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2014 in review

30 Dec

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

A big ‘Thank You’ to my followers and commentators!

Number One Commentator: David Prosser!

HAPPY NEW YEAR,  EVERYONE!!

Happy Birthday, Ron!

8 Aug

Today is a special day. It’s the birthday of my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M.

Ron was born in 1929, the year of the start of Great Depression.

His talent for organ building saw him chosen to design and construct the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

The highly acclaimed organ at Knox Grammar is also his work, as are others, including the fine instruments in Wollongong Town Hall and Perth Concert Hall.

Ron Sharp

Ron Sharp

Ron’s musicality is one of his most defining characteristics.

Happy Birthday, Ron!

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Long and Short Australian Stories: on Amazon Kindle Best Seller List

9 Oct

It’s a toss up in my mind: whether my personal favourite literary effort of mine is ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’ or ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’.

Currently, the latter is outstripping the former in the Amazon ranking, yet, by virtue of its review numbers and verdicts, ‘A Taste…’ wins, hands down.

My husband and editor Ronald Sharp B.E.M. (my editor) is well known for his musicality, as evidenced by his creation of the Grand Organ in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, the musically exalted organ at Knox Grammar, and others. He seems to like both volumes immensely, and I often catch him reading (and obviously being enthralled by) their vignettes and Short Stories.

Do you like romantic tales? Human interest stories? Easy to read literature? Why not check out ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’, at least? If you like the sample pages, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are already four other collections published, and available through Amazon.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13596941-long-and-short-australian-stories

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Here’s the link to the Amazon site.

http://www.amazon.com/Short-Australian-Stories-Margaret-Lynette/dp/1475122349

‘Long and Short Australia Stories’: a lovely surprise!

14 Jul

http://www.amazon.com/Long-Short-Australian-Stories-ebook/dp/B008H457FY/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=A24IB90LPZJ0BS

These last several weeks, I’ve had  a Q&A on the social reading site known as Goodreads, about my latest publication: a book entitled ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’. It’s edited by my husband, the creator of the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ: Ronald Sharp.

‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ is a collection of mixed length stories and vignettes of romance and human interest, set in present-day Australia. Although serious in tone, nevertheless the scenarios lend themselves to uplifting outcomes.

A Goodreads member named Mark has participated in the Q&A ; announcing recently that he had purchased it as an e-book.

Clearly, he enjoyed it, since just this evening I found that he had posted a review both precise and concise on the book’s Goodreads page. He rated it 5 stars.

I’m overjoyed that it’s off to such a good start!

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http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/368139202

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‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ now on Kindle!

5 Jul

Let me first announce that my sixth book, ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’, edited by my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ builder, has just been published on Kindle!

I don’t know exactly when Kindle came into being. It certainly wasn’t around when I was growing up: but then, neither were computers.

So I suppose it seems strange to me now, having come to the belief that my best hope of wide readership of my books comes from this previously unconsidered source. I say ‘unconsidered’ simply because it was so deeply entrenched in my brain that books were printed on paper; especially those aspiring to deemed as having  literary merit.

An outmoded idea, I now see, in the light of how far technology has come, and what astonishing benefits it has brought with it.

Anyone with a few dollars to spend, and the right accessories, can download my books,  or ANY Kindle books, almost instantly, and start reading. The convenience is overwhelming: and no dusting of books, left to their own devices on shelves, either!

It’s hardly surprising then that Kindle has grown: is growing: at an impressive rate, and its fans are spanning the ages.

What exciting times we live in!

http://www.amazon.com/Long-Short-Australian-Stories-ebook/dp/B008H457FY/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

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It’s official: My husband is a genius.

28 May

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?

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Impressions of a Booklover

25 Apr

What books you’ve read have really left their mark: imprinted themselves on your memory?

I’m talking here about fiction, though I guess on reflection, without that qualification, this type of book is more likely to stand out anyway, due to its strong likelihood of emotional impact.

Today, I asked my husband Ron, the creator of the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ, this question. His answer: detective novels, particularly Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s  ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, which he described as ‘terrifying’.

Looking back over my own life, my first tight connection with a character, and hence her fortunes, was  Beth March from ‘Little Women’. I guess the reason  identified with her so well because she had similar interests and characteristics to me, particularly her love of music and her perseverance.  Her life events,  particularly her misfortunes, touched me as though she were a real person, a best friend or closer.

For different reasons entirely, I remember Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’. The plot and the characters enthralled me, though the events described were more than disturbing.

The volumes of James Herriot are well imprinted on me.  Although some  stories were sad, even quite disturbing, those with ‘happy endings’ or of very humorous flavour blended together to make the entire volume an enjoyable one.

In my own writing, I empathize with Bob, the central character in ‘First Impressions’, a tale from the short story collection entitled ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’. His struggle between his desire for peer acceptance goes up against an even greater goal: to find love.

I could go on and on, but I hope I’ve made my point, and have got you thinking.

What books have stuck with you for years and years?

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