Here’s my first entry in a writing competition. The criteria - write 500 words in 55 hours using the six descriptive phrases supplied (two combined adjectives or hyphenated) and the first sentence had to include one of the descriptions. See if you can identify the six. I chose a-once-in-a-lifetime event I experienced some years ago at Gerroa. A FISHY TALE The scratched and weather-worn timber of our old seaside home is long overdue for a protective coat of paint. A house by t
“Do you want your toast cut into squares or triangles?” Grandson. “Triangles please”. Triangles not only play an important part in a child’s diet but are necessary steps to a child’s development when a two party relationship is opened up by a third party into a new form of a relationship. The child gains new mental abilities But triangles can be destructive When one person manipulates a third person to engineer rivalry against someone they’re conflicted with, it escalates the
My editor sent this to me some time ago. I suspect she may have picked up the vibes. It’s one thing to put your story down, another, to cultivate the patience and perseverance to do the rewriting. It’s certainly been my experience. James Mitchner said, 'I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.' That’s my hope.
These valuable manuscripts returned from four trusted readers provided fine-tuning for my new book, an historical novel on Palestine/Israel. The book is an attempt to put a human face on Middle East issues; drawing on stories I’ve collected from Jewish and Palestinian friends during our visits to the Holy Land. Helpful suggestions and encouraging comments have progressed the work to the final line-edit. This pile of paper generates a little guilt, but I rationalise, ‘it’s for
127 km/hr at 10.04pm last night. That was the data from Advanced Solutions. The average wind speed over a ten-minute period at 9.13pm was 96.3km/hr. That explains why our solid brick home was shaking and gripping the ground with all its might. Anyway, it’s an ill wind that blows no good … No smoke or smog in sight.
A family of seals returned to the Gerroa headland this week to add another talking point to local conversations. A perceptive client spotted them playing off the point. What a life! Go for a trip – no bags to pack, no accommodation to book. Just slide into the water and away you go. Take as much time as you want. Enjoy the scenery; grab a quick snack; take a snooze on a warm rock or a sandy beach. Stay as long you wish on your vacation. Play, sleep and eat every stress free d
The large gathering at Zia’s Café Kiama today, witnessed the launch of octogenarian, Barry White’s sixties travel memoir, The Ratcatcher’s Grandson. Barry recounts his days as a young plumber, leaving Australia for Canada in 1960 to wander the world. The book chronicles his humour, resourcefulness, and entertaining adventures. It gives insight into life during the cold war era. It's next on my list to read! Warning was given as to his use of robust language and Australian sl
“I’ve never seen that before.” The chorus of comments from curious bystanders on the beach at Shellharbour last week sent me on a mission. I‘d not seen one and neither had any of my old-timer, salty mates who’ve spent their lives, harvesting the fruits of the sea. Later that night came the phone call. “Eureka. It’s a ribbon fish -Trachipterus arcticus – common name ‘dealfish.’” A rare find. Dealfish are mostly found in the North Atlantic Ocean from Norway and Iceland to Madei