Photo Challenge: Gathering

In response to the Daily Post’s weekly Photo Challenge

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The challenge this week could be interpreted in any way, and I thought of the multi-coloured chili bush growing in my neighbours’ front yard. I have walked past this thing, practically spilling out onto the footpath, for over two years now. This week is the first I week I actually picked a few to use in some Indian dinners!

Okay, okay, it’s not stealing exactly. Look how many chilies are growing on this thing! Also, it’s from a garden outside a massive apartment block, so surely it’s there to service more then one person? I have no idea who actually owns/grows it. Maybe it doesn’t need any help. Maybe it’s just this magical chili bush that grew out of some discarded seeds one day. Either way, it makes food delicious!

On another note…

I have not posted in several months (being flat out with uni assessments and things) and then I wondered if I should even go back to blogging. But I was feeling an… absence. Of purpose? Of fulfillment? I don’t know, but I spoke to a few friends who encouraged me to go back 🙂 I honestly don’t know how often or how regularly I will be able to post in the new year, but I have to remember this is a hobby and not a chore. I will post as long as I am having fun, and I’m looking forward to having some fun dabbling in the interwebs once again 🙂

Cheers everyone! Happy holidays!

@RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge: Future & Give

Future investment

Giving care to your children

Gratitude repaid.

Hm, I think I’m a bit rusty with my haikus. What I wanted to say is that I’m really grateful to my parents, for everything they’ve done for me. In turn, I want to be positive part of their lives.

Thanks for the inspiring prompt, Ronovan 🙂

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Empowerment – the importance of having a voice

Truly excellent commentary on the importance of not dismissing a child’s voice. Well worth a read!

Norah Colvin

In a previous series of posts I wrote about science inaccuracies in a picture book and questioned with whom lay the responsibility for providing young children with correct information.

While this post builds upon those posts, it also takes a divergent path: the need for children to have a voice; to be empowered to ask questions, to state their needs and report wrongdoings.

On a highly respected educational website Scholastic, with the by-line “Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life.”, in an article about Eric Carle author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, children are told that

“Eric already knows that a caterpillar emerges from a chrysalis, not a cocoon! So don’t bother writing to tell him.”

This seemingly innocuous statement may be easily overlooked but packs a powerful message.

What does it tell children?

The author has been told many times, already knows and isn’t going to…

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Versus Blurb Hiatus

Hi Everyone,

I have been struggling to get my posts up for the past couple of weeks, and though I had a few days there where I was able to join in the weekly Flash Fiction that Charli runs, Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge, and the Daily Post’s Photo Challenge, after this week I honestly need to call a hiatus.

I anticipate I will be back blogging Sunday 28th June. Yes, that’s a month. I wish I had time to devote to this wonderful community, but right now I need to buckle down to focus on my studies and completing my practical component of teaching. Come the end of June, the Winter Break will have started and should be able to catch up with all of you once again.

As such, I will be unable to accept any more books to review during this time. Those who I have accepted for this time period, I will do my best, but I am not honestly confident I will get to everyone. I will try.

See you in a month!

There Are SO Many Collections Out There!

Bundles to tickle every fancy, compiled by Leiah 🙂

So, I Read This Book Today

Have you noticed how many book collections there are out there these days? Multiple authors get together and donate a story to a Limited Edition Book Bundle based upon a theme. I have several of these, and have found new authors to love in nearly every one, as well as new stories by authors I already know. Since today is the start of a new week, I thought I would toss some of the bundles out there for you. Some stories you will like in a collection, some you may not, but for the price, these are GREAT bargains! They range from .99 to FREEE! They are in no particular order, just as I come across them on my tablet. There are a lot of bundles out there – search Amazon for “Book Bundles for Kindle” or “Free Book Bundles for Kindle”. You can also search “Collections” and then search…

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Book Review: The BlackSwan Inheritance

Thank you Heena for reviewing my book!

