        Thanks for pointing me in Jodie’s direction. I’m heading there now.


      • Jonathan Caswell / Jul 16 2014 11:23 am

        Like I do with limericks and poetry…MOST of the time! 🙂


  2. Jonathan Caswell / Jul 16 2014 10:28 am

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:


  3. Carrie Rubin / Jul 16 2014 10:31 am

    Hmm, well whether you’re a crazy lady or not, I can’t say for sure… But I do enjoy reading people’s stories. I don’t do it at four am though. Oh, wait, maybe you ARE crazy. 😉

    Great pics, as always, and when you learn the secret of more writing time, please share it!


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 10:37 am

      LOL! Confirmed – I always knew I was crazy! 😀

      I think the only way I can get more writing time is to skip sleep and this probably wouldn’t be a great idea. I want to change my body clock, but don’t know how. Because I get up early I go to sleep early and the whole cycle repeats. I may have to spend a week or so fighting sleep so I can sleep in – oh, it’s all too hard! 😉


  4. Amy Reese / Jul 16 2014 10:32 am

    Yes, I’m nodding. Knock out the cleaning and next project. Writing will be the project now! I know there is not enough time to do it all, it seems. I enjoy reading blogs, too, so squeeze it in. Everyone has a fascinating story to tell! That’s cute your dog is named Kitty. I wonder if he purrs. Good luck on your editing.


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 10:41 am

      Kitty is a very cute dog indeed and I guess people think I must be nuts for naming a Rottweiler ‘Kitty’ – LOL 😉

      I’m glad I’ve got your vote and I’m going to knock out the cleaning and heavy duty building and focus on writing for a while. I guess I need to make a decision – am I a writer or a builder? Hmmm, I think I’ll take writing anytime over building, sawing, hammering, etc 😀


  5. Polysyllabic Profundities / Jul 16 2014 10:55 am

    I must start by saying how excited I am at the thought of reading your new book!!! On a side note….I am always intrigued by the stories in the blogosphere….it really does open up so many windows to be able to look into other realities. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 11:01 am

      I’m excited about you reading it as well! I can’t wait to get it finished 😉

      The stories really intrigue me as well. I get emotional about things that happen in lives and in a way feel as if I am part of them. When I was younger I wanted to develop a book about the world and give it to each person so they could write something about themselves. Now I have that in the blogging world! There are so many stories out there xxxx


      • Polysyllabic Profundities / Jul 16 2014 11:07 am

        It’s amazing how easy it is to become involved in the lives of people you may never meet face to face and yet they become part of your life. xx


      • Gallivanta / Jul 16 2014 3:13 pm

        I don’t know what happened to this book, but it is a little along the lines of your dream 🙂


      • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 5:20 pm

        Absolutely fantastic! I love it 🙂


      • Gallivanta / Jul 16 2014 5:36 pm

        Great isn’t it! I wonder if there is some way to send one of your books on a world tour? Gather comments as it travels along. 🙂


      • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 5:41 pm

        What a brilliant idea! This concept may very well keep me awake all night figuring out a way to do it 😉


      • Gallivanta / Jul 16 2014 6:04 pm

        Go for it!


  6. Theo Fenraven / Jul 16 2014 11:10 am

    I read your blog because you are nice. And interesting. And really strong. And your life fascinates me. I like hearing about the cane and the RUC and the family. 🙂 You take good pictures, too. If we’re ever in the same part of the universe at the same time, I’d like to have lunch and talk.


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 11:31 am

      Awww – Theo, I think that’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me! You’ve totally stopped me in my tracks today (and that’s always a good thing) 😀

      If we’re ever in the same part of the universe at the same time, I’d like to have lunch and talk as well! xxxx


  7. avwalters / Jul 16 2014 11:29 am

    Yeah, the housekeeping and backbreaking labor could go–making way for more writing. But, in the midst of my own backbreaking labor (finishing up digging the foundation) I find there’s a calming satisfaction in that, too. I find stories everywhere, the news, the landscape, sometimes even my dreams. I take it all as a gift–endeavor to remember so that I can keep it giving. Nice pics.


