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I Was Only 19 – A favourite song of mine

I was Only 19 (A walk in the Light Green)

I_Was_Only_NineteenHere is a classic Australian song originally performed by Redgum, but this version of the lyrics are from a version by The Herd.

I love this song and whenever I hear either version it speaks to me in ways that I can’t explain.  I am proud that I am the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, but the way these men were treated and ignored when they came back by both the United States and Australia was disgusting and even today, the horror that our newest ‘veterans’ suffer from are not  treated with the compassion, understanding and treatment that the people who fought on behalf of our countries should be entitled to!

I was only Nineteen (A walk in the Light Green) – The Lyrics (The Herd Version)

Mum, Dad and Denny
were some amongst many
who came to watch the passing out parade at Puckapunyal
Seemed every man and his mongrel
came watched cadets stumble
on the long march to the Viet jungle.
“Oh Christ”, I mumbled as I drew that card
and my mates came to slap me on the back with due regard
We were the sixth battalion, yet next to tour
we did Canungra and Shoalwater before we left, rest assured

Seemed half of Townsville turned out to see us leave
they lined the footpaths as we marched to the quay
And the papers wrote it up like you wouldn’t believe
but we were only looking to the future for a fast reprieve
And there’s all of us looking young
strong and clean rockin’ slouch hats
slung SLRs and greens

God help me, I was only nineteen

From Vung Tau the black helicopters
the chinhook pilots seemed relieved at Nui Dat when he dropped us
Seems like months running on and off landing pads
letters to Dad
it’s like, man, he’s sad
But he can’t see the tents that we call home
cans of VB, pin-ups of chicks off TV
The heat, the mosquitoes, and the noise suprising
like the first time you see an agent orange horizon

So please can you tell me doctor why I can’t get to sleep
the scar’s left in me?
Night time’s just a jungle
dark and a barking M16 that keeps saying
“rest in peace”
And what’s this rash that comes and goes
Don’t suppose you can tell me what that means?

God help me, I was only nineteen

Sent off on a four-week long operation
where every single step could be your last one
On two legs were sorta living hell
falling with the shells, war within yourself
But you couldn’t let your mates down
’til they had you dusted off
so you closed your eyes and thought of something else

Someone yelled “contact!”
another bloke swore
we hooked in for hours then a god almighty roar
Then Frankie kicked a mine
the day that mankind kicked the moon

God help me, he was going home in June

And I can still see Frank with a can in his hand
thirty-six hour leave in the bar at the Grand
And I can still hear Frank
a screaming mess
of bleeding flesh
couldn’t retrieve his legs

You see the ANZAC legend
neglected to mention
mud
the fear
the blood
the tears
the tension
Dad’s recollection
beyond comprehension
didn’t seem quite real until we were sent in
Chaos and confusion
the fire and steel
hot shrapnel in my back
I didn’t even feel

God help me, I was only nineteen

So please can you tell me doctor
why I can’t get to sleep
I can’t hardly eat?
And the sound of the Channel Seven chopper still chills me to my feet
still fuels my grief?
And what’s this rash that comes and goes like the dreams
can you tell me what that means?

God help me, I was only nineteen

Mum and Dad and Denny saw the passing out parade at Puckapunyal
It was a long march from Cadets
The sixth battalion was the next to tour
It was me who drew the card
we did Canungra and Shoalwater before we left

And Townsville lined the footpaths as we marched down to the quay
This clipping from the paper shows us young and strong and clean.
And there’s me in my slouch hat with my SLR and greens.

God help me, I was only nineteen

So please can you tell me doctor
why I can’t get to sleep
I can’t hardly eat?
And the sound of the Channel Seven chopper still chills me to my feet
still fuels my grief?
And what’s this rash that comes and goes like the dreams
can you tell me what that means?

God help me, I was only nineteen.

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5-Star Book Review: The Kalarthri by H.M. Clarke

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I’ve been particularly pleased to read two wonderful, suitable for all ages, fantasy books in a row. Both are by new-to-me authors. Both are the first in their series. Both feature 10-year-old main characters. Honest, I didn’t plan this. It’s a case of the Universe delivering to me what I like to ask for from a book – good times.

“The Kalarthri” (The Way to Freedom, Book 1), as I mentioned above, is a fantasy about a young girl, Kalena, who is born into a feudal society where she, as second born, is automatically a servant. Neither I, nor Kalena, had any idea of what the future held for her. I braced myself in case I was in for a long, sad tale full of abuse and violence. H.M. Clarke instead delivered a tale that was sugar and spice, where the spice was a welcome accent. The story is…

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Small Excerpt from The Kalarthri

KCS1Here is a small excerpt from my book THE KALARTHRI.  I hope you enjoy it

“Wing Lieutenant.  Where do you think you are going with that girl?” the Captain’s voice was hard and emotionless and Kalena moved closer to Gwidion.  She did not like this man.

