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STATS
Full name
Christine Mary Jones
D.O.B
20/3/1960
Height 161cm
Eyes Blue
Hair colour Dark brown
Hobbies
writing - music - playing drums - renovating - gardening - movies - all sorts of things. Will try anything ONCE.

The young years.
A tomboy, my dad used to call me scruff nut, the little gypsy. I was well known for my imagination, as far back as primary school in Victoria Australia. Mind you, my parents would say earlier than that. I was one of those kids who hated school and passed the time climbing trees and being in dreamland. Education wise, I would say, complete dummy, class clown, couldn't spell to save myself. Reading, I only looked at pictures in books, too many big words for me to comprehend. In English, I wrote many stories, was most creative, ahead of my time, but my spelling and grammar was shocking.
The teen years.
Having no idea about religion whatsoever, I attended a Catholic college for girls. Once I found out the Pope wasn't God and Jesus wasn't an expelled student, I read the bible from cover to cover. Alas my introduction to reading. In English, I wrote many stories, was most creative, ahead of my time, but my spelling and grammar was shocking. Again, a Z grade student. I left college at 16 and yes, I love drumming!
Unfortunately becoming an adult.
Whilst going from job to job and being on the dole, I wrote. Again, my spelling and grammar was shocking, but apart from that, people loved my stories. I was once told; I was born 50 years to early and had a million-dollar imagination. That was a lot of money back then, even Moses thought $5.00, boosted him from rags to riches. In addition, get a dictionary and learn grammar. I finally joined the Royal Australian Air force and as I wasn't a drinker, wrote instead of socialising. I love planes and flying. I wanted to be an astronaut or at least a fighter pilot, funny thing is, you have to have an education for that.
Moving on in age.
Becoming a single mum, I looked after baby, wrote and socialised with other mums. I got married, did the good wife and mum thing. Our house burnt down in the Ash Wednesday fires and I lost everything. A typewriter was the last thing on the list whilst setting up home again. I had another child before moving to a new state. Became a great farmer, not! My only brother David, 2 years my junior, died in 1987. He was the first to find out I was pregnant, again. So, had another child. Later got divorce.
Moving on in age. The clocks ticking.
As a single mum, I moved house. Another child, yep that makes 4. Amen, I got an old computer!!!!!!!! Once I worked out the on key, manuals and I don’t mix, I started rewriting my works of thousands of pages. With each re-write of a story, my writing improved, mostly due to getting sick of the red and green lines showing up everywhere on my screen. Proofing of my works came from family members and hundreds of Fanstory writers, who knocked it into my head, the difference between there, their and whatever. This helped me turn 300 page sentences into books.

My thoughts on writing.
My advice to anyone who has not got an education yet thinks they have a story to write is…. DO IT! You will be so surprised at what you learn during the process. Don’t get me wrong; I regret being in the clouds instead of schoolbooks, one of the reasons it's taken me so long to get published. However, there is no such word is can’t in my opinion, so do it. There is a storyteller in all of us.
I can write an entire book in 2 month, if I put my mind to it. I have so many stories floating around and still in my head; I don't believe I'll live long enough to get them all out. I don't know what the words 'writers block' means.
Do I preplan what I am going to write? No way, I let my characters drive the story. They want to go over a cliff, so be it, I will follow for the ride. And no, I don’t have a pen and paper with me scribbling down notes whilst we're plummeting.
How do I come up with a story? Devine intervention and I'm sticking with it.

My idea of authors and publishing -
Once upon a time, stories were told verbally and past down from generation to generation. Best sellers are the ones still being told today and can also been seen in cave paintings and on scrolls. No matter whether you carve it in stone, POD or pursue a publisher, we are all storytellers and creative in our own right.
An author is in business, whether small or large like everyone else. There is a lot of debating going on about POD or vanity publishing as some like to call it. Did you know authors are the only ones frowned on for self-publishing? Independent musicians promote and distribute CD's at gigs and over the net, not only are people enjoying the music, but sales enable the musicians to continue to entertain. Artists have their own exhibitions, people not only enjoy the art but sales enable the artist to buy paint. Fashion designers, filmmakers, the list is endless, all striving to get their creations out to the world and make a living. If an author is self promoting, they are frowned upon, so what's not right here? I have never heard anyone call Steven Spielberg a vanity filmmaker or Picasso a vanity painter. I could reel off many names, but I think you get the message. In addition, how many best sellers have slipped through publisher's hands? How many rejection slips does an author get from publishers? Ask Frank Herbert or J.R. Rowlings. Look it up, you will be surprised at who had many rejections before getting heard, so don't be disillusioned.
I don't see publishing houses as the end all or that because you are 'published' makes you better than anyone else. I say good luck to anyone wanting to be heard and hope your dreams comes true, whether you stand on a street corner handing out chapters, POD or seek a publisher.

