Well, what an amazing few years! It’s been ages since I have blogged. 15 months and I have begun working part-time, I am a full-time mum and I am a qualified editor and proofreader… one step closer to my dream of being an author!!!

Well, just a quick note today to announce the launch of my new business…


I will update the link to the website when it is fully functional, but until then, if you, or anyone you know, needs the services of a qualified and professional editor, then drop me a line at melanie.dooner@gmail.com

Mmm… ssssuuuuuunnnn!!!!!

I just wanted to show off some flowers. They can actually be seen now because my mum weeded my garden! 🙂

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The beginning of our happiness lies on the understanding that life without wonder is not worth living.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

What matters is that you do not squander your moments of silence and solitude.

The Cloud of Unknowing

I have the monkey off my back… for now anyway!

One of my fears as I finished up my Long Service Leave, was that I would simply go back to my old habits. It still concerns me a fair bit, but I have to say, this past week and in particular yesterday morning, has given me a bit more confidence.

Overall it was a solid first week… very productive! I feel as if I am back into the swing of things, if not completely on top of everything on the agenda at the moment. I got to the end of the week fairly unscathed and having really enjoyed catching up with my young charges and colleagues once again!

The highlight of my week has, by far, been the anticipation and then the meeting of the blogging group of which I am a part. Thanks to Judi… a seasoned gatherer of people, we met and talked about all things blogging – where we are up to, any concerns or questions we have, feedback to each other and a sharing of what we are each enjoying the most about the process. By the sounds of the interest in the group who met, coffee every couple of months may become a regular occurrence!

I really enjoyed catching up with where those who could make it are up to…

“Threads in the Needle”… completed the much-anticipated quilt… photos will be posted shortly.

“Social Graces”… inspiring a number of us to read, think and share concerns.

“Early Retirees”… celebrating retirement in style while prompting people to consider things that really matter.

“Beach Blogger”… inspiring people to set goals and stick to them – no matter how cold it gets!

Leslie David… loving his relatively new-found hobby and the medium for sharing his experiences.

William Kostakis… enjoying promoting his novel Loathing Lola. Thanks for bringing some copies along, I’m looking forward to having a read and very pleased I have a signed copy that shares our “in-joke.”

Eric Stanley… his “Be Happy Be Rich” blog has now been created and he’s preparing for his book launch on Wednesday 23rd June at Berkelouw’s Bookstore, Leichhardt. All are welcome!

Helen McNab… using her newfound freedom to write her book and develop her blog.

Thanks to a suggestion by Helen, I’d like to open up this post to anyone who came to the gathering or to anyone who couldn’t make it, but who would like to have, join in a post-coffee discussion about the most important things we have learnt about blogging to date.

I’ll kick off with one of my ideas, but am looking forward to us creating a list of ideas from this now quite skilled group of bloggers… Thanks to William and a lot of hard work on our part!!!


  • I created a twitter account called “LouiseSerenity” connected to this blog, then “followed” the NSW Writer’s Centre… about a month later they started following me! (Needless to say, their tweets will be more useful to me than mine to them 🙂 )

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Scars remind us where we’ve been. They don’t have to dictate where we’re going.

David Rossi’s Character

What lies behind us and lies before us are tiny matters compared to what’s within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson