Sunday, December 18, 2011

Visiting Tasmania . . .

So what's a writer to do when actually visiting the locale of your current work in progress is impossible? Ask if you are a visual person and jump on the internet. This panorama of paintings showing Hobart Town between 1820-1860 helped me "see" into a very different time and place where my characters live and struggle.

This day trip to Port Arthur by Tim Hoosier helps me to visualize what was once a harsh and forbidding prison. Few escaped for the wardens and guards perpetuated the idea that the waters surrounding this stubby peninsula were shark-infested.

This grisly National Geographic video highlights the dreaded Tasmanian Devil. In photos, this small cousin to the more familiar kangaroo is rather cute. But after seeing this video, I now have a scene where Mac goes out into the night to investigate what sounds like a woman screaming.

National Novel Writing Month was good to me. After a month of not writing at all (due to travel and family illness), November kicked me back. Years of Stone is now at 36,000 words and I'm facing my next challenge: Making sure the historical underpinning is dead accurate.

May your own writing go well.


  1. Yes, that video was grisly, but it could have been worse. I feared, near the end, the man going after them under the rock might have his hand removed.
    They do sound just awful, don't they????

  2. Ain't the internet just fantastic? I use Google Earth a lot--many places have street-level views available, and although it won't help for traveling to the past, you do get a sense of the feel of the place, how close things are to each other, etc.

    I have some friends, a Dutch guy and his Venezuelan girlfriend, that actually lived in Tasmania for a year or so, and they really liked it--they said the nature is fantastic. I do hope you get to go soon, and best of luck in the meantime with the research :)

  3. This is a great site - you've put a lot of work into it and it makes fascinating reading.

    Good luck with the agent search, look forward to seeing the trilogy on the shelves in due course.


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