I’m happy to say that I’ve been far too busy to post weekly blogs! I have a number of editing projects on the go. The work varies between copyediting a manuscript for a novel, editing short stories, and also some IT work editing work safety diagrams for a business. I’m loving it!
All this is on top of my existing work 3 days a week, ensuring my employer meets their quality accreditation obligations. Of course, there are always the ever-present demands of my little family too. I wouldn’t change a thing!
I’m also working on my official website lauradobra.com.au behind the scenes, which currently sends curious visitors here, to my blog. Stay tuned for more info about my projects, but more importantly – posts about entirely useful things like, How to make Laura’s Italian pasta sauce and meatballs!
Last weekend I attended the New Norcia Writers’ Festival, which was the best writers’ festival I’ve ever been to. Well, ok, it’s the only writers’ festival I’ve been to – but it has now set the bar very high for all the other ones I want to attend!
Setting it apart from other festivals is its location, out in the Australian bush, amongst the historic buildings of the Benedictine monastery town of New Norcia. New Norcia is Australia’s only monastic town, so if you are ever visiting Perth, Western Australia (WA), I recommend you pay New Norcia a visit for an experience you won’t get anywhere else. (more…)
Hello all my lovely friends and followers!
You may have noticed I haven’t blogged in a while (my bad!), but I have an excuse. I’ve been working hard to finish my course, and I did it – I’ve graduated and have my Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing!
I started this blog as a requirement of the course, but I’d love to continue with it. I plan to set up a website for myself, begin applying for freelance editing and writing jobs online, and also pitch my writing to magazines and papers. However, I need a break, so for now I’m going to celebrate graduating from my second course (I already have a degree in Information Technology), and leave you with a link to a story, The Mask which I wrote for my portfolio. Hope you like it.
Oh dear! I’ve neglected to post to my blog again! I’m also suffering from writer’s block so this month I’ll just post a link here to one of my TAFE assignments – a profile on Pete’s maternal grandmother, Edith. Enjoy!
This summer, my family, our friend Dan and his two children stayed in a rental property on Molloy Island, Western Australia. The house had all the usual amenities, but we were still required to bring our own linen and our own food (all of it – as there are no shops on the island). Dan and I began messaging about what to pack. He wrote, ‘I’ll…take whatever is in my fridge and pantry with us (as long as it fits in the car) ha ha.’ Hilarious. No. (more…)
I woke up New Year’s Day and realised I hadn’t written my monthly blog post. Oh, the horror! 😉 Immediately I began brainstorming blog topics like, ‘it’s the start of another year’, ‘time to make New Year resolutions’ – at which point I think I did a little vomit in my mouth. Puh-lease! Someone telling me to try a new hobby, lose some weight, achieve my goals by June blah blah blah, just makes me want to cringe!
We all want to start off our year well, but I believe we need to look at life-long attitude changes, not a 2018 quick-fix. (more…)
It begins. The silly season is here with all its end-of-year parties, concerts and gift buying. If the thought of keeping up with everything that’s going on fills you with dread – you’re not alone. I have some ways to help you keep calm in the Christmas chaos. (more…)