The Ten Penners Christmas meeting will be at Marion’s pool side common area on the 3rd December. We are looking forward to sharing our joy of creating stories then along with delicious treats.
Marion has just seen her beautiful daughter Starla go to her school formal. She is now free to explore a graphic design course next year. And it seemed like yesterday she was in our little Fan-tas-tic-al Tales launch play at Gold Coast Writers meeting in 2009.
Reflecting that the children in our lives are growing up fast. My grand daughters are now six and seven and exploring the world in ways we could never have imagined in our childhood.
They have never known a world without colour tv’s, computers or iphones.
When Maria did a school assignment she asked me about my life growing up and one question was – did you have a horse and cart? I’m not quite that old, I replied. But my grandmother did.
So far our next anthology has a variety of stories from aliens visiting Earth and finding us too hostile. Some picture poetry, a follow up to a story in Fan-tas-tic-al Tales called Red Beard the Pirate, another about a shrinking boy, a novella about a flying boy, a little girl who has a best friend in her talking teddy bear who manages to get her into trouble and then saves her – twice. It’s all coming together and we hope to be on track to publish in the first half of next year.
I love reading and reviewing books, sometimes friends of mine ask me to read their manuscripts and give reviews. The latest of these called ‘That September’ by Terry Spring, which is a murder mystery. I loved it and will gladly recommend the book once it is published.
My friend Terry Spring is a very talented writer of numerous books including; ‘Rainbows End At Double Bay’ her first novel, ‘Transported – A Pioneer’s Story’. ‘Transported’ is the type of story that makes the reader want to research their own family history and ‘Twenty Two Truly Twisted Tales’ a compilation of short stories. She is also a ghost writer and Lucy Me is a good example.
To order any of Terry Spring’s books
by cheque or bank transfer email firstname.lastname@example.org or
phone: 0412 618 088
The Ten Penners are gathering new stories for the next anthology. It’s exciting and with Christmas not far away, the ideas are gathering momentum. I wrote another little story yesterday as a second adventure for Trinny. It’s all coming together!
This is Kate channeling her inner Kylie Cooper for Halloween. If you don’t know who Kylie Cooper is you need to buy a copy of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales for the youngster or young at heart in your life. It would be a great Christmas present and its only $3.99 on Amazon
The Ten Penners will be having our next monthly meeting at Broadbeach Library Community Room on Saturday 5th November from 10 am to 12 noon. We are working on our next anthology with cover ideas, new stories being written.
It’s a five week month. So, we have to wait a bit longer for our face to face catch up. But, there’s been a lot going in the Anthology Project page on FaceBook. Stories, titles, and cover ideas. It’s all happening! Our new members Julie Baythorpe, Elli Housden and Louisa Wright will add a new texture to our stories. Perhaps we could persuade Jill Ford (yes the other Jill) to return to add her wit and quirky stories to the mix?
I’m delighted that Hazel enjoyed my review of her book. I’ve now added her other books on my Goodreads to read list. This is her comment about my review of Heaven Tempers the Wind – Story of a War Child.
Thank you for such a wonderful review, Jill. Your followers may also like to read my debut novel, ‘Chocolate Soldier. The Story of a Conchie.’ Both books are stories about World War II. ‘Heaven Tempers the Wind’ is set in Burma and ‘Chocolate Soldier’ is set in the UK, India and China.
Book Review by Jill Smith©Oct16
Title: Heaven Tempers the Wind – Story of a War Child
Author: Hazel Barker
Publisher: Armour Books
This is a memoir of a lovely lady I know through the Writers club. Hazel is a gentle soul with eyes that view the world in a positive light.
This story is a horrendous journey through a little girls’ eyes. I love how she describes her early life in Rangoon. The attack on Burma by the Japanese forces her family to escape capture. Hazel kisses her dolls goodbye when they leave expecting to return. Her innocent belief was that they were going on holiday. The attack on Rangoon began on the 23rd December 1941. It was four long years suffering hunger and deprivation that they existed.
Hazels’ father, mother, older sister, two older brothers, younger disabled brother and nanny leave their safe world. They begin their journey away from the bombing, by car, expecting to find shelter as they go, as her father was a British official. They soon leave the car to walk with the growing throng of refugees running from one camp to another.
United as a family. The children and wife, have the added battle of surviving an abusive alcoholic father. His Muslim belief were at odds with her mother’s Catholic grounding. Hazel adored her mother and became wary of her father.
The book ended on a hopeful note. Although now, their prisoner is their father.
I wonder how Hazel survived after seeing so much horror to become the beautiful person she is today. Her mother instilling a love of literature, reading and imagination helped her cope.