January 24, 2020

Howdy folks,

Your old pal Shane here, with sincere apologies that is has been quite a while between updates.

For those not in the know, I’ve been back to chef work in far north Western Australia – flying back and forth as I took the reins of a venue which was struggling with staff problems. It’s been a lot of work but the feedback has been resoundingly positive and it has been a richly rewarding experience, for which I am very grateful.

It’s been an adventure, but it has put my writing life on hold for three-and-a-half months – the only thing I had time to write was menus and a couple of postcards!

We had a glorious week in Bali at the highly recommended Kiss Villas in Seminyak, but had to cut that short by a couple of days for the missus to have surgery, then we moved house – on New Year’s Eve, of all days – a six-and-a-half hour drive inland to Kalgoorlie, so Lady Boomboom can take up a very cool new job.

Sadly, our nine-and-a-half year-old kelpie cross Jett, who had a hind leg amputated in early April due to cancer, had it spread to her lungs and left us last weekend – two days after I returned home. Thank goodness I got to see her and spend a little time with her before the end. I wonder if she had been hanging on waiting for my return, because her decline after I arrived was rapid. You can read our eulogy for our beautiful Jett HERE. Sincere thanks to all who have offered us support and kind words.

Now that I’ve settled into our new home, I’m looking forward to getting back to writing, and finding some chef work to pay the bills while I do so.

I have so many stories to tell! My second novel is halfway edited, and my third is halfway written. I’m also helping Dad with his memoirs of life as a child migrant. I’ve tried to get him to talk about his childhood for fifty years, but he never would – now he won’t shut up ? Then I have a few other projects in various stages of development and am very excited to get back to them now I will have a little more time and focus on my hands.

No New Year resolutions from me – I’d only break them! But I will try hard to be healthier, always stand up to bullying and abuse and unfair treatment, and continue to fly the flag for truth and honesty. And, of course, keep hoping that one day my daughter will see through the parental alienation she is subjected to, throw off the shackles of lies and brainwashing, and come back to start repairing the damage she has been a part of causing. Every child and every parent should have the right to a loving relationship.

Thankyou to everyone who bought my novel Jada: Mountain Warrior in 2019. Extra thanks to all who posted a review on my website, Goodreads or Amazon – you are all greatly appreciated. If you have been waiting for the right time to buy a copy, or know someone who might want a copy, here’s a sneaky tip – they’ll be on special in February!

All the best of 2020 to you all – my wife and I sincerely hope it is as busy, prosperous and happy as it can be for us all. Happy new year, folks.


Shane Pinnegar
Shane Pinnegar is an author, chef and music/pop culture writer who lives in Western Australia. He has a lovely wife, two rambunctious dogs with no respect for personal space, especially on the sofa or bed, twenty-something koi, a flock of itinerate galahs who visit regularly, and a never-comprehensive-enough rock n' roll record collection.

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