Archive for December, 2014

Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin

“…like a dinner plate.”


In a hotel room awake

as dawn


the moon

like a dinner plate


from the slit

between the curtains

hazy mists of morning light

coast in,

like blood from a wound


All the birds and sharks

have started

to sing.

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Will have to trawl the bookshops, too late to order some of these on line for pressies…

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Words from the very wise…

Alayne Kay Christian

ALL ABOUT PLATFORM BUILDING V2This month’s ALL ABOUT PLATFORM BUILDING guest blogger is the one and only Julie Hedlund. Thank you, Julie, for taking the time to share your thoughts on platform building.

Before I move on, I want to mention that registration for Julie’s 12 x 12 picture book writing challenge begins next month. If you don’t know about this wonderful writing community and challenge, it would be worthwhile to give the 12 x 12 page a look.


Now, here’s Julie. . . .


BY Julie Hedlund

Thanks Alayne for hosting me today! I’m a big fan of your blog, so it’s an honor.

Never has a word inspired so much fear and angst into the heart of an author. Part of that fear, IMHO, is based on myths about platform that I want to bust for you today. My goal is that by the end of this…

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A Writer’s Call to Santa

A bit for seasonal fun – I like it!

Santa-phone-call-300x169“Santa, thanks so much for taking my call.”

“Who is this?”

“Robin. Robin Newman. Remember me? The children’s book author.”

“What time is it?” asked Santa.

“It’s 7:00 a.m., New York City time. What time is it on the North Pole?”

“Early! Can you call back another time? I need my beauty sleep,” said Santa.

“Of course! But don’t you want to hear that I’ve been a good girl this year? All right, ‘good’ may not be 100% accurate . . . perhaps ‘well intentioned’ is a better choice of words. And ‘girl’ maybe a tad bit of a stretch. How about pre-octogenarian?”

“Robin, since you’re not going to let me sleep, have you been writing every day?”

“Writing every day? That’s a good question. A very good question. You know the beard really looks good on you. Not a lot of people can get away with the beard, red suit…

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Brolga Dance

Newly hitched we hit

pop-hot spots in Sydney.

Occasion marked: Us.

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Tickets to ‘The Lion King’

in old Capitol Theatre

took us back to Africa.


Sticky Date at Doyles

added more weight

to our love waistlines…


We watched the river,

Opera House teeming,

Coat-hanger tourists.


Sky-high Telecom chats

revolving restaurant

views topped off trip


before Aqua chatting,

large-finned silver

swimmers mesmerize.


Guinness for St Paddy

raised to Shamrock Green.

Chinese gardens walk,


Brolga dance to hotel

suite, (less public for

private celebrations).

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2011


#FrancesMacaulayForde  #DoylesRestaurant  #SydneyHarbourBridge  #SydneyAqarium  #SydneyOperaHouse  #Sydney:ChineseGardens  #TelecomTower  #RevolvingRestaurant

Links:  Telecom Tower Restaurant    Doyles Restaurant   Chinese Gardens of Friendship    Harbour Bridge    Sydney Aquarium   Sydney Opera House

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“Bohemia” by Jessica McCallum


Some artwork inspires more than one poem; I’ve already shared the poem published with this painting at my daughter Jessica McCallum‘s exhibition in 2011, but thought you might like to read another one of a few:


This is not a painted tapestry

display of exotic influences…

Every prick was welcomed!

Each permanent plunge

through tender tattooed skin

as hearts and flowers fruit and scab,

every coloured defiant stab of free

expression – indelible statements

individually signalling two fingers

smoking satisfaction swirling, up.


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2011

#FrancesMacaulayForde  #JessicaMcCallumARTIST  #POEM:Bohemia

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Different, but so clever.

The mind is an unexplored country.

Apologies to The Monkees for that title.

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