Monthly Archives: February 2014

Illustration equals Illumination


So what do illustrations add to text? They add Life, Life and Movement and a new dimension to the text they illustrate. When I decided to have my memoir, ‘Mick, Jane and Me – Living Well With MS’ illustrated, I didn’t have an understanding really, of what the illustrations would add to my book.

My illustrator, Simon Kneebone, took my written text, and the words I said to them when we had a ‘chat’ to talk about this project, and he brought them to life. Without the illustrations, my memoir would still have been a good book, but I honestly think adding the illustrations to my words has made it a great book. I’m proud of the book I produced, and I expect Simon Kneebone is proud of the work he did for me for the book.

The next time I write a non-fiction book, I will certainly consider the possibility of bring illustrations into the mix. And it I need an illustrator, my first thought will be for asking Simon is he wishes to be involved with me and my words again!

If you wish to see what Simon can do, check out a SA state government publication. Simon certainly does a lot of work there, good work. He listens and he sees ideas and links. A clever man indeed, and a fine illustrator.

A response to my book


I recently sold a copy of my book to a lovely lady who lives overseas. When you’re a self-publisher with a minimal budget for marketing, sales are always good. But when one of the sales is from someone you only know through a group you’re both members of online, then it’s something extra special! 

Barb Ann doesn’t have MS herself, but she has a friend who has it. This friend is doing it tough at the moment, and Barb Ann is hoping my book might be of help in some way for her friend. I hope it has that effect too. One of the reasons I wanted to write this memoir was to bring a sense of “not being alone” to other people burdened with this disease.

Barb Ann got back to me once the book arrived, and then again after she’d had a chance to read my words. I was thrilled with her response, and asked if I could share with others what she wrote. Barb Ann was more than happy for her words to be shared, so here they are!

 “I enjoyed your book immensely. All done with humor, honesty and encouragement. No matter what the challenge someone is facing that person could read your book and get good vibes.”      Barb Ann, St. James City, Florida


From my connections with Barb Ann, she seems a lovely person – it’s so good to know there are lovely caring people all over the world!


Hot Days are Stay Home Days!

So these last few days, I’ve tried to stay inside, where our air conditioner is doing a sterling job of keeping the temperature down to something we can live with. South Australia and some other parts of south east Australia are putting up with terrible hot days and stifling nights. A cool change has been forecast for overnight tonight, and I so hope the forecasters are correct!

Tomorrow we are supposed to have 29 degrees celsius which seems wonderful at the moment. Usually that for me would be too hot for me to do much outside. The way the weather’s been though, that seems cool. When I get too hot, I feel weak and unable to do much. Keeping cool, staying inside, are great, but sometimes I’d love to be able to get outside and get in touch with Nature.

I’ll stick with looking at the trees and plants out side that I can see through the partly pulled back curtain. And I’ll pay attention to our dogs, who all seem quite happy staying inside almost all of the time, on these stinking hot days. Who can blame them for that? I’ve recently applied for the Heating and Cooling Concession the State Government of South Australia has. This will go a long way toward helping with the costs incurred in having the air conditioner running all day and well into the night. I’m glad we have solar panels on our roof – they help keeping the costs down too.

Having multiple sclerosis (MS) is a problem, but I’m grateful it also brings some good things too – the concessions on electricity is one of those. Even without MS, these heat waves are difficult to deal with…

I have one foot that is freezing cold, almost all of the time, no matter what the weather … Silly foot, silly disease!