Gwidion snapped his feet together and made the Captain a small bow.  “We are heading for the Mess Hall Sir.”

The Captain stared at them a long moment.

“Has she been tested yet?” he suddenly asked.

“No Sir.  Not properly.”

“Do you think it wise to let her near other Hatar Kalar until you are sure she cannot hear them?”

Kalena felt the hand on her shoulder stiffen.  She clung tighter to the Wing Lieutenant.

“Test her for me now Kalar.”

“What? She has only just undergone the Krytal.”

“Talk to your beast now and let us see if she can hear you!” The Captain said leaving no room for argument.

Gwidion opened his mouth to say more but thought better of it.

“Very well.”

He looked down at Kalena and she could not help but smile up at him.

“Kalena, I’m about to talk in mind voice.  If you can hear me can you repeat it for the Captain.”

Kalena nodded as Adhamh’s voice flooded through her head.

Remember.  Pretend you do not hear them.’

I remember Adhamh.’

Gwidion eyes remained on her but they suddenly unfocused and Kalena heard the familiar whisperings in her mind.

Kalena, if you can hear this tell the Captain that he is a fart faced maggot off of a horses rear that needs-‘

Gwidion! Be respectful.’ A female voice said sternly.

Sorry Jolar but he is.’

Kalena tried not to show any reaction on her face.  If she had said what Gwidion had said her father would have washed her mouth out with lye soap.

“Well?”

The Captain’s voice cut through Gwidion’s mental chatter.  Kalena shrank back behind Gwidion.

“Kalena, did you hear anything?  I did not hear you repeat my words.”

Suddenly she felt her arm gripped by fingers of iron and yanked forward and Kalena found herself face to face with the Captain.  His thoughts were jumbled and confused but full of anger and fear.  Kalena immediately blocked them from her mind.

“Answer the lieutenant Kalar.”

Tears started to trickle down her cheeks and Kalena tried to stop herself from blubbering.  Dimly a roar was heard from outside and she heard Gwidion talking urgently with the Captain.

“-you are upsetting her and her new Hatar partner.  He feels her fear through the link.’

The Captain seemed not to hear the Lieutenant’s words.

“Did you hear him?”

Kalena shook her head; her voice did not want to work.

Suddenly the Captain backhanded her across the face.  She would have collapsed if not for the Captain’s iron grip on her arm.  Her face stung like fire and she felt Gwidion shift behind her.

“Answer me in an appropriate manner, Kalar”

“Damaging State property is not setting a good example to the men Captain Jerant.”

The Captain released his grip and spun around in surprise.  The two infantrymen immediately turned and smartly saluted.  Kalena jumped back to Gwidion’s side and she felt him place a protective hand on her shoulder as he guided her back behind him.

“Provost Marshall Brock,” the Captain stammered.

The Provost Marshall’s eyes flicked across everyone present in the hallway, lingering longest on the red mark that now rose across Kalena’s face.

“I think you need to come to my office and explain your actions to me Captain.  You know there is a ban on children undergoing the Krytal.”

The Provost Marshall then swept past them and continued along the corridor without waiting to see if his request would be followed.  Captain Jerant stood a moment glaring hard at both Kalena and Gwidion before turning swiftly to follow the Provost Marshall.

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The 12 Most Important Twitter Hashtags for Promoting Your Book

Some good tips for how to use twitter in a responsible (non spammy) fashion 🙂

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The Twelve Most Important Twitter Hashtags for Promoting Your Book

Hashtags are, arguably, the most important part of tweeting.  Without these keywords that categorize the subject of your tweet, you’re never going to reach your target audience. If you’re using Twitter to promote your book, it’s crucial that you use hashtags wisely.

How, How Often, How Much

Social media is, ideally, about reciprocity, connecting and interacting.  It works best when it’s a two way street, but too many marketers see it as just another venue for repeating their message over and over and over, regardless of the appropriateness of the audience.  These folks are what are affectionately known as spammers.  And they get blocked very quickly.

Your goal should be to provide useful information to people who are interested in what you’re interested in.  With that in mind, you should try to limit your book promotion tweets to 1 or 2 a day.

