Book Review

The Emerald Tablet by Meaghan Wilson Anastasios

What do Indiana Jones and Benedict Hitchens have in common? They are archaeologists who seem to get into a lot of trouble and caught up in the wrong crowd. This is the second book by Meaghan Wilson Anastasios with the character Benedict Hitchens, and I don’t think it will be the last. The Emerald Tablet is a contemporary Historical fiction novel with adventure and political mayhem added to the mix.

The Year 2020


It’s hard to believe we’re starting a new year. I am still scratching my head as to what happened to the year that was 2019. It had gone so fast and when I look back, a lot of my energy went into my position as Year Coordinator at the school I work. I’ve never been in this role before and the learning curve was steep!

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Some days were challenging, like most teaching is, and many rewarding days. I will be in the role again for this coming year. It’s going to be an interesting year.

Looking back at 2019, I didn’t get a lot of writing done, just over 14,000 words. Way below my target of 40,000 and completing book 3 in the Servant of the Gods series. I had a number of goals for 2019 and unfortunately didn’t finish one. My day job was all consuming and I had nothing left to give at the end of the day.

For 2020, I have decided it is time for a change. More focus will be on my writing, the writing community, socialising with family and friends, exercising and enjoying life. I can’t say 2019 was at all memorable, fun or healthy for my wellbeing. We did sell our home in a period of time when the market was low, so that is a plus, though we are still renting, and that’s okay. The suburb we’re in is nice and we’re not too far from Fremantle or the CBD.

Image courtesy of Pixabay

I am going to keep my goals short and achievable. It’s time I get smarter with my time and enjoy life. How was your 2019? Did you achieve your goals or did other factors Gatecrash their way and take over?

Thank you for your continued support and as always, I look forward to your comments and will respond.

Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, burnt out but not done… yet.

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Perth from above

To continue the theme of photos, I have created a short video on my home city of Perth, and considered as the most remote city in the world.

A little history of Perth, founded in 1829 as a penal colony, by Captain James Stirling. (My primary school teacher would be proud I remembered) Many of the colonists settled in Fremantle and along the Swan River, which you’ll see in the video and divides the southern and northern part of Perth. I often joke you need a passport to cross over the Narrows Bridge that connects the city. I have written about Perth in a previous post, click here to read.

I took these photos while in a small air-plane. It was quite the experience, very different to going on the larger airlines. The noise is deafening. I never realised how loud it was with the engines right next to you! It was great fun and highly recommend if you haven’t flown in small plane. The digital camera I used was a Fuji, nothing like the one I used for the Kalbarri photos, but they turned out okay. FYI, I took these photos about 10 years ago and Perth CBD and outlying areas has grown since.

You will also the see a few photos of blue water, which is the Indian Ocean and in one photo you may spot Rottnest Island where you will find the quokka.

I hope you enjoy the video.

Thank you for your continued support and as always, I look forward to your comments and will respond.

Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, burnt out but not done… yet.

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Some of my favourite photos

I love taking photos, I just don’t make time to go out with my camera. What I enjoy most is taking photos of landscapes; there are so many fascinating features to flowers, trees, the ocean, the forest, the geography of the land. I particular like to take photos of waves crashing against the cliffs or unique formations of the earth. When I was in Europe, I took lots of photos of the ancient ruins, and as most of you who have been following my blog, would know that ancient history is a passion of mine.

I am going to share with you some of my photos from my trip and from around my home in Western Australia over the next series of articles.

Sit back and enjoy.

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Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, burnt out but not done… yet.

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5 Tips for the intrepid time traveller

I was thinking about what to write about for this week’s blog post, and decided that tips to survive the ancient world would be helpful. You just never what will happen and you could find yourself in a place or time without a few essentials. With that in mind, I’ve put a list together.

7 Quotes from Plato That Will Inspire

Plato features in my second book The Labyrinthine Journey, and it was his dialogues Critias and Timaeus, that inspired the premise of my story and the enduring legend of Atlantis.

Plato from the School of Athens by Raphael, 1509 Wikipedia

Book Review

I have just finished reading The Honourable Thief by Meaghan Wilson Anastasios. It took me four months to finish it, not because it wasn’t interesting, more due to decluttering the house, getting it painted and ready for sale, selling and then moving. In between all that, going to work, keeping up with family commitments, trying to keep up with my writing (failed so far this year), and having a life. It has been a big year so far.


Perth, Evan’s home

I haven’t as yet written about my main character, Evan (Evandros, as he is known in back in Ancient Greece) Chronis’ home, where he is from in the twenty-first century. Oddly enough, it is where I currently live ;D I grew up in a country town, but have made Perth my home now for about 25 years. It’s also where I teach.

FYI, I taught in Manjimup for a few years