About

I’m a writer, blogger and crazy cat lady living in the New England, Australia. Some bloggers mistakenly think I’m from the New England in the US, but I really don’t mind, any way to bond is fine by me!

I’m currently working on my first crime novel, When She Goes, a psychological thriller set in rural NSW. When not writing or blogging, I work in the human resources sector and I have a Bachelor of Criminology from the University of New England. I am also a member of the New England Writers’ Centre and the Australian Crime Writers Association.

My number one policy (I promise) is honesty, which is why I need to warn you ASAP that while I wish I could be a literary fiend, my posts often dissolve into cat-gif puddles of goo. If you don’t like cats, that’s okay, I have a dog too, so we can still be friends. No pets? Let’s have a chat and I’ll convince you to adopt a kitten.

Milly Schmidt
Me, on a good day
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My Cats, Hugo & Boss

Feel free to say hi in the comment section below, I love to have a chat!

And if you would like to stalk me, you can find me @ Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and I’m also on Goodreads!

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  1. No convincing needed. The resident human has been searching over a year for a little brother for Les Deux Divas. A name has been chosen but kittens have been scarce the last few years. Things are so rough the human has to take time from her two blogs to go out and photograph other cats so that we can keep our blog going… We do hope you will drop by for a visit someday. https://lesdeuxdivasmavieenrose.wordpress.com Meowingly, Colette, Simone and the human.

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  2. Hi Milly!
    I just wanted to thank you for recently “like”-ing my short story, “The Lantern.” I’m a young writer trying to grow my platform, and it’s so inspiring and encouraging to me when more experienced writers support my work. It brightened my day. Thank you!
    Blessings,
    Hannah

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  3. I’ve been scrolling through your blog for a while now after finding you in the reader and boy am I sad I didn’t find you two years ago. Thanks for a good giggle this morning and an even better site to follow!

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          1. Oh, but it wasn’t easy. They needed to be fed so I had to come home every lunch time. I had to potty train them. The first time one of them got sick, I panicked! I felt like I had three babies! Hehe. 😄

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  4. Hi Milly, Guess what, I’m from the New England in the U.S., however I no longer live there. I didn’t know there was a New England in Australia, that is awesome. Is it just a town called New England or a region made up of towns. As far as cats are concerned….I’m one of those crazy cat ladies you’ve heard of, although I don’t have a house full of them. Just 2, they’re brothers/litter mates. I’ve had them since they were 5 wks old, yes, I know that was too young to be taken from their momma, but she had them in a neighbor’s basement, and would come back everyday a couple of times to nurse them, then she stopped coming back, they were 5 wks old by then, (there were 6 all together), so my neighbor, brought them to another neighbor I happened to be visiting when she brought them over. She kept two, and brought 4 over, there were 2 all black shorthairs, and 2 solid gray long hairs. We found homes for one each of the short and long hairs. A male and a female, and we took the other two. Shadow is the black one and Sheldon is the long hair. My daughter’s friend took the other black one, a male, she named him Salem, and her mom has him now. Another friend took their only sister, then she ended up living with the same friend who’s mom has Salem, they call her Luna. They’re beautiful cats. 6yrs old now. and very much kings (and queen) of their roosts. We also have a small dog, and though the cats tolerate him, they still taunt him a bit. Not too much, but every once in a while, they’ll trap him upstairs simply by laying in the middle of the stairs just glaring at him, and then you’ll hear a wimper and it’ll turn into a whine. They did that to him a couple nights ago, we were going to bed, and Mack (or dog) didn’t follow us up, after we got settled in, my hubby said where’s Mack? Next thing we heard was a distant whining from the dog….but he’s too stupid to realize, neither of the cats will do anything to him, all he had to do is charge up the stairs past them. But they know he’s “chicken-shit” and so they sit there taking up a whole step, just staring him down, so it gives them the upper hand. Bullies, they’re also bigger. He weighs about 15lbs, one of my cats is about 20lbs, the other is about 22lbs. They dwarf him, It’s funny as hell. I like dogs, but I LOVE cats. Anyway….that’s my story.

