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Flash Fiction: Beyond Fame…the Wilderness.

“Oh how the mighty have fallen!” Maggie swooned in an Oscar-winning performance.

At least, it would’ve been if that horrid flock of dolly birds hadn’t knocked her off her perch. Stolen her limelight.

Marriage and kids would have been an honorable exit.

Not this!

More than once she’d thought about mixing those blessed headache powders with a sherry. Yet, as much as she longed to feel absolutely numb, she didn’t want to die. She just wanted to hear their applause one more time!

Yet, the sands had almost slipped through the hour glass and she couldn’t put them back.


Today, I’m responding to a fiction prompt from Charli over at Carrot Ranch Carrot Ranch: “In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about wild spaces. Is it a wilderness or a patch of weeds in a vacant lot that attract songbirds. What is vital to the human psyche about wild spaces? Bonus points for inducing something cute and furry.”

While my initial thoughts headed towards driving across Australia’s Nullarbor Desert where my “something cute and furry” involved road kill with an eagle stubbornly perched on top, I strayed towards the suburban wilderness…a forest of red roofs. This was how Maggie was born…the elderly movie star. We have a dreadful anti-smoking ad here where this woman who has had  head and neck cancer puts her blond wig on, teeth in, device in her neck and is now ready for the day here . This was the image that came to mind for Maggie. Imagine if you were an aged movie star and that was the only work you could get?  Definitely an encouragement to quit while you’re ahead…both in terms of a sagging career and the smoking.

Something tells me that Charli was looking for something else in  the wilderness but so often the story tells itself. We are just the hapless scribes.

xx  Rowena

Accepting the Very Inspiring Bloggers Award

I would like to thank Phoebe from Musings of  Puppydoc http://phoebemd.com/2015/01/05/blog-awards/ for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Bloggers Award.

I was so stoked to receive this award because after all my trials and tribulations, I would like to be able to inspire others to claw their way forward when they go through periods of adversity. If you are ever going through a phase of darkness, know that the sun never sets. That it’s always shining. It’s just they we don’t see it.

Three favourite quotes which have inspired me through times of hardship are:

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Calvin Coolidge

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

― Kahlil Gibran

The last quote came from our son’s pre-school teacher. Early childhood had some difficult moments, particularly due due my debilitating health which saw me hospitalised for 7 weeks when Mister was 3 and Miss was 18 months old. Initially, I would cynically snigger to myself that tomorrow would just bring more of the same but the reality was actually quite different. One day actually could be quite different to another.

“Tomorrow is another day.”

The Sun Set Byron Bay

Sun Set Byron Bay

Three things which have inspired me this week or in recent times are:

1) I heard TV interviews with the hostages who survived the terrorist siege in Sydney’s Lindt Cafe in Martin Place and I was incredibly touched and moved by their courage, survival skills and endurance. There were so many inspirational stories but I was particular moved by the thoughfulness of Marcia Mikhael who calm down two of the younger hostages when they had panic attacks and talked through through some relaxation and meditation techniques to calm them down. She also swapped places with them and moved from a very good vantage point where she could have escaped to being next to the gunman.

2) The outpouring of grief and compassion after the terrorist attacks in Martin Place, Sydney and in Paris. It was inspirational to see how good triumphed over evil.

3) I have signed up to be a part of a global blogging movement called #One Thousand Voices Speak for Compassion. where we will write a post about compassion on 20th February, 2015 …the International UN Day of Social Justice. Read more herehttps://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/bloggers-unite-for-a-better-world-1000-voices-speak-for-compassion/

You will find that many of the bloggers I have nominated live with chronic and serious medical conditions and refer to these on their blogs. I am inspired by their courage though great adversity and the love and encouragement they share.

There are also a few dog blogs on the list. These largely involve stories of dogs who have been rescued and lovingly given a new life yet still carry the emotional scars. There is also a blog about a therapy dog.

Here are the rules for accepting this award (purely voluntary):

1.  Thank the person who nominated you by including a link to his/her blog in your response, and display the award logo on your site.

2.  Nominate 15 other blogs (more or less). Include links to their blogs on your post, and inform them about the nomination.

3.  Mention three things that inspired you the most this week (you can talk about last week’s inspiration too or before that).

