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7/24/2012 7:27:45 PM

I NOTICED THE SIGN POST I knew with my next breath I had the title for my first book.
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 ( she is struck dumb after the shock of the tribal dispute that left her an orphan), and she is kicking the cot, her way of protesting to the presence of the child Mary has placed there.

 The indigenous tribe on the creek, (Jooloonga Station's servants who have gone walk-about) bring Mary a baby on the verge of death. She has the baby boy in a steam tent near the stove.  Emily is filled with jealously and contempt for this child of the earth. 

 The exhausted Mary who is pregnant once more deals with the situation and soon after falls asleep on the little couch near the woodstove.  This is Mary's dream that she later retells to Emily in a bid to calm the tormented little soul – the dream that gives credence to the title of the novel with  COLOURED SANDS  being used as a metaphor for race.  

Mary’s Dream

She drifted into a dreamy world where

frothy water washed onto a beach of coloured sands –

the colour of people - black, white, yellow and brown;

then suddenly a huge wave, whipped by a fierce wind

churned and swallowed the coloured sands that kept swirling and

 curling, around and over, this way and that way 

until one colour emerged - the colour of tan.

 People walked proudly out of those waves – 

beautiful golden tan people, the colour  of all people combined 

and the eyes that shone from those beautiful, golden, tan faces were full

 of love and peace.



Third Novel: THE TAN PEOPLE - a journey into truth

Coloured Sands Trilogy by Barbara Hartmann King ...

Excerpts from the Coloured Sands Trilogy

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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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