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    1. You’re from the New England US! That’s awesome 🙂 Feel like kindred spirits already! I not only live in the New England, AUS but I was also born here too. Haven’t gone far, have I! I also have two cats who are brothers from the same litter. However, I adopted mine only recently when they were 3 years old. They had been waiting for a home since they were kittens! I honestly don’t know how they were’t adopted. they are that cute. The only thing I can think is that one of them, Hugo, is incredibly shy. The other, Boss, is so intensely outgoing and chilled that it’s hard to believe they are brothers! What type of breed is your dog? Sounds just a darling 🙂
      My cat’s are kinda slim from their time at the shelter and I’m trying so, so hard to fatten them up (any tips? lol). I think they lost weight due to the stress from moving from their foster carer to the shelter for a week, then moving to my house. Poor things had gunky eyes and insane amounts of fleas due to the warmer climate at the coast (where they came from). I think they are enjoying the freezing temperatues of winter in the New England! They absolutely love huddling together in front of the fire. We even get snow here, which goes against everyone’s view that Australia is stinking hot. It is stinking hot, just not where I live!

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    2. Sorry forgot to say that the New England in Australia is a region filled with a number of small towns and cities, like your New England I believe. However, your New England area covers a region of six states, while our New England is a region WITHIN just the one state (NSW). But then Australia only has six states and two major territories. So the boundaries of our New England is a little blurred, because there is an undefined region called ‘New England North West’ that is pretty big and probably the same size as your New England, but we also have an electoral division called ‘New England’, which is a bit smaller – maybe half the size of yours? Actually I will fact check that… okay so your New England area is 186,500 km2 and our ‘Division of New England’ is 66,394km2. No clue how big the actual New England North West is here though.

      Funnily enough England itself is only 130,300 km2!!

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  5. Wow, that’s a long comment section!
    Great read Milly, was searching for agent info online and wellahh! Here you are, and thank you for the section on finding a Literary agent. I am on the quest! Love your triumphant cat giff, cute as. And when you are bored search for my own cat inspiration, Rufus, the trampoline cat! https://www.facebook.com/trampolinecatrufus/
    What can I say ? He loves the trampoline (and us). Cats are great writing inspiration!

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  6. Thanks for connecting with me! I have a lovely maine coon cat named Milo and I love him to bits. Can’t wait to see cat GIFs…bring them on! I also have 6 parrots, and so visiting Australia is actually on my bucket list. I would love to see wild cockatiels, cockatoos, lorikeets, etc. Some of those birds are expensive commodities here in the states! I look forward to reading your work and learning more about writing (thanks for sharing)
    -Sophia

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  7. Hey there! Good blog you’ve got going here. Only read a few of your posts so far, but it’s rare to find such an honest and friendly voice these days. So refreshing! Please do keep writing with such honesty, and we’ll keep coming back for more. 🙂

    Oh! And love the cat GIFs! 😀

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  8. Hey Milly,
    I just wanted to drop a note to say thanks for the follow on my blog! I appreciate it because I have no idea what I’m doing 100% of the time c:
    let’s be friends because we’re both Australian and like cats \o/

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    1. Hey Elli!! Okay if you’re an aussie and you like cats, we’re already friends!! And don’t worry, I’d say 99.9% of the time I also have no clue what I’m doing until long after I’ve done it hahaha

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      1. After reading your answer I see how much silly was my question. You sai about it in the very first wordsof your post and I don’t know how it’s possible but I didn’t connect this together 🙂 Maybe it’s because I don’t know much about Australia… This is all me, when I make mistake I just confess to it.
        Have a nice evening 🙂

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  9. Hey, Millie
    Thanks for following What Would Steinbeck Do…When I was a kid I had a penpal in Australia…now I have a blogpal – you!
    From San Diego to wherever you are, I send greetings!
    Molly

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  10. It’s true. You woke up and found yourself in Uncle Bardie Country. Now that you have followed Uncle Bardie, you may find yourself at that fork in the road that you have to take. With Uncle Bardie for a guide, you can be comforted that you may stub your toe on a pun, find you can’t resist laughing at those things you never thought funny, and wake up to wonder what Uncle Bardie is up to. It’s okay. That itch can be scratched. Simply tune in to the next Post, It could very well be a doozy or not. Either way it will be coming from the whacky mind of Uncle Bardie. So thanks for following Uncle Bardie’s Stories & Such. It beats bananas any day. Unless…but that’s a whole ‘nother thang. And one last thing. Have a great day (or night, depending on your perspective).