My nominations for the VIB award are as follows:

Miniscule Moments of Inspiration: http://www.kathunsworth.com

Bruises You can Touch: http://bruisesyoucantouch.com/

Journeyintopoetry: https://journeyintopoetry.wordpress.com

Yvonne Spence – http://yvonnespence.com/

Lizzi Rogers – http://summat2thinkon.wordpress.com/

Poetry Photos and Musings Oh my!    https://poetryphotosandmusingsohmy.wordpress.com/

Butterfly Mumma: http://butterflymumma.com/

Monika and Sam the therapy dog: Tails Around the Ranch: https://tailsaroundtheranch.wordpress.com/

Psychologistmimi: http://psychologistmimi.com/

Behind the White Coat : https://doctorly.wordpress.com/

#1000 Voices for Compassion: http://1000speak.wordpress.com/

Rachel Mankowitz: https://rachelmankowitz.wordpress.com/

Such Small Hands: https://lilyellyn.wordpress.com/about/

Ali Isaac Storyteller: http://aliisaacstoryteller.com/

Sirena Tales: https://sirenatales.wordpress.com/

Jackie at Lethargic Smiles: https://lethargicsmiles.wordpress.com/

I am Not A Sick Boy: http://iamnotsickboy.com/

Max the Dog: https://withinthekstreets.wordpress.com/  ….Max has inspired me with his very cute doggy looks and I now want to visit Hawaii.

Love & best wishes,


Yippee! Accepting the Versatile Bloggers Award.

I would like to thank Kim Gosselin from Chronic Conditions and Life Lessons Along the Way for nominating me for the Versatile Bloggers Award. I was so excited. This is my first blogging award. I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading her blog at: at http://kimgosselinblog.com/.

For more information about the Versatile Bloggers Award please click here: http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/about/

Rowena sea steps


The rules of acceptance for this award are to share 7 interesting facts about yourself in addition to nominating 15 other bloggers for this award.

  1. Like many babies born in July 1969, I was due to be born on the 20th July, the day that man first landed on the moon. It turned out that man might have been able to land on the moon but my father wasn’t allowed to attend my birth. The 60s were definitely complicated.
  2. I come from Sydney, Australia and currently live on the NSW Central Coast.
  3. I am married to Geoff and we have two children: Mister aged 10 and Miss who is 8. We have two dogs. Bilbo is an 8 year old Border Collie and Lady is a 2 years old Border Collie x King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.
  4. I have been serious about writing ever since my mum taught me to spell enthusiastic when I was 11 and gave me a thesaurus. Daggy but true, I have always loved reading the thesaurus and sometimes even the dictionary but I’ve never played with a calculator.
  5. I really love antiques and vintage anything and have quite a collection of antique teacups. Both my grandmothers cherished their collection of exquisite and mismatched teacups. I particularly love Shelley and Royal Albert. The collection started in the cabinet and has since escaped throughout the house. This passion bordering on obsession lures me into all sorts of what we in Australia know as “op shops” or charity shops despite the fact that our house is all ready busting at the seams.
  6. Before my mid 20s, I’d thought I was a picture of health. Had never been to hospital.That all changed when I was diagnosed with hydrocephalus or fluid on the brain when I was 25 and had surgery to insert a shunt which blocked. Had a year off work and rehab. Bad luck returned after the birth of our second child when I developed a severe auto-immune disease where my muscles attack themselves resulting in muscle weakness and loss. This disease started to attack my lungs and I had chemo to treat it last Christmas which has been effective but have trouble with chemo brain. My health is a fairly constant battle but in the words of Split Enz, I manage to stay “one step ahead”…sometimes only just.
  7. Four of my favourite quotes:

John Lennon: “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Calvin Coolidge
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr


Congratulations! Here are the 15 blogs which I am nominating for the Versatile Blogger Award. I highly recommend each of them and if you’ve been nominated, why don’t you also check out the other blogs on my list.There are a few life lessons, dog stories,travel and more.

Leadership Freak:   http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/

Smorgasboard- Variety is the Spice of Life: http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/

Within the K Streets: http://withinthekstreets.wordpress.com/

Outside the Lines: http://segmation.wordpress.com/

Humans are Weird: http://humansareweird.com/

Just so you Know: http://trinabartlett.wordpress.com/

Art Lark: http://artlark.org/

Rachel Mankowitz: http://rachelmankowitz.wordpress.com/

Little Steps   http://motherslittlesteps.com/

Goan Imports: http://goanwiki.com/

Christian Mihai: http://cristianmihai.net/

Lethargic Smiles: http://lethargicsmiles.wordpress.com/

One Mountain At A Time: http://savannahhardcastle.wordpress.com

Butterfly Mama: http://butterflymumma.com/

Give Me Five Minutes A Day and I’ll give you a happier, more successful life!  http://bradstanton.com/

You’ve Been Nominated…Now what?

For more information about the Versatile Bloggers Award please click here: http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/about/

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