NOT the biblical couple, but sharing much with those characters – like Sampson is strong and handsome (and shh… don’t tell anyone – easily led by a beautiful wench). In my scenario, Delilah is once again a skilful temptress – … Continue reading
To do some desperately overdue updating. Am I ashamed of the neglect?
Ohh YES! Look –
Working on updating and editing in every direction you can imagine.
I WILL be back ASAP… Promise!
Seriously, it’s just as well these ‘knitty gritty’ characters are so easy on our pockets – or our ‘still at home’ family would have remained static decades ago. (I’m not counting the ‘outside dog’ kids and the ‘inside cat kid’, They’re fairly ‘average’ in appetites and costs, and we can manage their needs, happily.)
Just imagine – kids who don’t flatten your food bill budget, have no need of clothing or shoe stores, don’t use up all your toilet paper daily and electricity hourly. No medical emergencies or acne or other teeny-bopper traumas. Kids who never talk back to you – only whisper their love when you’re REALLY ‘up close and personal’… kids who happily sit patiently in a corner until picked up for cuddles and photo shoots – like this one…
So when it comes time to face the burning issue- ‘To increase, or not to increase? That is the question.’ – the decision is a little easier in our case.
You may remember the kerfuffle late last year when Simon’s twin, Worzel Gummidge was found in Tasmania leaning over his mother’s shoulder as she valiantly tried to read out loud to her family. Here’s the link – Brothers re-united at last – believed to be twins. SO… when I stumbled over Scotty, in a charity shop in a small country town on the way home from Adelaide, I had a true deja vu moment. For a near-heart-stopping moment, I thought there were triplets. In truth, I believed this improbability until the moment I did the photo-shoot of the sadly separated pair. THEN I saw the size difference and could only guess at the gut-wrenching parting they’d endured.
The long-lost brothers, separated from birth are ecstatic to be reunited. They tell me they’d always sensed something missing in their lives. The resemblances are uncanny – the robin red-breasts on their right arms, the lady birds on their left feet, trousers, hat, blue bowtie, straw poking out every which way. There’s only two differences I can find so far. Scotty has a mouse on his hat with a long, long tail, and he wears a button up jacket with a flower in the lapel. Probably hasn’t done too much crow-scaring yet. Looks to be just a tad of a lad yet. Simon assures me he will teach Scotty all the big, ferocious stuff.
Since then, and because we are now related in a rather unusual fashion, Carol Ann Martin discovered and sent me another member for my Knitty Gritty family, and I won’t bother with a link this time, because Molly’s story follows straight on from this one.
I have yet another small member to add to the Knitty Gritty family, but think he just might need a story of his very own. Back soon as I can.
Congratulations are in order!
We’ve had a new addition to our family.Look –
She’s a beautiful little girl we’ve called Molly, and you can see how happy the rest of the Knitty Gritty kids are. Will you look at those cheerful smiles? Even Sally and Sammy, the disabled kids in the back row are smiling. Despite not being able to see her, they can feel the love pouring out of every stitch of the others.
and the cover looks like this –
Burning questions are posed… and answered –
Can Delilah capture the heart of the partner of her dreams?
Will Sampson ever be able to trust fully again?
Can smalls and talls treat these aliens kindly?
What more will Sampson learn on this fateful day?
These and other poignant but pressing questions are all answered when Sampson meets Delilah.
*** Ohh… after a visit to my Amazon sales page I felt disappointed to see it wasn’t long enough for my readers’ ‘Look Inside’ to truly look inside the story. Hmm…
First I thought to give you the beginning of the story here for free. It starts like this – Continue reading
The first ‘new kid’ is actually the self-publishing site itself called Tablo Publishing.
I learned about it on The Drum at ABC Business News – sounded interesting, so I’m giving it a go.
So the next ‘new kid on the block’ is my latest small children’s book –
and the cover looks like this –
It’s true. Just look at the photos below. On the left, my Simon Scarecrow, of ‘Small Knitty Gritty Folk Tales’ fame, and to the right, his long-lost twin, being read to by author Carol Ann Martin.
It was just one of those Destiny moments. I was idly checking the LinkedIn groups I belong to, focusing on the Australian and NZ Authors group and found that Carol Ann Martin was announcing a new Facebook page she has recently created. The name captured my imagination and I just had to go and check it out. Look what I found –
At last it’s free again – today Wednesday 19th through Thursday 20th.
It’s focus is on fun – with jokes and riddles and quite a bit of subtle educational activities hidden behind the opportunities for laughter and enjoyment. This eBook could create some wonderful sharing moments between parent and child. I dream of such an outcome.
“I thought you were getting ready to write more about me!” Ted Bear snorts.”I thought I scrubbed up pretty well in my other two stories.” He points to my Kindle reader. He’s quite taken with this new piece of technology, even though he’s in black and white on this one. Ted has seen himself in living colour on the ‘big’ screen of my computer and is most impressed with seeing his name and face ‘up there in lights’, so to speak. It was him who insisted on that photo in front of my computer, with one of his book covers featuring behind him. (That’s in his section of the Gallery). His ego can be unbearably inflated at times.
First our Mum swirled us around in soapy water and tried to tell us to close our eyes and imagine it was a Spa Bath. Then she whizzed us around at a furious pace in her spin-dryer, and tried to tell us to close our eyes and imagine we were on a Centrifuge Ride at the Royal Show. Next she arranged us all in her wash-basket and put us in the shade until later afternoon (so we wouldn’t get sunburned), and told us to imagine we were on a beach in Bali. Well… with our luck we’d probably get Bali Belly or similar. And finally, we’re all sitting on her bookshelf because that’s next to her and Dad’s office, so she can fetch each one of us in to the Computer – to inspire her, she says.
It’s true and it’s published on Amazon and it looks like this –
Yes, it is a repeat of the cover of the original ‘Small Folk Rhymes’, but with variations, and one marked difference that you get just a hint of on the front cover – FUN + ACTIVITIES.
Here are all the beloved characters from my first e-book for children – ‘ The Lonesome Shoe’, and ‘A Carrot Tale’, and ‘Echidnas… ‘ – all of them are back to entertain you and yours in new and humorous ways. Gently educating whilst tickling the funny bone of all readers (tall and small), and encouraging participation and most importantly, sharing! Continue reading
the Author (namely me, Christine) – now who else, this time but the creator, the rhymster (?) – NOT brave enough to call myself a poet. (poets everywhere breathe a loud sigh of relief!)
There is one rhyme about one of our most beloved Aussies, called –
ECHIDNAS ARE NOT KIDDING
“Why DID the Echidna cross the road?
To check out the tourist ants’ motel, of course.”
Who said they don’t like carrots? Certainly not the Rabbit, look –
… and there are elephants… in the garden??
… and here are even more friends – from the ‘I’m Your Friend’ rhyme
… some of the most delightful characters you could wish to meet, like –
Cows and bees, cats and mice, hens and ducks, dogs and foxes,goats and geese, horses and rabbits,pigs and frogs and sheep – all farm friends in the ‘I’m Your Friend’ rhyme. Continue reading
A delightful review by Jacqueline Ruiz of Readers’ Favorite saw her truly ‘get’ my message about the joys of antiquated words.
In her review – here – she wrote some wonderful words of her own, describing mine. Welcome statements like –
‘Her poems are quirky and fun to read and, I must say, highly relevant to the meanings of the “extinct” words’, and –