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About Me

I am an Australian author/freelance writer living in Far North Queensland. I own two unruly dogs and recently moved the 130 year old Cairns Rugby Union Club to the family farm. I call this monster The RUC and figure I’ll probably spend the rest of my life trying to renovate it.

My favourite pastime is writing and I’ve won over a dozen national and international writing awards, the latest being shortlisted (top three) in the prestigious 2016 Ruth Rendell Short Story award which was judged by the wonderful and talented Lynda La Plante.

You can read excerpts of the novels listed below on my Novel Excerpts Page.

The Everything Theory – which took out an Interactive Press Publishing award in 2009. One to read if you love ancient technology and scientific conspiracy.

Let Sleeping Gods Lie – which took out an Interactive Press Publishing award in 2007. Set in the cane fields of Far North Queensland.

Wolf Pear – Also set in the cane fields of Far North Queensland. One for those who love a psychic detective v. serial killer thriller.

The Eleventh Question – definitely one to read if you’re into philosophy.

My book Manslaughter and other Tears is a collection of my award winning short stories. I’ve included samples on this page.


Writing Awards

Cairns Post Writers award (QLD)

Harper Collins award publication (National)

Cambridge Writers award (National)

Harper Collins award (National)

FishPublishing award (International)

University of Canberra award (National)

Kerry Greenwood award publication (National)

Scarlet Stiletto award publication (National)

Ginninderra Press award publication (National)

Scarlet Stiletto award publication (National)

Harlequin/MIRA press award publication (National)

IP Picks award (National)

IP Picks award (National)

Quarterfinalist Amazon award (US)

YWO Book of the Year Award (Soul’s Child)

Top three shortlist – International Ruth Rendell award


For more information I have a LULU author page (where you can find hard copies of my books) and an Amazon author page.


I’ve recently been making book trailers. Check them out if you have a minute and let me know what you think.

The following links will take you to more of my trailers on YouTube. I also take videos of the sugar cane harvesting in my area so feel free to have a sneaky peek around my YouTube channel!

Wolf Pear

The Eleventh Question

Let Sleeping Gods Lie

The Everything Theory

If you need help with your writing or are looking for a ghost writer or beta reader I’d be only too happy to help.

Just leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you!


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  1. authorashley / Jun 20 2012 2:41 pm

    Thanks so much for following my blog!

    Liked by 1 person

    • diannegray / Jul 15 2012 7:57 am

      Thank you, Ashley. The humour in your blogs is brilliant!


  2. Nathan McVeigh / Jul 1 2012 3:57 am

    Thanks Dianne for following my blog. I’m so glad to have found your blog with such promise for good writing tips. By the way, what do you mean by “a new-age Rottweiler?” Just curious.

    Keep on keeping on.


    • diannegray / Jul 1 2012 6:34 am

      Hi Nathan – she’s just a sweet, sensitive girl and Rottweiler’s can sometimes have a bad reputation so I’m trying to improve that🙂


  3. Jen Baxter / Jul 1 2012 5:19 am

    Hi Dianne!
    Thank you so much for liking my new post, Down Under in Amed. Really appreciate it.


    • diannegray / Jul 1 2012 6:32 am

      My pleasure, Jen. Looking forward to reading your blogs!


  4. Elizabeth / Jul 1 2012 7:57 pm

    Hello, Dianne! Thanks for coming to my blog, and I’m thrilled to have read yours. I loved your most recent entry and I’m looking forward to hearing from you again!



    • diannegray / Jul 1 2012 9:42 pm

      My pleasure Elizabeth! Look forward to reading more of your blogs🙂


  5. Richard J Lester / Jul 3 2012 10:08 am

    Thanks for the visit Dianne. Great to hear from down under!


    • diannegray / Jul 3 2012 9:35 pm

      Thanks Richard! It’s freezing here at the moment, hope the weather is nicer in your neck of the woods🙂


  6. jahnosecret / Jul 3 2012 1:31 pm

    I appreciate you following my blog. I look forward to checking out your stuff too. Sorry I can’t help you with the Dog Whisperer thing, I have only mastered the art of shouting!


    • diannegray / Jul 3 2012 9:39 pm

      Hahaha – I do some shouting as well – particularly when I find my new shoes buried in the garden. Looking forward to following you too🙂


  7. Josh Ingram / Jul 3 2012 8:40 pm

    Hello there! I write to you from Medford in Southern Oregon. Thanks for the like and the follow! I wish you the best!


    • diannegray / Jul 3 2012 9:41 pm

      Hi Josh – I hope the weather over there is better than it is in Southern Australia at the moment! Minus 5 and very icy. Looking forward to following your blog😉


      • Josh Ingram / Jul 4 2012 5:46 am

        Hey Dianne!

        Yeah, that’s intense. My record low is a measly 11 degrees. Presently, it’s two weeks into Summer with the seasonal weather just beginning to show itself.

        My goal for the blog was to write everyday for a year. My most intense and (in my opinion) pertinent posts have been written. My intent is to eventually turn this into a devotional. My anniversary is the seventeenth! I plan on posting once a week while I go back and edit my preceding posts with the devotional in mind.

        I really appreciate your interest and look forward to talking more in the future! Blessings to you.


  8. diannegray / Jul 4 2012 7:59 am

    Wow – a blog every day! Now that is something amazing. I’ll go back and read through the others🙂


  9. sherrylcook / Jul 7 2012 11:54 am

    Hello! Thank you for following my blog. Looking forward to reading more of yours very interesting! Have a great weekend!


  10. sandrabranum / Jul 7 2012 10:27 pm

    Wow. A crocodile farm and “subzero” weather. Australia sounds so neat. Do you have much of a fly problem in the summer? Thanks for finding my blog and subscribing. Can’t wait to see more of your posts. Regards.


    • diannegray / Jul 7 2012 10:42 pm

      Hi Sandra – yes a crocodile farm in the tropics and now sub-zero further south – Australia is a very big place🙂 Looking forward to reading more of your blogs. Best of luck with the contest!


  11. robincoyle / Jul 7 2012 11:24 pm

    Thanks for the follow! We writers need to stick together, right?


  12. rj / Jul 8 2012 2:02 am

    Thank you for the follow. I hope you enjoy my posts and I look forward to reading more of yours. Enjoy and keep writing…


    • diannegray / Jul 8 2012 2:49 am

      And thank you, too! Look forward to reading more of your posts as well


  13. melangehere / Jul 8 2012 8:32 am

    I was surprised to find that I got a follower…Thank you soooo much Dianne. You are such an inspiration !🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 8 2012 8:51 am

      Thank you for putting your tips up for a better weekend! I really enjoyed reading it🙂


  14. boomiebol / Jul 8 2012 2:36 pm

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog🙂. Still having issues with WP and posting my comments, but i am hoping you get this.


    • diannegray / Jul 15 2012 8:02 am

      Hey Boomiebol – Your writing is beautiful. Thanks so much for stopping past my blog!


  15. josephinely / Jul 9 2012 11:06 am

    Thanks for following my blog ! I really appreciate that. Have a great day !


  16. Shawn Zahedi / Jul 9 2012 3:39 pm

    Hi Dianne,

    The imprint of your eyes is sustenance for the living words on my blog.
    Thank you so much for visiting, liking and following my blog.

    I look forward to reading your posts as well!

    Shawn (from Los Angeles, California)


  17. kaleiyahp / Jul 9 2012 6:26 pm

    Hi, Dianne! Thank you so much for liking my book review of Redwall and following my blog! I don’t have that much experience with book reviews yet, and I also wish to become a novelist like yourself. Best of luck to both of us in our future writing endeavors, whatever they may be!



    • diannegray / Jul 9 2012 9:22 pm

      I thought it was really good (didn’t realise it was your first attempt). Keep it up🙂


      • kaleiyahp / Jul 9 2012 10:44 pm

        Thank you! I wouldn’t say it was my first attempt at a review (I wrote one for First Along the River by Benjamin Kline previously), but now that I think about it, it’s definitely my first review on fiction I’ve posted. Glad you liked it🙂


  18. dbrookings / Jul 9 2012 7:35 pm

    Thanks for the follow. You have some excellent advice on your blog. Thanks and keep the faith. Cheers.


    • diannegray / Jul 9 2012 9:23 pm

      Thank you – and good luck with your writing!


  19. iagosghost / Jul 10 2012 2:30 am

    Thank you for following my blog!


  20. Thank you for following my blog! I look forward to getting updates from yours!


  21. Go Jules Go / Jul 12 2012 6:18 pm

    Hi Dianne! Thanks so much for the recent follow – I look forward to getting to know you better! (I actually went to a crocodile farm in Cairns on my honeymoon! Well, it was more of a tourist attraction so I’m not sure if ‘farm’ is the right word.)


    • diannegray / Jul 12 2012 9:15 pm

      Great to hear back from you Jules! The one I worked at was a farm and a tourist attraction just south of Cairns🙂


  22. Paul Handover / Jul 14 2012 12:47 pm

    Diane, A great pleasure to add my name to the many who, like me, have come to this page to thank you for following a blog, in this case Learning from Dogs. I keep using, perhaps overusing, the word ‘appreciation’ with regard to the many who chose to follow my scribblings. Perhaps a more gutsy and no less truthful way of describing my delight to all my readers and followers is that without you, and them, I would have stopped the blog ages ago. As it happens, tomorrow (JUly 15th) Learning from Dogs will have been running for three years!

    So thank you.


    • diannegray / Jul 14 2012 7:58 pm

      Hi Paul. Congratulations on your three years of dedication and hard work on your blog! I love the picture of Pharaoh – I have a German Shepherd called Sabre who is eight years old. He has survived a lot. He’s been baited (poisoned) by some hideous stranger, had cancer and a chronic ear infection but he’s healthy now and still with me and is truly one of my best friends (as is my vet!)


      • Paul Handover / Jul 15 2012 2:00 am

        Diane, that sounds like a great story about Sabre; a guest post from you would be terrific! Can I tempt you?


      • diannegray / Jul 15 2012 3:30 am

        Absolutely – let me know what I need to do.


      • diannegray / Jul 15 2012 7:48 am

        Hi Paul – I found your ‘how to submit’ page. I’ll be sending you something during the week if you’re interested. If not, I’ll post it on my blog (because I’ve already written it!). Hey – it’s Sunday:)


  23. kelilly / Jul 14 2012 2:47 pm

    Hi, thanks so much for following me! I’m looking forward to reading your blog.


    • diannegray / Jul 14 2012 8:29 pm

      Thank you. I’m relatively new at this and, like you I dismissed blogging for a long time. But I think I’m getting into it now and I’m thoroughly enjoying reading people’s blogs – it’s like picking up snapshots of lives I would never have known about if I hadn’t started this.
      I’m looking forward to reading more of your reviews – and best of luck with your journalism!


  24. Barefoot Baroness / Jul 14 2012 3:40 pm

    Hello Dianne! Thank you so much for visting my blog and opting to follow me along my journey. I love meeting new friends and learning about them and their world. I hope we become great blogging friends. I look forward to it!~


  25. adwoaj / Jul 14 2012 11:12 pm

    Thanks for visiting and following my blog! Yours is great as well.🙂


  26. cameo24 / Jul 15 2012 1:01 am

    Thanks for the follow!:)


    • diannegray / Jul 15 2012 3:28 am

      Thank you! I can’t believe it’s so hot where you are (I’m very jealous). Where I am (southern Australia) we’ve had the coldest winter since the 60’s!


  27. deborahweetman / Jul 15 2012 2:52 am

    Thanks for following my blog. I’m also in Australia. Congratulations on your success.


    • diannegray / Jul 15 2012 3:32 am

      Thanks Deborah – I really enjoyed reading your blog about ‘wild writing’. What a great idea🙂


  28. Paul Handover / Jul 15 2012 1:23 pm


    Look forward to receiving your guest post – have no doubt it will be lovely. Thank you.


  29. rindrops / Jul 15 2012 3:22 pm

    Thanks for following my blog🙂


  30. cameo24 / Jul 15 2012 9:41 pm

    It’s only warn because it is our summer here in Canada🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2012 8:14 am

      I guess it’ll get really hot here in summer and then I’ll miss the cool mornings! Looking for a nice balance at the moment🙂


  31. philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2012 6:11 am

    Oh, German Shepherds. Certainly special – probably beyond the Dog Whisperer…they are so sensitive and intelligent…not your average pooch, but a real joy if one adopts you


    • diannegray / Jul 18 2012 7:18 am

      They are VERY specail and don’t they know it🙂 Thank you for taking a look at my blog!


  32. Dorothy Stacy / Jul 19 2012 11:46 pm

    Thanks so much for following my blog. I’m following yours too.


    • diannegray / Jul 20 2012 7:12 am

      Thank you Dorothy. I was looking to see if you are on twitter, but couldn’t find you. If you are let me know and I’ll follow you there as well🙂


  33. lillythehtcat / Jul 20 2012 11:53 am

    thank you for following my blog..i am truly just a little condo cat in


    • diannegray / Jul 20 2012 1:30 pm

      Thank you, Lilly! You’re blog had me laughing (and checking myself for a mental disorder)🙂🙂


  34. ellykurnia / Jul 21 2012 10:24 am

    Thanks for following my blog diannegray, looking forward to read your post


  35. artenthusias / Jul 22 2012 2:09 am

    Thank you very much for following my blog! I hope to continue on this part while making connection with true friends around the globe. Thanks!!


