Virtual Blog Tour and One Year Anniversary

In three days,  August 7,  one year ago I started blogging. This tour which Raewyn nominated me, I feel, therefore, comes at a perfect time to reflect on my past year and where I plan on going in the new year ahead. Before I do that I would like to tell you about Raewyn from New Zealand. I first came across Raewyn on her scrapbooking site and crafts are one of her passions. Her big passion though is photography and manipulating the photographs that she has taken. You really must go and look at her photography as it is simply stunning. Thank you Raewyn for passing the baton on to me.

Having set up a blog for the creation of an author platform I was surprised to find that I enjoyed the process of blogging immensely. Naturally when I started I had no idea what to do. I knew I wasn’t going to blog my book so I had to find a different topic so I started walking through my childhood home. That led me off on tangents and as I got to know other bloggers I enjoyed the repartee of the comment boxes. I became fanatical for awhile and I don’t know how my husband put up with me but now I realise that I have to divide my time between posting and visiting and in the coming year I hope to be a more regular visitor to your sites. I had said I would post a minimum of once a day for a year and apart from the first month where I was finding my feet and missing two days quite recently I have done that with sometimes up to three posts a day. I told you I was fanatical. As I am studying, and have other commitments, in the coming year I am not going to beat up on myself if I only post five times a week. The trouble is I enjoy all the challenges I do so I don’t know yet where I will pull back. Time will tell. Thank you to everyone who reads me because it is you that makes it so enjoyable. Looking forward to another year with you all.

Back to the Blog Tour rules:

Compose a one-time post which is posted on Monday (date will be given to you from whoever passes on the tour)

What am I working on?

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Why do I write/create what I do?

How does your writing/creating process work?

Answer four questions about our creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires us to do what we do.

Then pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers.  Get their permission first and give them rules and specific Monday they are to post.

1. What am I working on now? I am working on a sequel memoir about our time as farmers, discovering we were not cut out for a life on the land, setting up a haemodialysis unit in the country and then purchasing and running a general store.

2. How do I differ from others of its genre? There are a lot of farm memoirs but most are either of a childhood on the farm or an idealised tree change. Ours is neither of these. There are no haemodialysis memoirs that I can find and I haven’t yet come across any general store memoirs either. Therefore I think that my memoir will be different from any others on the market. It also deals with post traumatic stress disorder, isolation issues and unfulfilled dreams although the narrative has a lot of humour.

3. Why do I write/create what I do? I love writing but I do not have a great imagination when it comes to creating a fiction piece so I fall back on what I know best – my own story with a bit of history thrown in.

4. How does your writing process work? I just write. I think about stories and angles most of the time, while I walk the dogs, sleep, watch television, clean the house, almost everywhere. When I sit down to write it just flows. Blog posts take no more than half an hour to prepare, often less. They are always written as stream of conscious and I don’t spend much time editing them. My sequel memoir I have written around 70,000 words and guess that I have around 30,000 more to write before I start the editing process. Editing is the item which really takes the time. I have just edited my confirmation document and all up it took me around 24 hours to write and close to 48 hours to edit to complete.

My apologies to my baton bearers to whom I gave little notice. To carry the baton on further:

Noelle Granger  19th August

Teagan Kearney   26th August

Jennifer Graham   2nd Septermber

Sherri Matthews 9th September

Thank you everyone and thank you all for sharing with me over the past year.

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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15 Responses to Virtual Blog Tour and One Year Anniversary

  1. I love your blog, especially when you write about your farm life.


  2. Annecdotist says:

    Congratulations on your pending 100th post. I love this line from your introduction:
    Naturally when I started I had no idea what to do.
    Seems so many of us start off that way and learn on the job and pride ourselves with how much fun it is.


    • Hi Anne, Yes I think so many of us find it a surprise at the amount of enjoyment we get from the interraction we have with other bloggers. It was certainly unexpected for me. I have done a few more than 100 posts though as I went through a bit of a fanatical period when I found the challenges. I think I’m currently at around 570 posts. Glad to have met you in the process. I’m really enjoying the rough writers group and slowly working out twitter.


  3. Annecdotist says:

    Pride ourselves? I meant surprise – please excuse my crazy voice-activated software


  4. I saw a pen today that recorded the conversation that was written on the page. You put it on the line you wanted enlarged and pressed a box saying play on what looked like a normal pad of paper and the conversation was played. Great for interviewing. I’ve never used voice activated soft ware.


  5. Charli Mills says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary of blogging! Visiting your blog is always insightful in the stories you tell with memories or photos. I look forward to reading your project one day and saying, Hey! I knew when she was blogging… Cheers to a new year!


  6. Sherri says:

    Many congratulations on your first year of blogging Irene, even though I’m late for the party… I enjoy every post of yours, every read and all our conversations so very much and it’s good to be back catching up with you now. I missed you!! I really hope you keep blogging for a long time to come, I’m so very glad to have met you here my friend…here’s to the next year and many more blogging years ahead for us both…not to mention plenty of walks too 🙂 ❤ 😀


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