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About Zena Shapter
I write from a castle in a flying city hidden by a thundercloud. Ditmar Award-winning author. Read me here: http://zenashapter.com/bibliography/
Writing mentor & editor. Creative support for writers & publishers. Inclusive creativity advocate. Founder NBWG, @ZFKingbolt, Art & Words Project & more.
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The stories and articles included in this volume are:
The Meeting on Infinite Stairs by Christopher Alan
A Struggle for Primacy by Brian Cato
Upgrade by Axel Schwarz
That Day at Grandma's by Gregory L. Norris
Magnets of the Soul by J. Robert Dewitt
The Philosopher Limitation by Y.X. Acs
Catch a Falling Star by Edward M. Lerner
The Back of Stars by Jake Teeny
Rolli and Curve by James Fitzsimmons
Grass Is Grass by Luc Reid
Dressed in Black by Filip Wiltgren
Fresh Frontiers, Inc by Jason Lairamore
Nested by Wole Talabi
The First Martian Church of God by David Wiley
Higher Powers by Lou Antonelli
MegaCats by Jonathon Burgess
The Persistence of Tim by Matthew F. Amati
Let The Tempest Hold Me Down by Zena Shapter
The Window by Denny E. Marshall
The Hemingway Hunter by E.J. Shumak
The Game of Lives by George Nikolopoulos
The Ethical Committee by Ray Blank
Red Dwarf’s Inquisitor and Judgement Day by Ben Zwycky
The Mote In God’s “I”Wanted: Childishness’s End by G. Scott Huggins
The Mote in God’s “I”: The God of the Large and Small by G. Scott Huggins
Lyrics are magical - they can instantly impact our emotions, entice our bodies to move, and... inspire other artists! Feel your way through this highly imaginative anthology of stories and songs, all inspired by lyrics, rhymes and chants from such diverse sources as U2, Dire Straits, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Hollies, The Eagles, Shakespeare, Les Misérables, Florence and the Machine, Moby and Muse.
Stories range from the humorous to life story, historical fiction, fantasy, sci fi, crime and mystery. There's something for everyone - even a musical script!
Creative minds connecting to invent and conjure, cast and delight!
"Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!" - J.K. ROWLING, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
"Who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once." - ROBERT BROWNING, The Complete Poetical Works of Browning.
Do You Hear the People Sing? - Sonia Zadro
Case 65726: The Lighthopper - Azmeena Kelly
The Search - Tara Ray
Song For A Moment In Time - Susan Steggall
The Air You Get - Zena Shapter
Hotel Coolangatta - Kate Mitchell
Honey Coming Back - Peter Fagan
True Believers - Phil Burgin
King, King Calowe - Millicent Davis
The Need For Witchcraft - Guy Hallowes
Treachery - Elise Robertson
I Don't Believe in Yesterday - Howard Reid
Brothers in Arms - Rose Saltman
2001, A Space Operetta - Mijmark
Message in a Bottle - Rodney Jensen
Meet the beasts hidden in plain sight, and the butterflies who soar above them. In this exciting collection of modernised fairytales, all sprinkled with dashes of Australiana, twelve amazing stories challenge archetypes, reflect the sentiments of today, and offer magical insight on prominent issues. It’s time to believe again!
“My heart has wings and I can fly. I’ll touch every star in the sky. So this is the miracle I’ve been dreaming of.” CINDERELLA
“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.” AUDREY HEPBURN
Bullets & Butterflies – Phil Burgin
Scarlet Eats Danger – Azmeena Kelly
Breadcrumbs – Tara Ray
Spellbreaker – Zena Shapter
Mermaids – Joanna Mawson-Lee
Away with the Fairies – Susan Steggall
Snoring Ugly – Mijmark
Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Suzi Green
A Thousand Years Hence – The Nursery Attendant and the Duct Maintenance Droid – Rodney Jensen
Dying for Love – Bronwen Bowden
Last Man Standing – Claire Hampson
Bachorella – Sonia Zadro
What would you do if a long-abandoned quarry near you started emitting a strange noise?
