* used Cabcharge for the first time, but couldn't quite get my head around it - asked the driver twice was he SURE I didn't have to actually give him money?!;
* walked into the lobby of Hotel Lindrum to find it covered in vases of fresh waratahs, the first I've ever seen in real life, and was totally unfazed;
* lost the ability to speak when Scott, the brilliantly-bearded hotel concierge organised with the kitchen to present me with a surprise desert plate after dinner, because they'd asked me why I was visiting;
* reunited with my magic-maker, publisher Catherine Milne, and we honked/snorted, clutched each other/the next STUNNING proof copy of Lost Flowers;
* finally met my mini-tour sister-in-arms in person, the wonderful Dervla McTiernan, who's unputdownable debut crime novel, The Rúin, set in Galway, Ireland, is coming in March 2018;
* fell in love with the city, anew;
* got down to business and went to my first ever 'Author'/book event: a dinner with a dozen Melbourne booksellers and retail-book-buyers to share our love of books, and writing, and the weird ways of book-sniffers. Managed not to say 'fuck' (too much), or, 'are you sure' when these beautiful people asked me to sign proof copies of Lost Flowers;
* questioned possibly more than I ever have in 24 hours: WHAT IS LIFE.
HOLLY RINGLAND grew up barefoot and wild in her mother's tropical garden on the east coast of Australia. Her interest in cultures and stories was sparked by a two-year journey her family took in North America when she was nine years old, living in a camper van and travelling from one national park to another. In her twenties, Holly worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert. Moving to England in 2009, Holly obtained her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. Her essays and short fiction have been published in various anthologies and literary journals. She now lives between the UK and Australia. To any question ever asked of Holly about growing up, writing has always been the answer.