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 4:52 pm

      You’re right about the satisfaction – there is a load of that when things are finished 😉

      A lot of my stories used to come from dreams, but for some reason I can’t remember my dreams anymore – even though I have a feeling when I wake up that they were epic!


  8. Pagadan / Jul 16 2014 11:50 am

    I love your photos. ‘Course I love cloudy, stormy skies. And Kitty is interesting in the foreground. Cleaning the house can wait. Editing is important, but I know you’d like to get the bedroom finished too… All the best with your juggling…


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 4:53 pm

      Thanks so much, Joy. There is a lot of juggling to be done. At least my bed is in the bedroom and the floor is done now! That’s something 😉


  9. EllaDee / Jul 16 2014 12:00 pm

    Yep, you could give the cleaning & DIY projects a miss to gain writing time and vice versa… a change is as good as… well, a change is good…
    That is the thing I love about blogging – people’s stories and lives near & far. I love that I am in Sydney but just in a few clicks I can pop around the world for visits to people’s kitchens, farms, gardens… and writing nooks.
    I’m intrigued to see what you create from all those plots.
    Congratulations on 150 blog posts – added to your novels, DIY, cooking, cleaning and dog walking, you are a busy woman 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 4:56 pm

      I love the virtual traveling around the world as well 😀 There are just so many stories out there and I can be in Sydney with you and then zip over to South Africa and then Spain and America – it’s wonderful! 😀

      Thank you for the congrats. It’s hard to believe I’ve actually had any time at all to write that many! 😉


  10. JackieP / Jul 16 2014 12:05 pm

    I love reading your blog. As for crazy, well, aren’t we all a little crazy? lol But I would definitely put the sawing and building on the back burner for now, and write lady!!
    I also love reading other peoples blogs and about their lives, people are fascinating. xxx


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 5:01 pm

      I think the catalyst for this post was reading Stories That Must Not Die. After reading yours I was hooked and I’ve been reading them ever since 😉 People have remarkable stories to tell and the support and understanding is absolutely amazing.

      Yep – I think we’re all a little crazy in our own ways and that makes life just that little bit more interesting 😉


      • JackieP / Jul 17 2014 1:15 am

        Stories That Must Not Die is an awesome blog, a safe haven for all of us with a story to tell. The stories are worth reading, all though sad. But writing them helps, and readers such as you, with your big heart helps even more.

        And crazy is underrated 😉


  11. bulldog / Jul 16 2014 12:14 pm

    150 posts…. love it…. love the work you put in, but how you get to your books as well I don’t know… I’ve a contract at the Mo and my books final read has now stood still for about a month… just don’t seem to fit it in, but a man gotta eat so a man gotta work…


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 5:04 pm

      Oh yeah, I’m, hearing you, Rob! Work, work, and more work so we can live.

      I’m going to have to get myself better organised and maybe cut out sleeping at some stage 😉


  12. Ruth Rainwater / Jul 16 2014 12:24 pm

    I love reading your blog too. I have so enjoyed reading about and seeing pictures of the transformation of the RUC. I understand the time issue thing, too. Something has to give, and you’re right, it shouldn’t be sleep!


    • diannegray / Jul 17 2014 7:29 am

      I’m sure I responded to your comment yesterday, Ruth and now it’s not here (a thousand apologies!) Time management isn’t my strong suit, but I certainly need my sleep above all else! 😀


      • Ruth Rainwater / Jul 17 2014 9:57 am

        No problem – I know you’re a little busy! LOL


  13. sherrylcook / Jul 16 2014 12:49 pm

    I love reading my favorite bloggers posts. Usually late in the evening while settling down, then I wake up with the iPad on my face!


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 5:10 pm

      LOL! I can just see it, Sherry!

