Archive | April, 2012

‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ is Here!

17 Apr

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Our sixth volume of Short Stories, entitled ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’, is set to find its way onto bookshelves. Written by myself, Margaret Lynette Sharp, like all the others, this book is edited by my husband  Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

Set in contemporary Australia, this volume differs from the other collections of Short Stories that I have written in a couple of ways.

The first thing you’ll notice is the difference in setting out, which is aimed at making the stories even easier to read.

The second difference lies in the length and structure of the first and last stories. Each is relatively lengthy, and spans a number of years, giving greater depth to the tales.

The third difference  is that there is no link between the first and last stories: the signature of the ‘Life and Love in Australia’ series.  However, I’m hoping the quality of the work makes up for any disappointment by readers on this score.

As an Australian author, I’m proud to say that this book is listed by the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012, and is also mentioned on the ‘Friends of the National Year of reading 2012’ page.

Just released on April 11 this year, why not be amongst the first in the world to discover this new addition to Australian contemporary literature?

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The Versatile Blogger Award

15 Apr

Guess what? Fellow blogger Jennifer Avventura has nominated me, along with fifteen others, for the Versatile Blogger Award.

This is the first time I’ve ever been nominated for an award, and, even better, Jennifer has kindly absolved me from fulfilling the stated conditions of acceptance.

However, in keeping with the award’s spirit, I’ll give away a few of my secrets.

1. As a three year old, I suffered a mystery illness, and my life may well have been saved by  the knowledge of the eminent doctor, Sir Lorimar Dodds.

2. Still on a medical theme, at age 28, I had surgery for appendicitis. I was still in post operative agony when someone revealed the truth. I did not actually have appendicitis! In fact, I didn’t need surgery…. That information went down like a lead balloon!

3. Also at age 28, I took up swimming: and, within a few years, was able to compete without embarrassment in inter-club meets.

4. In my early thirties, I actually dead-heated for first place in an inter-club swimming meet. The fact that all the really good swimmers in my age group were  elsewhere engaged had nothing to do with it….

5. I’ve had nine dogs in my life, with two of them reaching the ripe age of sixteen years. My present one – a Maltese – is a rescue dog. Who knows what is in her past?

6. I am afraid of heights. I am so afraid of heights that I cringe at the idea of looking downwards from elevators: you know, those glass-sided ones that shopping complexes usually have. You’ll never even catch me walking across a bridge.

7. I like teaching myself. Music, painting, studying: I like to set my own goals, and study and learn in my own way, and at my own pace.

There you are. I hope, Jennifer, that you now consider me a worthy recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award. And congratulations to you, and all other winners.

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Published Today: ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’

11 Apr

We’ve done it again; unleashed our new baby into the literary world. ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ has been released.

This being our sixth effort, I guess we’re beginning to feel like old hands at it, yet I’d be lying if I said the thrill is diminishing. There it is, a real book, for better or for worse: the culmination of thought, education, effort, emotion and life experience.

‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ differs a little from our set of four volumes of ‘Life and Love in Australia’ by virtue of its relatively  lengthy, unrelated, first and last stories.

In addition, I feel that it is overall a little more serious than the earlier collections. Whether this is a plus or a minus, I don’t quite know.

Written by myself, and edited by my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M., this volume is a true family effort, since my husband’s daughter Sandra  also helped in the setting-up for publication.

Quite by accident, it’s been released on the hundredth anniversary of the departure of the ill-fated Titanic.  I can only hope that it, too, isn’t destined for disaster.

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Summer: At Last!

4 Apr

It may be April, but at last Sydney, Australia, is getting some beaut summer weather.

What a great day it’s been: warm and sunny. Sure, there’s some clouds around, but who cares? It feels like Summer…

And so it has, for the last week or so….Beach weather, picnic time: enjoy life!

The shops gearing up for the cold to come seem to mock what we have today! And, has it been a long time coming….

The summer we didn’t have is fading in our memories. The weekends spoiled by rain and cold are drifting into the far away.

We have TODAY! We have SUMMER!

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