When I was locked in — I am loath to say stuck — in Sydney with loved ones three months longer than anticipated, I participated in an online ASA course on platforms like zoom, teams, etc. never thinking I would need to know, but just curious about how writers could still work in schools in the middle of COVID19.

In Vienna they call it Corona and no doubt confuse it with fun times had with that beverage, which may explain all the current Austrian government shilly-shallying about lockdown with interminable press conferences gobbledygooking while hoping, no doubt, that it would…

So much has been happening that I can barely keep up, and I still have so much to do. Of course, only interesting things seem to rise to the top of my to do list, but there are chores to do and needs must.

I nearly participated in Vienna Contemporary Art Fair in an installation by Alfredo Barsuglia, but getting wobbly on the ladder convinced me that I was little more than an artist´s prop and not there to bring the house down. Luckily, two other writers were on hand — Luis Stabauer and Michaela Hinterleitner and I was pleased to photobomb my book before the installation took off.

Yes, I have received copies of the paperback of my debut novel, All the Beautiful Liars, which can be preordered for the UK and the rest of the world before being officially available early next…

Artwork: with permission of the heirs of the late Jörg Allinger

Definition from Investopedia:


“What Is Networking?

“Networking is the exchange of information and ideas among people with a common profession or special interest, usually in an informal social setting. Networking often begins with a single point of common ground.

“Networking is used by professionals to expand their circles of acquaintances, to find out about job opportunities in their fields, and to increase their awareness of news and trends in their fields or in the greater world.

“(The term computer networking refers to linking multiple devices so that they can readily share information and software resources.)”

Interestingly, the idea of “sharing” only appears in relation to…

Chapter 1 — Fingered Love

Steven arrived in Plousecat on a Tuesday in early September. The sea wind ruffled his curly red hair and the smell of salt teased his nostrils as he walked down the narrow cobbled street to the Auberge d’Iseult where he had booked a room. The Auberge d’Iseult was a village inn built in the Breton tradition of thick stone walls against the ocean winds. It lay sheltered in a sandy bay. Steven smiled as he read the menu posted behind the glass of the tiny restaurant. …

a cookbook to steam the senses with its tales of love

An entree is not just a first course, it can also be an introduction to a continuing repast. A dessert may be a meal in itself, and not just an ending.

Part 1 — Late Summer
Chapter 1 — Fingered Love
Chapter 2 — Blackberry Kisses
Chapter 3 — Aperitifs and Petit Fours
Chapter 4 — Eel & Oyster Pie
Part 2 — Autumn
Chapter 5 — Pheasant Company
Chapter 6 — Crazy Ponies
Chapter 7 — Impressions
Chapter 8 — The Road to Tours
Chapter 9 — Wings to Fly
Chapter 10 — Symbiosis
Chapter 11 — The Road South

A guest post discussing the joy of publishing a debit novel at 7o!

New Release Spotlight and Author Guest Post: All the Beautiful Liars by Sylvia Petter

I hope Ellesea won´t mind us having a chat on her blog. It´s about books and writing and how it´s never too late to publish.

It´s never too late — on publishing as an older writer

I never wanted to be a writer, I wanted to be a vet, but was lousy at maths, so did languages instead — French, German — and took off to see the world. It was halfway through an international telecoms policy career when MBAs were just taking off, that I decided…

via Arab World Books

This paper was prepared as a contribution to the 2nd International Conference on Creativity and Writing, Orivesi, Finland, 19 to 22 November, 2010.

As an Australian writer having lived most of my life in countries not of my mother tongue, I have employed various strategies to warm up before sitting down to write. These range from online writing groups and exercises, snail mail collaborations and mentoring to inter-face (face-to-face) workshops and conferences.

Ultimately, it is when the seat of one’s pants is on the chair, when the pen touches the paper, when the fingers hit the keyboard, that the writing…

Sylvia Petter

Australian in Austria writing short, long, serious, sexy and fun. Author of stories and the novel, All the Beautiful Liars (2020, a Lightning Bolt eBook)

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