As far back as I can remember I have always enjoyed writing. I was the only kid in the class who, when told to write an essay, would shout hooray while my classmates were groaning!
Between 1980 and 2003 I wrote articles for several Australian magazines, and, via the internet, I had a fortnightly column in a Florida newspaper. Now I write literary fiction and some genre fiction. In 2010 I was lucky enough to be chosen as a top contender for The Glass Woman Prize.
I have been published/or have upcoming work in Electicism, Battered Suitcase, Red River Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Meat For Tea, Eclectic Flash, eFiction, Foundling Review, The Pages, Heron's Nest, Fast Forward Press, Buzz Words, Melbourne Poets Union, Admit2, Islet Magazine, Fiction Shelf and Short Story America.
My short story collection, City Paddock, published by Ginninderra Press, is available online: http://www.ginninderrapress.com.au/. The first year of royalties from this book were donated to The RSL Creswick Light Horse Troop of which I am a member. We help wayward youth and save unwanted race horses from being slaughtered.
In April 2012 Certys UK, published my first novel, Cyber Rules. On behalf of this e-book, in it's first year,I raised $1,042 for MSF - Doctors Without Borders.
I need to write to connect with myself and then I need to share to connect with others.
All the old classics esp anything by Thomas Hardy, Robert Louis Stevenson, George Eliot.
Other favourite authors: Martina Cole, Bill Bryson, Peter Temple, Terry Pratchett, Peter Carey.
Stephen King's book, 'On Writing'. Miss Smilla's feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg - brilliant passage about how she makes love with a man in a way I have never heard of before - those of you who have read this will know what I mean! Tom Keneally's A River Town. Rose Tremain's The Road Home. Hundreds more, too many to list!
Thanks for the comment on Psych Interview with a Rape Victim. Much appreciated.
Thank you, Myra, for commenting on and faving "Gabrielle." I always love hearing from you!
Yes, the Tigers were quite a bunch. What a thrill to actually meet a real war hero. I recall those war years clearly, and it didn't look good for the U.S. for the first six months. And now the U.S. and Japan are good friends! Go figure.
Thanks for the read & * for my story, Myra. I appreciate it very much.
Thank you for the kind words on Psych Interview with a Rape Victim. Much appreciated.
Glad my story made you smile, Myra. Your comment made ME smile! Thanks a lot.
Thanks so much for faving "Satan and the Moon." Really appreciate your support, Myra!
Myra, Thanks for your generous comment about my church/funeral story. I appreciate it.
Thanks for faving the Dali poem, Myra. So nice to hear from you!
Myra, good to have you back! Thanks for the thumbs' up for my story "The List."
Thank you for faving "The Knitting Needle," Myra!
Myra: Thank you for reading and liking "The Lost Boy." It means a lot to me to have this story embraced by others.
Myra, you are always so kind! How lovely to have you comment on (and fave) the Chattanooga poem. Thank you.
Myra it's great to see you back on F'naut and thanks so much for what your wrote about the POV on my story "kid" I appreciate!!
Thanks,Myra, for reading; favoring and commenting on " The Small hills of My cousin".
Thank you, Myra, for your kind comment and fave of "The Grave of Rimbaud."
Hi,Myra! So nice to hear from you. Glad you like the idea of the group. Thanks for your comment on my last poem.
Thanks for your comments on "Man Running from a Bar", Myra!
Myra, Nice to hear from you. Thanks for the kind words for "Lefty's."
Thanks Myra for reading Hands. Glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks for reading, commenting on, and faving "The Proud Accounting," Myra. In terms of its meaning, it's based on a real event in my life, but I think whatever you take from it is legitimate.
Myra - you made my day! Many thanks for the comments and fave for "The Silence of Harold."
Myra, you are too kind. Thank you for your flattering comments about "The Party."
Thank you for your wonderful comment, Myra. Glad you liked "Florid Psychosis"!
Myra, thanks for the "yes" (with a bang mark!) and the fave for my nutty story.
Thanks for faving the Orange Julius poem, Myra. Thanks for visiting!
