Weekly Writing Challenge: Lunch Posts Day 1

1307: at home with a sandwich of cheese and vegemite. I’m sitting alone, protected from the sun by the patio roof, listening to the sound of the water dropping from the waterfall wall into the crystal clear blue water of the pool. The flow is creating an eddy of circular ripples in which I can lose myself in daydreams.

I’m thinking how well my diet has gone over the last two days but particularly today where instead of eating the provided chocolate biscuits at my U3A class I ate a carrot from home. Will-power won for the day.

I’m only having a very short break for lunch. I am on a real roll with the writing and I’m keen to get on with it. It isn’t so much writing as publishing. Amazing what having two articles accepted for a literary magazine will do for your self-confidence.

As a result I have decided the time has come. Give up on the mainstream publishers and go it alone. I am going to use Lulu, an online publisher, and I have purchased my own ISBNs. Lulu  provides free numbers but, although it is probably silly,  I want my book in the Australian National Library as an Australian author and to do this I must have Australian ISBN.

This afternoon I will format my manuscript. Margins 1.27 centimetres. Check font is all the same and page breaks occur where they should. 1316: sandwich eaten it is time to work.



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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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18 Responses to Weekly Writing Challenge: Lunch Posts Day 1

  1. Good to meet a fellow Australian!


  2. Sherri says:

    Well done Irene! I will be bending your ear about publishing if that’s ok?


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  12. Thank you again for the links. 🙂 I enjoyed this post, too. It’s been a long time since I heard the word vegemite. 🙂 I’ve always wanted to visit Australia. One day. I’ve been involved in indigenous ministry for many years. I was blessed one night … in the middle of the night … when I received a call from an aboriginal woman in Australia who found my website and just had to call and connect. It really meant a lot to me. Amazing how the internet has brought people together.


    • I think it is the best thing that may yet lead to world peace. I like to think that it is possible anyway. As we get to know each other worldwide we find that the differences between us are really small and we all have the same hopes, dreams and desires. Glad you met up with an Aussie and hope you make it out here one day.


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