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Glossary of Australian Terms for 'Life Song'

arvo is Australian slang for afternoon.

Bloke means a man.

Bouffy means big and fluffy; it usually refers to a hairstyle.

Bump in and out refers to the process of moving a band’s equipment in and off stage and in and out of the performance venue.

Crank up in the context used in the story means increase the volume to very loud.

CWA is an abbreviation or The Country Women’s Association. It is a non-profit, non-party political and non-sectarian organisation for country and city women. Members work for the welfare of all women and children through representation to all levels of government, undertaking fundraising events, providing networking opportunities and teaching life skills.

Esky is a popular brand name cooler in Australia and is a trademark owned by Coleman Brands Pty Ltd and which specifically identifies an Esky brand name icebox cooler. Loose ice is added to the esky to enable people to keep food cold while it is being transported.  Esky has become the generic name for any cooler.

Fella is an informal word for a male that is not age specific. Nowadays, it can also be used as universal term for either gender. Its use shows familiarity between speakers just as the use of mate does.

Flex time is a workplace time management system that allows workers to vary their hours in the workplace. It also enables workers to take time-off in lieu of being paid for working more hours than the workplace agreement requires.

Floaties are a floatation device used mostly for children who don’t know how to swim.

Happy chappy is a word from rhyming slang. It means a happy person, usually male.

Icey pole is an inexpensive flavoured ice block on stick.

IRB is an inflatable rigid-hull boat with an outboard motor popular in the  life saving movement. Also known as a rubber duckie by lifesavers.

A jock is a putdown term for men preoccupied with brutish behaviour and fixated on sex. Jocks is also slang for underpants.

John Howard was an Australian Liberal party politician who served as the 25th Prime Minister of Australia, from 11 March 1996 to 3 December 2007. He is the second-longest serving Australian Prime Minister. He represented the Division of Bennelong in New South Wales from 1974-2007. John Howard led the Liberal-National coalition to victory at the 1996 Federal election, defeating Paul Keating's Labor government.

Paul Keating was an Australian Labor party politician who served as the 24th Prime Minister of Australia. He replaced his colleague, Bob Hawke as Prime Minister and governed from 1991 until his party lost the 1996 Federal election. As an aside, I taught Paul Keating’s daughters when they were in high school – truly beautiful young women, inside and out.

KENO is a gambling game popular in pubs and casinos. It is like bingo.

Kogal fashion was popular in the 1990s and originated in Japan. It originally involved wearing an outfit based on a Japanese school uniform, but with a shortened skirt, loose socks, and dyed hair and a scarf as well. This style widened to involve other youth street fashion looks as well.

A knob head is Australian slang for fool or idiot. It is the Aussie equivalent for jerk or arsehole.

Maxed out means to reach the maximum in something. For instance, if someone maxed out a credit card that means the person has borrowed to the maximum limit of the credit card.

Mate is used to mean a good friend but has become more generic in meaning and now means friend.

Matey refers to a very young friend. Australians have a preference for adding y to words that represent familiar things and people.

Minties are a brand of candy produced in Australia. They are a hard, white and chewy, square mint-flavoured lolly. Australians call candy a lolly or lollies.

nong is Australian slang and is used as a mild and/or endearing insult. It means a bit of a twit, or idiot. Nothing too mean or horrid is meant by calling someone a nong.

Norfolk Pines are a type of conifer originally found on Norfolk Island that is located in the Pacific Ocean between Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia. Norfolk Pines have been transplanted in many east coast regions in Australia.

A portaloo is a type of portable toilet that event organisers hire.

Royal Easter Show is the major New South Wales agricultural, horticultural and industrial event held annually in Sydney at Easter to promote and display livestock, produce, rural and industry merchandise. Prior to the Royal Easter Show, regional shows are held across New South Wales.

Rubber duckie is slang for an inflatable rigid hull boat with an outboard motor. It is also known as an IRB. See IRB in this glossary.