Thanks again, Myra, for the comment and fave on A Night of Not Knowing. You are so lovely!
Thanks, Myra, for faving the Flaubert piece. I claim no credit for his wonderful words.
Thanks for watching the You Tube video!
Thank you for reading Peace of Mind. Glad you liked it.
Hi, Myra, thanks for reading She's Out. I appreciate your insightful comment and the fav.
Thank you for reading White Death and for the Fav. Much appreciated.
Yup, Myra. I'm an old cat hand. Herded many; rustled a few. Thanks for the great comment!
Hello Myra! How are you? I've been away from fictionaut for a while, lots of catching up to do (my usual pattern!). Thanks for stopping by Flesh & Blood and your lovely comment.
Myra! Thank you for commenting on French Kiss. Glad you liked that one -- it was fun to write. Now I can't get that damn ram out of my head... :)
Hi Myra- Thanks for reading, commenting and faving "Passages". Glad you enjoyed it.
Hi, Myra! Welcome back. Glad you liked "Processes." Thanks for faving it!
Ah, Myra, Myra, MYRA!! Did not confuse you at all, just the names... sorry but as you say you are in excellent company! Broken Mirrors is still with me today -- I read some heavy stuff last night late, all of it so very good.
Myra, I think I STILL believe in evil humors. There has to be some explanation!
Ah, thanks, Myra, for your enthusiasm and star on French Kiss! Good to meet up again!
Myra, your comments and fav are very much appreciated. I had been wondering about the detailed descriptions and I'm encouraged to know it's "the right type of writing to bring out the hardness." Thanks.
Egon, Captain Ahab, and Sputnik enjoyed your poem, but it may have had something to do with the carrots that accompanied it. Whatever the case, they were wheeking with joy!
Myra -- thanks once again for your insights in my story X. I so appreciate your comments, always.
Hi Myra, thanks for reading Unfit and faving it. You can see why I asked about your sex scene.
Thank you for the kind comments on 'All Else Falls Away!'
Thanks for the nice comment Myra. :) You are always so encouraging, it's so appreciated.
thanks so very much, Myra, for your comment and FAV on my flag day challenge story, X. "Riveting" is a very strong description -- needless to say, I am pleased. I really liked working all those x's in - I'm glad you find that the form works and that those ten X's are unobtrusive. THANK YOU, you are a dear!
Good to meet another Aussie. Thanks for your comment on my story and for joining the Scifi & Fantasy Group. Appreciate the support.
Myra, Thank you for your lovely compliment on "This is how they were found". Looking forward to reading your work soon. The beginning of a new poetry series has been posted today. Enjoy.
Myra, Thanks for your endorsement of my latest post. The cat herding is going well. We lost one recently, but the rest of the herd is happy & healthy. Knock on wood.
Hi Myra, thanks for printing, reading, and faving Atonement. I'm glad to know it held your attention, you liked the dialogue and the characters. Yes, I worked on this chapter and did some research.
Myra, Thank you for the welcome and the tip on how to respond when someone writes on my wall. You are so kind and I am indeed glad to be here!!! Thank you for your lovely words.
Thanks for the welcome!
Myra, thanks so much for your read and sweet comments on Solitary. Yes, Poesia was a great little mag, it had spirit and was rebellious. I, amongst other poets, miss it
Myra, thank you for reading ...Yonder" and for your comments/insights
Myra, thanks for your thoughtful reading of "we're all in there somewhere". I'm excited about reading a few of your stories. What an extensive list!
Myra, Thanks so much for your response to my story "Perversion." You are right: no sex maniacs there. Just needy people.
Hi Myra, thanks so much for your comments and fav of "Chelsea Hotel - Scene 2" - much appreciated! (don't forget there's a Scene 1)
My pleasure! Good luck with it.
Thanks for your kind words about "Raymond Chandler and His Wife." The main details in the poem are true.
Thanks, Myra, for commenting on "Searching for the Word." Glad you liked it!
Myra, thank you so much for reading "Map to the Heart" and for commenting (and for the fav --- it was starting to feel lonely with 0 favs!). I struggle with determining if I am providing too much info or too little in my writing, so I was glad to have your feedback.
