Australian Reading Hour

Today is Australian Reading Hour.

The idea is to pick up a paperback book and read for an one hour by yourself or with your children. You can read anytime of 14th of September, that suits you, as long as all devices are turned off for an hour and a physical book is in your hand.

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Absence and chaos


I noticed the last few posts have been excusing my absence on my blog.

My schedule is chaotic. I gained extra work, tutoring primary school children literacy and teaching creative writing to high school (middle school) young adults. All in order to save for a car and to, hopefully, go full-time writing at the end of the year with a decent amount of savings.

Amongst the chaos, I have been editing my draft. It is taking me slower than expected but forward at any pace is better than nothing.

In this chapter, I hope I haven't lost any followers or a potential blogging audience.

Be patient with me and inform me of how your current WIP is going.

#DWTSmith #chaos

The way it was 

If you have not noticed but lately I have posted questionnaires I conducted with other bloggers.

I greatly appreciate the people who gave the time to participate. There is many more to be posted, however they will be published among my normal posts.

I have been out of rhythm lately with my posts and I have been focusing more on editing my draft. 

My #fantasyfriday, weekly posts of short stories and poems have been neglected for too long. 

‘Everything will be the way it was, I promise’


#DWTSmith 

Hobart, Tasmania

There is a reason why I haven’t posted anything for a while. 

I am in Tasmania with my family for my mother’s 60th birthday.

I have limited internet but to follow up on one of my recent posts.

The questionnaire.

I will begin to post the participants soon. Thank you to all that were willing to participate.
Thank you 😊 

#DWTSmith #hobart

First novel finished! 

I finished the draft of my first novel!!! 
I couldn’t be any more excited and proud of myself. Four months ago I started my book and this what it looks like now; 5 A4 books and 2 A5 art diaries. 

I don’t have a title for it. There are a few I wrote down but until I am 100% sure I will leave it as Untitled. 

For those that seem the light is far away, don’t give up ✌️😃 — feeling proud.

#DWTSmith #accomplished

Student Testimony

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Opportunities are everywhere.

I was asked to do an interview for Open Universities Australia in my local paper. I was more than okay to participate (Why Douglas studied online).

Open Universities Australia were more than happy with my interview and offered me an online, video interview. As an aspiring author that needs to be in the public spotlight as much as possible, I did it. It was an experience and I am grateful I accepted the opportunity.

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Black Suits and Ties

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A year ago, I wrote this short story whilst waiting at Central Station for my train.

I did a lot of writing while I commuted, it passed the time and there was a diverse range of people showing different character traits that I a could, as a writer, observe and write.

I hope you enjoy. I would appreciate some feedback if anyone has some to offer; I love constructive criticism.


 

“Next stop, Central Station. This train terminates at Central Station; please take all your belongings and rubbish with you. Thank you,” said the voice of the city rail train.

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Villanelle

Writing different forms of poetry tests your ability to write. Just like my other post with short stories; it’s writing outside your comfort zone.

Here is a villanelle, for those who don’t know what a villanelle poem is:

5 tercets (3 line stanzas) with ABA rhyme scheme, followed by 1 quatrain (4 line stanza) with ABAA rhyme scheme. The first and third lines of the tercet are alternately repeated as are the last lines of the remaining stanzas.

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Burimen Brothers V

#Fantasyfriday is here.

The fifth installment for my online novel is here!

And all the previous installments are here!

I,     II,    III,   IV.

Enjoy!


 

Dragons fire-breath scorched the grass plains, men and women rode bears through the defence lines; and eagles swooped at the catapults firing boulders. Chaos was amongst the world and a man, morphed with his horse, shouted to his army to charge at the animal riders. People burned and animals crushed by the launched boulders. I watched from a hilltop in the distance. Alone and divided, I was between the two forces. Bushes rustled behind me, I spun around and a lady on a snow leopard pierced her spear into my navel.

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