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A Day of Happy Surprises

26 Sep

What a pleasant day it’s been!

My first surprise came in the shape of a most encouraging comment from one of you, about my article ‘What Makes a Collector?’

Next came the extraordinarily rapid appearance of my latest collection of Short Stories, ‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’, on the Amazon site.  I typed in my name, clicked onto ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’, and there it was: a miniature of my newest book, which was produced in collaboration with my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M.;  and a link to its web-page!  Wow!

The final surprise came in the form of an unexpectedly sunny, mild day.  After a rather gloomy weekend, weather-wise, it was a treat to get out for a walk, and smell the Spring flowers.

What will tomorrow bring?

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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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Ronald Sharp says Stories are “intriguing”

17 Aug

Yesterday, my husband and collaborator Ronald Sharp B.E.M. worked on spacing the words of my fourth collection of Australian Short Stories. As he ended off for the day, he said that he doesn’t like to stop work because the stories are “intriguing”, and that he “can’t wait to get to the end to find out what happened.”

He tells me that they engross and engage him to such a degree that he often bursts into tears at their conclusion.

You can read the first story in each published book if you Google Margaret Lynette Sharp, and go to the main Amazon.com  site.

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Book Four: a work in progress

12 Aug

Hi everyone,

Ron and I have been working hard on the fourth book in the series.

I have finished writing all the stories, so now it’s time to continue with their revision and editing.  Sure, there’s many hours still to go, but the end is in sight, and I have a good feeling about it.

I expect Ron will continue to be busy, helping to compile the Table of Contents, spacing out the words, formatting the pages, designing the cover, and the rest of the myriad of things that he does.

Please watch for further posts.

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Update: Book Four is on its Way

22 Jul

Hi again, I’m letting you know that the fourth in my series of modern Australian  Short Stories is progressing well, I believe.

At nearly the half-way mark, already there is a diversity of themes, plots, and points of view: although, as usual, love  features prominently.

My husband and collaborator Ronald Sharp already has plans in mind for a cover, with the same feel as the earlier editions.

Please watch for further posts.

My First Post

15 Jul

Hi, let me introduce myself. My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m a life-long resident of Sydney, Australia.

My husband, Ronald Sharp, and I are collaborating in the production of a series of modern Australian Short Stories, three of which have already been released. They are ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’. ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’, and, just out, ‘The Essence of Life and Love in Australia.’

At 81, Ron has demonstrated that his love of innovation isn’t confined to organ-building. World-renowned as the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, he has stamped his mark on these books by using his special system of word-spacing, which he says is inspired by breathing spaces in singing. Not only does this add to the ease of reading, he believes, it also contributes to the atmosphere and clarity. “It’s so real,” says Ron.”You feel as though you’re there. It makes you wish you were young again.”

I decided to write books of Short Stories in early Spring, 2010, after seeing a large amount of my Letters to the Editor of Sydney newspapers in print. I’d studied Short Story Writing  for four years, and Freelance Journalism for one year, when I was in my late twenties and early thirties, but didn’t pursue it due to family circumstances. However, when Ron encouraged me to give writing another go, I took little convincing.

Those who have commented on my stories emphasize their ease of reading, enthralling nature, and suitability for a wide range of age-groups. My readers have aged between mid-twenties and early nineties, and have come from walks of life as varied as medical practitioners to retirees.

Romance dominates my stories.  Some are quite light and semi-humorous, others are deep, even introspective. The average length is just four pages, making them ideal for time-poor readers. They could be a good choice for people who want a gentle introduction to books, since they are not too challenging to understand.

They are available through Amazon.com. Their list price is U.S.$15.95 each.

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