Myra, that is a beautiful name. I named a character after your name. I also like your horse. The horse looks curious. Thanks for the comments...And yes, I was right there with you. When my gradeschool teacher said "essay" I was the nerdy little girl with pig-tails who exclaimed, "Thank God!"
Hey Myra :) thanks so much for the nice comments on my poems. It was such a lovely way to start my day this morning!
Myra - thanks for reading my new flash - new format for me, but looking back, some of my segments within longer works are similar, and that's the fact, !
Hi Myra, Glad you liked Peach (2)! Thanks for coming by for a look, you're always so fast to read and comment. Much appreciated!
Thank you for the fav on Afshan. Glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks for the comment on my story, and the fav. Appreciated!
Nice to meet you...
Thanks for your comments on 'You' and 'Path,' Myra. I've been writing non-fiction lately, getting in touch with my academic side - hence my absence from fictionaut. Thanks for asking!
Myra, Thank you so much for your comments about "Jesus Wept." I appreciate the fav.
Myra, I will invoke the Robert Frost principle, then, which is that the writer is entitled to anything that the reader finds in the work. Maybe I'm smarter than I thought!
Myra, I think all I meant by "Mort kept on singing" was that he liked to be the center of attention, so he fended the other fellow off and sang! Now, don't you dare take away my fav! I'll go back there and sit there all night hanging onto it!
Thank you for reading my story, Myra. I appreciate it very much! I was just looking at your About Me section, and the work you are doing with and for the Light Horse Troop is really commendable. Looking forward to reading more of your work!
Glad you enjoyed Bean Talk. Thank you for the fav.
Thank you for reading The Burning Bed. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks for your comments, Myra!
Myra, Thank you for your fine comment on "The Celebrity." And the fav. I'm glad you caught the story's overtones.
Myra, thanks for reading a longer story, Dream, for your helpful comments, and for your fav. And thank Jazz for winking.
Thanks, Myra, for your comments about "Shut Not," which are greatly appreciated.
Thank you Myra, for your comment on "Halo 'round the moon." It's wonderfully strange to consider that ... while sleeping, someone on the other side of the planet is awake and reading what you've written.
Thank you for reading and commenting on Young Journey. Always appreciated.
"isn't mercury the stuff of mad Hatters?"--I guess time will tell, Myra! Thanks for reading and commenting on "Acute Amusement."
Myra -- thanks for your appreciation of the ping-pong-ing in Rock On. I'm glad you liked it and gave it that big Fave! (Every now and then I climb out from under my rock and though I don't read the NYT or WSJ or LAT, I come to Fictionaut and see the light -- even if it's eff-ing bright out here). :)
Thanks for the note on Addict, mate. (Am I supposed to call you mate?)
Thanks for you encouraging praise of "Collection Day." It keeps me going!
Thanks for the praise for "Yellow Dining Room", Myra -- but, alas, as I lack long-haul stamina in fiction-writing, no novel to follow.
Thanks for your kind words for "Read Chinese" -- and I appreciate your liking those specific things in it.
Thank you so much for the fav and your wonderfully supportive comments on An Italian Lunch. One of the beauties of fictionaut is receiving the comments, and having a chance to take ourselves and the work out of isolation, to see if it speaks to others. I so appreciate your reading!
hehe! Thanks, Myra! There actually was an entire second part to the Judas Horse that the editor suggest we cut. I can be verbose. Thanks for the fave.
Thanks for the comment form Tomorrow Land. Cheers
Myra, thank you for the comments and Fave on "Urban Renewal". I appreciate it.
Myra! You came back! You are awesome! :)
Thanks so much, Myra, for your kind comments about "In the Pastel City."
P.S. The last line comes from "The Tempest."
Thank you, Myra!
Myra, Thank you so much for making contact and comenting on "Three as She Lay Sleeping"
I admire the fact that you donate to The RSL Creswick Light Horse Troop.
