Joy. Pride. Exhilaration. Disbelief. Thankfulness. All these are among a bucketload of emotions experienced when two amazing events peppered my life over the past 3 months.
I am going to be the author of a second book. So exciting! All the nail-biting over the success or rejection of my second manuscript with the working title Bon Voyage Mesdames was over when Harlequin Publishers bought the rights to my memoir in March. In April, I signed the contract which will see a name change to Farewell My Love with a publication date of April 2017. Read the finer print on my My Journal blog which carries a photograph of that wonderful moment of signing the contract with Harlequin publisher Jo Mackay and my agent, Selwa Anthony at her apartment in Pyrmont, Sydney.
Yet, awaiting me when I returned from my overseas trip in May, was another wonderful event in June when I was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List for “service to the print media in SA”. It was published on Monday, June 13 in The Australian and The Advertiser. However, the flood of congratulations were on Facebook where dear friend Jenny (she who would NEVER GO ON FACEBOOK, but clearly is now an expert) posted a touching blog as did my daughter Felicia and my gifted artist friend Marie Jonsson-Harrison. If you look up my Life & Style by Nadine Williams personal Facebook page, you can see my heart-felt response.
The Lyceum International again held an informative, very enjoyablecongress in Amsterdam in May and my Sydney friend Jane and I joined about 50 women and a few husbands on the 7-day post tour across The Netherlands. It was an amazing experience travelling with many women from around the world. I will write a quick run-down for Travellers’ Tales blog.
I arrived home from bitterly cold, rainy Paris to a bitterly cold and rainy Adelaide and fear this will be a longer than usual winter for me. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy reading www.nadinewilliams.com.au in a warm cosy environment.
Cheers, Nadine Williams Foubert, OAM.