Cockatoos in a gum tree.


PHOTO taken through my lounge room window yesterday (Fujifilm FinePix A607, zoomed in a bit). The lower cockatoo arrived first, sitting in the gum tree screeching at the lounge room window for a good while before coming down to eat. The second cockatoo came flying across the road with a plant in his beak. I couldn’t get a good photo and when the first cockie flew up, the first turned its back. If you look closely, you can see at least three round flower pods / seed heads – I have no idea what they are from: tree, shrub or flower. I thought they were grapes at first, but as the cockie flew closer I saw lots of round balls spread on an umbel. I’m pleased this pair are finally getting used to me.

As to WRITING …? I think you all know by now that I lack discipline, so you will not be surprised I haven’t managed to keep to this revised deadline (at first I was hoping to publish this day). I’m reaching the stage where I have to let people read it and I’m scared spooked. Naturally that critic in my head is making me look at my writing differently – as I suppose I should. Now the story no longer belongs to me, but to the readers and I owe it to them to do the best I can. This first impression is pretty vital, don’t you think?

I’ll come up with a new deadline.


13 thoughts on “Cockatoos in a gum tree.

  1. sue ouzounis says:

    Cockies are very smart birds. They are teasing you. You worry too much about what other people think. Big letters across the top of the first page “D R A F T” (e&oe). Also, people like me side track you, you should ignore us.

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    • Thanks for the encouragement Sue. Yes, I did quite willingly let you distract me with family history! I even used that as an excuse for spending a couple of days fiddling with my computer again. I hated that I couldn’t use my BDM cds so I put windows back on it. I’ve lost internet access, probably have to install bigpond again, but I’m leaving the thing unconnected now. Less distraction – unless I pick up the tablet or laptop. 😀 It’s cozy sitting here with the laptop on a lounge chair. Better go fire up my writing PC.


  2. It is good to let a m/s sit and re-read later. Don’t worry about hurrying to print. It’s important sometimes to let yourself re-read when your head has cleared. Love the cockies!

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    • Thanks for your encouraging words, Barbara. I try and push myself, but then I dig in the toes and self-sabotage myself instead. I just downloaded a free novelette on Kindle called ‘Active Patience’ and the author, a Melbourne lass, advocates just letting the writing take as long as it takes. Glad you like the cockies.

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  3. I understand all too well what you’re saying about your writing, Christine. All authors feel that way when other eyes start to scan what we’ve only ever seen ourselves. It is scary! It has to happen sometime, though, if you want to get your book out there. The worst part is waiting for people’s views.Negative comments have to be taken in your stride, but it isn’t easy. Keep at it! 🙂

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    • Thanks Tess. Blogging is just too much fun, though I’m trying to get some writing in first. I see you have a few more posts of your China trip up, so I’ll be over to your place pretty soon. ❤ One of those birds has the loudest screech I've ever heard. And he loves just flying by, yelling his head off.


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