Sharing helpful articles or re-tweeting videos that…

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Is Crowdfunding the Key for future space missions?

inspiration-mars-red-planetBy Jeff Foust

Time Capsule to Mars, a student-led project supported by the advocacy group Explore Mars and several aerospace companies, plans to launch in the next five years a cubesat-class spacecraft to Mars carrying photos and other digital media. The spacecraft would burn up in the martian atmosphere except for a section carrying the media that is designed to survive to the martian surface.

“We’ve got a lot of firsts, and it’s very exciting,” said Emily Briere, a senior at Duke University who is mission director for Time Capsule to Mars, during a press conference announcing the mission here June 23. Besides being the first student-built interplanetary mission, she said, the project hopes to fly the first cubesat mission beyond Earth orbit, as well as be the first interplanetary mission to use a new type of electric propulsion, called ion electrospray thrusters, under development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The most unique aspect of the mission, however, may be its funding. The project plans to raise most of the $25 million needed to fly the mission through a self-hosted crowdfunding campaign. Individuals can upload a photo to be included on the mission for $0.99 each, and the project plans to later allow uploads of video, music and other files.

A project to send the first student-built small spacecraft to Mars plans to raise the bulk of its $25 million budget through crowdfunding, an effort that would make the mission among the largest such efforts in history.

Time Capsule to Mars, a student-led project supported by the advocacy group Explore Mars and several aerospace companies, plans to launch in the next five years a cubesat-class spacecraft to Mars carrying photos and other digital media. The spacecraft would burn up in the martian atmosphere except for a section carrying the media that is designed to survive to the martian surface.

“We’ve got a lot of firsts, and it’s very exciting,” said Emily Briere, a senior at Duke University who is mission director for Time Capsule to Mars, during a press conference announcing the mission. Besides being the first student-built interplanetary mission, she said, the project hopes to fly the first cubesat mission beyond Earth orbit, as well as be the first interplanetary mission to use a new type of electric propulsion, called ion electrospray thrusters, under development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The most unique aspect of the mission, however, may be its funding. The project plans to raise most of the $25 million needed to fly the mission through a self-hosted crowdfunding campaign. Individuals can upload a photo to be included on the mission for $0.99 each, and the project plans to later allow uploads of video, music and other files.

“We were looking for opportunities to fund this mission in a way that would involve as many people as possible,” said Jon Tidd, a graduate student at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and director of fundraising and marketing for Time Capsule to Mars. “We came up with the idea of a simplified 99-cent upload for a single digital photo.”

While most crowdfunding efforts use services such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter to collect donations, Tidd said technical limitations associated with the uploading of photos led the project to host the campaign on its website, at least in the initial phases. “We’ll look to potentially move to another partner down the line,” he said, as well as provide rewards for larger donations. Tidd added that the team is working to add more capabilities to its crowdfunding system, including the ability to see the images uploaded by others.

Briere said the $25 million fundraising goal comes from a feasibility study for the mission performed at MIT. “We want the primary mode of contribution to be through crowdfunding,” she said, although they have also received some corporate donations. Among the companies represented at Time Capsule to Mars press event were Aerojet, ATK and Lockheed Martin.

While Briere said she hopes Time Capsule to Mars will be the largest crowdfunded project of any kind in history, there is at least one such project that has raised more than $25 million. A video game called Star Citizen initially raised $2.1 million through Kickstarter in 2012, but has since solicited donations through the website of its developer, Cloud Imperium Games. As of June 27, that project had raised a total of $47.2 million.

Time Capsule to Mars, though, would dwarf any space-related crowdfunding campaign. The largest such effort to date was by Planetary Resources Inc., which a year ago raised $1.5 million through Kickstarter to fund a space telescope based on the company’s Arkyd series of spacecraft that would be accessible to the public. The campaign exceeded its original goal by 50 percent.

However, the success of Planetary Resources’ crowdfunding effort is tempered by the failure of other efforts. Last year, Golden Spike Company, a venture planning to perform commercial human missions to the surface of the Moon, attempted to raise $240,000 on Indiegogo to support mission studies and outreach activities. The campaign ended in April 2013 with the company raising only $19,450.

Raising large amounts of money through crowdfunding requires a lot of work, and some luck, said one of the people behind Planetary Resources’ campaign. “It basically took our entire team” of about 30 employees to plan for the Kickstarter effort, some working for months in advance, said Caitlin O’Keefe, director of marketing for the company, in a presentation at the International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles in May. “We prepared really well for this event.”

Time Capsule to Mars currently has 25 to 30 students working on the project at four universities, Briere said, but the project expects to increase that number once classes resume in the fall.

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