Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ring in the New Year

It's been a strange old year, full of stuff.

Good and Bad.  But lets face it, in the bigger scheme of things with earthquakes and the bite of recession, it all makes my life look damned good.   Should be grateful. 

Professionally this was a reasonable year with a number of publications in Australia and New Zealand, but it's always the fish that gets away that disappoints after all it was, "...that big!"

Never mind, every set back is an opportunity, and I'm hoping to publish by Christmas next year.  So that's the new year's resolution, and I'm trying to assemble the pictures for it now.   The formal announcement will be later in the year when everything is ready to go :)

As for poetry.  It's been a light year for actually writing poetry, but the blog has somewhat taken off.  I've tripled my readership...and proved somewhat obliquely that sex really does sell.  So having comfortably passed the 10,000 views threshold the aim for 2012 is 20,000 and to maybe rack up a little spending money.   After all poetry isn't really pulling it's weight given the amount of time I waste writing the stuff  ;)  If only it wasn't so fun! 

So there we have it.

Another year over.  And I'm kind of pleased that it is.  Let's hope that 2012 will be a good year for everyone.  Happy New Year!  :)

A.J. Ponder 

 A.J. Ponder's work is available through Rona Gallery, Amazon, and good Wellington bookstores




Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Running away with a Christmas Sonnet



Go kiss your prince below the mistletoe
And hang those stockings high above the hearth
For Christmas is the one day you can show
The greatest love of all and peace on earth

Still, I wish you would take your Christmas cheer,
Pack the day with bows and loving care
And bundle it so far away from here
And don't you mention Grinches, don’t you dare.

For while the thought of presents makes some sing
And has the children dancing round the tree
Christmas makes me wish more than anything
That I could wash my hands and be set free-

Just wander off, enjoy the sunny beach
forget the rules, and
lie
in the
sun-drenched
sand.



And that was the plan this Christmas.  No stress.  Go to the beach.  

Yeah right.

ok the picture isn't of sun drenched sand,  - but that fin in the water is an orca whale :)




Anyway Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and all that, love to see you in the New Year.

A.J. Ponder 

 A.J. Ponder's work is available through Rona Gallery, Amazon, and good Wellington bookstores

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

An appreciation of action soundtracks in suburbia



The car is
carrying an orchestra
out
on a mission.

Excitement tumbles by
on the beach
on the beleaguered wharf
                                    in the air -
even the birds find new purpose
        as they      strike
into the clouds

eyes peeled
in wonder
as even the sea is
ruffled,
nervous,
opaque,
unsure             
with impending danger.

Across the harbour
buildings
hide
behind cloud,
planes disappear
and  reappear
as we drive                 
in time
to heroically  
face
                          danger

every vital
second
                       until the   
 final triumphant overtones
transport us
                         all the way               
                                          to                 
                                             Wellington. 
A.J. Ponder 

 A.J. Ponder's work is available through Rona Gallery, Amazon, and good Wellington bookstores

Wellington








Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Authors and Poets


Busy week, there's lots to do in the build up to Christmas - there's the obligatory making of Christmas Cakes and scramble to tidy the house and the garden, not to mention all those social event -  books, writing, books and more books - in my case ;)   

And like most people these days I'm also working - although some of it is fun -  Rona Gallery is putting on "The Santa Trap" (One of Peter Friend's and my School Journal Plays) for Christmas.   Not to mention the Christmas exhibition itself - and all the advertising.... so

So for a change I'm putting up about twenty favourite authors -  and in as few words as possible why they are so fab.  Feel free to contribute, I'm sure I've missed more than a few!


JRR Tolkein 
       for historical fiction that went the extra mythological mile
John Wyndham
        for disconcerting and surprising children     
A A Milne
         a bear however hard he tries grows tubby without exercise, 
         he gets what exercise he can by falling off the ottoman --
         and yet other authors seem to lack a certain good willed knack
         of finding love in little things, in toys and chairs - and crackpot kings.
Frances Hardinger
           the newest inductee.  Not for the prizewinning "Fly by Night,"
           but the bottomless well that is Verdigris Deep
C. J. Cherryh
          Down Below Station -  Enough said
Andre Norton
          The lady of science fiction herself   
Helen Cresswell
           There was winter, and there was birds --
            but I although I read the same words I could never read the same story twice
Roald Dahl
           Danny the Champion of the World, not to mention an abiding love of chocolate.
CS Lewis
          For opening the wardrobe door.
Terry Pratchett
           for raising a smile, and adding footnotes.
E.B White
          Thankyou for Charlotte, and your even more endearing mute swansong.
Diana Wynne Jones
           Ged
Mary Norton
           For making little people big.
Astrid Lindgren
          Two strong arms, plaits and an indomitable personality. 
Ursula K Le Guin
           Ged - and  more recently the little known Lavinia. 
Lewis Carrol
          A glimpse into madness,
Maurice Sendak
            One night Max made mischief - and the rest is history involving a boat and some very cute monsters.
Dr Seuss
           And the song of the swomee-swans rang out in space
Douglas Adams (both really I guess, but this one in particular) 
          Got towel - can travel. Don't panic.     
HG Wells
          For travelling back in time to get there first.

I hope you enjoy these authors as much as I do,
A.J. Ponder

A.J. Ponder's work is available through Rona Gallery, Amazon, and good Wellington bookstores

My very popular, Wizard's Guide to Wellington in ebook and hardback
Lilly Lionheart Omnibus Edition paperback coming soon
Great Christmas Present with two of my stories, Joy Cowley, David Hill, Lee Murray and more!