      I can’t read into the night because I get too tired – which is a huge change from my younger days when I was such a night owl. I’ve got to get back into those habits to stop myself from waking so early 😉


  14. bodhisattvaintraining / Jul 16 2014 1:40 pm

    I am most definitely intrigued by people’s stories 🙂 I met a wonderful character today while out shopping – will try to describe him later x


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 5:13 pm

      Oh, you’ve really got me interested now, Annie. I can’t wait to hear about him! 😀

      I took hubby to his oncology appt. today and on the way home we stopped at a set of traffic lights and there was an old fellow playing the ukulele on a park bench. It was a beautiful, yet sad scene xxx


      • bodhisattvaintraining / Jul 16 2014 10:43 pm

        Weirdness from my ex later in the day and a haiku about that resulted rather than the character description – shame!

        Ah how bittersweet the ukulele man – hope all well with the appointments xx


      • diannegray / Jul 17 2014 5:18 am

        We’ll know the results in a few weeks xxx


      • bodhisattvaintraining / Jul 17 2014 7:46 am

        hug x


  15. Daphne Shadows / Jul 16 2014 2:26 pm

    You take such amazing photos. I love the one with Kitty in it. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 5:14 pm

      Thanks, Daphne! It was a lovely walk and I love seeing the farmers in the fields – very relaxing indeed 😀


  16. Yolanda M. / Jul 16 2014 2:41 pm

    congrats on the 150th post Dianne! mmm why do I love reading blog posts? probably for the same reason I like going for evening strolls in my neighbourhood when I can look in on my neighbours as they prepare dinner and why I linger too long in coffee shops alone or with friends just so I can absorb – everything 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 5:17 pm

      I’m so glad you said that, Yolanda because I was going to write that in this post, but thought people may think it a little odd (lol). When I lived in the city I used to walk the dogs around the neighborhood at dinner time and watch people in their kitchens. It’s such a magical time of day. You certainly are a blogging sister! 😀


  17. Gallivanta / Jul 16 2014 3:24 pm

    Yay for post number 150! Mmmm, number 3 could go…. definitely. And, perhaps, number 2 for just a little while, pretty please, to your dearly beloved ;). And I am sure your blogging friends would let you have a leave of absence. We are a friendly, understanding lot. But how you find time to write and blog and everything else amazes me.


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 5:26 pm

      I actually don’t mind doing number 2. I’m awake anyway and he’s not demanding and doesn’t really expect it (if he ever did demand it, I’d stop doing it – lol)

      I know a lot of the US bloggers take ‘Summer blogging breaks’ and that is now. I may take a blogging break soon if I can’t juggle this story into existence 😉


      • Gallivanta / Jul 16 2014 6:03 pm

        I was only .05% serious about number 2. It’s nice to be able to do something like that for your best beloved.


      • diannegray / Jul 17 2014 4:56 am

        My mother-in-law is horrified I do it. She say’s ‘don’t tell anyone or all the men around here will expect their wives to it’! lol 😀 She may be suffering dementia, but she’s still on the ball.


      • Gallivanta / Jul 17 2014 12:09 pm

        LOL. As long as it is not expected or demanded, these ‘tasks’ are not burdensome. Also, if it were in my house, it would be a way to keep the kitchen to myself and TIDY. 😉


  18. davidprosser / Jul 16 2014 4:03 pm

    I’m worried now hat we may soon have to start making dinner for you and hubby since you don’t mention making dinner for yourselves.
    I’m often up between 3.00 am and 4.00 am and yes it’s to read other people’s blogs.I’m struggling to find time in my day to leave the computer and eat but I still keep following more. Am I an addict?
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 5:30 pm

      This is wonderful, David! Yes, I do make dinner for us and making it for the parents-in-law is probably a good thing because it means we don’t just sit in front of the TV eating toast and ice-cream (which is probably what we would do).

      You’re a man after my own heart getting up that early. If I had to choose an addiction, I think blogging would be a lot healthier than many others! Keep up the great work! 😀


  19. ramblingsfromamum / Jul 16 2014 4:18 pm

    Once again great photos, this landscape sets your imagination running wild, tis a good thing. You certainly have much on your plate., as you say to me…look after yourself.
    Sorry about the finger, yay for your 150th post and a general loud boo for getting up at that ungodly hour. xxx


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 5:31 pm

      It is an ungodly hour and that’s probably why I like it (lol).

