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Iam ashamed to say that it takes me
a whole week to read a book,
sometimes more. Here, I am, brain
the size of a brain, a highly intelligent
woman of the 21st century, with a Bachelor
of Arts in Literature. I am a writer. You
would think I devoured books for breakfast,
lunch, and dinner. Sigh. If only that were
It used to be. Once upon a time, I
would borrow four library books a week,
and read them. I once read a huge tome
called When Rabbit Screams, a heavy duty
psychology text, in a day. Ahh, those were
My friend Edwina Harvey wrote a book.
It was a long time coming, and the next
step in a closely held dream of being a
writer. The Whale's Tale is a book for
young adults, unusual in a field currently
dominated by vampire romance. Intelligent
science fiction that doesn't make excuses
for its mind bending concepts.
I've known Edwina for a long time,
and was thrilled for her. I asked for a copy
of the book. It duly arrived in the post and I
was eager to begin it.
Four days later, and I still hadn't
cracked the cover. Work, yoga teacher
training, cat and puppy wrangling, teen
wrangling, housework, writing, and a
garden that looks like deepest, darkest
I set aside Melbourne Cup Day to read
Edwina's book. How hard could it be to read
a modest 230 page large-print YA novel?
Author Erma Bombeck wrote once
that when a mother sits down, a signal
goes out to the universe: mother is sitting,
proceed and de-sit. Then children appear
holding various parts of their anatomy
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