    • diannegray / Jul 22 2012 9:24 am

      Thank you! Your painting demonstration is wonderful🙂


  36. the Jotter's Joint / Jul 22 2012 2:15 am

    Thanks for following my blog. I am glad to get to check yours out too. Gail


    • diannegray / Jul 22 2012 9:27 am

      Thanks Gail – the Optimist and Pessimist POV is excellent!


  37. mott342 / Jul 22 2012 2:22 am

    Thank you for the follow, Dianne! I look forward to seeing more of your fine posts. Cheers.


    • diannegray / Jul 22 2012 9:43 am

      Thank you! I’m enjoying you posts as well🙂


  38. jannatwrites / Jul 22 2012 4:07 am

    Working on a crocodile farm is a unique job! Thanks for following my blog. I look forward to seeing what you’re up to over here🙂


  39. Bradley Ryan / Jul 24 2012 2:08 pm

    Thanks for following my blog…I’ve sussed out yours…NICE:)


  40. Daphne Shadows / Jul 24 2012 6:12 pm

    I’ve blog tagged you! For details, see my post here:

    If you don’t want to participate, no hurt feelings here!😉


    • diannegray / Jul 24 2012 6:53 pm

      OMG! Congratulations! I’ve just popped the champagne cork – you are the award queen!!!!
      I’m still unsure of what I need to do (call me stoopid) but I’m SO excited!!!


      • Daphne Shadows / Jul 25 2012 7:39 am

        LOL Award Queen? That’s awesome – I’m so using that!

        Okay, your section is the “Blog Tag”. The rules are right beneath it. Pretty much all you need to do is paste the rules in your post and then answer the 11 questions. Then pick 11 others to tag (or however many you want to) and you can either have them answer those questions, or make up your own 11 questions for them to answer. Then comment on their blog somewhere that you’ve tagged them and where to find your post so they can find the rules and questions.
        Does that make sense? Glad you’re excited!😀 It was fun.


  41. Dorothy Stacy / Jul 25 2012 12:22 am

    Hi Dianne
    Thank you so much for following my blog. Glad to meet you.


  42. ordinarygood / Jul 25 2012 11:22 am

    Thank you for following my blog Do you knit or do handcrafts as well as writing??

    I will have a good look at your blog here…..we are neighbours across The Tasman Sea:-))

    I also blog at and that is what will show up here


    • diannegray / Jul 25 2012 1:42 pm

      Hi Lynley, I used to knit when the children were younger, but haven’t for a long time (but wish I had the time to). My mother knits and crochets and I thought I may be able to pick up some lovely ideas and patterns from you. I’ve just followed you on ordinary goodness as well.
      Thank you for dropping by my pages🙂


  43. ordinarygood / Jul 25 2012 5:38 pm

    Thanks for joining up to follow my other blog.

    I hope you will spot something yummy off my knitting blog. Good wishes:-)


    • diannegray / Jul 25 2012 6:07 pm

      Thank you, Lynley! I just love that fence🙂


  44. MarleMac / Jul 25 2012 9:09 pm

    Thanks for the follow!


  45. quebekop / Jul 26 2012 4:52 am

    Thanks from Up Here for following from Down Under!


  46. johnbdutton / Jul 26 2012 5:01 am

    Ah.. I just realized that my last post (as Quebekop) didn’t have the right link to my blog, so don’t approve the previous one (Thanks from Up Here for following from Down Under!) or this one and I’ll repost the original. Phew.


    • johnbdutton / Jul 26 2012 5:02 am

      Thanks from Up Here for following me from Down Under!


  47. nzumel / Jul 28 2012 7:05 am

    Thank you for the follow. I’m adding Soul’s Child to my reading list!


    • diannegray / Jul 28 2012 8:52 am

      Thank you! Hope you enjoy it (and let me know your thoughts).

      Love your blog – I have a big interest in spirits that goes way back to my childhood. Keep up the great work🙂


  48. bulldogsturf / Jul 28 2012 7:05 pm

    Did I thank you for following my blog? Damn are you even following it? who cares I am enjoying yours…


  49. bulldogsturf / Jul 28 2012 7:14 pm

    Went to your web and had a peek at your short stories… no wonder you’ve won awards… and yet still humble enough to share with us mere mortals on the blog… love your style…


    • diannegray / Jul 28 2012 7:22 pm

      So glad you like it! Hahah – love the ‘mere mortals’ line🙂 Can I copy and paste that into my CV?🙂


      • bulldogsturf / Jul 28 2012 7:25 pm

        Only a pleasure and one day when I’m rich and famous picture what it will mean to you… God I hope I get there before I die…


  50. mouseytong / Jul 30 2012 11:23 pm

    HI Dianne! Thank you for dropping by and following me! Your kind words of encouragement will be kept close at heart!

    Now, I just have to go out and search for your books! In hard copy of course. Still old fashioned that way. I love the feel of a book between my hands.🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2012 7:14 am

      Of course! Thank you for stopping by my blog🙂


  51. cashbackmonster / Aug 3 2012 10:24 pm

    Hi! Wow, I think you were the first person to follow my blog! What an awesome feeling! Your dogs sound lovely – I’m a dog groomer by day and going to do the Caesar Milan training course in LA later in the year – very exciting, thought I’d share since you mention him. Have read a few of your posts, look forward to reading more!😀


    • diannegray / Aug 3 2012 10:40 pm

      Oh – you lucky thing. I watch all his shows and try out everything he does with my dogs, but the German Shepherd can still be a bit of a nightmare😦

      I’m so glad you’re reading my posts and I’ll be following yours – YAY!


  52. Mike Sirota / Aug 4 2012 12:42 am

    G’day, Dianne, and thanks for following “Swords, Specters, & Stuff.” Enjoy!


    • diannegray / Aug 4 2012 12:38 pm

      Thank you, Mike. I am – and I hope you enjoy my blog as well🙂


  53. Sharron Blezard / Aug 4 2012 12:55 am

    Nice blog, Dianne! Thanks for stopping by onewritelife; I hope you’ll be back often. Keep writing and living like each moment counts!


    • diannegray / Aug 4 2012 12:49 pm

      Thank you Sharron – I’m really enjoying your posts🙂

      I love the idea of living every moment like it counts – moments are very precious to me🙂


  54. livritome / Aug 5 2012 9:13 pm

    Hi, Dianne — thanks so much for the like and follow for Livritome. I’m enjoying looking through your blog as well. Good luck with finding your dog whisperer. L.


    • diannegray / Aug 6 2012 7:05 am

      Thank you – I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog.

