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G'day I'm BACK!!! (Sort of!)

G’day all! How is we? =0)

I’ve been mooching about in Facebook of late and dropped in to check out a few old faces.
So drop me a comment and let me know how you all are! =0)

I’m actually published finally! =0)
“Terang Trouble” is my first ‘Easy Read Adult Novel’ out with 2 sequels out soon and 4 more contemporary (ish) ones to go before I get stuck into my Victorian Volumes.

And I’m on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/adgray.writer
and Twitter: https://twitter.com/adgrayauthor

So look me up and say G’day! =0)


Heya everybody!! :O)

I Use this phrase an awful lot and really there has only been ONE person who knew what I was on about. So I guess now is as good a time as any to give you a meaning to Chookas!! [and sorry, no it is not my nickname =0)]

“Chookas” is a theatrical term for Good Luck that my mum and her cronies in the [Australian] National Theatre Ballet & Opera company made up back in the 40s 50s. Back stage in a theatre it is bad luck to say “good luck” [or whistle or mention “Mac…” That Scottish play :O)] and the usual wish of “Break a leg” is not a dancer’s favourite so Chookas was adopted. “Will it be Chook for us tonight?”
I know I know … “What?”
It wasn’t until 1917 that actors were paid a decent wage and even up to the 1950s the chorus was on…

Does this explain where I get my urge to write from?

In researching my family tree on Ancestry.com
I discovered a skeleton with a ruffle and a name EVERY writer I know wished they had connection to!
So imagine my BUZZ and my grin when I was assured I was right!

This is the linage:

Alyssa Daune Gray (1963- ) ME
I’m the daughter of
Lorna Edith Smart (1928 – )
who is the daughter of
Walter Middlemas Smart (1886 – 1970)
son of
Thomas H Smart (1847 – D)
son of
John Smart (1810 – 1882)
son of
John Smart (1782 – 1874)
son of
Robert Smart (1740 – 1808)
son of
Janet Layng Downie (1727 – D)
daughter of
John Downie (1705 – D)
son of
Margaret Kinsman (1658 – 1756)
daughter of
Constance Canne (1635 – 1666)
daughter of
Thomas Canney (1610 – 1681)
son of
William Quinney (1593 – 1653)
son of
Richard Quinn…

♥ slow dance ♥

Received: Friday, 11 March, 2011, 11:03:11 AM

I have read this and forwarded it before … and it’s back again.
Whether the girl is or is not with us still or even if she ever was, this message is
and it’s a great message and well worth continuing to circulate!

This is a poem written by a teenager with cancer in a New York Hospital.
It was sent by her medical doctor. She wanted to see how many people get her poem. It is quite the poem.


Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly?
When you ask “H

The Wynne Prize Debate - my opinion

The Wynne Prize – Is it OK to copy another painting?
The group Painters In Modern Times posed this question? in a forum for comment

Spot the difference … Boatmen Moored on the Shore of a Lake by Adam Pynacker, circa 1660 and (right) Proposal for Landscaped Cosmos by Sam Leach

This was mine

Dare I enter into the fray?

being the Host of :The Exceptional Ekphrasis Group":http://www.redbubble.com/groups/exceptional-ekp... (the EEG) I have this issue to contend with all the time

Ekphrasis is
“Creating art that interprets other inspirational created art”
In Pictorial art it is known as “After” so’n’so

It is generally expected to be cross genres
ie – Illustration to a book, dance to music, animated film to a comic, sculpture to a sketch, or painting inspired by music etc….


Just a posy to all my bubble mates
to wish you a very - and a Stunningly -

With for good measure a customary Christmas Tree - and a few to drape about! ☼Ü☼
and in case there are any little ones about learning the truth of the jolly red bloke -

I’m off for a few weeks starting Boxing day (home for the 8th) actually having a holiday (I think!) so I hope you all play nice while I’m gone! Ü
I hope your festive season is all you want it to be!
and your holiday period is relaxing, happy and safe!

See you all in 2011 !!!
Chookas! ♠☼♥Ü♥☼♠

Thank Goodness for Training!

An Amazing Experience that could have been dramatically worse!

G’day Bookers! ☼Ü☼

How’d your first summer weekend go?
Mine ended up chasing an ambulance for 3 hours to hospital
- well my son was in the back!

After a terriffic BLUDGE camp at Port Welshpool (Gippsland Vic – just above Wilson’s Prom) while we were packing up son Red and a few mates got into a tangle with a spring ride in the park and ended up with Dan on the ground in agony!

Red is FINE!!! – well very sore & sorry for himself but otherwise his spine is OK and he is up and walking (like a slow old codger but walking)
But a HUGE head’s up for the danger of rough and tumble play around objects – now you can see why us caring adults try to curb it, cos sometimes it can HURT!

The hospit…

The final countdown: A pep talk from Lindsey

G’day People’s of the Pen!
THIS IS IT!!!! 2 hours to go!

*This is it, Wrimos!
The moment when you defy the limits of what is possible; when your lungs are burning from the effort and your muscles tremble with exertion. You’ve got sweat in your eyes and stains on your shirt but it just doesn’t matter—-‘cause you’re in it to win it.

50,000 words, that shiny purple winner bar, your winner goodies, the title of author, and eternal bragging rights are there in front of you just waiting to be claimed.

Victory is within reach, writer!

If you’re already sitting in the Winner Circle holding your certificate and wearing your winner shirt, congratulations! I can’t wait to join you. I still have many thousands of wo

A Final Pepmail - from Dave Eggers

G’day Peoples of the Pen!

♠☼ PROCRASTINATION thy name is mine! ☼♠
Oh man am I a procrastinator!
I have a mantra that reminds me to get on with living!
“Today is the Tomorrow I waited for Yesterday!”
mind you it’s nice to know I’m not alone! Would you like to go for coffee and we can chat about it? ☼Ü☼

*Dear NaNoWriMo Author,
Is procrastination a problem for you? Really? You think you have a problem?

Here’s procrastination: The organizers of NaNoWriMo asked me three months ago to write this pep talk, and I’m only writing it now, after blowing three deadlines, after avoiding ten reminders. I was asked to write a pep talk for NaNoWriMo, and I’m actually writing it after the month started. So whatever procrastination problems you have, I probably…

Nanowrimo Home Stretch!

G’day Peoples of the Pen!
The last word from Lauren the Melbourne Leader to help us Wrimo’s to fuinish up!

Hello lovely Wrimos!

If you have already reached 50k, validation is now available on the site. Go forth and get your purple bar! (And, if you haven’t already donated, a golden halo is the perfect complement to a purple bar…)

The last few write-ins are as follows:
Complete Post, tonight 7.30 PM until tomorrow morning about 10.30 AM. There are doughnuts and chips and there will be pizza, plus a quiet room for dedicated novelling and a TV room for break times. Thanks to Monique for hosting this and for all of her help over the month!
Sunday: Geelong write-in at Hermina’s, details at http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/node/3725068
Sunday: Croydon write-in at Aimee and

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