10 Years ago￼ ￼I won a competition to go to the book launch of Bryce Courtenay’s book ‘The Story of Danny Dunn’. It Included lunch, free books, book signing, and more. I sat next to Bryce and at lunch, he didn’t want to eat his Beetroot and I told him how much I loved it so he put it on my plate and I ate his beetroot. ￼It still makes me smile 😃
I sat next to him￼. Every time I talk￼ed He would squeeze my hand and smile. He talked about his books and the story behind them. I told him about my life story in private and he said that he wanted me to publish my book. wow 😮
We talked about many things, including the fact that his best friend was my Great Uncle – Geoff Pike – who partnered with him on creating the Louie The Fly animated advertisement. Bryce wrote the jingle and Geoff drew and animated the ad. star 🌟
They later collaborated on the Cadbury Yowie – an Australian version of Kinder Surprise that featured information sheets on Australian animals and whether they were endangered, extinct, at-risk or common. The information also Included ecology (habits) and the food they liked to eat. 🐟
I have loved Bryce Courtenay’s book ‘The Power of One’ which saved my life. I was bullied atrociously at school and would not be here today if it wasn’t for Bryce. strong💪
Go to your local library and read his books. You’ll be glad you did.
1. Power of One
2. The Potato Factory
3. April Fools Day
4. The Family Frying Pan
5. Matthew Flinder’s Cat
Meeting Bryce was the highlight of my life. He was an amazing human being and it was a surreal experience sitting next to him and being hugged by him.
I have been working 16-18 hour days since 1991 when I started a Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Science for one year.
I switched to a Bachelor of Education in 1992, graduating with a Bachelor of Teaching in 1997 then Bachelor of Education in 1999.
I then taught in primary schools until December 2000 when I moved to Tasmania and retired from being a Primary School teacher.
I have been making websites since 1995 and professionally since December 2000.
I focused on working for businesses that I endorsed and believed in. I kept my rates low so I could work with small businesses and then started social media management and mentoring.
Again, If it wasn’t for Bryce my light would have been extinguished in 1997 when I was 16 and was being bullied daily and I started believing the atrocious things I was told.
My life story is going to be called An Instant On The Lips. There is an old saying my mother would say:
‘An instant on the lips, a lifetime on the hips’
So many sayings and phrases like that were used and I now realise
‘An instant on the lips, a lifetime on the psyche’
I have a website http://www.aninstantonthelips.com.au and I mostly focus on food but I will be writing articles and embedding videos that helped me heal and come to the place and space I am in today.
Someone who doesn’t play the nasty or hurtful words of others on a loop until they believe them as fact. Especially words from those with alcohol addiction and where they can say atrocious, toxic, soul-destroying words and sayings that wound and can, unless you release them, haunt you forever and allow them to influence your life.