Damn, Nature is NOISY.

September 5, 2009 at 12:01 am (Uncategorized)

DoctorDi has hit the road… the Darklings have arrived in Cottage Point for our latest writing retreat. Most of us are bleary-eyed wrecks this morning, having spent a sleepless night getting acquainted with the local fauna. Specifically, possums sacked Troy in the night. And then an orchestra of kookaburras became Roman town criers. And an avenging army of mosquitoes flew in, tearing us limb from limb. I am exhausted, but I’ll be coming to you *live* from Cottage Point for the coming week, starting Monday. We have Catherine’s birthday celebration at Cottage Point Inn today – a bit of a splurge but not something we ever normally get to do with each other – and then I think it’s on with the business of writing these books.

It’s a beautiful day here, absolutely perfect and still now the avian anarchists have taken their musical on tour. But they’ll be back. I know it. And wasn’t Darkling Jenny outraged to find three of us standing limp and grey in the kitchen commiserating and, yes, complaining about the noise.

“I can’t believe you’re complaining about birdsong!” she squawked. Rather bird-like herself, actually.

But sleep there was not.

We did have a great night catching up on all the exciting news, specifically JB’s new representation deal – her agent saying all the sorts of things that make writers swoon. It’s all pretty amazing. Potentially phenomenal, and certainly life-changing no matter what happens next. It’s just great.

So… I must get on with the purpose of our being here, but I shall return on Monday, blogging as usual but in these very unusual, shall we say brilliantly extraordinary circumstances. The Darklings are together again.



  1. Lilian Nattel said,

    And people say that it’s noisy in the city…

  2. litlove said,

    Hope you’re having a wonderful time.

    On an unrelated note, I felt I had to pass on this link to an article in the Guardian in which Barnardos are calling for more intervention at the early stage of a child’s life if it has dodgy parents. Put the child with an adoptive family fast, rather than let the damage take place, is the message. It made me think of your post:


  3. doctordi said,

    I did think that too, Lilian! You may appreciate this related aside. I went for a run yesterday and became absolutely terrified of the sheer isolation… a car slowed behind me and I thought, “If there is ANYTHING wrong with you, I am done for!” – so a bit of city paranoia, ripe for the bush.

    Thanks, Litlove, was a bit out of sorts earlier in the evening but feel a bit better now. Two glasses of pinot have helped. I will definitely read that article, the strategy sounds very sensible to me.

  4. Pete said,

    Wow, Cottage Point sounds amazing (and noisy). Hope you’re having a fab time.

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