Jittery Jitters! Australian Italian Festival.

Jittery jitters! Yeah, it is my time clock has been wound up. Time has passed so fast and it is complete and is being printed as I write this. What am I talking about? I have been working so hard, that I’m in the zone of being… Heck, I am getting very jittery and the stomach-churning with happiness and anxious for the coming weekend. As I get close to the date of sale of this Historical Book that is the tip of the iceberg, is a small and yet big task I had to do.

Under some stress since my last post, I had completely forgotten to say what I was working on is really big that is and has been a part of my heritage and to be proud of what it is to be an Australian Italian. Yes, when I was young I hated the terms people put to Italians or any person from different cultures in a cerian terminology that defame the person who is proud of their culture. I really hated it until I saw what I had to overcome to be proud of my culture. Being Australian was something inhibited by my part of my Italian heritage, I also felt torn.

It was in 1995 that open my mind in the right frame, it was the inaugural event of the Australian Italian Festival in Ingham, North Queensland, now it is truly out, laugh out loud! This is where I was born and breed. The place where the Australian Italian Festival has been running until now, which is its 25th year. Here is the reason I have held so much time in compiling and writing this Historical Book, over the last four months.

I know about 500 hours of work, every day, seems so much, however, it is an exhilarating ride that I found it so much, interesting in knowing how a non-profit organisation works. Getting into the background was simulating for a writer and an author like me. It also helps with the world-building for a writer. I know I haven’t mention world-building and such but that will come in later posts. Here I am trying to say that without knowing the history of anything that is an event or an organisation seems pretty lost. Since I found it interesting in knowing the Australian Italian Festival as a non-profit organisation in itself is the reason why I wrote the History of the Australian Italian Festival 25th Anniversary Special Edition for free as a volunteer.

It is a pleasure to do it. Honest and proud to show my Italian Heritage and my Australian birthplace being in Ingham. So I hope any of my visitors here, I hope to see you in my hometown. Sorry for the short time frame but if you are in the area or passing by and wish to come to the Australian Italian Festival, please do. Prices on entry are on the Australian Italian Festival website – just google it.

Come and taste the Italian flavour. Eat, Drink and Celebrate!

Success One

Its been a while since I have posted something because in two parts; one, I am on a project that is close to its finishing but it is only a snippet of what is to be done; and two that is why I am writing this post.

I have been doing what most people do each and every year goal settings and one day about two months ago, I saw a post on my facebook about a submission that is Australian publisher. Before I thought about it, my sub-conscience mind had made a decision which grew in my mind. As the month that came to send in the submission, I looked at the story I wanted for and read it aloud and let the computer to read it in MS Word in the Review tab for speech – Read Aloud. With this and my reading of it made me think more clearly and hear the story I was going to send to the editor of the publisher. This new Read Aloud feature was, even more, better for me but there is another software I use and that is Grammarly. This is why the success of one of my five-year goals has come true.

I am amazed because I did something that I never have done since 2010, that is to forget about sending the short story and thought, never getting accepted for the short story. Once, I did this I was amazed that my story was accepted. Six days ago, I signed the contract and now is to wait for me and the editor to work together to edit for the Fire and Brimstone – A Demonic Compendium of the Wicked, Fallen and Accursed Anthology to be released in October this year.

Oh before I go, the first thing I was talking about is a Historical Book – a snippet of one of my local town’s festival but more important to me, which will be revealed as the time gets closer to August. This will be ready, very soon for August; just watch this space in the following weeks to come, a weekly post.

The months go fast

As I look at my sense of time seemed to have passed by like a time warp, its almost Easter. Yes I know, I missed the new year celebrations update and new years resolutions, but my excuse is that I was doing my new years resolutions. One of them is de-cluttering and making room for more space, when I can use my wheelchair.

Built a new wardrobe, cupboard and desk unit which made extra space with a new bed as my Christmas present. January was filled with building and lost track soon after with my new project which will begin my road to be known in my home town. I can’t reveal anything at the moment, until I can be sure, but I can say this, it is about writing and editing a book.

With this short week, I am just touching base because my mind said website change for Easter, thus here I’m am and next week it is ANZAC DAY which also is another time for catch up and change. The Bunny theme for Easter, one week only – its chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies. I’ll be chocolate out or hyper by next Tuesday.

Christmas around the corner

Yes, it is literally 1 week away from today, I’m on edge of the office chair with a few things that is happening in North Queensland. One – and the most important is a sad point that an uncle in my family has passed for greener pastures or whatever you call heaven. Another sad thing is Nanowrimo was a disaster – written only 5000 words of which, I need to restart from scratch.

There is a secret that I can’t share at the moment but will do so at July – what I can say is that has to do with a book and I’ll be doing some (well a lot of) work on it and helping the community as well. As for the new year, I’ll start this project in the end of January and expect to finish by the middle of July.