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  11. Thanks for liking and following my blog. Enjoyed your post about bots. Never occurred to me before that people would do that sort of thing. Not really a cat person. More a dog person. Dogs don’t have a habit of walking all over your keyboard while you’re using it, or deciding to sleep on it!

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  12. Hi Millie
    Thank you for following my blog. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts — I’m not a writer but I love to read, and I’m enjoying writing about the books I read. I think your posts will be of great help to me. in writing my posts.
    Thanks again, and best of luck with your writing.

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        1. Did you go traveling in Tassie for the holidays? I love it down there, I have relatives on a farm near Launceston. I wish I could visit them more often, they have such a cool way of life down there –hiking, farming, camping and swimming in such beautiful places… 🙂

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    1. Hahah awesome, I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one! I think that’s what I love so much about blogging about the #writerslife: finding out that we are all pretty much the same! I just love it.

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  13. Hi Milly, I am glad that you stopped at my blog today. Welcome to My Country Epoque. Lovely to have you. Join my team of followers. They are all great. I am happy you are here and I returned the favour. I love your blog. I am still awake over here pas almost 4 am. I will come back and have a look at your blog. too tired and going to bed!

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  14. Hi! Thanks for following my blog! I look forward to reading yours!!

    I tend to be very random! And I tend to not be on here as much as I would like. I have menieres disease which keeps me from having a real job. And my two poetry books on Amazon have not sold too well (not surprising) so I have an Etsy store that I run to keep me busy and to make a little money while writing ideas linger in the back of my head!

    Hope all is well! Take care! And I look forward to learning more about you!

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  15. Hi Milly.
    I appreciate your like and thank you for following my blog. Since I being new into writing any feedback from your end would be highly appreciated.
    And honestly I wouldn’t be able to relate to cats but since you have a dog as well, then its awesome.. 🙂 🙂

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  16. Hi Milly. Thanks for your support. After weeks thinking about to write a short story in English by first time, I was bold enough to do it and left behind an ocean of doubts. And there, on the shore of a new land, you found me. I will always remember you for that. Best wishes with your writing. Hope you get published.

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    1. Cats have so much more personality than people give them credit for – and when I say people, I mean ‘dog lovers’ haha. I just followed your blog again (I had an issue with my website where I couldn’t follow anyone, so wordpress reset me haha). I really love your poems! I wish I could write so beautifully, but I’m afraid poetry is a skill that’s always eluded me haha

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      1. I know, I freaken adore cats! And thank you so much for your kind words! I love your blog, just finished reading another one of your articles and let me tell you, writing such cool articles is a skill that has always eluded ME. But keep up the hard work, I can’t wait to read more articles by you!!!

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  17. Oh, my word! I just read your description of your Mesmerize book, and was surprised to find mention of the Undergrounders. I have a people group in my book of the same name, also living underground! I’m self-published on Amazon. Apparently we think alike. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. Hmmmm.

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  18. Hi Milly! Thanks so much for liking a couple of my posts today and then choosing to follow me! 🙂 I’ve read some of your posts as well and have really enjoyed them! Looking forward to reading more.

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  19. I SO get what you’re saying about dreaming about outdoorsy things but never actually doing them! I think I love being outside, and then I step out the door and *bam* I get swarmed by a bunch of bugs and I think, “What am I doing?” lol

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  20. Hi Milly,, appreciate your visit to my Blog..Just started and I noticed from your Blog that I still have a lot to achieve..will go for it…
    By the way, i liked the cats in your blog…how about getting a Canary there? then you will see the real action..Just Joking.
    Regards

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  21. hi millie, thanks for the follow. you have joined a select few! nice blog BTW – ill have a look during my day off.
    ps – i have a cat that thinks it’s a dog! where do i fit in?

