Military Brats

Military Brat 3

My seventh school

The sea of strangers surrounds me

I introduce myself to a girl in the lunch queue

“Why did you join in the middle of the year?”

I tell her my parents are in the navy.


She says, her face calculating.

“You’re one of those.”


Mother’s eyes are stone.

“Later, I’ll inspect your room.”

Look down, nod. “Yes, ma’am.”


Every night, we watch the news.

The war footage is hellish and with every death they announce a fresh terror seizes me.

I keep checking the photos, but it’s never my Father.

Relief fills me… but then I feel guilty;

Somewhere in the world a family is mourning.

What right do I have to feel relieved?

The news theme tune is the soundtrack to my nightmares.

The cycle never ends.


Kreativ Blogger & One Lovely Blog Award

A thousand thanks to Daniel, author of Words Form Windows, who nominated me for the One Lovely Blog award and the Kreativ Blogger award! So, as tradition goes, it must be my turn to nominate other fantastique bloggers to receive these awards and give some totally random facts about myself. So, here goes:

In no particular order, I nominate the following people:

Rosiki, because of her incredible photography and creative writing

Ermilia, because of their fantastic writing exercises and lovely comments

Helen, because of her epic stories and lashings of Muse

Anne Shilde, because of her wonderful encouragement and amazing stories

Kate, because of her beautifully unique blog and thoughtful posts

Scriptor Obscura, because of her heart wrenching and meaningful writing

And now for some totally random facts about me:

  1. I have never, ever had a nosebleed.
  2. I have a mole between my toes that for thirteen years my parents thought was a bit of dirt (they spent quite some time trying to scrub it off :))
  3. I think Spanish is a beautiful language and my favourite county is New Zealand
  4. My all-time favourite book is The Time Traveller’s Wife
  5. My all-time favourite fantasy world is the one found within the Percy Jackson series… and I would absolutely love to be a demigod!

The Tale Behind the Apocalypse

I’m sure you’ve heard about the apocalypse: the fact that the world is going to end in 2012. Well, this is the story behind that event. This tale either originated from the Aztec or the Mayan people.

Once upon a time, the world was full of human beings. The humans ate maize and grew into giants, but even these giants were unable to keep their heads above the water when a huge flood came. It swallowed the sun and ended the first age of the earth after 4,008 years. Nearly every giant on earth was drowned and turned into fish. But two humans survived by climbing the tallest tree.

These two people were called Nene and Tata and they started the human race all over again in the second age. But again, after 4,010 years, the world was destroyed again… this time by a great wind that came and blew out the sun. The wind blew so hard that humans had to cling to the trees with hands and feet and they even grew tails. They all turned into monkeys.

Again, two humans survived by standing on a rock. They started the human race off into the third age. After 4,081 years, the world was ruined by a great fire that destroyed the earth.

Of course, two humans survived and started the fourth age and, of course, the humans of the fourth age were wiped out by a rain of blood and fire. No food could grow and everyone starved.

…this brings us up to date – up to the fifth age, which is the one we live in now. The fifth age began in 3113 BC and will end with earthquakes on 21st December, 2012. So, start stocking up with tins of tomato soup and toilet rolls! I’m not really worried, as it’s probably never going to happen.

Still… I wonder who the two survivors will be?

Enjoy your 2012. Make it the best year yet.

The Valentich Incidence

21st October, 1978: The Valentich Incident

While flying over the Bass Strait between Tasmania and Australia, pilot Frederick Valentich radioed in that he’d spotted an enormous UFO. Neither he nor his aircraft were ever seen again.

At 19.06, Valentich radioed in to ask for information on other aircraft at his altitude and was told that there was no other traffic at that level. Valentich went on to explain that he could see a large unknown aircraft that was moving at high speeds. He said that the pilot of the other aircraft was, “purposely toying with him.”

At 19.09, Valentich began to describe the aircraft, saying it was “long, with a shiny metal surface and … illuminated by four bright landing lights.” This was followed by 28 seconds silence before Valentich reported that the aircraft had vanished. After a further 25 second break in communication he said that the aircraft was now approaching from the southwest.

At 19.12, Valentich reported that he was experiencing engine problems. There was a brief silence until he said, “its hovering and it’s not an aircraft,” The microphone was left open for 17 seconds, in which strange, metallic, scraping noises could be heard. Then all contact was lost.

For two weeks, the department of transport investigated into the cause of his disappearance, but was unable to find the cause. A sea and sky search was undertaken and two aircraft searched fruitlessly for over a week. But Valentich, and his aircraft, had vanished off the face of the earth.

Brooke Shaden Photography

A friend recently introduced me to Brook Shaden’s surreal photography. And before long, I was as addicted as she is!

I just love her work. They are so original, so imaginative, just brimming with ideas and creativity. Looking at them takes me away from this boring old world and into someplace where anything can happen.

The stories behind the pictures sometimes leap out at you, capture your heart… sometimes they take a while to reveal themselves. I feel inspired to write something – anything! – after looking at her fantastic work.

Each picture is its own story. Each has layers of meanings, hidden symbolism. They are beautiful, eerie, disturbing, emotional, freaky and brilliant.

Brooke Shaden says, “There is a particular feeling to all of my photographs, one that touches on the juxtaposition of the real yet surreal, a fantasy and a dream yet riddled with reality.”

Interested? Why not visit Brook Shaden’s website here.