That’s a Wrap…

I haven’t done one of these for a while, but I figured that as there’s not going to be a sentence a day this month…

What I wrote…

Not much. Work was pretty messy this week. It was the implementation week for a project I’d been working on in the day job since October last year so the days were full. There’s more to do next week before I go on leave, but the bulk of the work is done. Phew. In any case, there were no words written on my work in progress.

I did, however, get an astrology article I had due written over the weekend. Lately, I’ve found it super hard to switch from novels and blogs to commissioned articles for other people. I suspect it’s because I’m so used to writing in my voice, or my character’s voices. Anyways, it was a big job but it’s done.

What I blogged…

Again not much – although there was plenty that was pre-scheduled for the A-Z series I’m doing. If you haven’t seen it, I’m doing the A-Z of books and writing. One post a day for 26 days in April. You can find the link to all posts published so far here.

Where I commuted…

I did the Brisbane commute for work during the week – catching the 5.47am train into Brisbane city from Palmwoods. It’s a long commute – 1 hr 40mins each way – and one I don’t think I’d like to do too often, but it’s much more pleasant than sitting in the carpark they call the Bruce Highway for the same period of time…if not longer.

What made me go aaah…

The colour of the skies the other night after a day of on again off again rain. Nature is truly beautiful.

Why I love independent bookshops…

Ok, this is just one of the reasons, but you get fabulously cool books like these.

Men in kilts and flamingos – what’s not to love?

Where we lunched

La Canteena in Maroochydore. I’ve written about it before for the Sunny Coast blog, but it’s the only place to go if it’s a sunny day and you’re having cravings for tacos – as we were.

Fish tacos and beer in a bucket. Saturday lunch sorted.

What opened…

A new coffee shop called Mint up in Buderim Village. The coffee is good, and I was there early, but with a page on their menu devoted to smoothies and special shakes for kids I suspect they could be targetting the yummy mummy and lycra crowd – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

I will, however, give it another shot – just to be sure.

Where I worked…

I had to work on Friday morning but took myself off-site on Friday afternoon to get a start on that article. The day was nice, so it was Rue Bourbon at the top of Buderim Village – the brew with a view.

Where we Sunday drove to…

I finally turned my article in this morning so we took a drive up into the Mary Valley to have a look at Kanangra and Imbil. I’ll blog it on the Sunny Coast site, but the country out there is beautiful.

We ended up lunching at Cafe One 2 One. Everything was hand-made – including the chutneys. It was cute, cheap, cheerful, super friendly and a lovely surprising find.

What I’m looking forward to…

France! This time next week we’ll be nearing the end of 21 hours flying time. Work’s been mad and I don’t feel ready to go, but I’m looking forward to it so much.

If you want to keep up with our travels, I’ll be boring everyone on Instagram. You can find me at @jotracey. As to where we’re going? Our itinerary is here.


15 Replies to “That’s a Wrap…”

  1. Very nice recap and beautiful photos, Jo. I’m so impressed that you’re participating in the A to Z challenge while working full-time, commuting, planning a trip, etc. Safe travels and have a fabulous time in France!

    1. Thanks Natalie, I wrote most of the A-Z posts in a batch & scheduled out – I was aware I had a big article due at the same time – &, of course, day job commitments.

  2. It sounds like a very busy month for you. Fingers crossed for you on that day job project. Right now I’m thinking about giving the book writing thing a go. But I’m struggling to see how I’ll fit it around a day job and a blog that demands 4000 words each week. I don’t know how you do it!

    1. If you want to do it, you find the time. I tend to write in bursts. I spend a couple of hours every Friday after work scheduling my blog posts for the week & then write most evenings & on weekends. Set a small achievable word count – maybe 500-1000 words a day – and go for it.

  3. How could you concentrate knowing you are going to France next week! Love the guy in the kilt and your beautiful photos of the gorgeous colours of the sky. I’m also enjoying your AtoZ Challenge – it is a challenge though not just the writing but also remembering to comment on my favourites! Have a great week. x

    1. I’m keeping my faves to just 2 – you & Leanne! I don’t have time to get around & read everyone else’s. So slack, I know.

  4. I sense the ‘get everything done and out of the way’ in this post…so I can pack and get ON THE PLANE!!

    Looking forward to the IG pics. I love it when my SM friends travel and I get to follow!!

    Thanks for joining #lifethisweek 15/52. Next week’s optional prompt is “what is friendship?” Denyse x

    1. Yep, that’s pretty much spot on! Another couple of work days to get through & I’ll be laptop free for 3 whole weeks.

  5. Those weeks running up to a big trip are always so jam packed, I know how you must have been feeling, but as I write this you are on your way.
    I love your photos Jo, they are some of my favourites on Instagram, and I look forward to following your travels through Europe. I will be the one looking slightly green with jealousy!

  6. Hello Jo, thanks for your comment on earlier today and the link through to “Wish you Were Here.” Very apt for me! I went through to Amazon Australia but the link on the front cover for your book, paperback, took me to another author’s book with the same title which makes me think Amazon Aus haven’t got it together properly yet. Anyway, just wanted you to know my intention was good, and I do like the idea of the storyline! Cheers, Jo Castro xx

    1. Hi, all of that is a tad weird…I didn’t send through a link to my book – although that is the lead on my website, so maybe that’s why…I’m more concerned about the link though as the book has been on the market since Oct 2016 – so I’m very interested in what is going on there! Thanks so much for letting me know! With many thanks for your intentions, Jo…and for letting me know something is wrong with both my profile & my amazon link.xx

  7. Ohh, I’ve come through to this page and see I’ve commented already. Then I went to Lovin Life and saw I’d commented on that one too. Sorry Jo 🙁 I think I’ve failed to find a new post to read. But I’m here, I really am!

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