About


This site came into being because And then like my dreams, the memoir I wrote of the 31 magical years I had with my husband, was accepted by the first publishing company to which I submitted it, and is now a book (for more on the subject of which, see ” ATLMD “ in the navigation bar).

I spent a fairly long time working with Georgia Richter, the non-fiction editor of my publishing company,  on polishing and improving (I was very happy to do so, as she is a most amazingly good editor), and was then presented with the book’s design. I have yet to find a reader who doesn’t love the cover; and although FP were never completely won over by the title, they are alone in that.

And so to this site …

In these times of the slow fall in actual book sales and the rise of eBooks of one kind and another, it has become a necessity to spruik one’s own work, and every published writer who hasn’t yet ‘made it’ will tell you so. My reason for writing was and still is to celebrate the character of the man who was my husband with joy, love and laughter, among as many readers as possible; but this won’t come about if the book is unknown. And because I don’t have the clout of established writers, it will remain so unless some effort is made. So this site is what I can do by way of such effort.

And then like my dreams is available as both ‘hard copy’ (although a paperback – confusing terminology, isn’t it?) and eBook; for no writer can be as elitist as to ignore the tablet technology. If you reach the point where you think you’d like to read it, btw, google or bing it, and be quite surprised  by the results in terms of where/how you can lay hands on it.

There’s something else …

Part of everything I write is encapsulated in the subheading of this site: I am indeed going about all this in order not to become just another invisible woman (you’ll find that not many people actually see you once you’re past the age of being ‘vibrant’, ‘a useful member of the community’, ‘someone with her finger on the pulse of today’, and many other, equally meaningless phrases employed to discriminate between the young and the definitely not).

I have already lost the better half of me; and as long as I remain, I can’t afford the lose this half, as well. My husband was the best of men – although far from perfect! – and I’m here to persuade you of it.   :-)

Authors are meant to Write More. And I am, indeed, doing so – of course, not a memoir: unless one has lived a very full life, writing a plurality of memoirs is contra-indicated! I shall write about my WIP in another place: suffice it to say that I am doing what is expected of me. Every so often. When I have time.

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    • Then you have missed the two posted quite recently, Reinhard! He is not, it is to be admitted, of the quality and breeding of The Mees, but he is as loved. What would we do without our cats! Anyway, see “Wringing in the New Year” and “OK, you can stop worrying”.

  1. So Margaret, you decided to join the small clan of Uncle Spike followers, sometimes known as The Spikey’s….

    I really appreciate you wanting to become a new follower, after all, there are many many interesting and entertaining blogs out there. And especially cool as you are an accomplished star… with a Freshly Pressed (wow, the first I’ve ‘met’, lol)

    Anyway, I hope you like my upcoming posts and if you get bored one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too.I have added plenty of categories now to help readers. If you have any likes, dislikes or suggestions about my blog, by all means let me know, either through ‘comments’ or via email. Always welcome reader input :)

    Thanks again for your vote of confidence, and hope you have a great old day…

    UNCLE SPIKE
    uncle.spikes.adventures1@gmail.com

  2. M-R, can you confirm your email address in the sidebar. My email keeps telling me it’s not valid and won’t send to it. I noticed it doesn’t have a @ symbol, which all email addresses usually contain. Or do you do things differently down under?

  3. M.R. just got around to checking out your blog a bit more. You are such an interesting person and have a beautiful way of phrasing things. I’m adding your book to my to read list!

    • I should FIRST have thanked you, Megz – because I really mean it! If you do enjoy some of the stuff I write, I believe I can promise you that the book will please you – over-all, you know? I mean, it’s not very joyous near the end. But it picks up again …

    • Far out! – means a lot to me. I had a huge amount of CSS help from Rich and Panos (although Panos and I fight all the time) in Support; and the bloke who designed this theme has been left with his mouth open after telling me it can’t have a header. [grin]
      Addendum: since changed themes!

  4. Dearest MR,
    I am amazed. I kept wondering why you were not posting anything and then decided to check on things. Here, I find I’m not subscribed. (was not–am, now, I hope)
    What can I say. I’m too patient, I guess. Wow. I truly wondered what became of you and here I find you have a lovely new theme (Motif, which I tried, and may try again, but just couldn’t get the hang of it, just couldn’t get it to say “mommy”. Sighs. But it’s perfect for you and wow, are you ever learning this stuff! I remember helping you with some bloggy details of wp, and now, I see you are totally in control of this thing. Kudos!
    About the haircut: I like the version in the photo of you and Chef better, there on the sidebar.However, perhaps it is for the best. One never knows how a thing will turn out until far down the road, when someone tells you how it changed his life, or something, and you’ll feel like such a heroine, then! :-D
    Anyway, I love this site even more and AM subscribed.
    I hope.

