Happy New Year to all those who have interacted with me on the Green Monkey Publications website, as well as to those who might have just come across this particular creative space for the first time. Sebastian de Ververt joins me and Craig Carden by saying:
Have de Happee New Year.
Have de fun.
Have de laughter.
Don be naughtee.
Well, not too much…
Take care. Stay healthee.
Keep swinging creativelee.
Frum Sebastian de Vervet,
everyone’s favourite jumpee monkey
Those who have read Craig Carden’s ‘Easter Beside an Estuary’ have called it a “beautiful love story” and ‘tenderly written”. Brad Peters and Karl van Aswegen meet at a top boarding school, where they fall in love. Their affair reaches its height on a citrus farm in rural Zululand, South Africa. They ride together, swim naked, fish and make love. Brad, the blond and highly artistic one and Karl, the dark-haired sport player, want their closeness to go on forever. Karl’ s turbulent and brooding older brother Stephan, the crocodiles in the river and the snakes in the steamy undergrowth, are not their only danger. One far, far greater comes out of a hot South African night…
I encourage you to click on the link and, hopefully, you will soon be embroiled in the story of love, joy and pain that was Brad and Karl’s time in a flawed Eden.
Merree Christmas an de Happee New Year
Sebastian de Vervet says dat if you are
de one celebrating Christmas den
an den I’m tinking, tinking it’s also time for
de New Year.
I’m saying, ‘’Happee, Happee New Year.’’
Have some fun.
May de good times come.
Don be naughtee. Well, not too much…
I’m making special wishes for those
May you make your best work yet
be it painting, prose or poetry.
Sebastian de Vervet
Andrew Pender-Smith and Craig Carden of Green Monkey Publications say “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” too.
Hip Hip Hooray! ‘THAT’S FANTASTIC!’ the third children’s story in the ‘Be Brave’ series by Andrew Pender-Smith has just been released. I encourage you to take a look by clicking on the link http://www.amazon.com./dp/B078HF378N
The others in the series are ‘Floating into Happiness’ and ‘Singing and Clapping’.
The photo at the top of the page was used to create the cover.
‘An Absolute Killing’, a new novelette by Andrew Pender-Smith, has just been published on Amazon kindle by Andrew Pender-Smith. It is the latest in a number of short works he has written in the suspense/horror and mystery genres. Click on the link to see the book and learn more about it. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0786NMF6C
The photo was used for the cover of the novelette.
A Gift For Life
To every mother and father,
and gran and grandpa, too.
Here’s an important message
that’s meant just for you.
If you want the child in
your life to get ahead.
You need to expand his mind.
You need to feed what’s in his head.
Read aloud to your child
every day of your life.
Read stories about anything,
even those that are fantastic and wild.
You’ll build his vocabulary.
Help him to think.
He’ll be able to visualise
and become very wise.
As readers are leaders,
help him become one, too.
Let him learn of this.
Let him learn of that.
Start reading him a story.
Begin right now.
One word at a time.
Whether it’s prose,
or whether it’s rhyme,
you’ll give him a gift for a lifetime.
PS. I didn’t mean to offend.
I truly did not.
Don’t think of me as a beast
as this doesn’t come least:
If your child is a girl,
of course you’ll read just
as much to her, too.
© Andrew Pender-Smith
Rhyming Answers Game
A little lateral thinking can go a long way to encourage the mind to come up with new ideas. The ‘Rhyming Answers Game’ is a fun way to keep thinking fresh. I have used this with students of dramatic arts and English. The game always proves lively and entertaining, and it definitely enhances their abilities as thinkers and communicators.
In essence, they are asked to answer a question in rhyme. It may be one they come up with themselves or one that is given to them. Here are two examples:
Q. Do you like insects?
No, not really.
They have too many
Spindly legs and when
They move, I think they look
Mad and scary.
Q. Would you love to go to outer space?
I think it would be amazing.
I would fly through the Milky Way
And do close-up star gazing.
I’d do flick-flacks all along
Jupiter’s glowing ring
And sing a rock song
I’d float way above every moon
And shout down to Earth ‘’I love
It up here so I won’t be coming back
Any time soon.
That’s it for now. Thank you for reading.
As per usual, ‘’Happy Creating’’.
Please note: I first came across this game in a book called Party Games for Children by Mary Vivian.
This attractive photo was used for the cover of ‘Singing and Clapping’ a story for children in the 7-9 age-group. ‘Singing and Clapping’ sees Linda the potato who loves everything pink, Sylvester the carrot with long purple hair, and Big Bruce the blue balloon share another adventure. The story is the second in the ‘Be Brave’ series. The first story is called ‘Floating into Happiness’. Both stories can be found on Amazon Kindle.
Singing and Clapping – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0765RB1QH
To find out how these three characters came into being, you can scroll down to visit an earlier post called ‘Creating Characters from Objects’.
To those involved in the arts, ‘Happy Creating’.
Colouring Your Communication – Creating Original Idioms
Say ‘Goodbye’ to cliché. Writers and speakers are often a big switch-off if they use idioms that have been overused. If you take time to create some of your own it will help enliven your communication, and help you be a more original voice. I have come up with three to illustrate:
He was as happy as a hungry dolphin in a sardine shoal.’ One of the most commonly used idioms for expressing great happiness is: ‘He was as happy as a lark’.
Instead of saying that someone is ‘as old as the hills’ I came up with: ‘She was as old as the first dinosaur’s mother’.
How many of you know the idiom ‘He was totally legless’? It means the man had far too much alcohol to drink and, as a result, couldn’t stand. To put it more prosaically, he was drunk. After a bit of thought, I typed out: ‘He was like a sad old goat trying to walk on ice’.
Now try creating your own idioms in different contexts. All the ones in common usage were once new. One created by you might be used by others and gain you some recognition in the process. Have a good time trying.