Black Friday sale and eavesdrop on my conversations
by Valerie Khoo
In the studio:
I must admit, my productivity levels in the studio haven’t been as high as I’d hoped for. This is largely due to that hectic end-of-year vibe that seems to pervade my diary once late November hits. You know, Christmas parties and, now, post-lockdown catch ups!
Nevertheless, I’ve added more artwork to the Bluethumb Gallery and have sketched more concepts that will soon be painted on canvases.
In the meantime, the big news is that Bluethumb Gallery – which is where you can buy my paintings – is having a sale where you can get up to 15% off when you buy online (with free delivery).
Save 10% off any order using code COLLECT10
Save 15% off orders >$1,500 using code COLLECT15
Sale ends 29 November 2021.
Eavesdrop on my recent conversations here:
- I chat with NYC literary agent Lucinda Halpern on what you need to make it as a bestselling author.
- I was astounded by author Nicola Marsh’s prolific creative output (she writes in both the romance and domestic suspense genres) and I quiz her on how she has managed to release a whopping five novels this year alone. (She’s released 78 in total! I know, right?!)
In other news … here’s what I’ve been doing:
Watching: Tick, Tick... Boom! On Netflix. Directed by Lin Manuel Miranda, it’s an autobiographical musical created by Jonathan Larson, who subsequently created ‘Rent’ (but sadly died the day before the show’s first performance). I found the whole thing so creatively inspiring that, straight after watching it, I powered through – and completed – a couple of creative projects that have been hanging over me for ages!
Picked the brains of: Executive chef of Bennelong and Quay, Peter Gilmore (the creator of the iconic Snow Egg!) I’ve been trying to figure out how to get my lemon and lime trees to thrive. As it turns out, he has lemon and lime trees growing just down the road from me so I got the lowdown for exactly what to do with citrus in this area. Fingers crossed I get a good haul!
Enjoying: The interview we did with pet photographer Janenne Meyer. It’s no secret that I would love my furbabies to be supermodels, so it was great to get Jannene’s insight into working with animals!
Obsessed with: The Descript app. Big thanks to soon-to-be author Michelle Barraclough, graduate of the Australian Writers' Centre and clever website designer for authors who put me on to this app. If you’re a podcaster or video creator, this online editing tool is life-changing!
Loved: Seeing the hit Broadway musical Come from Away in Sydney last night, the incredible true story about a town in Newfoundland that welcomed thousands of stranded passengers in the wake of Sept 11. The first time I saw this (in Melbourne) I had unwittingly booked my ticket for the anniversary of Sept 11 and I blubbered through the whole thing. But rest assured, it’s not a harrowing show. It’s uplifting and inspirational. Go see it if you have the chance!
Until next time, have a creative week!