      I’m really glad you like the photos. I’m thinking of you all the time and hope things are settling down. Sending you big hugs, my darling xxxxx


  20. jannatwrites / Jul 16 2014 5:10 pm

    I am in total agreement about striking the cleaning/back-breaking project from your daily routine (ha! if only it were always so easy 🙂 ) I enjoy reading others’ stories as well, however, I couldn’t bring myself to do it at 4 am. Well, if you’re crazy for that, I’m just another shade of crazy ’cause it’s after midnight and here I am…. and I have to work in the morning. Uh-oh…


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 5:34 pm

      Oh no! Go to bed, Janna! I get far too tired to read anything after about 5:30 pm (because of my stupid early-rise body clock). I’m trying to change it but it’s being stubborn 😉

      Goodnight, my dear xxxx


  21. restlessjo / Jul 16 2014 5:24 pm

    I thought I was an early bird but I’m never going to match that! 6am is normal for me (8.30 for my husband!) People are funny, aren’t they just? Is it even light at 4am? I could get up then if the sun was shining 🙂 So what time is bed- around 10pm? We normally make it to 11.30-midnight. There now- I have revealed all 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2014 5:37 pm

      If I don’t watch myself (and relax in a chair to watch the TV) I can be asleep by about 6:30, Jo. I try to stretch it out because the earlier I go to sleep the earlier I wake up and it just becomes a really annoying cycle. I’m going to have to bite the bullet at some stage and keep myself awake for a few nights to adjust the body clock – or I could just take a trip overseas and completely turn it around 😉


      • restlessjo / Jul 16 2014 5:42 pm

        True to form, the husband has just arisen 🙂
        It matters not so long as you can sq-ue-ee-eze the writing in, Dianne. And you do! Congrats on 150 by the way (I forgot) 🙂


  22. Jill Weatherholt / Jul 16 2014 10:06 pm

    Beautiful photos, Dianne! Yes, definitely cut out the backbreaking work. It’s much harder to type when you are flat on your back from an injury. 🙂 Good luck with the book!


    • diannegray / Jul 17 2014 5:17 am

      I’m so glad I’ve got your vote, Jill. Backbreaking work is gone! I love your comment about not being able to type flat on my back LOL 😀 So true! 😀


  23. nrhatch / Jul 17 2014 12:46 am

    I am intrigued by all the ways that people get it “right” . . . or “wrong.”
    That said, reading blogs at 4 a.m. falls on the “wrong” side of the ledger sheet for me.

    Good luck carving out some writing time, Dianne!


    • diannegray / Jul 17 2014 5:20 am

      One day soon I’ll be able to sleep in, Nancy – I just need my body clock to work with me on this one instead of being such a stubborn beast 😉


      • nrhatch / Jul 17 2014 7:52 am

        BTW: Did you ever make Parsley Potatoes?

        If you’re growing oregano, I’m baking a potato dish tonight with onions, oregano, garlic salt, pepper and olive oil that smells divine.


      • diannegray / Jul 17 2014 8:24 am

        I did make the Parsley Potatoes – they were awesome, thank you! 😀

        I don’t have oregano yet (but will soon). But I do have it in a jar 😉


      • nrhatch / Jul 17 2014 12:15 pm

        Dried oregano is perfect for this dish. It’s like scalloped potatoes but with olive oil and chopped onion instead of butter and heavy cream. Much healthier and very delicious.


  24. Sheila Morris / Jul 17 2014 1:03 am

    Aha Favorite Australian Author Dianne Gray,
    We totally understand the writing dilemma and yes, by all means, eliminate house cleaning and projects. House cleaning is useless – it just gets dirty again.
    Backbreaking projects are far too dangerous. 🙂
    Your pictures of the land are beautiful, and I couldn’t agree more about the stories each piece of land has to tell. I know they are there because so many different people have walked that land throughout the millions of years it’s been called home to someone.
    We don’t have time to tell them all – unfortunately.
    Keep writing!