Thank you for reading and commenting on TWO FOR THE ROAD; I appreciate it. I've never posted like this, but apparently, it's the way it's done on Fictionaught. I usually just recip -- this seems like Advertisements For Myself.
Thanks for the comment and the fave!
Myra, thank you for commenting on The Fall of Love. What you wrote about colors is so true, and hadn't occured to me until you said it!
Thank you so much for your kind words on Hummingbird - much appreciated. I just read Purple Patch and I howled - it's brilliant. M
Oh, you mean the unusually large, vicious, carnivorous koalas that inhabit treetops and attack their prey by dropping onto their heads from above. The ones I have just looked up on wiki? I wasn't familiar with them what with these alligators in the sewers and occasional Snipe sighting
Thank you for faving Basenji. Glad you enjoyed it. I'm in the Philippines, so I think we are on the same time.
Myra, thanks for the comment and the fave on Elephant!
Myra, thanks for seeing what I'd hoped would be seen in Folded Flower. And not surprising the dutch have a word for what i was feeling in Naive Melody, practitioners of pragmatic abandon that they are!
Myra, thanks for reading the naked man and barcelona and for faving it and for the lovely comment. It made me want to visit Australia.
Myra! *BIG HUGS* Yes! Yes! YES! You are the first to comment on that vibe in Kamakaze Birdsongs & you are accurate!!!! It was actually a metaphor on the poor souls that jumped on 9/11.
Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my story, Myra. :) I appreciate it. Hope you are well.
Thank you for the kind comment and the fave on Ten years later. I'm dabbling with poetry, it's nice to get feedback!
Thank you for faving Nothing to Do. Glad you liked it.
Myra, you are always so nice to me! Thanks for the comment and fave for "The Star of David."
Many thanks for the thoughtful comments and the fave on "And Then 1-3"! I especially appreciate your taking the time to read a long parts of a long piece.
Thanks for the welcome and for the kind comments on my story. Appreciate them a lot.
Myra - thank you for reading my wacky Alpaca story. I am thrilled you saw the double entendre within the piece. The voice is in the southern US vernacular of the lower educated class we affectionatly dub - Redneck!
Myra, thanks for reading Teacher and for your helpful suggestions and comments. I do appreciate it.
Thanks for the comments on Pinnacles, Myra. Much appreciated!
Hi Myra - Thank you so much faving AGLB :)!
Thanks for reading Dreaming in Mink a second time around and still liking it!
Myra, thanks for reading & faving 'Saturday Morning', and for the very kind words. Encouraging.
I was that girl in class too. I loved writing essays!
Many thanks, Myra, for reading the rest of "Bread, Fish, Serpent, Stone," for the fave, and for your lovely (as always) comments!
Thank you so very much! :) I look forward to reading more of your work in the future!
Glad your maternal instincts were stirred by "Failure," because I realized, long after the writing of it, that the spider is...
Myra, thanks so much for your kind words on Survivor - so appreciated. And love your latest About Poetry. Sigh. peace...
Myra - all antics forgiven, applauded and lauded, praised and alofted to the highest! Brilliant stroke, exactly in the spirit of 0favs! And thanks for reading Walking to School (and the dreaded fav)
Myra, thanks so much for your comment on From The Doctor, with Love!
Thanks for commenting on "Time," Myra. I really appreciate it.
Thanx so much for your nice comments on my Moondance. Glad you enjoyed it!
Thank you for reading Tsalagi. Glad you liked it.
Myra, thanks so much for your wonderful comment and STAR on A Knobby Thing! My turn to go read some more King now... :)
Thanks for commenting on my poems and for the fav. "Poignant mind pictures" well said. You can call me Jo.
"First reaction was what the...?"
You and 25 others! I have no idea where it came from, but I was at my desk when it did.
Thank you for the lovely comment Myra! I hope to be posting some newer work on Fictionaut soon.
Myra, thanks for reading and faving Doreen - III. Your comments and suggestions are alsways very helpful and greatly appreciated.
Thank you for the fav for The Other Day. Glad you enjoyed it.
Thanx Myra, yes I'm very practical!