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  22. Thank you for Liking one of my posts, and following my blog.

    I’m excited to be following your blog and wish you the best when it comes to writing. Keep doing what you love! 🙂

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  23. Hello from India!! First of all, thank you so much for taking interest in my recent blog post and following my blog. Second of all, I love cats too! Sadly I don’t have one as a pet. So, I’ll probably come around, stalk you and look at Sven quite a few times😊😹.
    Thank you once again Milly and hope we continue to see each other through our blogs. 😄

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  24. Hi there Milly 🙂

    I found your blog through OM’s and I’m really happy I clicked by!! I’m a cat person too, and Freja, who graciously lets me house her as long as I stay true to the Garfield’s Oath (“Love me, leave me, never leave me!”) is my little princess. Aside feeding, petting and leaving the best sleeping spots to my furball, I take care of The Cove, a convenience blog where I publish all kinds of things, including the occasional contribution of Her Highness 😉

    Here’s an example of that, if you want to check it out 😉 (don’t be confused by the title… There’s a lot of silly stuff in The Cove, but nothing inconvenient, I think 😛 )

    https://cyranny.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/dreaming-about-tits/

    I’ll be looking forward for your future posts 🙂

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  25. Hi Milly, I really like your blog and you seem to have a great personality, too. I love the cat angle, as well. I was a dog person for years, had two big dogs for over a decade until they both passed from old age, then somehow I acquired two cats that needed homes. Now, I find that I’m a cat person, too 🙂 Thank you for the follow. I look forward to seeing you around.

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    1. Cats always seem to find us when we least expect it. I love that you are now a cat person too! Some people can’t believe that you can be both at the same time 🙂 I think it means we pretty much sit on the fence, watching the cat failing to catch a bird on one side, while the dog rolls around in the grass (with something disgusting) on the other!
      Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

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  26. My greetings fro the Mediterranean. First, I would like to thank you for following my blog, I really appreciate it. and, second, I would like to ask if you could read this post https://chaabaanov.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/my-evs-motivation-letter/ and tell me what you think. i wrote a motivation letter for the EVS vacancy in France the post that you liked and i would be glad if you can give me some feedback.
    Wissem Chaabane 🙂

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    1. Yes you should definitely posts pictures of your pets! Anything with a cat + dog seems to go well on reddit! Thanks for sharing your youtube link 🙂 I have a channel but it’s currently not writing or publishing related, so it will be great to see yours (being writing related!) Thanks, Millie

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  27. Hi Millie! Thanks for the follow and the like on my last post. It was a pleasant surprise to see that my silly words had already reached someone else’s eyes! I’m loving your blog so far and I can’t wait to hopefully make you a new writing friend and find many others. 🙂

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    1. Yes your words are definitely reaching someone else’s eyes! I still remember the first comment I got back in December 2015, I literally died from excitement 🙂 It’s so much fun finding other writing friends here on wordpress! 🙂

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  28. Hi Millie – thank you for the follow! I love your site and your writing. I, too, am an aspiring writer. (Though I see you have a couple of release dates … yay! Well done.) I have a couple of blogs, enter the occasional comp (came second once for a children’s short story) and have a few pieces of work on the go. Our genre are quite different, I am dabbling in a bit of YA (murder and supernatural) + some children’s stuff. My mentor does murder and picture books … so I guess it is natural that I would follow suit. I am looking forward to reading your posts.

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    1. Hi Kellie, thanks for stopping by!! Wow congrats on getting second in a writing competition! That’s fantastic! I’m actually writing a thriller/murder novel at the moment, so perhaps our genres aren’t to different after all 🙂

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      1. Excellent – would love to know what it’s about! My novel has been on hiatus for the last year … I’ve been completing a Cert IV in Professional Writing and my mentor has been away (for a long time) so the motivation has been a bit lacking. Happily, I am finished the course and my mentor is back, so I am hoping to kickstart again.

