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By: shakatoah
Category: Short Story - Other
Rating:
10.0
Views: 974
Comments: 2
A story I submitted to a competition but didn't get placed so I'm sharing it here for your enjoyment. Some of the terms might seems particularly Australian so if they don't make sense to my overseas readers, please let me know. Basically, the story is about the unlikely friendship of two girls, one an islander and one from the city, who, despite their differences and the unsettling trials of adolescence, manage to stick together. There's a twist at the end for those of you who like a twist in the tail/tale.
By: shakatoah
Category: Children's Stories - Ages 9-12
Rating:
10.0
Views: 1578
Comments: 8
This piece was inspired by a documentary I saw some years ago. It held me spellbound; horrified; and I couldn't sleep before I'd churned out this story of war and religious conflict. The sentiments expressed by the soldier, who is the main character in the story, were expressed in similar fashion by those soldiers interviewed for the documentary. They were barely holding it together psychologically and emotionally; using all sorts of justifications and rationalizations for what they felt they had to do in order to protect their own.
By: shakatoah
Category: Short Story - Drama
Rating:
10.0
Views: 1811
Comments: 7
My thoughts on aging. I have a feeling all my punctuation is wrong in these verses. If anyone has any suggestions for improvement, I'd love to hear them.
By: shakatoah
Category: Poetry - Free Verse
Rating:
10.0
Views: 1308
Comments: 8
I've been asked to post 'A Lady in Waiting' since I was chosen as winner of the October (I think) Writing Room poetry contest and being slack, it's taken me this long to get around to it. So here 'tis...with all its Aussie spelling. Words like 'armour' are slowly but surely changing to the more American 'armor' but I hang on to my literary beginnings while I can. :)
By: shakatoah
Category: Poetry - Free Verse
Rating:
10.0
Views: 1705
Comments: 3
This is the second instalment of 'Out of Bowland', which some of you have requested and have been very patient in waiting for me to post it. I've been away from my computer and internet access for some time. For those of you who haven't read my first instalment or have forgotten because I've taken so long to get on with it :), this extract won't make much sense without part one, so I hope you'll dig it up and read it. A little adventure, a little supernatural and a tricky problem to solve. Could the future of Mother Earth depend on the decisions of an adolescent girl? Tara hopes not...but with a heart as big as hers, opting out simply isn't an option.
By: shakatoah
Category: Novel / Novella - Super-natural
Rating:
not yet rated
Views: 503
Comments: 0
This is the first chapter of a novel I began writing for the Nanowrimo competition - or however you spell it. Unfortunately, life intervened and I had to go and look after family for a week or so; meaning I have no chance of completing the 50,000 words by the end of this week! However, it's been a bit of fun and I'll keep writing this one if you think it's worth a giggle or two. I write largely for adolescents though often have trouble selecting the correct age category. I think it depends greatly on the level of maturity of the reader. There's an Aussie flavour; an environmental message; a touch of adventure and a spicing of the supernatural. Perhaps by the end of it, there'll be the beginning of a teenage romance??? Tara says, 'Yuck! You're kidding me, right?'
By: shakatoah
Category: Children's Stories - Ages 9-12
Rating:
10.0
Views: 1492
Comments: 3
This is a personal rant really, about something that happened to me yesterday and which, in my frustration, I was compelled to put on paper...or on screen. It demonstrates the inherent powerlessness of women in our day to day lives, played out all over the world in ways that are much more distressing than we can hope to imagine in a supposedly egalitarian society like Australia. Powerlessness is a pervasive feeling for women; it sits on our shoulders and watches like a spectre, daring us to speak up, embrace our strength and became who we truly are. It belts us back down again a hundred times a day. If there are any men reading this, please ask yourselves what it must feel like to be treated as second best...as not quite an adult...in every waking moment of every day. I know I'm ultimately responsible for changing the status quo, at least in and around my own existence...it is just that, sometimes, I am very, very tired. It's the hallmark of oppression - keep 'em tired, keep 'em poor, they won't be able to put up any resistance.
By: shakatoah
Category: Special Interest - Woman and feminist
Rating:
10.0
Views: 652
Comments: 8
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