Blog Tour Award Thingee

Is it possible that for a few moments, as you read this, you can pretend it’s already Monday (29)? I’ve been tagged for the Blog Tour Award (I wonder what I’ll win?!!) and I was given that date. But, I write on Saturdays and I didn’t want to do another one so I’m using my creative license to stretch time just a tad. If you disapprove, just stop reading now and come back on the appropriate day. I was tagged by Claire Bell, a poet and writer, who has a delicious way of stringing words together. You can visit her at: mountainbeautiful.blogspot.com She’s asked me four questions about my writing, which I shall attempt to answer below. 1.What are you working on at the moment? I’ve got two things on the boil. The first is book...

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Writing is easy

This week I received another rejection letter; all part and parcel of being a writer. It’s not the first and it won’t be the last. I could give you an extensive list of famous authors who have been rejected multiple times, (eg J, K. Rowlings) and who then went on to fame and fortune. Therefore I’m quite philosophical about it. I’m not bothered at all. Really, I’m not. Well, okay, I was just a tad disappointed. But I didn’t stamp my foot. I didn’t throw things. I didn’t even cry. I took it on the chins with a dash of savoir faire, spiced with just a modicum of self-pity. I took the negative feedback and turned it into incentive to do better. I sought advice from someone I respect and asked for suggestions on how to...

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The Dark Ages, Mark II

What a weird, upside down world we inhabit. In South Africa, a rich, famous white guy kills his girlfriend, is only sentenced to five years jail and is getting out having done about 10 months. (I can hear my not-so-white friends saying, “Nothing changes.”) Our government has always justified it’s draconian policy of ‘stopping the boats’ (of refugees), by claiming it saves lives and stops the people smugglers. Now it seems that they have paid the people smugglers to take the refugees somewhere else. How is that right? (How is it legal?) All I can think of is that their policy isn’t about stopping boats and saving lives; it’s about stopping refugees from finding a safe haven in Australia. Maybe if they were all rich,...

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A little bit of selfishness

I woke up this morning with this thought ringing in my head: I want to take the family to Disneyland. It’s not the first time I’ve thought it. The Old Boy and I had the fun of going there in the 70s and we always said that when we had kids we’d take them there, too. Then we had the kids and lost one of our wages and life happened and I got sick a few times and we bought a house and then we sold that house and the Old Boy went to theological college and… Well, you get the idea: we never had the cash, so it never happened. I used to pin my hopes on Readers’ Digest. They were always promising me big bucks if I just sent their pieces of paper back with the right stickers stuck in the right boxes. Promises…promises… Now my...

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