      The good news is, another blogger contacted me and told me they’re doing the Caeser Milan (dog whisperer) course soon! Hopefully they’ll be able to give me a few tips🙂


  55. Ruth Rainwater / Aug 6 2012 12:05 am

    Thank you, Dianne, for reading and following my blog. I’m enjoying reading your posts and will be back for more!


  56. Juliana Lightle / Aug 9 2012 11:12 pm

    Glad to have you following my blog. I did not really think people would be all that interested in poetry, but since I started this class and posting these poems, I suddenly have gained a lot more followers. Thank you!!

    Love your brief jobs list. Juliana


    • diannegray / Aug 10 2012 7:28 am

      Thanks, Juliana! Best of luck and looking forward to reading more🙂


  57. foroneplease / Aug 10 2012 8:25 pm

    umm…a Rottweiler named Kitty, WOW, that’s a first!😉


  58. Sayantika Adak Ghosh / Aug 12 2012 4:12 am

    Hi there… I have nominated you for the inspiring blogger award cause your blog is pretty interesting.

    Please follow the link:


    • diannegray / Aug 12 2012 8:44 am

      Thank you, Sayantika! I’m very flattered🙂


  59. musingsfrommelody / Aug 14 2012 11:52 am

    Thank you for following my blog – I am looking forward to exploring your writing. Your brief bio is so intriguing.


    • diannegray / Aug 14 2012 2:01 pm

      Thank you, Melody! I’m looking forward to following your blog as well🙂


  60. Tina / Aug 14 2012 11:58 pm

    Hello Diane! Published you are, how lovely. Thank you for following my blog. I’m honored. Carry on!


    • diannegray / Aug 15 2012 6:42 am

      Thank you Tina – I’m loving your poetry🙂


  61. katblogger / Aug 15 2012 12:08 am

    Hey. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. Yours looks interesting as well – I liked your discussion on antimatter, even if physics typically escapes me.


    • diannegray / Aug 15 2012 7:41 am

      Thanks Kat! And thank you so much for the follow🙂


  62. drjohnwatson / Aug 15 2012 2:32 am

    Thank you so much for following my blog! I’m new here so I’m still trying to figure out everything. Look forward to reading your blog!


    • diannegray / Aug 15 2012 6:58 am

      Thank you – I’m looking forward to following your blog🙂


  63. the Jotter's Joint / Aug 15 2012 9:49 am

    Hi Dianne,
    I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:


    • diannegray / Aug 19 2012 7:51 am

      Thank you Ash! I’m just a bit out of range at the moment so I hope this gets through to you:)


  64. ltownsdin / Aug 19 2012 1:25 am

    Hi Dianne, Thank you for following my blog. I’m looking forward to reading your books!


    • diannegray / Aug 19 2012 12:52 pm

      Thank you! I’m travelling around at the moment but will be back online soon – really looking forward to reading through more of your blogs:)


  65. arielpakizer / Aug 19 2012 11:35 am

    Thank you for following my blog! I hope you enjoy it as I will enjoy yours!


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2012 4:04 pm

      Thank you for following my blog as well! Looking forward to reading more of yours:)


      • arielpakizer / Aug 25 2012 3:22 am

        I look forward to reading yours as well!


  66. escapingdarkness / Aug 19 2012 9:16 pm

    Hi, I have nominated you for the seven things award – You don’t have to do anything if you don’t want to, it is just a small token of my appreciation of making me welcoming to our community. Kat🙂


  67. foroneplease / Aug 20 2012 5:26 am

    Dianne, I know you’re on a trip, but here’s a little something for when you return
    A nomination for the Reader Appreciation Award!
    Just another way to say I love your blog, thanks🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 20 2012 7:38 am

      I just came back online this morning and it was the first thing I saw!! Thank you so much – I’m very flattered🙂

      Don’t know how long I’ll be here today (going in and out of the webosphere) but I’m hoping to catch up on some of your blogs I’ve missed!


  68. Rustic Recluse / Aug 21 2012 7:25 pm

    Hi Dianne, I’m not sure, you’ve probably received this and you definitely exceeded 200 followers. Just wanted to drop by with my nomination for you for the Liebster Award, at🙂


  69. EJ / Aug 24 2012 6:06 am

    I have nominated you for an Inspiring blog award! All info on my blog (week 53.5)


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2012 6:28 am

      Thank you EJ! I’m SO HAPPY!!!!😀


      • EJ / Aug 24 2012 6:39 am

        You’re welcome!!


  70. dennisberry / Aug 24 2012 3:38 pm

    Hi Dianne, thanks for stopping by and visiting with Kate. I look forward to reading more of your blogs. You have a great site.


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2012 4:26 pm

      Thanks Kate – looking forward to reading more of your blog as well:)


  71. Lipstick and Chaos / Aug 24 2012 7:26 pm

    Crocodile farm – wow, you just don’t hear that everyday! Thanks for the blog follow!


    • diannegray / Aug 25 2012 7:59 am

      Looking forward to following you:)

      PS I love the name of your post!


      • Lipstick and Chaos / Aug 26 2012 3:18 am

        Thanks – the feminine in the winds of chaos riding waves of insanity reaching for shining stars and hoping to raise small, independent, successful Minions🙂


  72. agjorgenson / Aug 28 2012 2:39 am

    Hi Dianne, thanks for visiting stillvoicing. You’ve got a great site here. Write on! Allen


    • diannegray / Aug 28 2012 7:19 am

      Thanks Allen! Looking forward to visiting you again🙂


  73. John / Aug 28 2012 1:58 pm

    Thanks for visiting!


  74. John / Aug 28 2012 2:02 pm



  75. mars6995 / Sep 2 2012 3:59 am

    Tag! You’re it!

    You have just been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award! Check out my post “An honor to be nominated” for details on what to do next. Congratulations and please keep those great posts coming!


    • diannegray / Sep 2 2012 7:12 am

      Hi Scott – thank you SO much. This is wonderful😀


      • mars6995 / Sep 2 2012 8:10 am

        The pleasure is mine, dianne! Keep up the good work!


  76. Eng.Hasan Al-Bahkali / Sep 4 2012 6:43 am

    Good blog


  77. Pagadan / Sep 4 2012 10:24 am

    I love your Shepherd’s name–Sabre. (I should add that to my name noteback.) German Shepherds have always been my favorite breed, btw, though my last two dogs were crosses from the SPCA.


    • diannegray / Sep 4 2012 2:36 pm

      My son named Sabre because he was right into swords at the time!🙂 I used to have a cross from the SPCA – he was one of the best dogs I ever owned (but he was killed by a snake when he was about 7 years old and I was really sad for a long time!)😦


  78. Dawn Whitehand / Sep 4 2012 5:34 pm

    Hi there… I have nominated for the Lovely Blog Award… to accept your nomination visit this post to find out what you need to do🙂


  79. coffee2words / Sep 5 2012 11:37 am

    Hi! I nominated you for a Liebster award, please check out my post!


