It’s official: I share my life with a genius.
In saying this, I suppose you can accuse me of trumpet-blowing. Nonetheless, I’ll continue.
When my eyes fell on the large-text sub-heading in The Sydney Morning Herald last Thursday that re-iterated this announcement, a mixture of emotions overtook me. Pride and respect figured prominently; because I’m only human. I’m more than happy to be the wife of such a man; Ron, my husband.
It seems not so well recognized; the mind-boggling fact that Ron is, in fact, self taught. To me at least, it’s almost incomprehensible that the Grand Organ in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall could be created by someone without formal qualifications; someone who had read up on Organ Building in the Mitchell Library, and set to work making these instruments. Ultimately, he was chosen to bring the magnificent idea of this huge Grand Organ into fruition. Yes, it’s true!
But then, this isn’t the end of Ron’s amazing abilities. Who else could design and make his own glider, at home, again without formal qualifications? And, in due course, get into it and fly like an eagle for two hours, a mile above the ground.
And so, with all this in mind, I’m more than honoured that he has encouraged my writing in no small way; even editing the volumes and creating the covers. Aren’t I lucky?
Has it been a long road for me? A fellow Australian writer asked me today.
How can I answer that?
Truth is, it’s only lately that I’m starting to get somewhere.
Consistent newspaper publication of my ‘letters to the editor’ spurred me on to writing books. Praise from my readers, mostly locals, and most of all, the enthusiasm and support of my husband Ronald Sharp, the well-respected creator of the Grand Organ in the Sydney Opera House, kept me motivated.
A number of libraries bought my books, and patrons seem keen to borrow them.
Yes, the road is long, especially when you take into account the years of formal study, the decades of observation, and the effort of finding the courage to put my skill on the line!
At every chance, my husband likes to Ron talk about our newest book, ’60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences’, which will shortly become available through Amazon.com.
Many readers of this blog will know that Ron is the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.
While he speaks with enthusiasm by phone, it’s the in-person encounters which provide him with the best opportunity to show what we’ve done. That’s one indisputable virtue of having a proof copy!
Yesterday’s meeting with a friend provided the perfect opportunity, and, happily, he responded with equal excitement, interest and positivity.
Although the words and ideas in ’60 Questions….’ are mine, Ron has magically enhanced their presentation by his skillful, innovative editing; not to mention his attractively designed, unusual cover with compliments those of our ‘Life and Love’ series of modern, Australian Short Stories.
If you’re reading this, please spread the word!
Congratulations to Amazon.com for their refreshingly slick delivery of web-sites for my brand new collection of modern Australian Short stories, ‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’.
What a morale-boost!
With the four volumes completed, I’ve written a total of one hundred and six, easy to read short stories: mostly romances, sure, but all woven differently. My favourites in ‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’ include ‘At The Art Society Picnic’, ‘Wishing’, ‘Letting Her Go’, and ‘Into the Sunshine’.
Not into Short Stories? Then perhaps you’ll like my next book. Something quite different: yet, like the rest, edited by my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.
I’ll keep you posted!