Friday, 30 November 2012

Melton Wordsmith members past & present dominate the Melton Short Story Competition.

A wonderful night at the Arnold's Creek Community Centre where the Melton City Council presented the prizes to  the Melton Short Story competition winners. I was pleased to see that my writing group Wordsmiths of Melton members past & present had a good representation among the winners.

Congratulations go to Julee Stillman, Loraine Jones, Craig Henderson, and Toni Iannela who all picked up gongs. To hear Julee's winning entry read to the gathering added an extra dimension to the evening.

A big mention to the council for supporting the writers of our area and promoting the idea that anyone and everyone has a story to tell. Competitions like this one extend an idea into desire and then over time a writer crafts a story and with every word they improve their craft. Bringing well known authors to Melton to talk to aspiring writers is inspiring and offers excellent role models to follow.

The winning entries of the younger writers were beautiful and listening to them being read with my eyes shut woke every sense to the descriptive action.

Well done everyone.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Time to get back to Toby

After a week of doing other things I am trying to get back into the story of Toby Farrier. With 18 chapters and 24500 words down already I know I won't meet the 50,000 word target by the end of this month. However the novel is turning into quite a good story and I think it's worth seeing it through until it finishes around the 70,000 t0 80,00 word mark.

Toby has a few dramas to face yet and I hope to get chapters 19 and 20 posted tonight.


Terry L Probert

Thursday, 22 November 2012


Yeah I guess everyone has forgotten about the first novel.

The good news is that Merlene Fawdrey met with me today to give me a progress report and firm up out publishing plan.

We are looking at submitting the copy edited draft during the early weeks of December and will call for independent readers to give a review for the publisher.

We had a great meeting and I am looking forward to the next part of the process.

Thanks for dropping by


Sunday, 18 November 2012

Only 57 words today towards the NaNoWriMo tally

Bad day on the writing front but a great day of fishing with four lovely trout in the fridge. Need to have a big push tomorrow. The story is running really well and I have the middle and end figured out, it is now a matter of getting the words down.

Thanks for dropping by,


Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Dormant Brain Syndrome

This morning after a nice lay-in a good breakfast and a saunter around the backyard, I am still searching for a glimmer of inspiration.This was always going to be a busy week and then I have thrown NaNoWriMo into the mix as well so I had better burn a bit of midnight oil over the month to complete this challenge.

Good luck to all those who are on track and may inspiration and perspiration combine to carry the rest of us for the next few weeks.

Monday, 5 November 2012

A slow few days of NaNoWriMo

I thought I would offer a report and an excuse for no new chapter posts on Toby Farrier.

I have had a few commitments to other projects since Friday and haven't had a lot of time to open the computer. Hope to have more done by tomorrow night and have set myself a 25,000 word count by this time next week.

I know the rules say don't worry about the editing and just to type away; but I have had a quick look at the draft for the first time this morning and can see that it really needs another hard drafting session.

Thanks for dropping by.

Friday, 2 November 2012


Today is a bit hard after a big effort yesterday housework gardening and other obligations are in the way. Have to hit the keys hard tonight and find another 2500 words to finish chapter four.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

NaNoWriMo has started

Well the kick off was over seven hours ago and I am yet to write a word.

The plan for this wet Melbourne Thursday will be to try and get the first three chapters down. I'm hoping for between 5,000 -6,000 words over the next nine hours. If I have planned it properly and ignore the character's demands for bigger parts I may get there.

I will post the Chapters one at a time on the Toby Farrier page of this blog.

Good luck to all participants.