The Reading Bud

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Author: Marigold Deidre Dicer 
Release Date: January 26th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal | Urban Fantasy 
Edition: Kindle (mobi)
Pages: 235 
Publisher: Self Published
Source: Author
Buy it here: Amazon

Blurb

The Black Swan is native to Australia, unrelated to the pure White Swan of Europe. She is found in the strangest of places – from ugly mines to ordered farmland, beautiful bush to battered beach. Yet, she always shies away from humanity. The Black Swan is always beautiful, surprisingly resilient and very, very powerful. Most Black Swans are wise enough not to use that power to challenge the status quo. Most… Anita had the kind of reputation in high school that no one wants to carry into adulthood, especially since she wants to be a doctor like her dad. Now at university, she is determined to be good, but one little end-of-semester celebration can’t hurt, right? Well it…

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Provo Girl

Another entertaining story from Rob!

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PROVO GIRL

By

Robert Robinson

Word count: 1,392

Most mornings on the Provo are foggy—at least that’s how I remember them. It was the kind of fog that feels wet and cold on your cheeks, a dense, snug fog. I fished the river many times when fly fishing was new to me, but there are ghosts in the fog now, at the edge of sight.

I was in the middle of a ninety-nine day fishing trip—I don’t remember now why I didn’t make it an even hundred—fishing eight- to twelve-hours a day, staying in the river until it seemed like the banks were moving instead of the water. Thirty-years ago, I fished with more urgency than I do now that I live in the Intermountain West and good trout water is only a thirty-minute drive in any direction. I fished hard, couldn’t get enough of it. I was so focused…

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Sunday Stills the Next Challenge: 100 years +

Irene’s response to Ed’s Sunday Stills challenge – she credits my flash fiction as a little inspiration! 😀

Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)

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I read Marigold’s response to the 99 word flash fiction which immediately had me remembering my visit to Angkor Wat and surrounds. All well over 100 years old. Indeed this temple, Ta Prohm Temple, was constructed in the 12th and 13th century.

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There are fewer Buddhist bas relief narratives here and one theory believes that much of it must have been destroyed by Hindu on the death of Jayavarman VII who had a period of rule where he undertook much building and public works.

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The encroaching trees are everywhere. Wikipedia tells of Angkor scholar Maurice Glaize who observed, “On every side, in fantastic over-scale, the trunks of the silk-cotton trees soar skywards under a shadowy green canopy, their long spreading skirts trailing the ground and their endless roots coiling more like reptiles than plants.”

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AWRW Interview of Paranormal Urban Fantasy Author: Marigold Deidre Dicer

My interview with the dangerous well-read woman – April Wood!

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Welcome, everyone!

Marigold Deidre Dicer has been reading since she fell in love with Enid Blyton’s mysteries at the tender age of eight years old. She began writing full length stories at fifteen years old, and the novelty hasn’t worn off. 🙂 Please welcome paranormal urban fantasy author, Marigold Deidre Dicer, to A Well Read Woman blog! I encourage everyone to leave her  a supportive comment!

Hi Marigold. Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed on A Well Read Woman Blog! Please, tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Well, I’ve gone back to uni to become a high school teacher, since my career in geology didn’t… ugh… let’s just say working in a literal hole wasn’t the dream job I hoped it would be. I’ve always loved reading, way, way back to the hungry, hungry caterpillar days, though Enid Blyton was the first author whose books I…

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Book Review: The Black Swan Inheritance by Marigold Deidre Dicer

Jade has reviewed my book! Thank you Jade!
Check out a fellow Aussie blogger 🙂

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Title: The Black Swan Inheritance   The Black Swan Inheritance

Author: Marigold Deidre Dicer

ISBN: 9780994225306

Published: November 2014 by Smashwords Edition

Genre: Paranormal, New Adult, Urban Fantasy

Pages: 235

Source: I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Description:

The Black Swan is native to Australia, unrelated to the pure White Swan of Europe. She is found in the strangest of places – from ugly mines to ordered farmland, beautiful bush to battered beach.

Yet, she always shies away from humanity.
The Black Swan is always beautiful, surprisingly resilient and very, very powerful. Most Black Swans are wise enough not to use that power to challenge the status quo.
Most…

Anita had the kind of reputation in high school that no one wants to carry into adulthood, especially since she wants to be a doctor like her dad. Now at university, she…

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