Mark of Baeya - signed

The Mark of Baeya

It is the goal of many writers to create a visual image in their readers’ minds using the power of the written language. For me, I know I’m reading a good book when I no longer see the words on the page, but rather a movie created by my imagination plays before my eyes. For an excellent book, I also hear sounds.

But how do writers get the inspiration for these vivid scenes they write? How do they know if the scene they’re painting with words is the scene that is playing in their readers’ heads? Many of my fellow writers have notebooks filled with sketches that they were attempting to describe with words, but needed another medium to help them find the adjectives. Me… I can’t draw, not unless you want to consider technical drawing as drawing — which I suppose it technically is (pun intended), but not quite what I’m talking about here. A bunch of lines and curves with dimensions most of the time is boring to look at and not the inspiration that I seek as a writer.

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Where can you find the “plumbing fixtures”?

The toilet is the most utilised room in the house. Some of us are fortunate to have more than one, which is fantastic when there is a large number of people cuing outside the door, yelling at you, telling you to hurry up because they’re busting to go. If your kids are anything like mine, they just open the door and start pulling you off if you don’t move fast enough. (Teenagers… Do they not understand the meaning of the word privacy?)

Public Toilet Sign found in outside of Mansfield Park in Fielding, New Zealand

Public toilet sign found outside of Mansfield Park in Fielding, New Zealand

In my recent research into the most important room in a house, I have discovered that there are many names by which we call the toilet. Some are obscure and weird, while others are interesting. This week, I have decided to share with you a few more common names and where those names originate.Read More

Descending into the Sewer…

Toilet humour has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. If I think about it, toilet humour has always been around. However, recently I find myself descending into the sewer and following the wastewater through the treatment plant and out to sea. Even as I write that last line, I find myself laughing, the irony not lost.Read More

Beauty Tips: New or Old Advice?

While on a recent visit to the hair salon, I decided to actually sit down and look at the many magazines they had. I don’t normally do this. I’m either reading a book, or the work of another writer they asked me to review. But the latest issue of the Next magazine sported an article title that caught my eye: The New Beauty Rules: 30s, 40s, 50s & Beyond. So I had to look at what new advice is out there.

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Melissa the Wolf

I'm so excited about the commissioned artwork that I received today. Meet Melissa, a Shape Shifter whose favourite form is a black wolf.

Melissa in Wolf Form (Artist: Andrei Kope)

Melissa in Wolf Form (Artist: Andrei Kope)

Melissa is a character who is so protective of her family that she will kill anyone that threatens the ones she loves. She develops the use of magic through the love she feels for her sister and brother-in-law. Part of her magical abilities is to shape-shift into various animal forms, her favoured form being that of the black wolf.

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