Veronica Strachan

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See also V.E. Patton (pen name)
Veronica is the author of Breathing While Drowning: One woman's quest for wholeness. Under her pen name V. E. Patton, she has just published Ochre Dragon the first book in her epic fantasy series The Opal Dreaming Chronicles.

She wrote stories and poems as soon as she learnt to read and her favourite place in the world was the local library.

Her dream of a writer's life was interrupted by the realities of life, death and grief. It was almost 20 years after the passing of her 4 year old daughter, Jacqui Bree, that she finally wrote and published her first book. With her second book on the shelves, she feels her dream has become a reality.

Now she balances her writing with coaching individuals and teams in leaders
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Veronica Strachan Feeling the words drop onto the page. Looking up and realising your story is flowing, the word count is growing, there's magic in it.
Making stuff up,…more
Feeling the words drop onto the page. Looking up and realising your story is flowing, the word count is growing, there's magic in it.
Making stuff up, and putting a little bit of who you are in every piece.
Working in the quiet of the early morning when all the ideas are still shiny and new.(less)
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Write. You have to write. Anything and everything. Write something every day.
If you don't have a heap of time to work on your stories, take a little time to reflect on and craft whatever else you are writing, emails, reports. Sharpen up your grammar, tighten your language.
And keep working on your writing, go to a workshop, read good books on writing and just good books.
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Pondering about the wonder of sonder

Have you ever sat at a red light and watched people cross the road in front of you? Ever wondered what their lives are like? Then you’ve pondered sonder.

Sonder is grist for the mill of human kindness, connecting us to the web of humanity. It’s an opportunity to recognise and interact, albeit at a distance, with the people around you.

Pedestrians each with their own vivid and complex life

So what’s sonder?

Sonder is defined as

the realisation...

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Oddly compelling

Not my usual read, but glad I did. Good writing and well developed characters in a plot that threw in plenty of twists and turns.
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Delightfully chaotic

Vale's Police Liaison Witch Ebony Bell finds herself in a rapidly worsening mess, that just might be of her own making. This is a delightfully chaotic ride through a beautifully constructed magical world. It's well thought out, wi
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Women of Wasps and War by Madeleine D'Este
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" #11 And catching up with Women of Wasps and War by Melbourne-based Madeleine D'Este. This was a great read - historical fantasy - and an emotional rol ...more "
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This is one of my go to re-reads. If you're looking for epic fantasy that reeks of flawed characters, intrigue, sweeping worlds and masterful storytelling, then this series is a must.
One of the most influential books and series that changed my ideas
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The Last Dark by Stephen R. Donaldson
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Fantastic ending to a brilliant series.
As deep and complex and compelling as I've come to expect from Stephen R. Donaldson and his eclectic characters.
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Great finish. Only negative is that this is the final book in the series.
Women of Wasps and War by Madeleine D'Este
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Crossroads of Bones by Luanne Bennett
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Slick and sassy

Great read, slick and sassy characters, healthy dollop of fantasy and supernatural. The plot races along and keeps you turning the pages. Just enough of the real world so you could imagine the who,e thing going on around you with no tr
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A gritty historical fantasy

The best stories press your emotional buttons in some way, and Women of Wasps and War certainly did that. I felt uncomfortably provoked by the brutal yet compellingly written world, furious at the short sightedness, cruelt
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