Well, its that time again – but before I do say it, I have another book that will be coming out soon and I am just looking at some ways of providing this book as a self publish project. It is going to be a hectic 2019 year. Thus, I going to say a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

Spring Cleaning

Many days has passed since my last post, and you were wondering; what’s going on in my world? Well, it is very much the same but you can guess by this post’s title. Spring cleaning and since I am running in a normal way – as normal as one can – I still can’t believe, how time runs so fast. Its almost half way through October, before my week of horror starts – thus theme change.

As I’m cleaning my room in the next week, I’m think of next month because its Nanowrimo – write 50000 word novel. It is since 2013 was my last time that I made 50000 words and this year I must make it. I will make it. Why cleaning my room? It is simple an answer, I need the air-conditioner on because next month starts the Australian summer, humid hot and storms and cyclone watch season. It is life for me but I wouldn’t live anywhere else – except for a snow wonderland or cold areas like Tasmania.

Just thought to drop in for a short post to say as I’m as busy as a duck with its head chopped off. HA! I’m sorry for the mind graphic, but it does feel like this, because it is that busy. Just note that I’ll be back in December with a run-down of what has happen – Halloween, Nanowrimo and my life.

Holiday Weekend

Its the Queens’ Birthday or Labour Day holiday tomorrow or today or whatever timezone you live in, here, Australia celebrate it.

It was changed from June to this weekend. And I rather celebrate it in June but it seems fortuitous that I need not worry about it anyway because I celebrate in June anyway. Its her birthday then.

My computer has Labour Day and I really don’t know and not only that I really drawn a blank to which holiday Australia is celebrating.

Anyway, I think a day off is a good thing especially working all Sunday, during this morning till just before midnight. For all Australians here and overseas, enjoy tomorrow.

Three Weeks Update

I have been reviewing all my options with themes for my site as well as my life and it is all coming into the black or into the positive. I have been working very hard in the three weeks since my last post. And it looks like I have thirty-nine subscribers and all from ***.ru, and I hope they are finding what I am trying to do as a writer, author, editor and proofreader as interesting as I love what I do. If I find spam from those or any subscribers who come here, they will be deleted and blocked from site.

Spam is not tolerated
  Thus here I have one rule, this rule is simple – Spam is not tolerated. I have a webmaster and I must say he is very thorough and he is working with me as quick as I was hoping. This rule is needed because I don’t want any spam from subscribers and I hope you do not want any spam from me, either. I had to take down the login, signup pages because of those .ru but I feel I had to make sure this rule was stated. I am going to put those pages back up. I was also in discussions with my webmaster for a future bulletin board. It is something that is what I think would be something that my subscribers would like to be a part of. As you may guess this first rule is what I believe will be a part that board and as you have noted by now I let things go by but there will be rules in the board and this site.

As you can see by the way things have been going, I have much to do. From the Services page is only, a third way through and bookshop is coming soon. Speaking of bookshop is not going up until I have completed a book that I’m editing at the moment.

I have a new logo and site icon. I wanted something new and since 2010 when I have grown more from a writer to author and such, with new credentials such as editor and proofreader. I am starting to create a website which is like the others that have been lost (I have some backups copied in a notepad file, which I’m working on transferring to a Archive page(Coming Soon…)) or I have changed. With this I will try as humanly as possible to return to posting, and making sure this website moves smoothly as possible.

For those of you who know what writers and authors do; well – write, edit, rewrite again and again until a alpha and beta readers see it before sending to publishers and that in itself is just half the battle. Then the publishers’ editors read your completed story or novel and then if that story is accepted then its a re-edit, upon a re-edit back and forth between editor and author for a certain number of days to months and even, before it is published, there is a process that I know not much about but I know this much, it is hard work. The stress of writing and editing before sending to the publishers is the great hurdle that I might talk about in my next post.

Signing off but working hard… watch this blog station and same blog channel for next post.

 

What happen?

That is the million dollar question, which in itself has two factors, one is life and two is technology. Life and all its ailments has brought much of my life to a struggle, where I needed time to retake, life by the neck and haul it back to normal. Ha, I needed to see how SSL works and bang, my technical problem went back to two years ago. Frankly, I don’t mind and it may have been a pleasure to redo the website.

So I had a blog which had four posts, and it went poof  – like I said before, nothing gain without hard work. As you might see that I’m working hard with returning to norm as quickly as humanly possible. Budget-wise I’m at a reasonable pace and eventually the shop will be opening as soon as possible. The shop I am talking about is the e-shop, which incorporates products and services – books I’m selling as products and editing and proofreading services as services – also, anything in between is my long term goal.

Once I get SSL – secure socket layer for the HTTP (Hypertext Protocol) to be HTTPS and a green lock appears then my shop will be ready and available. Until then just be as patient as possible, as I work with my Webmaster to bring back this site. I’m also making plans and such to get noticed more as well. Just watch this blog station and same blog channel and hope to bring up to date thoughts and such as I get to such things. ;)