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Sweet Magnolias!

14 Aug
A Delicate Colour

A Delicate Colour

A richly coloured Magnolia

A richly coloured Magnolia

Here in Sydney, Australia, Spring is fast approaching, and with it all the beautiful blooms associated with it.

One of my favourites is the magnolia.

Although sadly we don’t have any in our garden, many of our neighbours’ yards are adorned by these spectacular trees.

Superb in colour and form, they must surely rank as one of nature’s triumphs in horticulture.

Enjoy  these photos I have snapped over the past few days!

A cluster of sweet Magnolias

A cluster of sweet Magnolias

It’s Out: ‘Amelia’s Call’

25 Jun

I’m delighted to announce that my first novella, ‘Amelia’s Call’, has just been released.

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Those of you who are familiar with this blog may remember an earlier post in which I alluded to  a secret project. No prizes for guessing that this is it!

After writing and publishing six collections of Australian Short Stories and Vignettes, and another title about life through the eyes of an Australian baby boomer, I decided it was time to try something different. I’m the first to admit that I’ve never studied the art of writing novellas, and therefore played the entire project by ear.

Will it be well received? Who knows?

Here’s hoping…..

Want to Learn about my Secret Life?

11 Apr

Secrets! Don’t they conjure up a niggling desire to know?

Today, my secrets are revealed!

Just wander over to the wonderful blog of one of Australia’s top novelists, Rachael Johns, and check it out.

My Secret Life is on display for all the world to see!

Here’s the link: https://rachaeljohns.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/my-secret-life-with-margaret-lynette-sharp/#comment-4751

My Goals For 2013

17 Jan

I’ve recently read the list of writing goals of the lovely Rachael Johns, http://rachaeljohns.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/goals-for-2013/ , and have inspired to list my own.

1. Finish revision of my seventh title: that which I talked about in the previous post.

2. Collaborate with my husband/editor Ronald Sharp over the next stages, including the details of the cover’s design.

3. Think about the next title.

4. Blog about those things in life that engage my interest: nature particularly: and include examples of one of my other loves, photography.

5. Write Letters to the Editor, particularly of our local newspaper.

6. Read widely.

 

Again, I thank Rachael for the idea for the post. Isn’t is a good idea to stop, focus, and plan ahead?

My Most Loved Musical Experience: A Schubert Impromptu

1 Jun

Do you have a special piece that never fails to move you?

For me,  it’s the sublime Schubert Impromptu Opus 90 #3 in G flat.

I’m ashamed to admit that I’d never heard it until Ron, my husband, introduced this remarkable piece to me more than a decade ago. So taken by its absolute beauty, its incredibly powerful evocation that touched me very deeply, I decided to learn to play it on my piano.

It’s not an easy piece, at least for someone of my limited ability, but I stuck at it and managed to be able to get through it in its entirety, though slowly. Even this level of performance gave me pleasure.

But how much greater is my enjoyment when I hear it played by a master! Then, I’m free to concentrate on the music and the moods its builds so effortlessly. At this very moment, I can hear it. It is truly the most beautiful thing on this earth.

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