When things go wrong, we all react differently. Some things and people we will always care about.
Others, not so much.
One island, one noise, twelve authors – what could possibly go wrong?
“A ‘scream’ is always just that – a noise and not music.” CARL JUNG
“I frequently hear music in the very heart of noise.” GEORGE GERSHWIN
Midnight – Kylie Pfeiffer
Finding Jenna – Renee Jones
Guarding Temperance – Zena Shapter
One Last Adventure – Emily Antonio
No Matter How You Look At It – Suzi Green
Machinations – Chris Foster
Escape – Alexandra Cain
The Big Dipper – Sonia Zadro
Chasing Rabbit Holes – A.R Kelly
The Nematode Worms – Malibu Bert
Hark Now Harold, Angels Sing – Mijmark
Countdown At Quarry Lake – Rodney Jensen
Fifteen-year-old Emerald O’Shea and her mother, Catherine, make a living wrangling their lion, Dhoruba, who’s been hired to appear at a rock concert. But when an anti-music group, the Aletheia, send Jack to steal the rock star’s guitar, Emerald’s true calling is discovered. If she doesn’t accept the unwanted gift she’s been given, and leave her comfort zone, music and everything on which it depends will disappear. All life. All people. All existence. The entire universe as we know it…
“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” PLATO
Best Book WABIAD 2017
Fourteen-year-old Fingal O’Grady is convicted of theft and transported to Australia in the 1820s. Almost two centuries later, fourteen-year-old would-be beautician Abigail Harrington finds a mysterious spider amulet and their two worlds collide. When both children are kidnapped they realise they’re in possession of an object with enormous power. The Peacock Spider of Tien Shan leads them on an exciting and dangerous journey where nothing is what it seems.
Best Book WABIAD 2016
"“The narrative was a page turner, the story flowed seamlessly and the characterisation was fantastic. A good old fashioned time slip story! Perfect for middle grade readers.” Paul MacDonald, WABIAD Judge 2016
Contributors: the Northern Beaches Writers' Group: Zena Shapter (Author, Editor, Editor-in-Chief), Susan Steggall (Author, Editor, Illustrator), Chris Lake (Author, Editor), Kylie Pfeiffer (Author, Editor), Leah Boonthanom (Author), Madi Duncan (Author), Mijmark (Illustrator), and Kristin Prescott (Author).
*PROFITS TO THE KIDS' CANCER PROJECT, LEADING RESEARCH INTO CHILDHOOD CANCER*
Fifty percent of all profits from the sale of "The Time of the Jade Spider" will go to The Kids' Cancer Project for the first two years following publication.
No one knows thirteen-year old Bethlyn is ‘BGwarrior’, champion of the online survival game Tordon. But they do think she’s a cheat. So when she meets her fellow gamers outside the abandoned house of Tordon’s creator, and they discover her identity, her number one nemesis, Zane, pushes her inside. Beth pulls him in with her just as the door slams shut, trapping them both. Encountering a multitude of strange new worlds, the two of them must push their gaming skills to the limit if they’re to ever return home...
Who is the master and who the machine? This collection of twenty stories by the Northern Beaches Writers’ Group explores this question with horror, humour, pathos and philosophy. Whether it be in our own place and time, far in the future, the past, or in a universe of their own making, our authors grapple with the interface between humanity and its machines. Are the things we make ours to command? Will they always be? And who, exactly, is making whom?
Includes stories by the following Northern Beaches Writers' Group authors: Bronwen Bowden, Alexandra Cain, Harriet Cunningham, Chris Foster, J E Gaulton, Suzi Green, Carl Holm, Rodney Jensen, A R Kelly, P J Keuning, Chris Lake, Tony McFadden, Mijmark, Andrew Mills, Judith O’Connor, Kylie Pfeiffer, Gill Schierhout, Zena Shapter, Susan Steggall and Sonia Zadro.