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Lack of awareness for depression in mainstream media

Hi everyone, I am driven to post today after reading an article in the New York Observer on the apparent suicide of a plastic surgeon who was parodied in a movie.  The article is here: http://observer.com/2015/04/dr-brandt-reportedly-dead-of-suicide-after-unflattering-portrayal-on-kimmy-schmidt/ Living in Australia, I’m not familiar with Dr Brandt or even the lucrative cosmetic surgery industry in the US, …
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People who crash ‘planes and throw children off bridges…

As I stare into another stunning blue autumnal sky and watch the latest in a never-ending line of passenger jets make its final turn into Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport, I am forced to reflect on another saddening week in the news around the world…  Whether it’s more violence in sectarian conflicts, a co-pilot bringing down an …
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A Life Singular – Part Four is ready and waiting!

Woohoo! Part Four is finished, out and proud 🙂  Please check the store page for details.  As soon as CreateSpace has reviewed the files, I’ll publish the Amazon ASIN.  Thank you for being patient while my life got in the way of writing deadlines! For a sneak preview, please check here.

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Radio interview on WebbWeaver Books

Hello everyone, Stormy weather in Melbourne lately!  Hope you’re all safe and warm, but not too warm, wherever you are… Today I had the honour of talking about and reading from “A Life Singular – Part One” on CK Webb and DJWeaver’s radio show in the US. Please listen in at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/webbweaverbooks/2015/02/13/webbweaver-books-proudly-presents-author-lorraine-pestell This about wraps up …
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Ten Ways Creative Writing Helps With PTSD

I am fortunate to be featured in February’s edition of the UK’s FemaleFirst magazine, which asked me to write a piece on how writing has helped me cope with mental illness. Please click on this link to read the full article: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/books/lorraine-pestell-a-life-singular-578943.html  

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Ending the year with good news!

Season’s greetings! With everyone winding down now for a well-deserved break, some by the fire and some on the beach, I am humbled to announce three pieces of great news for my writing. Firstly, “A Life Singular – Part One” has been judged a Notable Indie Book in the 2014 Shelf Unbound Writing Competition (http://issuu.com/shelfunbound/docs/shelf_unbound_december-january_2015), and I …
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Working with a publicist for the first time – both exciting and daunting!

Apologies for my absence of late.  Hope everyone’s well and gearing up for either a hot or a cold festive season 🙂 One of several reasons for neglecting my blog is that I’ve invested time and money into a real, honest-to-goodness publicity campaign.  After e-shopping around a few US-based book promotion sites, I went back …
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Genre – the bane of my writing life

Hello to everyone finally officially in Spring from me in Autumn / Fall.  To combat the reverse envy I’m now sensing, at least Melbourne has a long weekend for Labour Day. 🙂 This fortnight’s post for Ruth Snyder’s Blog Hop is “My Favo(u)rite Genre”.  Again, I fail miserably to fit into mainstream thinking on this …
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New interview on the writing of the “A Life Singular” serial from Self-Publisher’s Showcase

Hello everyone, I have been fortunate to be interviewed by Self-Publisher’s Showcase about my writing.  They asked some particularly relevant and challenging questions – a very interesting exercise! Please check it out at:  http://selfpublishersshowcase.com/interview-lorraine-pestell-a-life-singular-author/ Thanks, Lorraine

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Re-blogged interview from my host, The Complete Self-Publishing Indie Authors Resource Site

Hello! The end of January already!  Where did that month go? I’m halfway through my first book blog tour, put together by Fire and Ice (please see this link for the remaining dates).  Today’s stop is at The Complete Self-Publishing Indie Authors Resource Site (http://selfpublishingindieauthors.blogspot.com.au/), whom I thank for publishing my Qs&As.  Here is a transcript, which …
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My first book blog tour is live!

Hi all, Hope life is treating you well.  Yesterday (Australian time) saw the first day of my month-long book blog tour.  I have never done one of these before, so I’m looking forward to it immensely. If you’re interested, please check out the following site:  http://fireandicebooktours.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/contemporary-fiction-book-tour-and-giveaway-a-life-singular-part-one-by-lorraine-pestell-tour-dates-12114-21814/ I’m giving away an e-book version of “A Life …
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If only humans were cars… Healthy body available, free of charge!

Hello! Today I went for a follow-up doctor’s appointment after a barrage of tests which the Australian Government insists we all do once we reach our half-century.  I won’t list all the invasive and demeaning things I have been through, since they are all quite trivial and nothing close to the horrors of chemotherapy or …
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Censorship of sexual content by self-publishing company

Hi everyone, Happy Thanksgiving to all US-based readers, and happy weekend to everyone else! Today I’m calling out for ideas, similar experiences or advice when dealing with the self-publishing company I am using to create soft-cover books for my “A Life Singular” serial.  I have submitted the manuscript and cover design for Part Two of …
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Diversity in the workplace: blindingly obvious?

Hi all, I came across this great article in the Australian Financial Review today:  http://www.afr.com/p/national/work_space/ways_to_woo_women_to_leadership_EOLnfeAFisL6nQvZOX8MhI#! It’s an old chestnut in this form, but I will carry on beating my worn-out diversity drum!  The title of this article should really be “10 ways to woo anyone who isn’t a white, sports-loving, heterosexual, egotistical male with a …
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World Mental Health Awareness Day – 10th October: Much Work To Be Done!

Hello everyone, As we head into Mental Health Awareness Week, I have been tactfully introducing the subject wherever I’ve been going lately.  Since I’ve recently relocated 4,000km back from Perth in Western Australia to Melbourne in Victoria, I am gainfully unemployed at the moment.  So today I attended a seminar of Market Analytics, which is …
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First book launch in Perth!

Well, despite torrential rain and some dubious Google Maps directions to the venue, my first ever book launch was a success!  We didn’t run out of food or drink, and I sold around 40 copies of “A Life Singular – Part One”. My computer froze and the videographer didn’t turn up, but otherwise all went …
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An Amazon author – how exciting!

Since making “A Life Singular – Part One” available via Kindle Direct Publishing, I now have an Amazon Author’s Page – amazon.com/author/lorrainepestell .  Does this mean I’m now an author?!?!

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