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The Rose: Queen of Flowers

23 Oct

In many circles, roses are regarded as the Queen of Flowers. Notwithstanding their thorns,  some gardeners devote entire beds to them. Older homes, particularly, are likely to have still stunning examples, soldiering on if needs be.

Red roses revel in an exalted status:  immortalized by poets and song-writers. Few other flowers have achieved anything like such a high level of kudos: sadly, some uniquely pretty ones such as snapdragons and phlox seem to have missed out altogether: though daffodils and daisies can hold their heads up high.

But it is, of course, as symbols of love that give

Red rose, symbol of love

Red Roses the edge. Being what it is in the scheme of humanity: a core desire: an ultimate reward for life well lived: the honour of its symbolism is not to be taken lightly.

Don’t you agree that the charm of  red roses makes them worthy of such a tribute?

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Love and Marriage

23 Apr

Once upon a time, someone- a woman of senior years- observed to me that she       ” didn’t know why young women got dressed up to get married when what they were really doing was committing themselves to a life behind the kitchen sink.”

Cynical? Perhaps. But, even today, is there any truth in it?

In marrying, are women thrusting themselves into the burden of responsibility: for attending to the needs of an unspecified number of people for an unspecified length of time? If so, is this reason to dress up and celebrate the day of this commitment?

Or is the marriage ceremony symbolic of something much higher? The strength of a bond, the hope of its endurance: the overwhelming, all-encompassing feeling we call love?

I for one hope it’s the latter.

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Ron Loves Book Four

20 Aug

How’s this for a vote of confidence?

Ronald Sharp B.E.M., my husband, collaborator, and the creator of the Grand Organ in the Sydney Opera House, was sitting at the computer this morning, reviewing and spacing the words of my next collection of  Short Stories.

“You’re great, darl! ” he calls out. “How do you do it? You haven’t experienced this, and yet you’ve got it down so perfectly!”

Be that as it may, writers who aspire to engage with their readers on a realistic level need to possess one quality: empathy.  It seems to me that , following on from empathy, your imagination can take over and create a convincing response; the crux of good, believable writing.

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My Favourite Story

17 Aug

As I was standing there, slaving over the kitchen sink, I started to wonder what was my favourite story from the series.

Two titles sprang to mind, both from the second volume, ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’.

Probably, the story I most enjoy is ‘The Girl Next Door,’ which relates a young man’s interest and affection for his next door neighbour. Being somewhat afraid of rejection, he sadly stumbles, delaying till almost all is lost. If this synopsis has whetted your appetite, the last time I checked, the Amazon.com. web site for this title showed the story in its entirety. Incidentally, the tale is taken up again as the last in this book, and brought to some degree of resolution.

The other story I particularly like is ‘A Song For Ellie’, which ranks as one of Ron’s favourites, too. Also written from the point of view of the male character, this is another tale of love from afar, and the efforts made by the hero to attract the girl of his dreams. I understand you will need to get hold of a copy of this book to read it since it wasn’t included in the Amazon preview.

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About ‘Life and Love’

16 Aug

‘Life and Love’ is the common thread of titles and themes in my series of modern Australian Short Stories.

By ‘Life’, I mean human interest stories; tales that shed light on human nature, and document scenes and situations that people may find themselves in, without necessarily involving romance. My first book ,’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’, contains several of these, as does my fourth.

My ‘Love’ stories are, of course, romances. Mostly, they end happily, though, as in real life, sometimes they don’t; therefore, the outcomes aren’t totally predictable. The final stories of each volume are linked by characters to the first, and often resolve the unhappiness of a lover.

Many people have told me that they liked ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’, but sadly few have had the time to publish this comment.

The ‘Amazon.com’ site features ‘Click here’, so that you can read at least the first story in each book.

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More About the Series

17 Jul

Hello,

I thought you’d be interested in more information about the books.

They all have one feature unusual for collections of Short Stories: the first and last stories are linked. Each final tale represents an extension of the first in that readers re-visit main characters, sometimes after life-changing events, and this tends to give a sense of unity and closure to each book.

Australian beaches, parks,  cafes, churches and homes form the scenarios’ backdrop; and this, combined with an Australian style of language, contributes to the stories’ Australian flavour. Love and romance abounds, although most books also feature some tales of human interest.

The books have been read and praised by people from diverse walks of life, such as  medical practitioners, young working adults, and retirees. People tell me they pass them on to others to read and enjoy!

Currently, the main Amazon sites feature at least the first story of each book in the ‘Click here’ feature. Why not read them and gauge my style?

Happy reading!