... Well, the price is never clearly stated, but I have borne some of the cost. My trees. It's hot here. And dry. It's always hot and dry in summer in Adelaide, but this is the worst and the last rain of GT 4mm was in September. I empty the laundry and bathwater onto the … Continue reading And That’ll Cost You …
Probably not what you expect. I’m sure most writers understand the fight or flight response. But guess what?
There are three responses. Yep, three. What are they?
Fight, flight and freeze.
And they each lead into each other.
The freeze response is usually the first. It’s the immediate gut reaction, that hard knot that stops your body still as death, eyes wide, mouth open. If possible, the person finds the smallest space to hide in, curls up and disappears.
Then what? If the person gets cornered, trapped in their space by a marauder, the next step is attack. Yes, fight. When trapped in a corner, with your back to the wall, there’s no other choice. Fight your way out – or die. Simple.
Then what? If it’s a bad thing – and a fight to the death situation usually is – the person takes the first opportunity to run like…
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Words. Ever have those times when the story wants to be told, things want to happen, it's all there ready to run its race, and then ... nothing. Not a single word comes into play. I'm sure there's a name for this. But, just to be different, I'm going to give it a shape and … Continue reading Out of …
What follows comes from here; it is a story, a simple story ... That's his desk, so neat and clean, a perfect example of the 'clean desk' policy he demands of his staff. But on his screen? Well, that's his escape. He thinks. Every day I come here and clean under his desk, under his … Continue reading The World Beyond the Window …
Let me tell you why it's taken so long to get back to you ... it has to do with spiders, so if that bothers you, look away, look away now. Gone? Good. Let me tell you what it takes to keep spiders in your house. What? You don't? Why not? They do a good … Continue reading I’m Late, I’m Late … Again
It’s one of the few times in my life where I struggle to find something to say – thank you, MsJadeLi, for a start (which doesn’t go far enough at all), and I’m so happy (imagine that to music), but of course, now I have to find a way to get a better cover …
Who Will Rule Magic?: Kraken, Dragon, Cat vs. Kangaroo, Cockatoo, Crocodile (2017)
by Cage Dunn
This book is a curious combination of anthropomorphized animals, human-type government, and elemental magic. It is an intricate adventure that pits animal against animal and element against element – all with the underlying intent of saving Mother Earth and the biodiversity that lives on the Earth. It’s a curious combination that works.
We come into the tale just as an annual (animal) world Council of Magic is about to take place, where it soon becomes apparent that Cat is going to attempt a coup to become the sole overlord of magic over all. Of course there are some of the assembled who are going to do their best to stop Cat. The protagonist is from the air, a cockatoo named Cocky. His Australian comrades from the other two elements of water and land are a…
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I second these wishes – care to weigh in and do things to help?
You can work on “you” any time during the year. Change takes place only when one is truly ready. That is why I prefer to create a wish list each year of what I want changed in the world. If I am able to walk this planet with such goals in mind, maybe my example will inspire others and real change can happen.
I wish the following:
to the parents struggling to care for their family, may they be able to provide sustenance and love for their children
to the first responder running towards danger when others run from it, may you always stay safe
to the soldier thousands of miles from those that love you, may your mission be righteous and your body unscathed
to the healthcare workers who do more for others than they do for themselves, may their selflessness be recognized and appreciated
to the bullied child…
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