Welcome to my blog. My name is Elise McCune. I currently reside in Victoria, Australia. I was born in New South Wales, Australia and moved to Perth, Western Australia where I raised my two children. I worked for ten years in the Western Australian Museum and travelled extensively during this time in England, Europe and Egypt. I’ve also faced the challenge of open-heart surgery and I was the Face of World Heart Day in 2003. I will write about the joys of the writer’s world, bookshops, book images, photography and animals. I would also like to share an awareness of the beautiful and the unusual.
I have not blogged since March because I found I need all the time I have to write and finish my WIP. So until it’s finished I’ll take time out. Keep writing and reading and talking to other writers and I’ll let you know when I’m finished.
I’m writing this knowing I won’t be up early in the morning to finish my seven pages for the week. Life has a way of intruding and with the best will in the world sometimes we don’t complete what we set out to do. My excuse is research, writer’s group, minding children, travelling long distances, and reading. The last in no way connected to my new novel! This said I did make progress with four pages written. I am setting my novel in two historical time periods so the necessary research makes writing a page more like writing ten. I’m not sure if I will try to catch up next week or just do my seven pages. Writing is fun and rewarding but also slow going at times. I have a battle scene (where I will not say!) and the research is time consuming. I wrote this scene in a short-hand type of way and will return to it when I dwell on the images in my mind during the coming week. I am getting to know my characters now, one had a name change but the other main characters have so far managed to keep their original names. I know of some authors who call their characters Tom, Dick or Harry in the first draft and change them later but this would not work for me. Have a great writing week and keep perserving no matter the desire to throw it all out the window,
A good writing week. I managed to finish a page a day of my new novel. I am now working on the second chapter. It’s exciting and challenging at the same time. I have been asked to submit the full manuscript of my short memoir ‘Open Hearts’ to a well-known publisher. It is exciting to say the least (I know that’s a cliche!). Even if the publisher decides against publishing my memoir I am happy to have been asked. It was the second book I wrote (after a Mills and Boon that I eventually deleted). Lots of authors have quite a few manuscripts in the bottom drawer before they are published so we all have to keep writing. I am rather exhausted now having been at the computer all day with only a short break for lunch and a walk but having put together all the work for ‘Open Hearts’ and emailed it to the publisher I have something to show for my writing day. It’s not something I can do each day but most days I write two to four hours of creative work (musing takes up some of that time) and then when I can’t concentrate any longer I take a break. If I have the time and inclination I then do any research I need to do (it is a long list and growing!). Have a good writing week and I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks for the interest and good wishes from other writers…it’s great to belong to a community of like-minded people,