    • diannegray / Jul 17 2014 5:28 am

      You’re so right about house cleaning, I swear as soon as I clean and turn around some little dust demon is causing havoc behind my back! 😉

      I’m so glad you like the pictures – I wish I had time to write all those stories, but alas the land has been here long before me and will be for a long time after 😉


  25. starproms / Jul 17 2014 2:58 am

    I love plot driven stories. You live in such a unique place that I love to visit through your blog.


  26. anotherday2paradise / Jul 17 2014 3:45 am

    You have my intense admiration, Dianne. 4am is just not in my vocabulary, but I can imagine that I would get a lot more packing done if I didn’t lie in bed until seven or thereabouts. 🙂 I can imagine that your fertile imagination is on the go 24 hours a day, and even I can envisage a story around your first pic. I’m sure your MiL and FiL really appreciate your meals. What a great DiL you are. 🙂 xx


    • diannegray / Jul 17 2014 5:31 am

      LOL – from this day forth I will be known as DiL! I love it 😀

      It’s not that I want to get up at 4 am – my silly overactive brain won’t let me sleep in. I dream of the day I wake up and it’s daylight 😀

      Best of luck with the packing xxxx


      • anotherday2paradise / Jul 17 2014 3:18 pm

        Thanks, Diane. You just have to dream a little longer, instead of waking up. 🙂


  27. char / Jul 17 2014 6:00 am

    I would cut out Housecleaning too and be a much happier gal! Ha ha. I just finished Let Sleeping Gods Lie and loved it. You have a gift with words and descriptions. I’ll get a review written up in the next couple days and put it on Amazon and Goodreads. Good job, again.


    • diannegray / Jul 17 2014 8:15 am

      This is wonderful, Char – I’m SO glad you liked it 😀 You’ve made my day! xxxx

      Housecleaning is an absolute pain and I’m really glad I’ve got your vote to cut it from my life 😉


  28. Roy McCarthy / Jul 17 2014 6:07 am

    4am! When you worked office hours did you wake the same time? Or only since you’ve moved out of town? There was a time when I used to run early and one feels very virtuous being active while the rest of the world sleeps!


    • diannegray / Jul 17 2014 8:20 am

      It’s when I started working in an office that these ridiculous hours began, Roy. I would get to work early (about 6:30) because I lived in a far colder climate and in winter it got dark very early in the day (about 4:30pm). I had to walk through a scary dimly lit park where there were a lot of assaults after dark so I’d get my 8 hours in and then race home. For some reason I just got used to it – now I wish I could go back to ‘normal’ 😀


  29. billyraychitwood1 / Jul 17 2014 6:11 am

    Always fun and interesting, and, yeah, you’re likely a little ‘crazy’ – for working too hard! 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 17 2014 8:21 am

      Crazy is a good word, Billy Ray! 😀 I love that you find my blog interesting and fun 😉 Hugs xxxx


  30. Denise Hisey / Jul 17 2014 7:36 am

    Well, Dianne! I definitely vote for crossing housework off the list to make time for writing! 😉
    Something always has to give…might as well be housework!


    • diannegray / Jul 17 2014 8:22 am

      Thank you for the vote of confidence, Denise. The housework has to go! 😀


  31. Janna G. Noelle / Jul 17 2014 9:12 am

    Dianne, I’m always inspired by the land, particularly that for which I already know a bit of the history. I often wish I could travel back in time to when Canada was covered in forests and inhabited solely by indigenous people just to see what it all really looked like. I find both archeology and ecology fascinating, for they basically teach a way of “seeing” that hidden story just by looking at the contours of the land or the growth patterns of vegetation, etc.