The Surf Life Saving Movement ‘has a proud tradition of saving lives for over 100 years. Since 1907, surf lifesavers have volunteered their time and effort to provide a dedicated lifesaving service around the country.’

Wah-wah pedal alters the sound of the guitar.

Note to Readers: If there is a term in ‘Life Song’ that I’ve overlooked and that you think needs explanation, please let me know through this website so that I can update this glossary.


TlC  Waterfall                           

Garbage  Only When It Rains

John Mellencamp Wild Night

Shania Twain I’m Outta Here

Joe Cocker With A Little Help From My Friends

Elvis Presley

Baby Let’s Play House            

Love Me Tender                       

It Feels So Right                      

Such A Night                            

Hound Dog                               

Always on my Mind              


Oasis Wonderwall                 

Alanis Morisette Ironic       

Cold Chisel Khe Sanh           

Hootie and the Blowfish Only Wanna Be with You                                                                  

Rosemary Clooney Sway    

Peggy Lee You Give Me Fever

Bachman Turner Overdrive Taking Care of Business

Van Morrison Moondance                

Willie Nelson On the Road Again  

Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You

Bryan Adams and Barbara Streisand I Finally Found Someone



arvo is Australian slang for afternoon.

Bloke means a man.

Bouffy means big and fluffy; it usually refers to a hairstyle.

Bump in and out refers to the process of moving a band’s equipment in and off stage and in and out of the performance venue.

Crank up in the context used in the story means increase the volume to very loud.

CWA is an abbreviation or The Country Women’s Association. It is a non-profit, non-party political and non-sectarian organisation for country and city women. Members work for the welfare of all women and children through representation to all levels of government, undertaking fundraising events, providing networking opportunities and teaching life skills.

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    Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    Reflection on 'In and Out of Step'

    Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    Set between 1988-1990, In and Out of Step’s thesis picks-up on a period of significant change in Australian social and cultural history which mirror the wider western world. The novel reflects the popular perceptions of the era and explores reaction to changing roles and values, the relationship between generations, gender dynamics, and power in society through contrasting character perspectives.  

    The novel charts Cassie Sleight's (rhymes with slate) and her generation’s journeys in new and uncharted territory in their relationships: personal, social, and work after the second wave of the women’s movement.

    Life forces the women in my novels to reassess what they are doing, how they are doing it, and to evaluate who they are and want to be.

    Through Cassie’s experiences, the reader is entertained and provoked to consider the perceptions held and dualities of women’s roles in western society. That may suggest that this is a non-fiction work masquerading as fiction. However, this aspect is firmly set in the external world of the story and Cassie’s experiences.

    In and Out of Step explores:

    • how identity and relationships are shaped by the way gender operates and gender differences
    • how place—geography, attitudes, values, and culture—shape people’s lives and actions
    • the culture that supports and promotes sexual harassment in the workforce and social spheres
    • changing perceptions of gender roles
    • adapting to change in oneself and the wider world
    • the personal, social, and workplace influences that contribute to change.

    My novelsIn and Out of Step, Life Song, Song Bird portray the diverse and changing realities of women in the time the novels are set: 1980-1990, 1996-1998, 2000-2002.  The stories are anchored in the social and historical context of each period.

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    Saturday, August 12, 2017

    Life Song - a story of metamorphosis

    Saturday, August 12, 2017

    Twenty-two-year-old Mavis Mills first appears in my novel In and Out of Step. Outgoing, gregarious, and confident, Mavis is a significant secondary character in that novel.  Mavis' story - a subplot - is used to provide contrast to and insight into Cassie Sleight's (the central character) journey. 

    At one point in the novel, effervescent Mavis is severely injured – physically, emotionally, and psychologically - by domestic violence and the fire of her partner’s rage. He also destroys her guitar and the copies of her original songs. Part of  the subplot from In and Out of Step explores the context of the domestic violence and provides insight into the psychology of it. Excuses are not made.