  80. seanomurphy / Sep 7 2012 3:36 am

    I nominated you for the One Lovely Blogger Award


  81. Sophie Milan / Sep 8 2012 4:05 pm

    Hi Miss Diane, I know this won’t be the first time but I would still like to award you with this!😉


    • diannegray / Sep 8 2012 4:25 pm

      Thank you so much, Sophie! This is very, very nice of you. I’ve got a couple I need to go through first so I won’t be responding straight away (have a look at my latest post:) ). I’m going over to your blog now to take a look!


      • Sophie Milan / Sep 8 2012 4:32 pm

        It’s fine, Miss Gray. Haha. Just keep ’em posts coming!😉


  82. Louisa's Writer / Sep 9 2012 4:00 am

    Bwahaha, a ‘sensitive, new-age Rottweiler’ that rolls it’s own hemp, and doesn’t crap on the flowerbeds. I can’t wait to hear more about both of you. G’day Oz.


  83. Susan Bellfield / Sep 9 2012 6:34 am

    Thank you so much for liking my poem. Your blog is wonderful…but then I wouldn’t expect anything less from a fellow dog lover!


    • diannegray / Sep 9 2012 7:08 am

      Oh thank you, Susan! I was going to call my blog “my dogs are my life” but thought it sounded a bit much🙂

      I’m looking forward to following your blog😀


  84. MR Graham / Sep 14 2012 9:46 am

    Please forgive me, but you’ve been tagged!


  85. Denise Hisey / Sep 17 2012 1:32 pm

    Hi Dianne, Just wanted to say thanks again for visiting my blog and for your thoughtful comments.

    I enjoy your blog very much!…your posts on writing are very interesting and thought provoking! I also love your photos! (the Aussie slang makes me smile, too!)


    • diannegray / Sep 17 2012 1:53 pm

      Hahaha – Thank you so much – you’ve made my day!😀


  86. musingsofasteampunk / Sep 20 2012 2:13 am

    I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Find out more here!


  87. mars6995 / Sep 21 2012 12:18 pm

    Surprise, Dianne!

    It is my distinct honor to nominate you and your wonderful blog for the Addictive Blog Award! I simply love reading your work and I want everyone to know!

    Check out my post for details. And congratulations!


    • diannegray / Sep 21 2012 1:03 pm

      Thank you, Scott! I’m heading in your direction now to check it out🙂


  88. Bonnie at {PaperKeeper} / Sep 25 2012 3:28 pm

    Hi Dianne! I just nominated you for the 7 Things About Me Blog Award to you🙂 You can find the post here and it’s entirely up to you, just know that I appreciate you! 🙂 Bonnie


  89. paulaacton / Sep 30 2012 8:26 pm

    You made my birthday awards list please stop by and pick one


    • diannegray / Sep 30 2012 10:24 pm

      Thank you Paula! Heading your way now to take a look😀


  90. ramblingsfromamum / Oct 3 2012 9:04 pm

    Hi Di I’ve nominated you for a Reader Appreciation Award


    • diannegray / Oct 4 2012 6:47 am

      Thank you!!! I’m heading over to check it out now😀


  91. ramblingsfromamum / Oct 3 2012 9:30 pm

    and I stupidly forgot to put the ‘rules’ on the page – but they are there now… good grief!🙂


  92. Rivenrod / Oct 5 2012 12:55 am

    Thank you very much for following my blog. Charmed and inspired.



    • diannegray / Oct 5 2012 6:39 am

      Thank you so much, RR. It’s a pleasure to have you drop by and say hello😀


  93. pommepal / Oct 5 2012 8:15 pm

    I know you have received many awards and they are so deserved as it is always with pleasure that I look forward to your posts. So to show my appreciation I have sent you the “very inspiring blog award”


  94. Paul J. Stam / Oct 6 2012 8:54 am

    Just want to congratulate you on winning the Book of the Year award for “Soul Child.” I also want to thank you for liking “Murder on the Church Steps” at Paper, Mud and Me. Again, CONGRATULATIONS!!!


  95. Travel Spirit / Oct 7 2012 9:08 am

    Love your writing! Looking back through the recent comments…looks like you’re receiving lots of awards. They’re nice, but time consuming. Anyway, thanks for stopping by my blog and congrats on your Book of the Year award!!


    • diannegray / Oct 7 2012 10:14 am

      I haven’t had time to catch up with the awards yet😦 They are really nice, but you’re right – time consuming…

      Thank you so much for the congrats – the Book of the Year award was a wonderful surprise!😀


  96. Ganesh / Oct 9 2012 2:43 am

    Nice and interesting blog, Dianne! Thanks for following my blog.🙂


  97. largerthanlifeblog / Oct 9 2012 3:05 pm

    Knowing such a nice author is an absolute privilege. Nothing like a great read. Glad I found your blog.


    • diannegray / Oct 9 2012 5:06 pm

      I’m glad you did, too – now I can follow your lovely blog😀


      • largerthanlifeblog / Oct 10 2012 1:55 am

        That is such an honor.🙂


  98. Desley / Oct 10 2012 1:41 pm

    Hello Dianne,
    Congratulations on your award. It’s wonderful!
    On another topic, I wonder if you ever had a great dane called Paris?


  99. realityenchanted / Oct 13 2012 5:06 am

    Hello D! It is my pleasure to nominate you for the One Lovely Blog Award. I hope it’s not one too many.
    Here’s the link:


    • diannegray / Oct 13 2012 8:21 am

      Thank you so much. I’ve just gone over and had a look. WOW!😀


  100. Sonya Loveday / Oct 19 2012 12:42 am

    Hello🙂 I’ve nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger award. Follow the link to pick up your award. Thanks!


    • diannegray / Oct 19 2012 10:06 am

      Thank you so much, Sonya! I’ve just been over to your blog to check it out and all the other nominees as well;)


  101. susannairn / Oct 19 2012 1:13 pm

    I just finished The Everything Theory. As a writer, I’m ashamed to admit I am at a loss for words. What a fantastic story!! I have never seen a picture of you, but now I can only imagine you with a gigantic cranium to store all of those ideas and plot lines. The time you spent researching that book must have been extensive. Wow…..that’s all I can come up with. That, and I’ll be heading to Amazon to buy the next book on the list!! You are amazing!!


    • diannegray / Oct 21 2012 4:20 pm

      Oh, Susan – I commented on this, but commented to myself instead of you! Do’h!

      I said:
      Haha – I love the thought of me with an enormous cranium. I’m absolutely flattered by your comments. Thank you so much – your feedback means a lot to me!!!🙂


      • susannairn / Oct 22 2012 11:56 am

        Just downloaded Let Sleeping Gods Lie….can’t wait!!