    I write for the love of writing and hope others do to. I'm in my element when in that dream world where I can be the hero or the monster and everything in between. My product is for sale but me as a person is not. I have a product some want and will do my best to present it. I am blessed with a great support group who are most motivating and without them; my works would still be in the draw.

Blessings to all, Christine Jones.
P.S Want to know more about me or my work? Ask, ask, ask. Get the truth, not rumors of misconception. If I can't answer you directly, I will place answers up on the notice board.
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P.S.S When I'm board I take my frustration out on a little game I made, have a try.

Stress Relief

Big cheesy grin for the camera!!!!


MyMusicStream Widgets
Christine used to dabble in music. Her storytelling continued in song. 5 albums to her name.
A few years back, she placed some samples from these albums up on the web.
Hear more of her music on the bio page.

 

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Christine feels strongly about a number of issues.

1: Illiteracy. From illiterate to author. Christine believes their should be no such thing as illiteracy. Join the campaigns to help.
2: Mental illness. Christine’s only brother David had schizophrenia and as a result, committed suicide at a young age.
3: Greenpeace. Save our planet.
Illiteracy is a problem worldwide.

Christine's story.

How does one fail preps? Well I did. The grand excuse I was fed, ‘I started primary school too young’. I believed that story for many, many years and thought nothing of being the oldest kid in the class throughout my entire education. From as far back as I can remember I struggled with reading and writing; I was a tiny kid in comparison to others, the poor kid, the kid who others loved to bully.

Back in the sixties, it was very different from today’s education system. I had teachers telling me I was dumb and would never get anywhere in life. Reading aloud in class horrified me. Unable to comprehend the majority of words, I would pretend to lose my spot on the page and sure enough, someone would say the word. Considering I was so slow at reading, the teacher would quickly move onto another.

I learnt quickly that book covers and pictures told a thousand words. Convincingly, I could convey enough of a story to deceive a teacher. Being the class clown, I spent my fair share of time banished to the hallway that had me missing out on lessons. I didn't do homework. Known for being a tomboy, a soggy exercise book, a deliberate mishap with a puddle, backed one of my many excuses to get out of homework.

I was good at telling stories and might I add, whoppers. The other kids always had something for show and tell; not me, I had a story. For example, my dad fell over me in the lounge room and found a lump of gold behind the couch. I rarely got past the first paragraph; teachers would roll their eyes and tell me to sit down.

My mind was always in the clouds to escape the bullying where I pretended to be prince planet, space ace, even members of the thunderbirds and Star Trek. When did this all start? From the ripe old age of 4. I learnt to turn off; kids were mean and adults even meaner. My only sanctuary was my imagination.

I had great parents and a loving home life, no complaints there. I hid my literacy problems, not because I feared retaliation from kids, as there wasn't much else they could do to hurt me bar throw me off the top of the school. My problems stemmed from not trusting adults, they weren’t exactly encouraging. Secondly, who were they going to believe, the rich intelligent kids or the poor dumb kid. Mental escapism stole my concentration in class, being a major contributor to my illiteracy problems. I always focused on being strong that invincible human able to cope with anything dished out to me.

Back then, cursive writing was taught and though I didn’t read, I did love putting my imagination down on paper. Have you ever seen a five-page sentence? What about a five-page word with every p, q, d, b, etc back to front? I steered clear of the dictionary, even if I sounded the word in my head I couldn’t find it. This was due to how I spoke, pasific instead of specific, noyz instead of noise; you get the message.

Moving on, I attended an all girl Catholic college. I had no idea of religion. To me God was the Pope and Jesus some poor teacher they took out the back, beat up and killed with a log because he stood up to them. Placed in special classes with several others, I felt like I had dunce written on my forehead, as everyone knew why we attended these sessions. The school assumed that if they gave us the lesson in advance, we would have some understanding in class. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me, I still couldn’t grasp the concept of nouns, verbs etc or make out the big words like mathematics or fractions. The first book I ever started to read and couldn't put down was the bible. I was in my first year of college; took me a month to read a couple of verses but I was hooked. I skipped the big words like Genesis, but it was my start to reading. I read nothing else but the grand book for years and mixed with my imagination and understanding made it all consuming.

