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Do Authors Read Their Own Books?

Some do.

The manuscripts are read umpteen times while editing and proof-reading and agonising over each and every word. But once finished, I’ve not read my books unless holding a reading, then, of course, it is a prerequisite!

This morning, seeking information, I read excerpts from A Standard Journey.

I laughed; tears trickled.

I ache for that journey.

The adrenaline hits throughout that extraordinary trip systematically peaked. One reviewer, upon finishing the story, stated, “I’m exhausted!”

Here’s an amusing scene that turned me into a panic-hopping lunatic for a few brief, terrifying moments!

‘Untie him, quick!’ I didn’t know what was happening, but I wanted him away from the fence.
Noel held onto Dom as he continued the wheeze and then stopped. We all stood still for a moment waiting to see what would happen next.
Then Dom stuck his front leg out, stiffened his entire body, and hissed out another agonising wheeze.
‘It’s okay, boy, steady, steady,’ Noel soothed as I checked Dom over.
A few moments later ‐ another gasp.
‘Stay here, keep him calm, yell if it gets worse – really yell. I’m calling a vet.’
I bolted into the cottage, banging the doors, and frantically flicked through the phonebook. The second vet practice I rang answered. I explained Dom’s symptoms in a frantic breathless monologue.
‘He’s choking,’ the vet said. ‘It is a minor choke; he’ll be okay.’ He explained calmly, ‘Get a hose, turn on the water, not too fast, but a good run, put the hose in his mouth – a fair way back, but not so he’ll swallow it, but so you make him drink.’
‘Right, right,’ I said, hopping from one foot to another. ‘Can you come if I need you?’
‘No, I can’t. I’m sorry. This is a minor choke; this should work.’
In one movement I replaced the receiver, spun around, and ran for the door. Outside I grabbed the hose and turned the tap on.
‘He’s still the same,’ said Noel, who was noticeably paler.
‘He’s choking: we need to clear it. Hold him as still as you can,’ I yelled as I unravelled the hose, trying not to scare the other horses.
I closed my hand around Dom’s chin, below his bottom lip, and lifted his head as high as I could. Without giving him or me time to think, I shoved the hose in his mouth. Noel and I fought to keep him still and steady the hose. Dom’s such a trusting, kind lad; he fidgeted but didn’t fight.
The water cascaded down my front, down Noel’s back, but half flowed into Dom’s throat, and I heard a painful swallow.
I pulled out the hose.
The three of us stood together, puffing, dripping, looking at each other. Dom shook his head, then lowered it and started eating the grass, as if nothing had happened.
‘Good grief,’ Noel said, and that about summed it all up.

I collected a few more grey hairs that day.

Extraordinary Horse Adventure

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Writing, Writing, and more Writing!

If my chest has expanded for each proud moment during last few months, I’d have a big chest.

With great fanfare, SisterShip Magazine was launched in April after 30 years in dry-dock. In June issue 2 was published and the comments, interest, and support were mind-blowing. August’s issue is well on the way.

SisterShip women on the water

A couple of weeks ago we softly launched our publishing website SisterShip Press Pty Ltd, with our search for women authors.

In the midst of all this, we also launched a short story competition based on fear – an author contacted me directly and thanked us for addressing an important subject.

Last month, with Noel, we celebrated 20 years of marriage, travelling, and an extraordinary life.

So with my big breasts, blown mind, busy fingers, marvellous husband, and neat business partner – I just want to say thanks. The ride-of-my-life continues…


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Success, Failure, and Laughs

It’s been a big few months.

With the successful launch of SisterShip Magazine, and The Gathering event going off with a big bang – I thought things would calm down through May. Silly me.

So with two recent successes what is the failure?

Hmmmm, can’t think of one.

Laughs then? Oh there’s plenty of them…. here are two posts on a recent ‘business’ discussion with Shelley Wright (co-editor of SisterShip) on our private group.

 

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It’s not all laughs, there are many midnight ramblings and 4am starts (and even a few 3am) – too many really. But it has to stay fun – and it is.

I am sure you’ll find our usual professionalism shining through in the up-and-coming issue – as well as our love for our job and your magazine – let us know what you think!

Look out for June’s issue, so many exciting articles – pictures – discussions…  it’s truly inspirational, and that inspiration source will be a big surprise.

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Inspirational Women

I had to reblog this – this wonderful and short blog captures the spirit of the Women Who Sail Gathering event this weekend.

It was fabulous…

#inspirational #women

The Olive Press

Following on from the amazing weekend I just attended in Port Stephens, I’ve come back home buzzing with ideas of what we might do in the future. Every presentation set off a little spark of something, a germ of an idea, a frisson of excitement! OK, not the sailing in Antarctica or the dismasting 1000 miles off South Africa or the rescue in the Pacific. But listening to some of the speakers describing their voluntary work in the Pacific or bartering with the locals for lobsters and veggies or reading to the kids in schools in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands really got me wondering if we could go again. We loved the little bit of the Pacific we did in 2009 and always said we would go back some time.

I got back home and said to Andy ” Hey And! I’ve been thinking…….” He knows now that that…

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SisterShip Magazine for women on the water

Last week we launched SisterShip Magazine.

The response has been overwhelming.

First launched thirty years ago, SisterShip Magazine has been taken out of drydock, refitted, and is now ready to set sail. Our team has been busy in the ‘shipyard’ and we are about to untie the lines. We would love you to join us on our voyage!

SisterShip Magazine

SisterShip Magazine

Here is a taster of what is coming up – there are plenty of other surprises… don’t miss out, follow us on our Facebook Page or via our website, so you’ll be the first to know when the first issue is ready.

Let us know what you’d like to read about!


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What Next?

Someone once said to me, “You’re not comfortable unless you are outside your comfort zone!”

…and they were right.

My next project is HUGE and spectacularly exciting… it is timely, innovative, and will make a huge splash very soon.

For now – I am ‘teasing’ out the details… there are hints in the pictures and words… so watch this space and prepare for the big reveal …

If you can guess what I am about to reveal (if you have not been let into the secret squirrel circle already – behave!) – then I’ll send you a gift.


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Colour Paperback Books Available in Australia

With a signed, personal message.

My books are available at many retailers and online via Amazon.

However, for Australians who would like a paperback copy, shipping from the USA is an added expense.

So, order through me, with the added bonus of a personal message included.

Just send me a FB message on Noel and Jackie’s Journeys or Jackie Parry, send a message via this website, or email me at ckijack@yahoo.com.

The colour pictures and “extraordinary adventures by two ordinary people” make a wonderful Christmas gift.

Of Foreign Build, This Is It, and A Standard Journey (colour paperback) are $19.99 each (+ postage) – just click on the book for more information – and if you’d like a  copy, let me know.

Kindle and audio are available via Amazon.

 

A Standard Journey – Jackie Parry

 

This Is It – Jackie Parry

Cruisers’ AA – $29.99 + postage

Cruisers' AA - Jackie and Noel Parry

Cruisers’ AA – Jackie and Noel Parry