Friday, September 17, 2010

The Family Homestead

FridayFlash Fiction

Family photos on faded tapestry walls. Antique furniture loved by all. Rusted bed springs that squeak at night, uneven floor boards that nearly make you trip. Royal carpet rugs heavy and dusty, it’s the closed up house that leaves a smell that's musty. The oldest has passed on, the youngest moved on. Not one in the family remains. The homestead has had its day.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Thoughts while reading After The Fall

To stay faithful to your partner is a daily choice. To stay in love with your partner is also a daily choice.

After the Fall by Kylie Ladd is filled with rich and wordy prose. Kylie indulges in the emotions and thoughts of those affected by infidelity.

I’m not going to go further into the story than that. There are already loads of great book reviews easily found online. Go read the book for yourself – you won’t be disappointed.

What I did love while reading this novel, is the thoughts and feelings it brought out in me. I am pro marriage. But in saying that I don’t think anyone should ever stay with someone if they are being abused or live in dangerous circumstances.

Marriage is something to cherish. Once consummated, there is something in the way we were created that we actually become one. To cheat or be unfaithful is to actually cheat or be unfaithful to yourself.

I also believe that we should never point the finger in judgement, because in a breath of uncontrolled temptation or lust, infidelity could catch out the most unsuspecting person.

Some relationships survive affairs and some don’t. I don’t think mine would survive. Perhaps it’s a weakness in me that I would never trust my husband again. I do often wonder, in the relationships that do survive infidelity, if there is complete rebuilding and restoration or if there is always a level is distrust.

This blog post is open for discussion. I welcome your thoughts on this matter.

If you have lived through infidelity and have read ‘After the Fall’ did you allow yourself to process past hurts while reading? (yes, you can comment anon if you don’t want the world to know)

I believe through reading fiction we can find hope or healing. What are your thoughts on fiction?

I have not been paid to do this review. These random thoughts come freely!

Monday, September 6, 2010

I Got Mail!

One of my children collected the mail and placed in front of me, an A4 envelope addressed to me in my own hand writing. I open it slowly to find one of my manuscripts returned, as crisp as I had posted it out a couple of months ago.

As a tear swells in my eye, I blink to read yet another rejection letter. I know that soon I will breathe, and the wind that was knocked out of me will return and I will find the courage to re-write and submit again.

The letter is personal and not generic. It states the down fall in my manuscript. They apologise for not being able publish my work.

I guess it is one of the nicer ways to be rejected.

Today I wallow.

Soon I will pull myself out of this pity-party.

I will continue to refine, rewrite, renew, revive, and resubmit.

It’s a journey.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

A 3rd Birthday and a Country Show

We had a wonderful day yesterday celebrating our youngest girl’s third birthday at a country show.

What made it even more fun is that we got to hang out with family for most of the day. And celebrate my niece's and nephew's birthdays.

I’m so thankful for my sister, who has taken fabulous photo and blogged her view of the day (which isn’t a whole lot different to mine)

So again…tonight I am writing – working on my novel – which by the way is going really well – and I don’t have time to write much more than this… so this is the link to my sister’s blog 'The Beaudesert Show & The Birthdays