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Monday, 27 February 2012

Something New is on the Way....................

..........but I can't say anything yet.

A couple of hints may be in order though. Think ghosts, Celtic Faery tales and old creepy mental asylums.........

If you want to find out more then you will need to keep checking back here. Alternatively, you can follow me on Twitter (@mrszoomby) or 'Like' my Facebook page: Rachel Tsombakos

Check back soon for more information, while you're waiting, you might like to read my latest book: Emeline and the Mutants. Available exclusively on Amazon for only $2.99 or FREE if you are an Amazon Prime member!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Larundel: Inspiration for my latest novel, The Ring of Lost Souls

After the success of my first novel, Emeline and the Mutants, I decided to try something a little different. A little more folkloric and ghostly, in fact. The idea for my latest manuscript, The Ring of Lost Souls, has come from a real place: Larundel.

Larundel is one small section of the larger mental institution called 'Mont Park.' It now lays abandoned on the outskirts of Melbourne, but once it was a leading facility. Lithium was discovered and developed at Larundel by Dr. John Cade. The institution was considered progressive for its time. It even provided its own food and these buildings (being the oldest ones)are still standing, now forming part of the Latrobe University cluster of buildings.

But along with all the scientific developments and advancements in the care of the mentally ill, there are the expected urban legends. These are what I have used to blend my story with a real place.

While I am still editing 'The Ring of Lost Souls,' why not take a look at the latest YouTube video from one of my fave Larundel explorers 'capitainnuzza.' His commentary and music choices always make me smile :-D

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

So You Think You Can Talk Like an Aussie?

It has come to my attention that us Aussies don't speak the same way as everyone else. Paul Hogan made the rest of the world familiar with 'G'day' and Lara Bingle made us cringe with 'Where the bloody hell are ya?" But, recently, I have come across a few terms that turn the rest of the world on their head. Like: 'Well, that died in the arse, didn't it?' Apparently, we are the only country that don't think of Richard Gere when saying that.

However, it is our overuse of one little word that seems to cause the most grief: Piss.

To everyone else, it is what you do when going to the bathroom. (Although, in Australia, we have a bathroom, but use the toilet when we need to tinkle.) To the average Australian, it can mean a multitude of things. So why don't you take my poll, and see how many of the terms you recognise?

So You Think You Can Talk Like an Aussie?
Are you coming to Dazza's piss up?
You piss me off!
I am taking a piss
I am taking the piss
Pissing myself laughing
Wanna sink some piss?
Piss off!
To piss in someone's pocket and call it rain
I'm pissed
Look at you, you're piss-arse drunk!
What a pisser
That's a bit pissy
She's a bit pissy
You're as weak as piss/To be piss-weak
That's a piece of piss!
That Bluey, he's a pisshead
I'm as pissed as a newt (or parrot or skunk)
To piss in the wind
Pisswacker free polls 

Now, I WAS going to put the answers her, underneath the poll, but I just might wait a couple of days. Make sure you follow my blog so I can notify you when the answers are up.

Let me know in the comments if I have missed anything.