    • I have found myself to have deleted people I didn’t want to and added some ditto, Katharine – it’s insane. Thanks for the kudos, but I’m still having to get CSS help, every now and then, from the marvellous Support people. The bloke who designed ‘Motif’ told me via the theme’s page that it was no good wanting a full-size header – Motif can’t support one. So I suggested he take a look at my site; He was amazed! [grin] Seems the designers aren’t all that good themselves at CSS.
      Haircut? – me too. I’m with you on that. My problem was that I couldn’t find a hairdresser to cut it that way again’ you have NO IDEA some of the things I went through. Now I’m hoping it’ll get back to that, sort of, on its own!

  5. Dear Margaret,
    thank you very much for following the World according to Dina, it’s highly appreciated!
    You have a lovely blog, I’ll soon be back for more.
    Have a great evening,
    Dina

      • [grin] Glad you got there in time, Dina! Your comment is delightful, and very much appreciated. The history contained within your site is absolutely fascinating: blogging is the perfect way to let others in on this kind of material.

        • Thank you so much for your kind words, M.R! :-)
          You’re absoultely right, of course – blogging is an excellent plattform to communicate delicate matters.
          Big hug from the North (of Norfolk)
          Dina

    • G’day, Mary the wonderful painter! Just one thing, if I may: please call me either ‘Margaret Rose’ or ‘M.R.’? In my sidebar you’ll find that I lay down the law on the point. It’s that the single part of my name has unpleasant connotations! :-D

    • How on earth did you find that?! Bloody marvelloius, KT! I exchanged dialogue with the bloke who designed it, and got nothing out of it. Rich in Support was the one who helped me with the CSS to get the header right and all; I couldn’t do without Rich! Thanks so much for this.

  6. I’m so sorry, Margaret. Today when you dropped by, I didn’t realise it was you. Your blog looks great and you have a new gravatar. Congrats!! As for your question, I didn’t mean to sound regretful. I think I’ll have to record it again. Did you like it, though?

  7. Well, you’ll say “I told you so” and deservedly so. I’m reading your book, just like you said I should. It’s fabulous. I love your writing style. If I could I’d call in sick for work tomorrow and spend the rest of the day finishing it up. I wish you weren’t half a world away. I’d love to sit down and have a good natter, in our own introverted style, of course.

    • Oh, please DON’T, Cee!
      If you check my sidebar, you’ll find a kind of plea about that.
      I find it hideously embarrassing.
      Sorry to be such a wet blanket, love…

    • I’m only following it because I want to – not to do you a favour. [grin]
      I never thank anyone for following mine, because I figure their reasons are the same as mine!
      (You’ll get like this when you’re my age,too!)

      • I don’t expect a thank you when I follow other blogs but I wanted you to know that I appreciate you taking an interest in my work. It is quite scary putting things I make on the internet so it is nice when people like you come along!

        • I can only imagine that it is … I think artists have to be very brave to expose themselves to all manner of weirdos as well as people who are genuinely interested, Isobel.
          You’ve done some stuff there that I really like; and I hope to see more of that wonderful text-work. I like it just to LOOK at, let alone feel …

  8. Hello!
    Thank you for following my blog. I know how many interesting blogs are out there and feel honored that you picked mine to follow. I hope my stories entertain and inform and my photos bring you joy and wonderment.
    I travel mostly local but try to always find interesting places. I have lived in several different places and dig through my archives of photos to bring glimpses into places I have been. Sometimes I post a recipe because food tells a lot about culture.
    I am not a professional photographer, so my photos are sometimes a little fuzzy and there are telephone poles and wires and other things along with what I was photographing. The older photos are 35mm, the newer are point and shoot digital and a few are Samsung Smartphone.
    I am new to blogging so if you have any advice or critique please drop me a comment.
    Thank you again for following and to quote Mark Twain: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
    Iris the Wanderer

  9. Just wanted to say what a pleasure it is to meet you and discover your blog. And I cannot leave without mentioning how much I adore your photo with the hat. That’s my idea of STYLE!

  10. Thank you for a most wonderful “Author Talk” tonight at Randwick Library. I could have listened to you talk for a few more hours Mrs Stringer. Cannot wait to read And Then Like My Dreams which I ordered tonight and will be eagerly waiting by the post box. Cheers, Colleen

    • I am utterly taken aback, and TOTALLY thrilled by your being so interactive, Colleen! But ! Just because I am as old as I readily confessed doesn’t mean you must be polite to me. [grin] Please call me ‘M.R.’ ? – everyone else does. :-) I hope to see you back here again, and thank-you from the heart !!!

