Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hunting echidnas & native bees.

This writing a book business is hard.

Harder than I thought it would be.

I had thought that if you can write a blog then surely you can write a book, but now I'm not so sure. They're quite different.

My brain hurts from thinking so hard, my lower back aches from sitting at the computer for so long, and all of a sudden there are a gazillion other things I would rather be doing. Even scrubbing the bathroom seems like a fun adventure...I could put on some music...get the old toothbrush and bicarb out... Don't even mention the neglected basket of crochet constantly calling me from the other room.

Sometimes I feel so inside my words that I forget that the rest of the world is still spinning. That the family needs to be fed, that underwear needs to be washed and teacher's necklaces finished. I'm in a book bubble.

I know I've been given an awesome opportunity and I am grateful. I know that when I sit down and focus, the words come and mostly I like them. And I know that I am lucky enough to be working with some very talented people.

And most importantly, I know how blessed I am to have my funny little family to ground me. For berries to collect, an echidna to follow, native bee hives to look out for, sticks and slugs to name and tell stories about and the most wonderful farmer boy to grab my hand and remind me to be in the moment and to remember to breathe.

One word at a time.

One hole in a bead at a time (every few paragraphs).

I'll get there.

How are you going?
Are you getting there?



  1. Stick to the writing Kate - it'll definitely be worth it, I promise <3
    I have been writing a novel for nearly 4 years now I and plan to finish it this Summer. Sometimes the only thing that keeps me going is knowing how great I'll feel when I can write "THE END"!
    Have a Merry Christmas! xx

  2. Kate that is so exciting! You're right, the words will come..x

  3. It's hard work, but you write so well! Just keep getting the words down, and it will all come together at some point. When I'm doing lots of writing, I even dream about it and in the morning the words flow out of me! xK

  4. I am like that book 'Finish This Book' ... halfway through a lot of writing.

  5. I had 216 pieces of bunting to sew into 108 bunting flags and now that they have to be finished by Saturday, I have decided that I should stop doing other stuff and start doing them. Unlike you, though, the mindless task of sewing them then turning and ironing them can be accompanied by some crap telly or a chick flick or my ipod turned up high.

    Hope you get a chance to take a break over Christmas and just breathe and stretch and follow the echidnas, hon.

  6. its always the way when you have to do something you dont feel like you want to... but so many people are dying to see how it all turns out and will be so proud of you. Plus I need an excuse to come to Melb so get cracking lady! xxx

  7. I can't wait to read your book Kate! How very exciting xx

  8. What a huge load to shoulder when Christmas is just around the corner! I admire your dedication to writing all of those perfect words! All the best with your task.

  9. I'm so very excited to read your book when the time comes! (I have such a giggle every time I see your little one's mismatched gumboots, my miss 5 does the same thing!)

  10. I love the photo of your farmer boy with his hand outstretched to call you into them. To be part of the moment, rather than watching and recording. What a good and wise and real and wonderful man he seems.
    book book book. Ah. I'm so excited, I can't wait. And yes - like Bearded Pigeon I need a perfect excuse to come to Melbourne. Your book launch is just that. In your glorious farm no less....??
    I too have a basket of crochet work and stitching and all sorts of pieces that are waiting waiting for me to come back to them. It is good knowing they sit and patiently wait. (I do wish something the yarns would untangle themselves while waiting).

    hugs and kisses, E xx

  11. Oh so intrigued about this book dear Kate. One word at a time is right. I'm tacking one stitch at a time at the moment. I think I bit off more than I could chew / knit. :)

  12. These are so pretty pictures! :)
    And I'm sure your gonna manage it to write your book, just keep going! ;)


  13. One word at a time... you're right Kate, and your Farmer Bren is also right to pull you away from those words sometimes too.
    So excited and already proud for you Kate - can't wait to see your book!

    Catherine xo

  14. Wow - so wonderful that you are writing a book! What a woman! I wish you great waves of inspiration to carry you through to the finish line. The Cider day sounds/looks fantastic. we have apples trees all around us and I would love to make cider. I love the pics of the musician boys - looks like my kinda music. Warmest Christmas wishes to you and your Farmer boy and girls.

  15. We used Fimo from Sotlight/Lincrfat for the beads.
    And we followed Pip's tutorial in her Good Stuff Guide magazine.
    You can find it in the top left hand corner of her side-bar.
    Happy beading lovely lady. xx

  16. The title made me think you were running around spearing echidnas. over active imagination, oopsy.
    one word at a time, like drips in a bucket!


  17. wonderful news that you're writing a book...i loved that process - some days i was the queen of procrastination but then when i sat, and focussed and became a channel for the words that needed to be born. Ahhh. It's a good feeling. And you're writing that book as part of weaving hope for a new world i suspect. Noble work and so much needed. Go you. It'll be a wild ride and it will be GOOD!

  18. just found your blog and its SO refreshing and genuine x

  19. yes, I'm getting there - one baby shoe at a time. Only 14 more pairs to do today and then I can officially stop making orders and start making the ideas for next year....

    Can't wait to read your book!

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