    • diannegray / Jul 18 2014 7:35 am

      Traveling back in time would be awesome, Janna! So many lives have walked this earth and seeing them, what they looked like and what they did would be my dream come true 😀


  32. pommepal / Jul 17 2014 9:38 am

    Congrats on post 150 Dianne I am in awe at that list… WOW… The photos are beautiful and I would love to be walking with you in your warm tropical climate. Maybe next winter we will head north…

    I agree about people watching, one of the best parts of travel is meeting new people and listening to their stories. Long live blogging and all our virtual travels meeting so many interesting people


    • diannegray / Jul 18 2014 11:47 am

      YAY! I totally agree! Long live blogging 😀

      You must get to meet some amazing people on your travels and all those stories would be fabulous 😀


      • pommepal / Jul 18 2014 2:27 pm

        They certainly are interesting stories I think you could make a good book from them.


  33. francisguenette / Jul 17 2014 11:34 am

    Yay you – 150 posts! And gorgeous photos and I second the idea of letting the house get messy while you edit. Go girl 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 18 2014 11:54 am

      LOL! Thank you so much for seconding the motion to quit the housework, Francis! 😀


  34. Minuscule Moments / Jul 17 2014 7:32 pm

    Dianne I am amazed by your stamina and am enjoying reading Wolf Pear. You are a talented soul and inspire me. I too enjoy reading other people’s posts and since joining the blogosphere I find myself dreaming about what one of my friends is doing on the other side of the world, on any particular day. That is a magic thing for me.


    • diannegray / Jul 18 2014 11:58 am

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying Wolf Pear, Kath – YAY! 😀

      I was just read your post about your trip to the Australian Reptile Park. What a fantastic experience for you and the children. This is a clear reason why I LOVE blogs 😀


  35. Letizia / Jul 18 2014 5:21 am

    Isn’t that just typical of life that you don’t cut yourself sawing but then cut yourself making dinner?
    That’s so great of you to prepare meals for your in-laws. They must appreciate it so much. I sometimes make a bit too much food and bring it to my mother when father is traveling but your post reminds me that I could do it more often (when I think of all the times she’s cooked for me!!).
    p.s. I always love photos of your doggies…


    • diannegray / Jul 18 2014 12:02 pm

      I totally agree with the cutting finger comment, Letizia! How can I saw so much wood really carefully only to slice my finger cooking dinner – oh dear 😉

      My mother-in-law had cooked for many years so I feel like I’m just repaying her wonderful generosity. It’s great you take food to your mother as well – I’m sure she deserves a little spoiling 😀


  36. jmmcdowell / Jul 18 2014 9:50 am

    When you included cleaning as part of your typical day, my immediate thought was, “Wow, I don’t do that!” Well, dishes get done every day, but that’s about it. 😀 I would definitely cut back a bit on that to make time for writing. 😉

    Congratulations on hitting 150 posts!


    • diannegray / Jul 18 2014 12:08 pm

      Thank you, JM! I was surprised to see that 150 come up – phew, I didn’t realise I had that many posts 😀

      Because it’s harvesting season at the moment the dust is horrific. Having just laid brand new floors I can see every speck – ARGH! I need one of those robot vacuum cleaners 😉


  37. agjorgenson / Jul 18 2014 12:10 pm

    I’m intrigued by your comparing every blog post to a piece of land! I love that, and it reminds me very much of my visit to Australia, and hearing how the land itself tells primordial stories. Story and land hold together very tightly in my mind too. I’m not surprised you find your inspiration in it!


    • diannegray / Jul 19 2014 6:51 am

      I love the saying “the land itself tells primordial stories” because it’s so true, Allen. I’ve travelled through the desert and it’s like going back in time and away from every modern day influence I’ve ever known. This certainly is an amazing land 🙂


  38. ocdreader / Jul 18 2014 2:45 pm

    There are intriguing stories everywhere, I have to agree with you there. BUT, you are probably a crazy lady too. lol


    • diannegray / Jul 19 2014 6:55 am

      LOL! I know I’m a crazy lady – that’s why I write 😉


  39. Kourtney Heintz / Jul 19 2014 12:41 am

    Lovely walk with the puppy! I always vote for delaying housework to write. 🙂 I stop by blogs to connect with people. I spend the majority of my day alone working so it’s nice to get a little personal connection. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 19 2014 6:56 am

      Connections are great, Kourtney – and blogging is one of the best ways we can connect if we’re working alone all day 😀


  40. lexiesnana / Jul 20 2014 12:43 am

    I love reading your blog because it makes me feel good plain and simple and I am honored that I know a little about you through it.


