The Next Big Thing!

 A WORK IN PROGRESS – GHOSTS OF GALLIPOLI A fellow author   invited me to share some information about my current work-in-progress in an author ‘interview’ called The Next Big Thing!  You may expect me to talk about The Water Doctor’s Daughters, or All Along the River; Tales

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The Joy of Reading

The Joy of Reading

  ” Hello from Editor Des. Well I’ve been allowed to introduce this little blog, even though I still struggle to read, which is a bit of  problem for an assistant editor.  BUT,  I can recite the alphabet backwards, so that’s something!” Over to you Pauline…”. Thank

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The Water Doctor’s Daughters

The Water Doctor's Daughters

THE WATER DOCTOR’S DAUGHTERS IS COMPLETE! After all  my angst,  the index to The Water Doctor’s  Daughters was completed without  Rob  filing for  divorce on the grounds that I was too irritable  and unreasonable to live with.  Mind you, neither of us  will  be taking up indexing

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WE’RE (almost) IN THE MONEY!

WE'RE (almost) IN THE MONEY!

A  few weeks ago my partner Rob received a letter  from China which began; I am Harvey Mbu, A Private Investment Manager, I am getting in touch with you regarding the estate of William CONOLLY,  an investment placed under my management over 10 years ago, I would

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Moderating Forums

Moderating Forums

AUSTRALIAN WRITERS’ FORUM: A MODERATE SUCCESS? Pauline has suggested that I ePen some words about internet forum moderation based on my experience with the Australian Writers’ Forum (AWF). If the AWF is a nice place to be, that’s the forum members’ fault. But since Pauline has flattered

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Remembering Jamaica Inn

JAMAICA INN As child growing up  in the late  fifties there was a slim volume on our bookshelves that I turned to over and over again. It was  certainly not intended  for a ten  or eleven year old, especially one  more  accustomed to  Enid Blyton and The

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PUTNEY: GNOME-MAN’S LAND

  I chose this story because Gnome is  now a close neighbour of mine. He played a special part in  Pauline’s book,  All Along the River. Here is a little piece from the manuscript: ‘There was a touch of the surreal about the outdoor cafe we visited

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Moral Courage and Cyber Bullying

Moral Courage and  Cyber Bullying

NEEDLES IN THE THREADS ; ON-LINE BULLYING A lot has been  written about cyber bullying among young people on social networking sites, but recently I was shocked to encounter  the problem on an  online  writers’  forum.  Generally speaking I found the  members to be  mature, articulate and

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Olympic Fever

Olympic Fever

WELL, HERE WE ARE, READY TO LAUNCH INTO  ANOTHER OLYMPIC GAMES.  GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE ATHLETES AT RIO…..BUT  ESPECIALLY THE AUSSIES OF COURSE !  WE REALLY MUST BEAT THOSE WRETCHED BRITS THIS TIME.  A LITTLE PUNCH ON THE NOSE FROM A BOXING KANGAROO MIGHT BE THE

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Tourist Tuesday – The Blackheath Pie

Tourist Tuesday - The Blackheath Pie

 BEAUTIFUL BLACKHEATH I recently read an American blog in which the author introduced  Tourist Tuesday.  Her idea was  that  residents  of  tourist towns and  villages  should  re-acquaint themselves with their surroundings  instead of simply taking everything for  granted.  Tuesday was chosen because  weekend visitors have usually left

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