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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Blog Bits - Travel

Following on from my last blog, I found this neat link that gives you a virtual tour of Pere Lachaise Cemetery:

Enjoy the tour!

Shannon Meadows

Monday, August 29, 2011

Blog Bits - Travel

Top five places to revisit in Paris: Point Zero, Pierre Lechaise Cemetery, Sewer Tour, Buddha Bar, Sacre Couer steps...

1. Find the brass plaque for Point Zero out front of Notre Dame cathedral. Legend has it that if you step on it, you're destined to return to Paris. The ultimate travel insurance!

2. Pierre Lechaise Cemetery - Jim Morrison, Chopin, Oscar Wilde, all the cool cats are here. Just make sure you buy a map, it's money well spent.

3. Sewer Tour - for a different view of the city.

4. Buddha Bar - just to feel tres chic. Why the name? The enormous Buddha inside is the clue.

5. And for lovers...go sit and canoodle on the steps of Sacre Couer, thinking of the movie Amelie. Romance is in the air! (Be warned - at the base of the hill is the red light district...a different type of attraction is in the air there).

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Blog Bits - Writing 2

All my life I've kept a diary. Until I'd been overseas three months and stopped. The great irony - when I finally had great material to write about, I was having too much fun to jot it down! If only blogging had been around in 1999...

One good thing that I did, however, was to write about 50 pages of detailed notes when I returned to Australia at the end of my first season touring Europe. These notes were written while the events were fresh in mind, and I added to them every time I told a new story to my friends and family about what I'd been up to. It took another 9 years until publication, but these precious notes cocooned my memories until I was ready to develop them -and they developed into my book Road Wench.

Writing tip: jot down notes at the time. A few words, a sentence, will do.
It's amazing what it'll help you recall - but beware, it is so easy to forget details and even entire stories over time that these jottings are essential.

Shannon Meadows

Friday, August 5, 2011

Blog Bits - Publishing

Thanks to Chris at Avid Reader Books, 193 Boundary Street, West End in Brisbane for stocking Road Wench. Chris tells me that he has put it on the bookshelf already.

Shannon Meadows