    • diannegray / Jul 20 2014 7:42 am

      What a beautiful thing to say. Thank you! 😀


      • lexiesnana / Jul 20 2014 9:20 am

        It is true and you are very welcome.


  41. Luanne / Jul 20 2014 5:26 am

    I vote to eliminate #3. But I am jealous that you get to boot hubby out the door. Mine has been home for several months now. Permanently. Ugh.


    • diannegray / Jul 20 2014 7:44 am

      Oh dear – I think I’d go crazy if mine was home all the time. Sending you big hugs and strength, Luanne! xxxx


  42. DaydreamsInWonderland / Jul 20 2014 3:09 pm

    I’m picky and only intrigued by certain people. If you’re on my reading list, I’m certainly intrigued. 😉 These are lovely photos, Dianne. I agree that all spaces tell a story. I like how you think. 😀


    • diannegray / Jul 21 2014 6:32 am

      I’m so glad you like the pictures (the first three I took were of my thumb!) lol – I need to get used to taking photos from my phone 😉


  43. the eternal traveller / Jul 20 2014 8:25 pm

    I finished reading Let Sleeping Gods Lie while we were on our holiday. Wow, it really got me in. I was so pleased with the way you ended the story Dianne, by not spelling it out but leaving it to me to imagine the reaction Nick and Ali received on their return. It was a great read and I am in awe of your storytelling powers. Thanks.


    • diannegray / Jul 21 2014 6:39 am

      I’m so happy you liked it! You’ve made my day 😀 I’ve had a lot of requests for a sequel but I think the story is best left where it ends. Maybe one day if I have time, I may visit that story again – I really enjoyed writing it and it’s the icing on the cake knowing you enjoyed reading it 😀


      • the eternal traveller / Jul 21 2014 6:50 am

        I agree. I would like to think that it all worked out for them, with no more hassles from those nasty weirdos. I’m imagining exactly how your farmer neighbour fits into this story now.


  44. Harliqueen / Jul 21 2014 8:47 pm

    Wow, just to start with, 4am!!! That’s an impressively early start 😀

    That walk with your dogs looks incredible though.

    You’re right, that blog posts are like small plots of land that people can share with others. It’s nice to think of it that way 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 22 2014 12:33 pm

      The walk with the dogs is the highlight of my day – it’s absolutely beautiful (except for yesterday when one of them found a dead snake and wanted to bring home – I’m glad it was already dead!) 😉


  45. cestlavie22 / Jul 21 2014 10:28 pm

    Alright my friend I gotta say it…four am?!?! Are you out of your mind! I get up at 6 and that is STILL far too early for me!


    • diannegray / Jul 22 2014 12:34 pm

      I’d love to change my body clock – but alas, it won’t listen to me! 😉


  46. Britt Skrabanek / Jul 22 2014 4:04 am

    Congrats on your 150th post, honey! You know I’m a big fan of checking out other humans in the blogging universe. And you also know that yours is one of my all-time faves. : )


    • diannegray / Jul 22 2014 12:35 pm

      Awww – thank you. You’re such a darling 😀


  47. Zen A. / Jul 22 2014 8:58 am

    First, congrats on your 150th post! 😀

    But my goodness your days sound very busy! (and dangerous – please be careful!) I too vote that you take out #3 from your list. You need some R&R!