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  29. Am I ever happy to have discovered your blog. 🙂 I absolutely love the posts that I’ve read so far. I’m also a coffee lover which explains the name of my blog. I’m so looking forward to following your posts!

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  30. Thank you for the follow! You have some lovely pictures of your cats, and I hope Moet returns to you. I’m sorry to hear about the rejections from the agents. Perhaps if you were to have some beta readers help you revise and edit, you could try again soon.
    I wish you the best of luck!
    -Author S

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    1. I wish so much Moet would come back! Yeah the rejections have been tough! I’ve already used a few beta readers, but my story still has much room for improvement. I’m working on my second novel now though, so I might put my first in the back of the cupboard for a bit, though I’m planning to self-publish soon hopefully – just need to get some professional editing done.
      Thanks so much for the best wishes 🙂

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  31. hi millie – so nice to meet you. i love your happy blog and look forward to reading more. thanks for reading and following me too. p.s. i have an aussie son-in-law from western australia – best, beth

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    1. Hi Beth!! I’m really enjoying your blog too, and it is soooo pretty 🙂 Oh wow W.A! Does he still live there? I’ve been there once or twice before when I used to live in the N.T. I’ve never been to Perth though, only made it as far down as Broome 🙂
      Thanks so much for stopping by! Millie

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  32. Hi Millie. Thank you for liking some of my recent posts. I’m passionate about writing, chocolate and coffee too! I think your fascination with cats is pretty unique. At least it helps you stand out from the pack. Lol.

    I look forward to reading more of your work. I hope to become as successful of a blogger as you are someday.

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    1. Hi Susan! What is it with writers that we love to surround ourselves with hot brews, chocolate and cats? Actually, I try to hide my chocolate from myself, so I’m usually just surrounded by cats!

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  33. Hi Millie, thanks for checking out my blog and following me! Looking forward to reading your posts. I’m not really a cat person but I love chocolate and coffee and I’m always writing these days. Cheers. Dave.

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  34. Millie,
    I just wanted to say thank you so much for taking the time to read and “like” my musings and ponderings from the heart. It means the world to me just to have stopped by. Take care!

    Christopher Michael

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  35. Unless I’ve misunderstood something, you like chocolate and coffee, and you make tea from cats? That’s oddly interesting! Welcome to the blogosphere, as though I’m the welcomizer. If you know what this means, you’re a bonzer lolly.

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  36. Hello, you have a lovely blog, and your animals are beautiful! While I’ve never had a cat myself (family had one when I was two, but that doesn’t count haha), they seem like magnificent, albeit mischievous animals. I also wanted to thank you for the follow! I’d love to hear your feedback on any piece!
    Happy reading and writing!
    -Author S

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  37. Hello! Thank you for your encouragement on my story, Leoshine! I really like your approach with cats and writing. The internet blogging is one big conversation and you are exactly the kind of person I am hoping to find!
    I’m in Calgary, Alberta with Potjie and Hector, an English Blue, who is actually black in colour, and a tabby, and Stella, the great Pyrenees cross who keeps us all in line.

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    1. Thank you!! And no way, you’re in Calgary, ALberta!? I LOVE Calgary. I was only visiting Canada (mainly Alberta) just this year in July. I stayed with my friends who were living in Mckenzie Lake, and they’ve just moved to Mahogany. How’s it all going over there? There were some pretty fantastic storms while I was there – Calgary stampede was a bit of a wash out but the rain just made it more interesting. The mud during the chuck wagon events was insane though! You sound like you have your hands pleasantly full with some feline friends and a dog 🙂

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  38. Hi Millie, thank you for your follow and likes – great blog! Your cat & dog are adorable together, and I really hope Moet turns up one day soon. I’ve got two cats & two dogs and they get along pretty well – plus they don’t harass the four chickens too much 😉

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    1. Thank you!! I keep praying Moet will return one day, I just wish I knew what happened to him… Oh you have two cats & two dogs! I’d love more pets but I always think it would be like having children – one is manageable, but as soon as you have two your whole life is turned upside down! I’m glad to hear they get along – that sounds pretty perfect 🙂 And chickens!! I want chickens so bad too !