  102. diannegray / Oct 19 2012 1:47 pm

    Haha – I love the thought of me with an enormous cranium. I’m absolutely flattered by your comments. Thank you so much – your feedback means a lot to me!!!🙂


  103. faydanamyjake / Oct 20 2012 6:57 am

    You have been awarded the Beautiful Blogger award for being so inspiring.
    Hope you have a lovely day🙂


    • diannegray / Oct 20 2012 7:38 am

      Thank you so much! I’m heading over now to check it out😉


  104. ethelthedean / Oct 20 2012 8:19 am

    It’s funny. I swear a blue streak in my everyday life (depending on how impassioned I am about the given topic, and of course never in a professional setting!) but I really go out of my way to abstain from using them in my writing. Every so often I might drop an “arse” or “shite” but really, I make a concerted effort to keep it clean. At first it was because I didn’t want to alienate anyone, and then it turned into a bit of a fun game (I wanted to see what other turns of phrase I could use in lieu of [insert swear here]). Now it’s pretty much second nature!


    • diannegray / Oct 21 2012 4:28 pm

      I love the name Ethel the Dean – very cool indeed!😀

      I like the game of finding other words to replace the swear ones. I think that would be great to add to the curriculum at schools! Could you imagine kids getting home and saying to their parents, “we learned a whole lot of new words today to replace swear words” – even though my kids are grown up now, I think that would have made me happy as a parent.

      Thanks so much for dropping by to say hello😀


  105. premenepebenyet / Oct 21 2012 10:34 pm

    crocodile farm? cool!🙂


    • diannegray / Oct 21 2012 11:04 pm

      It was a very cool job😉


      • premenepebenyet / Oct 21 2012 11:10 pm

        It is experiences like that, that make life even more exciting.🙂


  106. kezalu / Nov 9 2012 7:47 pm

    Dianne, I cancelled my wordpress site. Long story. Boring. Do you have an email you are willing to share?


  107. liamodell1 / Nov 12 2012 4:16 am

    Congratulations! You’ve been nominated for a blog award!🙂 See:


  108. Polysyllabic Profundities / Nov 19 2012 8:07 am

    For perhaps the 400th time, I have nominated you for the Beautiful blogger award. You inspire me every day to keep at my passion. Thank you.


  109. billyraychitwood1 / Nov 22 2012 3:37 am

    Looking forward to this weekend’s pictures of the ‘old barracks…’ Also wanted to mention I’m a fan of “Soul’s Child:” Aurora and Merv do it for me. One of the great quotes of the book is in the beginning line: “My father chiselled his way around integrity and common sense to find celebrity status of a sort.”

    Glad you liked my interview with John Dolan — he’s a wonderful scoundrel (last known whereabouts was Amsterdam).

    Always my best to you and hubby,

    Billy Ray


    • diannegray / Nov 22 2012 7:09 am

      Thank you, Billy Ray! It’s always lovely to get feedback on my books😀

      John seems like a fabulous character and your interview was great😉


  110. tadethompson / Nov 24 2012 9:04 am

    Hi Dianne, Sorry, tagged you on something before asking. Ignore if you’re not interested🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 24 2012 1:57 pm

      No problems! Thank you – I’ll go take a look😀


  111. ivfmale / Dec 1 2012 4:09 am

    I’ve nominated you for a Reality Award, because I find you…



  112. mmadonna1 / Dec 10 2012 11:01 am

    Hi! I have nominated your blog for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. If you are interested in participating you can pick up your badge and the rules for this award here:


    • diannegray / Dec 10 2012 12:48 pm

      Oh, thank you! I’m going over now to check it out😉


  113. bodhimoments / Dec 14 2012 5:37 pm

    I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please visit to review my post.
    Thank you


  114. ozonenut / Dec 17 2012 4:13 am

    Hi. I’ve nominated you for a Liebster award. Please ignore this if it’s not your kind of thing. I’m new to this blogging and award thing so forgive me if I have breached some kind of blogging etiquette! If you want to read about it, please see my post here:


    • diannegray / Dec 17 2012 6:57 am

      No – you haven’t beached any blogging etiquette, Zoe😀 Thank you so much for thinking of me – I’m going across now to take a look. I’m very flattered😉


  115. Kas-a-fras / Dec 18 2012 4:40 am

    I have really enjoyed your blog, so I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. The rules are at


  116. Anna Hergert / Dec 19 2012 3:28 am

    Hi Dianne, I have been following your blog for nearly a year now – keep the regular posts coming. I really appreciate your dedication to the craft! Thank you for sharing so freely! I have nominated you for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award. You can visit my blog (where I blogged about it today) if you choose to participate. If not, I understand – please know that you are appreciated! Anna


    • diannegray / Dec 19 2012 6:45 am

      Thank you so much, Anna. I am truly flattered! I’m heading your way now to take a look😀


  117. Irish Katie / Dec 27 2012 10:56 am

    *hugs* …. I just wanted to say … that I hope you had a grand Christmas Dianne.


    • diannegray / Dec 28 2012 6:45 am

      Thank you so much, Katie😀 *hugs* to you and I hope your Christmas was lovely as well ‘)


  118. Maddie Cochere / Dec 31 2012 1:45 pm

    Hi Dianne! Awards ceremony at my place today. You have been awarded the Super Sweet Blogging Award.🙂


    • diannegray / Jan 1 2013 7:26 am

      Thank you so much, Maddie! I’m heading your way now😀


  119. Pat / Jan 3 2013 4:30 am

    I know it’s 2013 now, but I just nominated you for Blog of the Year 2012 – I hope you will accept – do pop over and have a look at my blog for the rules. Happy new Year!!


    • diannegray / Jan 3 2013 7:08 am

      Thank you, Pat!! I’m coming over now to take a look😀


  120. Stephen James / Jan 6 2013 11:37 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I look forward to reading some of your posts and, in time, some of your novels. I am a Melburnian but lived in Cairns for a year, experiencing, ironically or fittingly, Cyclone Steve! All the best for your writing and generally. P.S. We also have two dogs: a spoodle named Lulu and a Jack Russell/Cairn Terrier X named Harry. They blame their ‘parents’ for any of their behavioural problems:)


    • diannegray / Jan 7 2013 6:59 am

      Thanks so much for visiting, Stephen🙂

      Lulu and Harry sound adorable – I watch the dog whisperer and I think we must be very bad ‘parents’ sometimes because our German Shepherd is such a handful!

      I don’t think they’ve ever named a cyclone after me – I’ve only experienced one here (I think it was Winfred) and that was bad enough😉


  121. Polysyllabic Profundities / Jan 7 2013 2:45 am

    So many awards, so little time!! I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. You truly do make me want to continue my literary journey!! 😀 My post will go up shortly.


  122. Spider42 / Jan 10 2013 6:31 pm

    Hey, just wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award, you deserve it.


