Welcome to the blogspot of Melbourne writer, Elizabeth Jane

Welcome to the blogspot of Melbourne writer, Elizabeth Jane

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Goodbye Hannercymraes...

Okay, this is written with a tear in my eye. Today we will say goodbye to hannercymraes.

'Why?' I hear you ask. 'It's a great blog. Such an original name.'

Original, yes. Granted. But can you say hannercymraes? Spell it? Can anyone outside of Welsh wales even know what it means?

Exactly. I am moving on.

This has been my first blog but it has come to a slow and natural end. I have purchased a domain name (yes, I know pretty grown up) and signed up with Wordpress. From now on, you will find me at (drumroll).


Yes, thank you, thank you. I appreciate your applause.

The name will be no less forgettable, granted. But it does have the advantage of being spell-able and pronounceable.

For those of you who have been good enough to subscribe to hannercymraes and to comment and send emails (you know who you are - all three of you) please follow me over to elizabethjanecorbett.com

While you are there, please notice all the wonderful social media buttons I've inserted. They took me ages. I'm feeling thoroughly modern (and exhausted). Please excuse lack of interesting graphics (I'm can't code and have purchased a template). But it's mine - and I love it. I hope to blog more frequently and more fervently. So keep your eyes peeled.

Hwyl fawr! Wela i chi yno - see you there!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Biskit's report card...

My dog spent his first ever dog-kennel long-weekend. I didn't call to check on him though I considered it multiple times (sad, I know).

Anyway, I just picked him up bathed, happy and with a report card!

Andrew says it's just marketing but I don't care.

I'm sold on the experience.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Why not join the library?

This is not original it turned up in my email in-box a few weeks ago. The original graffiti said:

Join the IRA.

I prefer the doctored version. It never hurts anyone to join the library. :-)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Book Thief

This was a great book and promises to be a great movie.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Diana Gabaldon - The writer's road

A fascinating interview about the writing process.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Famous authors rejection letters...

Some excerpts from famous author's rejection letters as posted by Billy Marshall Stoneking on Facebook:

Sylvia Plath: 
There certainly isn’t enough genuine talent for us to take notice.

Rudyard Kipling: 
I’m sorry Mr. Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use the English language.

Emily Dickinson: 
[Your poems] are quite as remarkable for defects as for beauties and are generally devoid of true poetical qualities.

Ernest Hemingway (on The Torrents of Spring): 
It would be extremely rotten taste, to say nothing of being horribly cruel, should we want to publish it.

Dr. Seuss: 
Too different from other juveniles on the market to warrant its selling.

The Diary of Anne Frank: 
The girl doesn’t, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift that book above the ‘curiosity’ level.

H.G. Wells (on The War of the Worlds): 
An endless nightmare. I do not believe it would “take”…I think the verdict would be ‘Oh don’t read that horrid book’. And (on The Time Machine): It is not interesting enough for the general reader and not thorough enough for the scientific reader.

Herman Melville (on Moby Dick): 
We regret to say that our united opinion is entirely against the book as we do not think it would be at all suitable for the Juvenile Market in [England]. It is very long, rather old-fashioned…

Stephen King (on Carrie): We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell.

Joseph Heller (on Catch–22): 
I haven’t really the foggiest idea about what the man is trying to say… Apparently the author intends it to be funny – possibly even satire – but it is really not funny on any intellectual level … From your long publishing experience you will know that it is less disastrous to turn down a work of genius than to turn down talented mediocrities.

George Orwell (on Animal Farm): 
It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA.

Oscar Wilde (on Lady Windermere’s Fan): My dear sir, I have read your manuscript. Oh, my dear sir.

Vladimir Nabokov (on Lolita): 
… overwhelmingly nauseating, even to an enlightened Freudian … the whole thing is an unsure cross between hideous reality and improbable fantasy. It often becomes a wild neurotic daydream … I recommend that it be buried under a stone for a thousand years.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit was turned down so many times, Beatrix Potter initially self-published it
Gertrude Stein spent 22 years submitting before getting a single poem accepted.
Frank Herbert’s Dune was rejected 20 times.
Carrie by Stephen King received 30 rejections.
The Diary of Anne Frank received 16 rejections.
Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rolling was rejected 12 times.
Dr. Seuss received 27 rejection letters

I'm not sure who Billy Marshall Stoneking is or how I came to be friends with him on Facebook. But he's a keeper. His quotes are always interesting.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sweet enough...

Zucchini cheesecakes from Sarah Wilson's, I quit sugar cookbook.

Banana bread from David Gillespie's, Sweet poison quit plan cookbook.

Life is sweet enough for me. :-)