Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

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This creature that I presume is a honey eating moth ( I hope Geoff from Tangental will be able to help me here with identification). Whatever it was it was enjoying the geraniums at Montreux for an ephemeral moment before it flew off to other pastures.

For other entries in the Weekly Photo Challenge

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Skywatch Friday: 27th March 2015 Noosaville 4:14 pm

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Friday Fictioneers: The Lovers

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Tapping his baton on the music stand Ziegfried frowned at the band. “Pull yourselves together and perform.” His words had the sound and the venom of a snake. The band nodded.

Elisabeth the violinist glared at John on French Horn. He returned the look. The baton again clicked on the music stand. Composed especially for them “Love Duets for Violin and Horn” was about to be performed publicly for the first time.

“We should have done Miletics’  Three Scherzi.” Elizabeth whispered to her neighbouring violinist. 

Disobeying the baton the song of love changed to a song of war.

Written in response to the photo prompt at Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle

She says:

Every Friday authors from around the world gather here to share their 100-words and offer constructive crit and encouragement to each other. This creates a wonderful opportunity for free reading of very fresh fiction! Readers are encouraged to comment as well.

As always a special thanks to Madison Woods for founding this terrific group.

Watch for the new photo prompt on my main page every Wednesday. Hope to see you there.

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Work In Progress Blog Tour Stop

On March 7th Sherri Matthews from A view from My Summerhouse tagged me for this WIP Blog tour Stop. I am honoured to be chosen as Sherri is a talented memoirist who is writing her as yet unnamed memoir, writing articles for magazines and has a great blog where discussion is lively. Her memoir blurb can be found here. I am looking forward to reading it when it is hot off the press.

Thank you again Sherri for tagging me and for the support, conversations and virtual walks we do as we journey through the writing of our memoirs. Wishing you productive writing as you get close to finishing.

The work-in-progress blog tour rules:

  1.  Link back to the post of the person who nominated you.
  2.  Write a little about and give the first sentence of the first three chapters of your current work-in-progress.
  3.  Nominate some other writers to do the same.
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I have two WIPs currently in progress. The first is my memoir Nightmare in Paradise  which recounts our time in Vanuatu, as newly weds, entering a partnership with a big chief on the remote island of Tanna running a small resort and tour business.

Tanna retained its traditional lifestyle and that, along with an active volcano and cargo cult attracted people worldwide. The eagerly anticipated romance associated with a simple tropical life was soon dispelled as our time was spent as the interface between sophisticated guests and the witchdoctors, chiefs and harsh realities of isolated island life.

This true story follows our life on the island and the troubles that build up, culminating with Roger’s kidnap, ensuing court cases and a series of deaths. It is a dramatic, yet often humorous tale, which gives an insight into the realities of the Pacific dream.

This memoir just needs some minor editing before it is ready for publishing. With deadlines for my other work I’m afraid I have let this sit but hope to finish it very soon.

Chapter 1 Roger had aged.

Chapter 2 It was 1992.

Chapter 3  We landed in Port Vila amidst a flurry of excitement and anticipation.

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The other WIP I have on the hop is a sequel to this first memoir titled After the Nightmare. This follows our life on returning from Vanuatu to Australia. Traumatised by our experiences we opt to move to the country and purchase a farm, intending to run it as a bed and breakfast. Luckily a local landowner adopts them and teaches us about primary production and life in the country creating numerous amusing anecdotes. But Roger was deeply affected by Vanuatu, suffering personality changes consistent with post traumatic stress disorder and I struggled to deal with the isolation and desire for children.

A turning point came when I took a job, opening a community haemodialysis unit and being alone on the farm became too much for Roger. He found a business to purchase ‘The Barrington general store’ and the farm was sold. At the store we worked longer and harder hours than in Vanuatu and changing government legislation and the introduction of the GST put us under great stress.

The completed narrative will deal with tree change themes, returning to a country which used to be home and finding that memories are unreliable, dealing with an undiagnosed post traumatic stress disorder, loneliness, issues surrounding illness in rural Australia, difficulties running a small business and the positives of living in the beauty of the Australian countryside. Our enduring personal relationship will be a thread throughout the narrative.

Chapter 1 The noises of the city disoriented us.

Chapter 2  With nothing to do whilst we waited for settlement to occur on the house at Bucca Wauka, we decided to occupy our time by doing the legal work required for our own property conveyance.

Chapter 3  Once the steers had gone it was time to get to know the land we had purchased.

This memoir is also completed but has I have yet to complete a first edit on it.

I would like to tag for this WIP Blog Tour Stop four writers/authors who write in different genres to myself.  For those I have nominated feel free to join in if you have the time, if you don’t that’s okay too.

Ruchira  who blogs on Abracabadra. Ruchira has published a book “Choices” which is a peep into everyone’s daily life. She also has published a children’s book The Mystery of the Missing Iguana.

Luccia Gray who blogs at Rereading Jane Eyre. She loves Victorian England and has pulished the first in a trilogy of Eyre Hall and is currently writing the second volume.

Tallypendragon who blogs at Tallys Magic Tales who writes historical Fantasy fiction with a lot of romance and mystery thriller in the mix.

Noelle Granger who has just published her second book in the Rhe Brewster series and will have a new crime for Rhe to solve underway. She blogs at SaylingAway

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Thursday’s Special: Multitude

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One night with a multitude of stars twinkling above us we stood on a bridge crossing one of the many waterways in our area and were entertained with a multitude of lights of a different kind.

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From out of the darkness they approached gaily lit and with the occupants on board exchanging gay banter with those on the bridge as they passed underneath.

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At one point someone from the boat yelled I thought “Hallooooo Rich people”

I said to the unknown persons standing alongside me “That’s funny. They’re calling us rich yet they’re the ones in the boats.”

We laughed and then one said “No, I think they said ‘Halloooooo Bridge people.” That made us laugh even more until its infectiousness had the entire multitude of people upon it laughing uproariously. Most had no idea why.

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Those in the boats were using alcohol for their good cheer. We on the bridge were just enjoying the moment.

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In response to Paula’s Thursday’s Special

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Weathered Wood

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The wood on this house has certainly weathered as has the iron covering its roof. It is not abandoned, derelict or condemned judging by the washing hanging on the line at the back and the car parked in its drive.

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Wood harvested and weathering on the Mekong River.

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Dead wood weathering in the woods where it had once lived.

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The rails of the pig coralle not quite weathered, barely seasoned as the bark is still to fall off some of the logs but before long it will be weathered.

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Weathered logs make homes for Devils

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Well weathered wood

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Wordless Wednesday: Outrigger on the River

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