    At the start of Life Song, Mavis is twenty-eight-years-old and very different from the young woman who shone throughout most of In and Out of Step. She is the central character in Life Song. She has become subdued, distrustful of her own judgement, and an echo of her former self. Unexpectedly, she discovers she has a choice: continue to live a life tainted by domestic violence or seize the opportunity before her and try to rise above her circumstance and, like the phoenix bird, leave the ashes of her past life behind.

    'Could she live the rest of her life as she'd been living. She couldn't, not now she'd glimpsed another world, fleeting though that vision had been.'

    Life Song is not a cliche 'chic musician on the road' story and is definitely not a romance. It is about the woman Mavis becomes and the people who stand by her as she undergoes transformation – physical, psychological, and to an extent spiritual. She does not solve her problems in the arms of a man but makes the hard choices herself.

    The drama comes from the tugs-of-war that Mavis has to work though. It is made all the harder because Mavis' heart is in conflict with itself. One person, no matter how strong, cannot win a tug-of-war alone. The same applies to Mavis.

    Readers learn about the things that give Mavis strength and that enable her to boldly embrace the inevitable changes coming into her life as she becomes Nikki Mills, the Song Bird from Oz.

    I recommend you listen to two songs from that novel: Sunshine Days and Life Song (A Vision Splendid) to get a feel for this story.

    There are many kinds of wins in life, most of them personal rather than widely acclaimed. It's those personal 'brave heart' moments that define Mavis. Reader feedback through my publisher and website is that Life Song is a gratifying read.

    As part of your journey in reading this blog,  I suggest you listen to Move On.  In my imagination, it is first sung by Mavis' support network, but ultimately the song becomes her personal mantra.

    Australia is a diverse landscape and has diverse communities. Life Song gives readers an opportunity to spend time in some of those communities. The title alludes to the fact that each character's life has its own melody and when sung in concert become the symphony that is Life Song


    Life Song is one of four novels in The Keimera Series. Each novel is a standalone narrative and has the backstory woven into it.  The Keimera Series is an opus.

    Keimera does not in any way allude to chimeraa monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature from Greek mythology.

    If you would like to lend me your support so that I can produce more music from my novels, you can buy any of my songs from CD Baby.  Each of my songs can be purchased for the very small price of $1.69. My music is also on iTunes and other major online music sellers as well.

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    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    The story behind my song 'The Flame'

    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    'The Flame' features in my novel ‘Song Bird’. In the novel, it is sung by rock legend Rick Brody who serenades Nikki Mills (the central character in the novel). In real life, it was sung by Funnie Williams and Thanapat Yarchartoen (aka Film). I produced the song through Karma Sound Studios in Thailand.

    BACKSTORY TO 'THE FLAME' - The Singer or the Song?

    In ‘Song Bird’ and its prequel 'Life Song', Nikki Mills - the Girl from Oz - is a survivor of domestic violence. Once an innocent, she believed the very convincing serenade of her first significant love, Terry Kikby. Long before Nikki met Rick, his song 'The Flame' resonated with her.  She believed that Rick's songs really expressed his own ideas and values.

    Having been at the top of the music industry for sixteen years, Rick finds his music is dropping in the charts. Defined by his 'bad boy' image, he has lost sight of his real self. Consequently,  his music has lost its connection with his fan base. Interested in Nikki as a woman as much as in her skill as a lyricist, Rick collaborates with Nikki on a new album. 

    Flattered by Rick's interest in her and impressed by 'The Flame', Nikki embarks on a relationship with him.  A subplot in the novel explores the ramifications of that decision.  Can she help Rick find the heart that his music once had?  Will Nikki be hurt or healed by the relationship with him?  The answers are found in my novel 'Song Bird'. 

    Readers of this blog may also find the pop rock song 'Masque' and interesting insight into Rick and Nikki's relationship issues.

    I currently have 8 songs on CD Baby and iTunes. You can help me raise the money to produce the rest of my songs by buying one or more of my songs at the very small price of $1.69 per song. They are on sale at CD Baby and  iTunes. Online music streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer promote my music, but I only earn approximately one cent per one hundred streams. 

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