Archive | September, 2011

Book Five on the Way!

7 Sep

I’ll let you in on a secret: I’ve started my fifth book!

Is writing addictive? The ink had scarcely had time to dry when I was overcome with the urge to start again! Not with Short Stories, but with something quite different.

I’m actually enjoying this project a great deal: more than my previous books, which started off as fun but became a Herculean task towards the end of the series. At least, people tell me that they have enjoyed what they’ve read.

I’ll let you know how my latest challenge goes. Fingers crossed!

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Here’s to Libraries!

6 Sep

Where would we be without public libraries?

With all their books,both fiction and non-fiction, their magazines, audio tapes and so on, they cater for all ages and tastes.  What a stunning community resource! Does today’s society take them for granted?

They now hold an even greater degree of pleasure for me, since I now know that our local library will soon have access to all my books published to date! Who knows: I might even make some new friends!

So here’s to public libraries, a storehouse of knowledge and interest!

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Happy Father’s Day!

3 Sep

In Australia, tomorrow is Father’s Day, and I thought I’d get in early and wish all fathers a happy day.

Has the status of fathers changed since I was a child? In those days, Dad was the head of the house: the sole breadwinner, the one who controls the purse-strings for all the major purchase decisions.

Nowadays, with so many Mums working, perhaps these decisions are now made with equal input from each partner.  And why not?

At any rate, fathers seem to still occupy a unique position in modern households: their storehouse of masculine wisdom, strength , and love is surely worth saluting!

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The Goal’s in Sight!

2 Sep

Any day now, and my fourth book will be off to the publisher. What a weight off my mind!

With over a hundred Short Stories under my belt in the last twelve months, it’s time to take a break from this genre.  Already, I have in mind a new idea for a different type of book, but for now, I’m keeping it under my hat!

Ron’s editing is progressing well.  I overheard him tell a friend today that, “Once you’ve read the first line, you can’t put it down!”

Believe me, I can take plenty of these comments!

Those who are keen to know the title of book four will have to test their patience a little longer.  Just watch this blog, and soon it’ll be revealed!

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Why Does Plastic Dominate Our Lives?

1 Sep

One of the virtues of being of a certain age is that I can remember the time before everything came in plastic.

Sliced bread came  in paper bags,  and unsliced bread was also wrapped in paper at point of sale. Often, bread came via the home-delivery man, making homemakers’ lives a little easier.

Milk, and I mean full cream milk, came in glass bottles, also home delivered. Many households had a standing order. Three pints a day, that’s nearly 1.8  litres, arrived on our doorstep when I was young. I can still see the rich cream floating on the top!

Soft drinks, jam, honey, peanut butter, and countless other products all came in glass bottles.  I remember the slogan: manufacturers proud of their products bring them to you in glass.  I wonder what these same manufacturers today are making of their plastic-packaging!

There were, of course, no supermarket plastic bags. We brought our own baskets from home, and/or packed our merchandise into leftover cardboard boxes.

Oh, those were the days!

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