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Identifying with my character - The Pioneering Woman Mary
11/1/2011 2:08:55 PM
Continuing with the inspiration theme and how I identified with my pioneering ancestors for my characters in my outback novels.

    Before I start with the ancestors:   Yesterday Imentioned Australia's most famous race, the Melbourne Cup, a fantastic yearlyevent that stops the nation.  Seventy-one people from my little country townin rural Queensland watched it on a huge television set in the RSL Club; andthis year the race made history. To everyone who was watching, the exciting, mad rush to the finish line, it appearedto be a dead heat. This from the news room: "but the French jockey had towait several anxious minutes as the judge examined the photo on the closestfinish in the 151-year history of the famous ‘two-miler.’

   The horse, thenow famous Dunadenactually won by a flaring nostril - thatlucky horse exhaled at exactly the right moment.

Now, more of the ancestors.

    When writing myfirst country saga Coloured Sands I easily identified with my character, thepioneering woman Mary being the most notable with a couple of exceptions ofcourse: I had a car for the rough track instead of a sulky; and I had aparty-line telephone which we really needed on occasions. The telephone wirewas very simply strung from tree to tree; being re-strung and mended by myhusband after every wind or rain storm. However it did remain in tack throughone battering thunderstorm when I had a real emergency with one of my children.

      I had put thetoddler down for his afternoon nap, walked into the kitchen to find thehighchair pushed against the kitchen cupboard and a bottle of pills on thefloor. The little fellow had climbed up to reach the bottle of fluoride tablets– a necessary supplement suggested by our doctor, when rain water off the roofwas our only water supply.  The storm wasraging. I telephoned the nearest medical help, forty kilometers away. Thestatic and commotion on the line was extremely bad.  I could not understand the doctor and I hadno idea if he could hear me. However, with much yelling and shouting, the doctor’smuffled words: ‘give him milk,’ came through and I hung up with a sigh ofrelief. Our precious child suffered no symptoms of poisoning; and I do realizethat the extra fluoride tablets may not have harmed him. I was truly thankfulthat day for the shaky, trembling wire strung from stringy-bark to forest oakand numerous other trees for many kilometers that had given me a measure ofpeace. It was certainly better than no telephone at all.

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More Blogs by Barbara Hartmann King
• Man Eating Birds - Thursday, November 01, 2012
• THE SIGN POST - Tuesday, July 24, 2012
• LOVE IS - Wednesday, June 13, 2012
• Poems from The Tan People - - Tuesday, May 22, 2012
• The first novel - a biography of Emily - Wednesday, May 02, 2012
• Taipans, pig shooters and man eating birds - Thursday, April 19, 2012
• Laugh Kookaburra Laugh - Tuesday, April 10, 2012
• Characters for Country Dramas - Sunday, April 01, 2012
• The Oasis in the Heart of Queensland - Monday, March 19, 2012
• Coloured Sands Dreaming Legend - Wednesday, March 07, 2012
• A Hundred Million Years Ago - Saturday, February 18, 2012
• Where couples met and Fell in Love - Monday, February 13, 2012
• The Jet-Propelled Emus - Wednesday, February 08, 2012
• Not a Castle anywhere - only Grand old Homesteads - Thursday, February 02, 2012
• Invitations - requesting your pleasure - Sunday, January 29, 2012
• Love Is - Thursday, January 26, 2012
• Inspiration form Multicoloured Sand Dunes - Wednesday, January 25, 2012
• The first coat of paint in 100 years - Monday, November 28, 2011
• Happy Jacks and Sand Goannas - Wednesday, November 23, 2011
• The old Homestead-Digging into the past for themes - Tuesday, November 22, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Monday, November 21, 2011
• Life at Wyuna where the writing began - Friday, November 18, 2011
• A plague of army worm months were the final straw - Thursday, November 17, 2011
• Life is about change-Grandfather married again - Wednesday, November 16, 2011
• Raising money for the community in the country - Tuesday, November 15, 2011
• Charity Work in Country Towns -the Lions Club - Monday, November 14, 2011
• Knowledge gleaned from living in the bush for my outback novels. - Sunday, November 13, 2011
• Nature's Cruel Outbursts - Saturday, November 12, 2011
• The Passion and my imagination - Wednesday, November 09, 2011
• The Passion - the Personal relationship with the land - Tuesday, November 08, 2011
• The Vet said: Your horse will get up Or he will lie there and die - Monday, November 07, 2011
• Once an Inland Sea - more - Sunday, November 06, 2011
• Once an inland Sea - no other explanation - Saturday, November 05, 2011
• Life in the Bush - Fodder for Country Dramas - Friday, November 04, 2011
• Medical Emergencies in the Bush - Thursday, November 03, 2011
• Just like Mary the Pioneer Woman - Wednesday, November 02, 2011
•  Identifying with my character - The Pioneering Woman Mary - Tuesday, November 01, 2011  
• Inspiration for Characters of early settlement - Ancestors - Monday, October 31, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Sunday, October 30, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Saturday, October 29, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Friday, October 28, 2011

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