Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Frankie Files Goodreads Giveaway - ends Sept 8 2017

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Frankie Files by A.J. Ponder

The Frankie Files

by A.J. Ponder

Giveaway ends September 08, 2017.
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A.J. Ponder

PS Yes, it is mad science, but if your young inventors and scientists aren't careful they may learn something. :)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Today by Thomas Carlyle

So here hath been dawning
Another blue Day:
Think wilt thou let it
Slip useless away.

Out of Eternity
This new Day is born;
Into Eternity,
At night, will return.

Behold it aforetime
No eye ever did:
So soon it forever
From all eyes is hid.

Here hath been dawning
Another blue Day:
Think wilt thou let it
Slip useless away.      

I found this poem by looking to see if William Allingham had written another poem I liked, besides The Faeries. Then I thought maybe he had some friends or influences, and that that'd be interesting in itself. I found Thomas Carlyle, and while it wasn't the forresty poem I was looking for, I liked him and his work immediately -- it doesn't hurt that he coined the term "the dismal science" for economics.

So there you have the poem of the day - let's hope you enjoyed it, and that your day has a blue sky, and slips away meaningfully. :)

Author of Wizard's Guide to Wellington (8-12), The Frankie Files (6-12) and Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death (12+) 
My books are also available from Rona Gallery


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Miss Lionheart is getting the message out

Found footage of Miss Lionheart in Mr Big's underground bunker - We need to know if she's going to be alright...

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World of Evil Newsletter. ...don't miss out, it's more than your life is worth!  

PS we hope she can make it to the book launch on Thursday...


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Book Launch - Frankie & Miss Lionheart team up with a "Mad Science" party

6pm 17 August, Rona Gallery 152 Muritai Rd
RSVP A.J. (Wellington) 562 8062 or on Facebook

Yes, it's book launch time, and I'm excited to be launching my two mad science books - yes Miss Lionheart has been out for a while, but it's better late than never. And Frankie, well she's been so much fun to write - why not go and see the preview?

For previews of Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death  and The Frankie Files click on the respective titles.

"Lilly" and "Frankie" will be there helping out with fun and handing out prizes for the best Mad Scientist &/or Monster costumes! Don’t worry, costumes are completely optional – most scientists, mad or otherwise, look just like ordinary people!

A.J. Ponder’s books sold at Rona Gallery during 3-20 August 2017 are part of the Ponder This exhibition supporting Te Omanga Hospice 

MissLionheartThumbnailSee you soon,
A.J. Ponder

Thursday, August 3, 2017


There's a hole in my mind
where the world seeps in.
A filtered unknown
infiltrating a closed

There's a hole in my brain
where the facts drift through.
And in the heavens can you say
what allowed them to fall
so far?

There's a whole lot of bull
to make a brain more spongy
than spongiform encephalitis.
The neurons having lost their shape
have struck out -
gone their separate ways to retire
far away from
the simmering sea
of questions:


For there are no anwers
unless you go digging

and find the holiest of holes -

where you'll find emptiness
stuffed with 
lies, damned lies
and money.

A dissolution of non-particulate matters
not particularly mattering
as the tide rolls in and over
a dead sea.

A.J. Ponder

Another week, another poem, I hope you enjoyed it. I quite like this one.  Despite the fact that's it's an awful lot of words for the old saying, "follow the money"

Have a great week, and hopefully I'll have some exciting news next Tuesday. (Nothing to do with cats, I just wanted to add a cat picture, because why not?)