    • diannegray / Jan 11 2013 6:43 am

      YAY! I just went over and had a look. Thank you!😀


  123. beckyday6 / Jan 16 2013 8:40 am

    Hi Dianne! Just wanted to pop by and say hi, and thank you for your presence on my blog lately.😀 Really appreciate it!


    • diannegray / Jan 16 2013 9:13 am

      My pleasure, Becky! You’ve got a great blog😀


  124. S. Harry Zade / Jan 17 2013 3:14 pm

    I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award because you are very inspiring.
    If you would like to participate, you are asked to:
     Display the award logo.
     Thank the person that nominated you and link back to them in your post.
     State 7 interesting things about yourself.
     Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
     Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.
    S. Harry Zade,


    • diannegray / Jan 17 2013 4:20 pm

      Thanks so much for this. I’m heading over now to take a look😉


  125. Maryanne / Jan 18 2013 8:01 am

    Hi Dianne, I wanted to respond to your story about the glasses, but maybe you are editing it or decided to delete it. As a near-sighted person who is now also far-sighted due to age and I have to wear glasses over my contacts to read — I want to beg you, please do not ever lend anyone glasses again. I’m not being a germ-aphobe, but it is unsanitary. Also eye strain is an awful thing. I had two eye doctors in a row give me the wrong prescription and I struggled almost a year with eye pain until I found an eye doctor who was smart enough to get it right. So, please, take care of your eyes! (Sorry to be sounding like a “mommy” but I don’t want someone else to go through what I did!)


    • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 8:25 am

      Thanks Maryanne. I’m not sure what happened to my post. I published it and then it disappeared and so I just published it again.

      You’re not sounding like a mommy!😉 You’re right – but my eyes aren’t really that bad and it’s probably best I stay away from computers for a few days anyway to give them a rest. I’ve got prescription sunglasses that are fantastic for driving and I’m actually wearing those at the moment.

      Thank you so much for caring about my health – you’re a darling😀


      • Maryanne / Jan 18 2013 8:34 am

        Oh good, I’m glad you’re okay … I just know firsthand eye pain is worse than a toothache and I’d hate to see someone super cool go through all that🙂


      • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 8:36 am

        Awww – I love being ‘super cool’!


  126. OneWeekToCrazy / Jan 19 2013 11:26 pm

    Wow, really impressive line-up of awards! Congratulations and Cheers to living the good life🙂



    • diannegray / Jan 20 2013 5:55 am

      Thanks so much, Courtney! Nice to see you here😉


  127. Runoffwriter / Jan 26 2013 12:32 pm

    Have you written about your experiences on the croc farm? Sounds like a story waiting to happen… Though perhaps an account of the real thing might be even better!


    • diannegray / Jan 26 2013 4:27 pm

      I included a croc in Let Sleeping Gods Lie and would like to use them in future stories. I did have an interesting incident with a very big croc that I will write about one day. My boss dropped his sunglasses in the croc enclosure and asked me to keep the big guy ‘busy’ while he got them back. I was never going to win that battle!😉


      • Runoffwriter / Jan 26 2013 4:57 pm

        Wow. Such a great story to hold in the arsenal! This is what I tell myself every time I go through any irritating, unfathomable experience: “It’ll make a great story one day.”


      • diannegray / Jan 26 2013 5:10 pm

        LOL – I do the same thing. If someone or something annoys or upsets me I just think of it as ‘writing fodder’😀


  128. helpwithyourlife / Feb 7 2013 10:01 am

    Congrats on all your awards Dianne!🙂


    • diannegray / Feb 7 2013 10:23 am

      Thank you so much for coming to visit, Cathie😀


  129. C. R. / Feb 9 2013 10:29 am

    LOL Di I don’t think you need any of MY writing advice…I probably need some of yours!!!


    • diannegray / Feb 9 2013 11:28 am

      We can never get too much writing advice!😀


      • C. R. / Feb 9 2013 11:45 am

        Touch` very true! I look forward to reading yours😉


  130. rohan7things / Feb 12 2013 2:16 am

    Amazing work Dianne! Wow, so cool to see your work recognized with all the awards, a real inspiration to aspiring authors🙂

    You rock!



    • diannegray / Feb 12 2013 6:40 am

      Thank you, Rohan! Your comment means a lot to me. It hasn’t been an easy road, but it’s all worth the journey😀


  131. restlessjo / Feb 26 2013 7:11 pm

    I feel quite ashamed that you write all these lovely comments on my blog, Dianne, but I’ve never read your books. I just read the Profound Absurdities review and am determined to hunt out The Eleventh Question.


    • diannegray / Feb 27 2013 6:41 am

      Thank you so much, Jo😀 Please – never feel ashamed, I love your blog!😉


  132. leazengage / Mar 2 2013 9:32 am

    Thanks for making the blogosphere a better place! I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. If you’d like to accept this award, you’ll find the rules here: All the best!


    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:10 am

      Thank you so much! I’ll be heading your way now to check it out😀


  133. mandyevebarnett / Mar 3 2013 3:37 am

    Hi I’m following you! In the meantime I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award – pop over to collect it –


  134. Lila / Mar 21 2013 8:16 pm

    Excellent. I can’t wait to read more of your writings and getting to know you.


  135. Anna Belfrage / Mar 23 2013 8:42 am

    Just wanted you to know that i’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blog Award🙂


  136. becca3416 / Mar 27 2013 7:21 am

    You have an impressive list of accomplishments! How inspiring!


    • diannegray / Mar 27 2013 7:47 am

      Thank you so much, Bec! It’s lovely to see you here😀


      • becca3416 / Mar 27 2013 7:48 am

        Glad to be here Dianne!


  137. mcwoman / Apr 4 2013 10:06 pm

    I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. The rules for acceptance can be found on my blog – Congratulations on being one of my favorite blogs!


  138. kartikasays / Apr 12 2013 4:20 am

    Your writing is fun to read and it has depth! I love the gecko story – OMG! Amazing! Look forward to reading more of you! Congrats on the nomination for the Liebster Award.🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 12 2013 6:05 am

      Thank you so much! And a big thank you for the reblog. I’m very flattered😀


  139. Polysyllabic Profundities / Apr 23 2013 10:37 pm

    Morning Dianne. I wanted to give you the WordPress family award. It’s not an award that means a lot of work on your part, it’s just a way to say thanks for being a great support in my journey through blogging and through life. 🙂

    The link is here:


    • diannegray / Apr 24 2013 5:39 am

      Awww – thank you! I’m heading over to your place now to check it out😀


    • diannegray / Apr 24 2013 7:47 am

      I’m having issues getting online this morning – be back this afternoon😉


  140. Maarit Suokas-Alanko's blog / Apr 26 2013 3:48 pm

    Hi there, started to follow your blog.🙂 It looks interesting.


