Tag Archives: Short Stories

The Goal’s in Sight!

2 Sep

Any day now, and my fourth book will be off to the publisher. What a weight off my mind!

With over a hundred Short Stories under my belt in the last twelve months, it’s time to take a break from this genre.  Already, I have in mind a new idea for a different type of book, but for now, I’m keeping it under my hat!

Ron’s editing is progressing well.  I overheard him tell a friend today that, “Once you’ve read the first line, you can’t put it down!”

Believe me, I can take plenty of these comments!

Those who are keen to know the title of book four will have to test their patience a little longer.  Just watch this blog, and soon it’ll be revealed!

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Why Do I Write?

27 Aug

I suppose all writers have asked themselves at some stage, “Why am I doing this?”

Equally, I guess, there’s been a diversity of answers;  hence, the reference to myself personally in this title.

Writing is an affirmation of self. That is to say, it validates the existence of the writer, confirming them as a human being;  and,  unarguably, unique, since every human differs from the next person.  This concept applies even to identical twins,  since they are individuals first,  and twins, second.

Similar to photography, writing attempts to seize life, and put it on paper, or, these days, on a screen. Perhaps this can also be seen as a validation of life, for it seems to fall into the same categories:  proof of existence, and an example of self and subject at that particular time.

Apart from all those deep concepts,  writing can be used as a way of shaping society’s opinions and ideas, and motivating people to change.  By getting it off their chest, writers can also feel that they have unburdened themselves, and at least tried to make a difference.

Why do I write books?   Well, my books of Short Stories are composed to entertain, and to shed light on human nature, irrespective of whether or not the reader approves of the outcome.  At the very least, the theme of each story is planted into the reader’s mind.

Finally, I must concede that I write in the hope of getting some credit for my work, and, hopefully, make an honest dollar or two in the process.

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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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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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About Margaret Lynette Sharp

15 Aug

Hi again,

This is to tell my readers something about me and my life.

I am very happily married to Ronald Sharp B.E.M., best known as the builder of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. Since we are both creative people, we encourage and support each other in our projects. Certainly, without his enthusiasm for my writing, I would not have reached the stage of having three volumes of Australian Short Stories published, and available from Amazon.com; and the fourth book nearly there.

We live in a quiet Sydney suburb, in a rather small, old brick house, surrounded by things that interest us. Ron and I both play the piano, and we both like the same type of music, mostly Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. Twice a month we go rock and roll dancing, which is a lot of fun.

I have been involved with the local amateur swimming club for decades as a competitor, and have finished in dozens of one kilometre events. The last season, I swam in every freestyle event, which helped me to win the ladies point-score by the narrowest of margins. I guess that goes to show that perseverance can overcome deficiencies in ability.

I love the beach, and try to go there at least once a week, all year round. It’s just so beautiful, even when swimming is out of the question due to low water temperature.

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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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