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Why Jacaranda you ask? In case you are reading this the other side of the world and are not sure, Jacaranda is the name of a beautiful tree, which blooms around Oct/Nov, mostly in the Eastern states of Australia. Its flowers are the most exquisite shade of blue-purple, the nearest comparison probably being hyacinth blue, so who could not be inspired to write by such a spiritual colour? When the jacarandas start to blossom, you know it's exam time, but you also know that Christmas is just around the corner. It is said that if a jacaranda flower falls on your head as you walk underneath a tree, good fortune is sure to follow, so guess who did a lot of walking under jacaranda trees! Watch this space for changing images of this lovely tree!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Editing assignments getting you down?

Who likes editing? The answer to that is probably editors! Editing can be the bane of a student writer's life (and I suspect an established writer's life). Having just completed a particularly onerous assignment, where I and my peers were required to edit a book project about the humble apple, I can honestly say this took the prize for being the pits! I never want to see, smell or eat an apple, or anything remotely to do with apples again(oh, except maybe my new I-phone!).
So how do you relax, wind down, come down or whatever after a particularly gruelling and frustrating period of edting, re-writing or just plain writing that didn't go so well? Would love to hear from you!
What works for me?
  • Going for a swim at the beach.
  • Listening to music, and last but certainly not least
  • Going to flower arranging!

  • When I walk in the room and hear my tutor's soothing, calm voice; see, smell and touch the gorgeous blooms and foliage he has chosen for us, not to mention coming out with something half resembling an arrangement, I get a warm, fuzzy feeling and all the tension disappears. If only the writing process were that easy. But do you know what the trickiest bit is? Getting the flower arrangment safely home in the car, or even just into the car, not to mention up the stairs to my flat!

    If you're interested, today's effort (pictured) consists mainly of white and purple-pink orchids, a special type of baby's breath, Albany woolly bush from Western Australia, Philodendron leaves, Leucandron from Argentina (it feels like stroking a pussycat!), Nandina, and I've forgotten the name of the silvery-grey leaves at the front. The professional florists among you may despair, but I feel good!


    1. I know exactly how you feel, Cyn! ;-) As for winding down - a good dose of music, film, art, and writing exactly what I want to write, usually does the trick. Love the flower arrangement! x

    2. Yes, last weeks apple debacle has turned me into a gibbering idiot and I have yet to confront this weeks assignment. The flowers are gorgeous, Cyn. Very zen.

    3. Well having heard all about the Flower Arranging, it is great to see a result. looking forward to seeing more pics!

      Also love your jacaranda photo. Mine have been gorgeous this year and the fallen flowers are a picture as they form a glorious carpet on the lawn and driveway in the early morning. Last night when I drove home, my headlights picked out a ring tail possum in the tree among the blossoms. She had a baby possum on her back and yes she stayed there while I raced inside to get a camera!