  11. Oh how I enjoyed reading your interview with Elaine and your about page. I am definitely ordering your book. Looking forward to your posts as well ;)

  12. Margaret Rose, many thanks for following. I am pleased to have entertained you. Actually, you will find a link in my next post to your ‘love it or loath it’ prompt. There, that’s got you thinking!

  13. Love your wit and your brand of humor, M.R., so I’m now following to get more. We last talked about the non-free link tool on Elaine’s blog. The fee is not an issue for me. I happen to be super-wealthy, but I also like to goof around. Truth is, I’m neither super nor wealthy. :-)

  14. Hey there Margaret! You started following my blog so I wanted to check out your blog and say, “Hi!” I just read your ‘about’ page, and I have to say that I’m impressed that you book was accepted by the first publishing company you submitted it to. I’m sure that’s very, very rare! Anyway, it’s lovely to e-meet you and I look forward to getting to know you better. Celeste :)

    • Hello beautiful creature. How DARE you look like that ?!
      When you reach my hallowed number of years, you tend to see more and more young women around who are beautiful and fresh and emanating the joy of life.
      We can try only to do the last. :-)

  15. Congratulations on the book, M.R. and the recent author talk: rain and all! Wow, there are so many comments here that sales must be through the roof. I am intrigued by your time in Milan on your travel pages. Do you have a recommendation of unique things to do there. I have around three days. Thanks for any suggestions!

    • When do you go ? Do I have a little time ?
      Or you can always visit our travel site (link in the sidebar) and find my favourite city in the whole world mentioned in more than one of our trips … :-)

  16. I came over to here to say… my beginning (in this world) was in 1974.

    I have been blessed (or cursed) to remember back that far, even to that first day. People that scoff at that (and some have) don’t know me very well– close friends and family know much better. They are usually expressing amazement that I have been able to remember what I do.

    So, remembering a good swath of my own life, and those that were there as younger versions of themselves, I want to therefore encourage you to write. Our modern society may be youth obsessed and therefore taking a short view, but I will always appreciate age and experience, even as I begin walking into middle age.

      • Looks like you found my other blog!

        I don’t mind if you contact me at my main one– but it’s mostly about my personal life and Joseph Campbell’s A Hero’s Journey.

        I finally figured out how to put back my “Helpful Tutorials” section back on my sidebar at TechsWrite. That would be a decent starting point, or, feel free to leave me a note at http://techswrite.wordpress.com/about-us/

        • I am so swamped in sites, these days, that it’s your technical one I’ll stick to. NO OFFENCE !!! [grin]
          You can be sure I’ll peruse it all, at some stage; whereas I would simply never get ’round to trawling the other one. I know now that having the odd follower brings hideous reponsibilities – and it’s bloody exhausting me. :-\

          • None taken! I’m hono(u)red that you’re following here– I’m still having trouble drawing attention to it. There are times I wish Michelle was still here, but she’s a little less inclined to explain things in user-friendly terms.

            I really do enjoy tech diagnostics and troubleshooting– I used to do it a lot in some other forum communities. Please feel free to “bring it on”.

              • Just refer to me as jaklumen.

                If you Google or otherwise do a web search for that pseudonym, I assure you all the search hits refer to me and only me. Although I’m partly a private person, that’s really why I stick to it– using my real first name does not guarantee you’ll reach me. Even using my first AND last name leads to people who are not me. My daughter is amused by that and I told her that yes, I’m aware there are people with my first and last name that are of a much darker complexion than I ;)

                  • I’m not fully versed in everything Mac, but if they’re open source users, a lot of things I use in Linux should be available to them.

                    Actually, I found out about a lot of software from bloggers that are Mac users.

  17. Morning crazy lady, I KNOW YOU DON’T DO AWARDS but I felt the need scream at the people that follow my blog to make sure they get their backsides over to yours and read it! Now stamp on the award and promptly bin it!😆😆😆😆

  18. Oh Margaret, you have brought tears to my eyes. Just 6 weeks ago my husband walked out on me and my daughters, but until then, I felt the same way as you do about your hubby. You have a wonderful blog and I’m so glad you fell upon mine…it has led me to a new friend!

    • But Lidia … that is a terrible burden for you, my dear … Even if anger is present, there must be huge grief for what was lost – especially as you say you loved him. I am SO SORRY, and SO ANGRY. Men can be bastards. Vorrei ucciderlo !!!

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