Tomorrow, I have a new task. The lines are drawn, but I'm losing. I saw the enemy breach two main lines of defence. They were in the top cupboards, the ones sealed with rubber. And in the main living area, right next to the bedroom. One step takes them into the bedroom. And I am … Continue reading The Enemy Line
Book reviews of interest …
I haven’t posted any reviews since last year… for a good while actually. All these reviews are on Goodreads, but I am still not having much luck with Amazon. I reviewed ‘Daddy Won’t Let Mom Drive…’ last year and Amazon rejected it. I submitted my review for Dog Bone Soup yesterday and the rejection email came back in ten minutes! The other two reviews I submitted today, but have yet to hear back.
I’m starting with the poems of Frank Prem, because the fires in Australia have been on all our minds. He has been posting new poems about living in fear and smoke and I have put a link to one of his recent blogs.
Devil In The Wind by Frank Prem
When I started reading Devil In The Wind I couldn’t have imagined that the latest fires in Australia were going to build up to the most terrible…
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Apart from the usual. I've been editing this story for so long, completed two other projects in between, decided to give up on it a few days ago -- which led to a long dream-session where I saw the finished product so clearly ... And all these other stories keep calling out to me, tempting … Continue reading What Can I Say?
It's my first attempt at an advertising banner. What do you think? What I think is that it might be a bit dark, the background too strong for the text, or the text is the wrong colour -- but what would a person who's effectively colour-blind know about it? Any comments will be used in … Continue reading Diaballein
It's about Goodreads and Titles. Once bitten by the bug that makes things disappear into the ether, I've become a bit paranoid -- and no, it's not about a mosquito or other bitey. Slightly different, but still makes me feel sick. It's a regular habit -- I go looking for my books, and the books … Continue reading Arrrrghh! Where did it go?
The aftermath is closer than we think …
I had enough
I’d covered the place
than the cost
and I thought
that would be enough
it seems as though
it is never
quite as much
as you first thought
it seems as though
the bank claimed
to get money back
for the mortgage
they change re-building rules
to make things better
to make sure
houses in the bush
next time around
any kind of strong
like this one was
anyway . . .
anyway . . .
I ended up
in debt again
I found my business
was in strife
for much too long
I had to leave it
and the memories I hold
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The old homestead needed more than a touch of TLC. It needed to be demolished and the ground razed and the black stumps chopped up and buried. Summer. Sandy hated summer. The heat, the flies, the extra feed for the animals. More water sucked from the stinky bore. She couldn't drink that water, she couldn't … Continue reading Summer is Coming …
For the Fireys #AUTHORSFORFIREYS
I came across this wonderful initiative this morning and felt the immediate wish to participate.
A group of authors has banded together to create a twitter auction for signed books or other ‘author’ objects, with proceeds going to the Victorian Country Fire Authority (see the relevant website here: https://authorsforfireys.wixsite.com/website ).
I haven’t done anything like this before, but very much want to support this effort with a signed copy (or more) of my free verse poetry memoir Small Town Kid.
I would welcome interest and bidding for my book r any other author offered book or object. The Twitter hashtag to look over offerings from other authors is: #AUTHORSFORFIREYS
If there is interest, I’ll look at auctioning more. Haven’t done this before.
Please feel free to share or otherwise pass on information about the Auction. It’s one of the few…
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Short versions of deep stories, with no price attached -- shall I tell you about them? An aside: The Goodreads page is difficult to find. It's a lesson to storytellers -- make the title as close to unique as possible so readers can find it when they hear about it! Thanks, Li, for bringing this … Continue reading Purpose
and the smoke from the fires in the hills roils the air like a fog. Most of the volunteers from our group/region went up to NSW to help out with their big fire/s (yes, multiple, but some joined up to make a bigger impact), so we had a few missing, and most of the others … Continue reading 'Twas the Day After …