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      1. That would be the worst, not knowing but I do hope he’s found somewhere nice. It’s lovely having this many but yep, it’s a handful – they do all get along but it took a lot of time and we were lucky, too! And chickens are amazing creatures, their social behaviour, communication & interactions are fascinating – sometimes hilarious & sometimes awful 😉

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    1. Thank you! I understand your pain – I lived in the UK for 6 months while I was at university – there’s nothing quite like returning home and being blinded by the sun, feeling your skin just soaking up the vitamin D and the sharp sting of sunburn … 🙂

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      1. Going back is definitely returning home. I spent today wrapped up in my parker coat with the heating on full blast. I’m at the stage of joining our Komodo Dragon in its case and sleeping on a rock haha

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  39. Thank you for following! I live in the U.S. New England so we already have a lot in common (along with loving writing, chocolate, and coffee). Lots of chocolate and coffee is probably all anyone needs in order to write. It looks like you’ve got a great focus group there too!

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    1. Awesome! Happy to connect with a fellow New Englander! I even went to the University of New England, do you have one too in the U.S.? Actually scratch that I just did a google search and found it ! Very cool 🙂 Seriously if you ever come across a writer there will no doubt be coffee & chocolate somewhere in the vicinity hahah

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  40. Thanks for the follow, Millie. I just read your harrowing account of that awful publishing contract near-miss, and am so glad you came out the other side with your humor intact. Looking forward to reading your posts.

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    1. Thank you so much Tracy! Means a lot to have the support of everyone here on wordpress, I think that’s why I decided to blog about such an embarrassing episode in my life. I just had to get it all out 🙂 Love your cats by the way 🙂

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      1. The journey to publication can be fraught with peril and it helps immensely to have support from others on the same path. It took courage to post all those details and I salute you!

        Cat loveres, unite!

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  41. Hi Millie,
    Thanks for the follow! I’m a hug fan of pugs and also King Charles Cavalier Spaniels, and also cats. I look forward to getting to know your work. Also, at this point you have probably found the wonderful podcast The Creative Penn with Joanna Penn who is super knowledgeable about being an indie author. If not, you definitely have to check her out, she has loads of resources on her website.

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  42. Millie – loving the feline love!! Just lost my “stalker boyfriend” cat, old man Moses a few months back. He was getting on in years (13 yrs), and he was mine all but 6 weeks of those! We both knew we were butting up to “closing time”, but he, being the consummate gentleman that he was, did not want me to see him in such an wicked state, so one night as he ventured out into the cool of the spring air – as was his signature style, cavorting with neighbors until the near-dawn break – he trotted his 18 pounds of snowy white fluff across the driveway. I called to him, and he stopped, turned to look at me over his shoulder briefly, and continued on his way. That was the last I ever saw of my fur collar. I knew when he turned to look at me, he was saying goodbye, wanting to spare me the pain of seeing him truly expire. My heart still breaks. He was a pain in the arse, but I wouldn’t have wished it any other way!
    Anyway, I DO hope your dear sweet kitty surprises you with a faint meow at the door (Moses disappeared once for over a month, returning safe and sound, albeit several pounds lighter!), and until then, it looks like you are quite blessed with snugly four-legged’s! (My household boasts of two tuxedos, Marri and Quinlen, and a miniature Pincher-Papillion mix, Delilah. I’m not so lucky to have the canine and felines regard each other as friends – so yes, I am jealous!) Best of luck in your writing endeavors, and I look forward to future posts!

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    1. Oh that’s so sad!! Thank you so much for sharing that story. It’s funny how cats do that. Moses sounds like he was a bit of a character!! That’s why I loved Moet, he was just so uniquely retarded. I do occasionally imagine what it would be like if he just turned up randomly one day – I still want that to happen more then anything in the world. The expression you used ‘fur collar’ is the best. I will definitely be using that to describe my new cat Sven in the future! He’s the fur collar type 🙂 Thanks for the good luck!