Your encouragement has meant everything to me. As you know, I’m this concoction of self-doubt sandwiched between bluff and bravado. That inner critic will always be there but it’s great when someone enjoys my efforts.
Thanks for all your patience.
Myra, your comments are very flattering and much appreciated! I'm so glad you like "Mt. Harmonica."
Thank you for faving My Girl Friend's Birthday. I think an iron is a nice gift. However, my girlfriend would probably kill me if I bought one for her birthday.
I'm really pleased you liked the poem "Ferdinand Gets Married," Myra. There's a joke underlying this poem. Forgive me for explaining it! Perhaps it'll deepen (well, maybe not) your enjoyment of it.
The Ferdinand in the title is the Ferdinand from Shakespeare's The Tempest. In the play, he is betrothed to marry Miranda.
This poem is in the form of an officer reading a suspect his or her Miranda Rights.
Thus, in the poem Ferdinand is (wait for it) Mirandized!
Forgive me if the joke was obvious. I fear it is too complicated and obscure.
I really appreciate your comments on my poems, Myra. Thanks! Glad you liked "Greyhound."
Myra, Thank you. You are way, way to generous to me. Thanks for reading and commenting on "Black Orchids."
Myra, You flatter me, my friend. I'm just an old scribbler. Glad you liked "Black Orchids."
hoisted me by my own petard! whatever that means. I will remove :The Book from 0Favs. And thanks so much for your other comments this past week, been remiss, I've been pretty much trying to get VOICES going.
Thank you for the comments on Eli. Your message was a great start to my day.
I've never owned a dog but if I ever do it will be a working breed. I love heelers and border collies - so smart and dedicated.
You're kind to say so! Thank you.
Thx for reading and commenting on my chicken story!
Hi, Myra. As always, I appreciate your reading, comments, and fav of Doreen-II.
Thanks, Myra. You're very kind! [re: "Blossoms and Buds"]
Thank you so much, Myra for the note and the fave on "My Thumbs"! I hope those "royal thumbs" you mention show up in one of your stories or poems!
Thank you for reading "Hey Jude" Myra! (I know, that song is catching, isn't it?)
Myra, thank you again.
Hi, Myra. Thanks for reading At Seventeen. I love your comments, and the fav.
Thanks, Myra, for your comments about "Boolean Muteness." You're very kind.
Thank you, Myra, for you words on "Whispering lament ..." I thought I'd bombed again.
Thanks for the love on my chicken story. Cheers!
Thanks, Myra - for your kind words about "The Happiest Mall in America".
Thanks for your kind words about "Raleigh B." Very pleased you liked it, Myra.
Thank you very much for the nice comment and the fav. It is very much appreciated.
thanks, Myra, for the comment and the fave--richly undeserved but much appreciated, thanks...
Myra, thanks for your make-me-blush comments on The Why Boy. I kinda like it more as it sits after cooking up.
Thanks, Myra, as always for your insightful comment on my story. Glad you liked Routine - and thanks for the fave! Back at you - I need one lovely night to sit down with all your stories!!
Myra, thanks for reading, commenting on, and faving Doreen. I like the way you said this: "The borrowed strength of anothers love."
Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on "I Like it This Way" and for the star. Glad you liked it!
Thanks, Myra,for your kind comments about "Dis-Ease."
Thanks for the nice words on "I Made You."
Hi Myra! Thank you for reading and commenting on my story.
Thanks for fav-ing "Clinch Park," Myra. I really appreciate it. Glad you liked it.
Thanks for your kind comments on "In the Pink Distance," Myra.
Thanks, Myra, for your comment and FAV on the Fuddy-Duddy Writer. It's all Walt's fault.
Myra, Thank you for your comments about The Great San Francisco Poetry Wars.
Myra, Glad you liked "Secrets." You scared me with your first comment, though--not that I didn't deserve it. Love your new photo. Very smart!
Thank you for the kind comments for The Winds of May.
I love the phrase, "spot on!"
Thanks, Myra, for your kind comments on "Axes."
Hi Myra, I'm so glad you liked "Color Wheel." Thanks for the fave!