  141. / May 8 2013 9:50 am

    I’ve nominated you for an award. Check it out.


  142. Darla Welchel / May 14 2013 4:23 am

    I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blog Award, because your posts always bring a ray of sunshine to my life! You can find the rules and information on this at this link:


  143. sharkprose / Jul 18 2013 12:14 pm
  144. zia vanger / Oct 21 2013 4:26 am

    Is that your own photo above?


    • diannegray / Oct 21 2013 5:26 am

      Yes it is, Zia. It’s me and my family at the farm🙂


  145. zia vanger / Oct 21 2013 1:03 pm

    I wish there was a cattle in there too!


  146. Hazy Shades of Me / Oct 22 2013 12:31 pm

    I miss you!


  147. billyraychitwood1 / Nov 12 2013 10:08 am

    Dianne, I’ve missed your posts…was it something I said?


    • diannegray / Nov 14 2013 6:10 am

      Hi Billy Ray – things are going well and this comment made me smile. Thank you so much for asking. I hope things are going well in your part of the world😉


      • billyraychitwood1 / Nov 14 2013 6:58 am

        All is well. Wishing you and family a lovely holiday season… My very best.


  148. WordsFallFromMyEyes / Nov 23 2013 5:52 pm

    I didn’t know you’d been FP! That’s wonderful, Dianne🙂


    • diannegray / Dec 2 2013 6:26 am

      Thank you my darling – so nice to hear from you!😉


  149. Maria M / Dec 2 2013 5:06 am

    Am reading Manslaughter and other tears, thought I’d drop you a line to let you know I’m enjoying the stories


    • diannegray / Dec 2 2013 6:21 am

      Thank you so much, Maria! I’m glad you’re enjoying them and it’s lovely to get this feedback😀


  150. rilzy / Dec 7 2013 7:51 am

    Hey Dianne. You haven’t showed up in my Reader for a while, I hope everything is well with you. I miss your blog posts. I didn’t always comment but I always read. Can’t offer you sunshine as I’m in cold, grey London but I can offer a warm virtual hug and lots of love!


    • billyraychitwood1 / Dec 7 2013 7:58 am

      Like rilzy, just missing you, Dianne. Is everything good in your world? Are you writing? Haven’t seen a blog post lately… And, that’s perfectly okay, if so…just keep writing. Just haven’t seen you in my blogsphere for awhile and just a tad worried. Blessings during the holiday season and beyond. HAPPY HOLIDAYS.


      • diannegray / Dec 20 2013 9:26 am

        I guess I’m just so busy writing I don’t know where the time has gone! I miss you all😀


  151. Maddie Cochere / Dec 17 2013 3:36 pm

    Missing you! Missing you!! The RUC has swallowed you up! Come back and play when you can. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Dianne!🙂


    • diannegray / Dec 20 2013 9:24 am

      Hi my darling – so busy here!😉 I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and a safe and happy New Year as well. Miss you😀 xxxx


  152. Jenny Ackland / Jan 11 2014 11:20 am

    Hi Dianne, just popping in to say Happy New Year and all that. And that I, like other commenters, miss your posts. But I know you’re writing, so good luck with that too. Look forward to your return.


    • diannegray / Jan 12 2014 8:01 am

      Thanks so much for popping in, Jenny – lovely to hear from you! Happy New Year😀


  153. climbing bean / Feb 6 2014 9:57 pm

    I found you via Today’s Author and liked what I read🙂 I’m always interested in finding new-to-me bloggers and writers who live in Australia!


    • diannegray / Feb 7 2014 4:49 am

      Thank you so much for coming by my blog – lovely to meet you too😀


  154. francisguenette / Apr 9 2014 4:36 am

    Hi Diane – I am currently reading Wolf Pear – about 50% in and totally loving it. I do a series on my blog called location, location, location where I feature books that I have read and reviewed that are rich in setting and location details. Books that set a tone for a certain part of the world. I would love to include Wolf Pear in this series. If you agree, I would ask for a 500 word guest post in which you write on the topic of how a unique setting in your own life contributes to your writing. I put that up with promo and my review of Wolf Pear. Please email me at in interested. Thanks. I can hardly wait to finish this great book🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 9 2014 7:21 am

      This sounds great, Francis. I’ll email you today😉


  155. Lyn / Apr 11 2014 7:24 pm

    Will be thinking of you and praying for you as Cyclone Ita makes landfall tonight. Stay safe Dianne.


    • diannegray / Apr 12 2014 7:08 am

      Thank you so much, Lyn. It’s quite blowy here this morning. The road is flooded, but we’re dry in the house (thank goodness)😀


  156. ygm17 / Apr 24 2014 7:24 am

    hey Dianne me again! How do I send you a private message/email? I would love it if you participated in a blog roll and don’t want to put all the details down on a “comment”. You can reach me on


  157. petrel41 / Sep 1 2014 8:39 pm

    Congratulations, Dianne!

    I have nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award.

    More about this nomination is at


  158. danniehill / Oct 14 2014 12:41 am

    Dianne. I wanted to let you know I read Wolf Pear and loved it. Put a review on Amazon and Goodreads. If you would like me to add the review at other places just let me know.


    • diannegray / Oct 14 2014 6:24 am

      Thank you so much, Dannie. You’ve made my day/month/week year! I’m really glad you enjoyed the story. I’ve been a bit flat and not writing recently and in reading this I feel like I’ve been given the boost I need. Happy dancing now😀


  159. Khaya Ronkainen / Aug 24 2015 4:49 pm

    Hi Dianne, thank you so much for visiting my blog and the ‘Likes’. Much appreciated:-)


  160. frederick anderson / Dec 2 2015 3:55 pm

    That’s quite a CV, isn’t it? Thanks for dropping in on my blog. you’re always welcome there.

    Liked by 1 person

  161. Pagadan / Mar 28 2016 1:06 pm

    I hadn’t realized that you’d moved The RUC before beginning the renovation. (I’m always interested in homes and buildings that have been moved.)


    • diannegray / Mar 30 2016 8:43 am

      It was a huge job, Joy. They had to cut it in half and cart it down the highway. It’s amazing what they can do these days😀


  162. claudiamariefit / Apr 7 2016 6:15 am

    Aloha Dianne,

    I know you have been nominated before but when I thought of a creative blogger…you came to my mind🙂

    Please check it out:


  163. Lifestylebites3 / Apr 9 2016 8:10 pm

    I came to know about your blog through Claudia. You have fabulous blog and feel free to check mine too.


  164. transcribingmemory / May 14 2016 2:21 am

    I’m looking forward to following your great blog!


  165. comingoutfromthedark / Jun 29 2016 4:18 am

    Came across your blog! Look forward to reading more!

    Liked by 1 person


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