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Friday, October 21, 2011

List of libraries

If you'd like to borrow "Road Wench" from your local library, I've included the list from the online catalogue below. If your library isn't listed, ask them to order it in for you. The Dewey No. is 914 MEA. Other relevant details are below.


Author Meadows, Shannon.
Title Road wench : it's a tour, not a holiday / Shannon Meadows.
Imprint [Perth, W.A.] : S. Meadows, 2010.

SLWA 3rd Floor 914 MEA
Mingenew 914 MEA
Nyabing 914 MEA
Bencubbin 914 MEA

Call # 914 MEA
Phys. Description 354 p. ; 21 cm.
Summary TRAVEL WRITING. AUSTRALIAN. Have you ever done a tour of Europe? Shannon Meadows has, about fifty times! No, she wasn't a crazed tourist, it's worse than that. She was a tour manager. Along the way she encountered backstabbers, bed hopping casanovas, nudists, kleptomaniacs, thieving gypsies, disappearing drivers, wankers, four-hour traffic jams with clients asking "How long until we get there?" She slept overnight on a gurney in a psychiatric hospital, and mediated bitch fights between grown women and men. This is the inside story of Shannon's first season on the road. All names have been changed to protect the guilty (the innocent are too boring to write about)! For anyone who has ever travelled and thought that the tour manager had the best job in the world, this is for you.

Subject International travel -- Europe -- Humor.
Tour guides (Persons) -- Europe -- Anecdotes.
Meadows, Shannon -- Travel -- Europe -- Anecdotes.
Europe -- Description and travel -- Anecdotes.
ISBN 9780980835403 (pbk.)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Price of gas in France

(Received as an email forward - author unknown)

A thief in Paris planned to steal some paintings from the Louvre.

After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings, and made it safely to his van.

However, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas.

When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied, 'Monsieur, that is the reason I stole the paintings.'

I had no Monet

To buy Degas

To make the Van Gogh.'

See if you have De Gaulle to send this on to someone else.

I shared it with you because I figured I had nothing Toulouse.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Blog Bits - Writing 3

Someone called me a writer the other day. It made me think - if you aren't actually writing something, can you really call yourself a writer? 'Writer' denotes action, the verb 'to write' - doing something. It seems that lately all I've managed to do is to successfully procrastinate. How, you may ask? It's easy. Focusing on publicity and distribution of "Road Wench" is an excellent time-zapper. Before I know it, days, even weeks have gone by without me writing anything new, or anything at all. It's still activity (and yes, it's fun meeting people and talking about the book, and writing, and travelling) and it's inspiring and motivating - but it's not actually writing. So here's my plan, my aim, my pledge - to write more, more often. Starting with the blog. Which isn't really writing either, but I figure it's useful as a warm up activity. I do have another, even more 'cunning plan' to quote Baldrick. I've enrolled in Honours at uni, as a way of pushing me to write more (and in particular, the sequel to "Road Wench"). The only problem is that everything is due in just over a week. But as all good procrastinators know, nothing focuses the mind like a deadline. Here goes...!

Shannon Meadows

Saturday, October 8, 2011

How to buy a copy

I'm pleased to announce that Road Wench is available at the following good bookstores:

Perth Bookstores
the Oxford St Bookstore in Leederville,
Planet Books in Mount Lawley,
Beaufort Street Books in Mount Lawley,
Crow Books in East Victoria Park,
Dymocks in Midland,
Dymocks in Fremantle (High Street Mall),
Dymocks at Karrinyup Shopping Centre,
Dymocks at Joondalup,
MillPoint Caffe Bookshop in South Perth,
Chapter and Page, in Mount Hawthorn,
Westbooks in Victoria Park,
The Well in Shenton Park,
Angus & Robertson at Innaloo Shopping Centre,
and the State Library Shop, SLWA in Northbridge.

Country (Western Australia) Bookstores
Read A Lot Books in Geraldton,
Golden Mile Bookshop in Kalgoorlie,
Lancelin Post Office Shop, in Lancelin,
and now available at The Singing Tree in Albany.

Adelaide Bookstores
Dymocks in Rundle Mall
Mary Martin Bookshop in Rundle Street

Melbourne Bookstore
Readings in Carlton

Sydney Bookstores
Berkelouw Books in Oxford St, Paddington
Berkelouw Books in Cronulla

Brisbane Bookstores
Mary Ryan Books in Milton
Mary Ryan Books in New Farm
Mary Ryan Books in Bulimba
Avid Reader in West End

Online Bookstores
First Edition Books (online bookstore), and
the Australian Online Bookshop (online bookstore).

(Abridged version $12.99USD)

Author Direct
Alternatively you can buy online with Paypal/credit card by from
Prices: Perth (collect in person) 24.99; Australia 32.99; NZ 34.99 including postage/packing.

Spread the word!
Shannon Meadows

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

89.7FM Radio Interview at 12.30pm today

I'm being interviewed about the book today on 89.7FM Twin Cities Radio (it covers the northern suburbs around Joondalup). If you're in the area, tune in from 12.30 to 1.00pm. I'll be talking about music on tour (and my favourite daysongs...)

Favourite daysongs:
Time of Your Life (Green Day)
Dancing in the Moonlight
Mama Told Me Not to Come (Tom Jones)
It's My Life (Bon Jovi)
I Got a Girl (Lou Bega)

and so many more. Just hearing a former daysong transports me right back to that tour!