    • diannegray / Jul 22 2014 12:36 pm

      I took #3 out and then woke up this morning and decided to paint! Good grief – I think I need an intervention 😉


  48. Marylin Warner / Jul 22 2014 2:38 pm

    Congratulations on your 150th post, Dianne! How you get done everything you have on your list–and still write wonderful posts–amazes me. Especially after cutting your finger making dinner, which of course was delicious, although I hope the taste wasn’t from the blood! 😉

    When in doubt, always sacrifice the house cleaning. I have a framed calligraphy message above the print of a perfect Victorian house: “A tidy house is a sign of a misspent life.” And my husband gave this framed jewel of a motto to me! He gets it that when writing deadlines and creativity wave their hands, calling, “Pick me! Pick me!” then that’s what I should do.

    When I’m under deadline, our standard is this: the floors have to be clean enough to walk on and welcome visitors without embarrassment; they do not have to be clean enough to eat on. And the same goes for everything else in the house…except the kitchen counters and table. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 23 2014 5:24 am

      I absolutely love your standard. Marylin! I have all new floors (that I laid myself and have the back pain to remind me!) they are very easy to keep at the ‘clean looking’ stage. Once I can afford it I’m going to get myself one of those robot vacuum cleaners so I can sit here and write and watch something clean that farmer’s dust off the floor 😉 Luxury!

      I love the sound of your framed calligraphy message and am going to search for one to put in my kitchen! 😀


  49. Jacqui Murray / Jul 23 2014 10:49 am

    How do you get writing done? Maybe when the redecorating is completed, you can put all that time to your novel(s).

    When will it be done?


    • diannegray / Jul 23 2014 11:00 am

      The novel should be finished soon (if I can get my act into gear) and the house will probably never be finished 😉


  50. Alarna Rose Gray / Jul 23 2014 5:56 pm

    That is definitely why I read blog posts, and I’m sorry I’ve been a little absent lately. Unlike you, I am not able to manage getting up at 4am (!!), and I also seem to have a limit of interactive space in my head. Past a certain point, I simply can’t engage anymore, despite desires to the contrary. A matter which drives me mad most days. Case in point – I’m still anticipating reading your book, and this post just makes me more curious! 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 5:11 am

      There’s just so much out there, Alarna. If I had the time I’d read blog posts all day because of all the interesting stories. But, I just can’t so I allocate those couple of spare hours in the morning to WP and Facebook and Linkedin and the news and then the computer goes off for the rest of the day.

      I really hope you enjoy the book 😉


  51. Hazy Shades of Me / Jul 27 2014 4:06 am

    Plots in those plots. Love this!

    You are so very thoughtful making dinner for your in-laws. (I hope my mother-in-law never reads your blog!) 😉

    I love reading about other people’s lives and I also like to see how they write. so, no, I do not think you’re a crazy lady. Or does that just mean I’m a crazy lady too?!

    I love reading your posts, so #1 needs to be adjusted to include WRITE A QUICK DAILY POST!!


  52. harulawordsthatserve / Jul 28 2014 3:34 pm

    Great pics and wonderful post Dianne. I’m reading a book called ‘The Spell of the Sensuous’ (have been for a while, its such a rich book I can’t take much in a single reading) at the moment, by David Abram and there is a lot about connection between land and language and the importance of the stories of indigenous cultures. Take away the land you take away the language and the life blood of a culture. Personally a walk in nature is THE most sure fire way for me to get creatively inspired and I know that more than ever at the moment because I’m living away from home for a few weeks where wild, open, beautiful nature is not nearly so accessible…and I miss it! Hugs, H xxx


    • diannegray / Jul 29 2014 5:27 am

      ‘The Spell of the Sensuous’ sounds like a fabulous book, Harula, and I’m going to have a look for it today. I actually enjoy reading the ‘rich’ books that are so layered you can only read a bit at a time 😀

      I really miss the openness of nature when I’m away as well – it feels quite stifling. I remember years back when I first moved to the city, it took me two years to start writing again! Sending you big hugs, my dear and loads of rich open spaces xxxx


  53. beeblu / Nov 26 2015 6:30 am

    I love that the puppy is your muse. 😄 Personal blogs are jewels because they give us insights to the minutiae of other people’s lives and comfort that we are not alone in the many things we experience and do.


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