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  43. As soon as I read the title of your blog, I thought – Yep. I’m following this person! And it’s always nice to see a fellow Aussie. Your pets are adorable, my writing partner is a long haired ginger ninja called Toby. He is on distraction level: Expert. I can’t type if he’s lying across the keyboard, after all. Off to read some more of your work!

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  44. Thanks for liking my post. In addition to the cat I have three dogs and a bird. The cat is named Amber. My daughter’s cat lost her little ones and came home with this kitten that we call Amber. No one knows where she came from. Named her after “Amber Alert”. An alerting system in this country for missing kids. She is sleeping peacefully in my office chair as I write this.

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  45. Cheers for checking out my story! Reading through your posts about your writing journey and the progress of the novel is absolutely inspiring for someone like me. Wishing you the best!!

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  46. Hi Millie,
    Thanks for checking out my wee blog. It’s not a patch on yours!
    As you’ll see I work with cats and dogs all day, and write whenever I get the chance. (One book self published to date: ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee’ a humorous but compassionate look at my regular business. I’m chopping and changing the opening to my new effort – a light hearted fantasy adventure.with a working title ‘Soul Survivor.’ but my own two cats, Pacco & Rabanne, keep jumping all over my laptop and meowing incessantly for attention. It could be a while before this book hits the shelves.Oh, all right – Amazon.)

    Cheers
    Cee Tee

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  47. Hi Millie
    Thanks for liking my post. I loved the beautiful monochrome header image on your blog. And I, too, am sadly addicted to my two cats – Theodore and Cadwallader – ransacking the neighbourhood if the latter goes missing. (The former is now knocking on a bit and generally confined to a deck chair.)
    Evangeline

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  48. I’m sorry, but writing with cats gets an insta-follow from me. Cats make everything better–fact! LoL But seriously, good luck with publishing your book! I will get you a Three Musketeers bar to properly motivate you! 😀

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  49. Great “About Me” page! You had me when you said you lived in New England. I thought, “Oh, neat. I go to Maine every year for my solo vacation. I wonder where in New England Millie lives? Boston?” O_O
    So sad about Moet. Maybe he’ll turn up if you set your keyboard outside for a bit? Good luck with your publishing odyssey. Ain’t it fun 🙂
    Oh, thank you very much for following me 🙂

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  50. So… THIS is what an author’s blog is supposed to look like.
    Huh… what the heck have I been doing?
    Thanks for visiting me and I hope Moet (I don’t do umlauts… they go against my non-latin-alphabetophobia), turns up happy, healthy, and hale.

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  51. I’m so glad you found me at roughwighting, because now I’ve found you at coffee, chocolate & writing (can’t believe I never googled that combination of words – they’re perfect!). Great blog – keep posting and keep writing your novel. You WILL succeed – one of your future readers is right here!

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  52. Nice to meet you, Millie! Keep up your energy and passion to write! You have years ahead to publish books! Thanks for your visit and follow. I’ll follow back! 💛 Elizabeth

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  53. Thank you for following, Millie! I was also born and raised in rural New England – western Massachusetts to be exact. New England is my happy place! By the way, I too love coffee, chocolate, and writing 😉

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  54. I have family in the New England area! I’m from out that general way myself – I was born in Coonamble but I’ve lived on the NSW Central Coast since I was about four. I try to get out there to visit my family though about once a year – it’s so beautiful in early spring.

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    1. That’s awesome! I’ve been out that way a lot, not sure if I’ve been through Coonamble. I’ve been to lightning ridge and driven through gilgandra a lot when I lived near Hillston. I love the new england seasons!! Autumn’s my favourite as Armidale has the mot beautiful trees (that a very smart council planted a few decades ago) along the main streets

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      1. I haven’t been back to Coonamble since I was about seven or eight – I have no idea what it’s like now, but there wasn’t a lot there before.
        My family is in Tamworth so I completely get the seasonal love for the region.

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  55. Bravo, keep writing, just for the pleasure of it, think when you’re typing on your keyboard, at it as a piano keys, actually there a music in writing, be it poetry or prose, and keep your dream, and enthusiasm of childhood vivid
    Thanks for accepting me in your conversation
    Kalimelo

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