Image by Vikki North of Red Chair Gallery
So Monday has returned once again to grace our presence with the uncertainty of yet one more week. Many of us dislike Mondays for the obvious reasons that a return to the hustle and bustle of work life is eminent. In the past I enjoyed Monday for the simple fact that I was able to share my blog finds with everyone. Well I’m making a return to that tradition, now that the season is over and I find myself with more time to do what I enjoy online.
Normally I would share three to four sites, but this week I’m going to dedicate the whole post to one story. A wonderful rich and full story written by an Aussie blogger who has been a dedicated visitor here. June Saville authors two blogs, 70 Plus and Still Kicking, and Journeys in Creative Writing. She also has one other, Short Stories on Tap, but has not made a post there as yet. Over the past couple of months she has been introducing us to a fun, tenacious and scrappy new character.
Pip, is a young lady dealing with the death of her mother. She has learned of a secret her mother had kept for decades, and while trying to get to the bottom of it, she may even find out who her father is. Pip, a tenacious and headstrong young freelance writer, talks her editor friend (or as the say down under mate) into letting her travel to a bush town for a human interest story. Her real purpose though is to get to the bottom of this mystery of her mothers secret. There are plenty of twists and turns along the way, and Pip’s tenacity will be tested to the limit.
Pip has plenty of personality, and her city girl exploits in a small bush country town are interesting to say the least. I can easily associate many people I have known with the character of Pip. A young girl who may be small in stature, but larger than life. A young lady who can easily stand on her own two feet and will take not an ounce of gruff from anyone.
The story is full of Aussie talk and colloquialisms. I have gained quite an appreciation for the main character, even if she is a Shelia (though she would say dame). Really I do like a good strong female character, and Pip fits the bill quite well. She faces up to a number of blokes, some rough and tough, some not so, and seems to come out ahead each time. Pip has her rough times, yet never seems to let go of the search, striving to find the answers to question that have plagued her.
This story even captured the imagination of Vikki who painted the picture above. A portrait of Pip as seen through her eyes. The funny thing is, I feel like Vikki somehow looked into my mind to get the picture. It is just exactly as I had envisioned her. You can read Vikki’s post about it on her blog at The Red Chair Gallery, The Aussie. You can see the intensity and determination in the eyes. After all the eyes are the windows to the soul, are they not.
June has managed to capture my curiosity to the point that I went back and re-read all the chapters prior to writing this article. I’ll list the chapters here, and each link will open a new tab or window, so you can just swing back to find the next chapter with ease.
And to June, I didn’t comment on any of your posts because I never comment on something I plan to write up in Monday’s Writers of the Web. It’s just one of those quirks I have. I hope you’ll forgive me.