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Inspiration form Multicoloured Sand Dunes
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The COLOURED SANDS sign post marked the beach where amazing multicoloured sand dunes towered over a pristine beach. I knew with my next breath that I had the title for my first book.

     The family vacation was at Rainbow Beach on the Sunshine Coast. Many of the beaches in this region, including Frazer Island have impressive sand dunes and cliffs where erosion has exposed a palette of unique coloured sands, colours ranging from white to brown, golden to caramel and other colours of gold and orange, even blue and black. I saw the sign‘Coloured Sands’.  I thought it would be a wonderful title for my novel. I had to find a way to work it into the storyline. This is how I did it:

The pioneering woman Mary is caring for the Crazy Orphan Emily who is participating in silent tantrums of a terrible nature (the child is struck dumb after the shock of the massacre). The indigenous tribe on the creek bring Mary a baby on the verge of death. She has the baby in a steam tent.  Emily is filled with jealously and contempt and kicks the cot. The exhausted Mary who is pregnant once more deals with Emily and soon after falls asleep on the little couch near the wood stove.  This is her dream that she retells to Emily in a bid to calm the tormented little soul – the dream that gives credence to the title of the novel.  

Mary’s Dream

Shedrifted into a dreamy world where

frothy water washed onto a beach of coloured sands –

thecolour of people - black, white, yellow and brown;

thensuddenly a huge wave, whipped by a fierce wind

churned and swallowed the colouredsands that kept swirling and

 curling, around and over, thisway and that way 

until one colour emerged - the colour of tan.

 People walked proudly out of those waves – 

beautiful goldentan people, the colour  of all people combined 

and the eyesthat shone from those  beautiful, golden, tan faces werefull

 of love and peace.

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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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