Hi Myra, thank you again for reading my story "Eggshells" and commenting.
Myra, What nice comments about my story and my writing! Thank you, thank you!
Thanks, Myra, for your kind words about "Full of Mad Hope."
I fave you as a person for slogging through Man Loses Life. ;-)
Myra - you could look it up, Mind Games is the second entry in my Poetipedia (the book).
Many thanks, Myra, for reading "Mrs. Booth Reading Locke and Other Things" and the fave--appreciate it a lot!
Thanks Myra for reading my stuff. I’m new at writing so feedback, good, bad, or indifferent is important.
Myra- Thanks so much for your comments on "Turn of the Century." And thanks for taking the time to read it!
Thank you for reading and commenting on My Rice Krispies Treat. Although silly, I had fun writing it.
Myra, thanks for the compliment. I'll be back to read your work.
Thanks so much for faving "She hadn't wanted one"!
Really appreciate the comment on "Feb 16", Myra. That one's special to me.
Myra, thanks for going into the dust bin lately and reading some of my past posts. They were getting lonely and appreciate the company! Welcome anytime, they have some buddies that haven't met you yet.
Thank you so much for your truly flattering comment on 'Spill' - much appreciated.
Thank you so much, Myra, for reading "Bread, Fish, Serpent, Stone," for the fav, and your lovely comments. I'm glad you liked the story!
Myra: Thanks for the kind words about "Lamb." I'm looking forward to reading your work! Colette
Thanks so much for the kind words about Paddy, Myra. LOooking forward to reading your ouvre.
Thank you for you comment about "Lost" - i am so glad you like my work.
Thank you so much, Myra, for reading "Classmates" and your comments!
Myra, in response to your explanation, perhaps a word or two in that sequence could be changed/added for us readers that may not be familiar with that practice? My first thought was war, or an errant fireworks display - though I suppose it doesn't really matter, the direness comes through.
glad my profile brought a chuckle, and thanks for posting on my wall and--wow!--like, reading all that stuff!
i appreciate your comments--
and wish you all the best in your work.
Myra, thanks for reading 'Driven Crazy' (having problems getting email alerts on comments, yours didn't arrive yet, 24 hrs later!) It was the main of the two, I threw the roach one in, why I don't know. Actually, the woman was obviously in her own world, not just a non-listener, and I enjoyed hearing her stream, though by the time I got off I had enough.
Myra - thank you for your deep reading of "Picnic" - and thank you for faving it!
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Pie." The power of that voice has led me to take play writing workshops. I know they'll help with dialogue and story development. And I realized a big secret: there's a reason they call it "play"!
Hi, Myra - thank you so much for your kind comments on 'Apple Peel'. I really enjoyed your 'cake tin rusted'. Martha
Myra, thanx so much for commenting on "What She Remembers". I appreciate the Fave!
Thanks, Myra for comment on Poetipedia - I had a jolly good time doing it (idea came to me as I drifted to sleep after referencing Keats on Wiki) - if there is sadness underneath, perhaps?,then you have a better eye than I do.
Thanks for the kind words on Flotation Device, Myra :)
Thanks for your comment on "Until We Died", Myra. I look forward to reading your work.
Thanks for the comments on Surly. Glad you liked it.
Hello, Myra, thanks for faving The Mojave Desert Remembers Ron Paul. It's a first for me. I will make sure to read your work!
Thanks for the kind words about "ones we can depend on", I'm glad you liked it.
Thanks for the kind words, Myra.
Thank you Myra.. thanks for your kind words on Villa Monterey Apartments, Burbank.
Myra, Thanks for the read & fave of Fragments - and welcome!
Myra, Thanks so much for your review of my Senior Center story. Wow! And from a prize-winning author! Congratulations on all your awards, and welcome to Fictionaut.
Hi Myra, Welcome! And thanks for reading and commenting on A Dream Life - I'm happy you liked it. foster.
Well, I for one, am very glad you're here. Welcome.
Myra- thank you very much for your kind words about "His Unlocked Window". Nice to meet you here!
Welcome! Looking forward to reading some of your stories here soonest!