Leaving school at 16, I had to get help to fill out unemployment forms. I was in and out of factory jobs and came up with a bright idea to become a police officer. (A) I couldn’t understand the entry forms and (B) I was too short. Considering the job entailed reading and writing skills, (B) hid my illiteracy and gave me an excuse why I didn’t get past first base. I still loved to write and yes, 100-page sentences. Friends who read the mess started pointing out things to me, like full stops and capital letters. I started to apply this, making my stories; well should I say novels, a little more presentable.

I was once told I had a million dollar imagination, a lot of money back in those days. The same person advised me to read books, learn the art of English. I hated reading and why, because I was illiterate and too embarrassed to go back to school or really tell anyone how serious my problem was. I had become too stubborn and dependent on excuses for my own good.

How I got into the Royal Australian Air Force dumbfounds me, all I can say is that I guessed right with the multi choice questions. During that time, I kept writing. The purchase of a typewriter saw hundreds of pages of scribble turned into lengthy pages of typos with no paragraphs. I placed the heading ‘chapter’ after every 10 pages just to make it look like I knew what I was doing.

I’ll jump ahead, I was around 31 when I got an old computer. This somewhat helped, but word processors were not exactly what they are today. Upgrades and better technology showed me just how much of a mess my work was. My own kids and a young girl, living with us at the time, began helping me by pointing out spelling mistakes. To this day, family members still remind me of the difference between sought and sort, to and too. I have no idea what a noun, verbs etc is, but least I'm no longer illiterate and can use a dictionary.

Let me tell you this, you don't have to do it the hard way, there are people who can help give you a better chance at your dreams. Don't wait until you’re 45 to start doing what you could have at 18. People do care and never feel ashamed, no matter what your life experience was or is, to seek help. Age means nothing, you are never too old to reach out and learn or improve your reading and writing skills.

There should be no such thing as illiteracy, but there is. Technology has enabled us to communicate worldwide, see, hear and read of global problems. How much is really being done about illiteracy? How much money do governments pour into this wide spread problem? More is spent on weapons and war than schools. In many countries education is expensive, segregating the rich from the poor.

Get behind this problem, donate to a foundation, join Shadow Forest Authors, a fellowship of authors and supporters of charity. Put a book in your child’s hand instead of an electronic game. Don't think that one person can't make a difference, we can. If I hadn’t had people who cared and the persistence to keep trying, I would not be an author today and do what I love the most, write.


I urge authors from around the world to get behind this worldwide problem. Without readers, you don't have an audience.

End Our Literacy Crisis
The only practical, proven way to guarantee every child or adult student can learn to read English and End Our Literacy Crisis.

'Let's End Our Literacy Crisis', the title of a revolutionary book, tells it all and we can end the illiteracy crisis! This book convincingly answers questions, based upon the most statistically accurate and extensive study ever commissioned by the U.S. government. 92 million U.S. adults, 47% of them, cannot read and write well enough to hold an above-poverty-level-wage job. A later study proved that 40% or more of the employees in most U.S. businesses are functional illiterates. Statistics from other countries are almost certain to be similar.

Let's End Our Literacy Crisis also explains:
(1) Seven reasons why most of us do not realize how extensive functional illiteracy is.
(2) How serious the financial, emotional and physical problems that illiterates must constantly endure.
(3) How illiteracy is costing each U.S. adult who can read at least $3700 each year for government programs that illiterates use, for higher consumer prices because of the cost of recruiting and training functional illiterates, and for their mistakes and inabilities in the workplace, for juvenile delinquency and crime directly related to illiteracy. English illiteracy in other countries undoubtedly incurs similar costs.
(4) Most importantly, it details a proven method of completely and permanently ending most English illiteracy, not only for 92 million or more Americans but also for hundreds of millions of English-speaking people around the world who cannot read English.

As you may know, English is used by more people as a native or as a second language than any other language in the world. This method of ending English illiteracy has been recommended by dozens of scholars of English and of other languages for 247 years and has been proven effective in more than 300 languages, but it has never been tried in English! In 295 of the 300 languages, 95% of them, the students became fluent readers in less than three months. It requires most of the 53% of U.S. students who become functionally literate from two to four years of the present reading instruction.

How will all of us who can read benefit by ending our literacy crisis?
You will greatly benefit if you are concerned that a friend or relative is or, after the presently inadequate schooling, may become functionally illiterate and want to spare them the suffering and problems illiteracy brings.
You object to needlessly paying a comparatively large portion of your income for illiteracy, at least $3700 each year per U.S. adult.
You are a teacher who is frustrated by knowing that about half of your students will never become fluent readers with present teaching methods.
You have financial interest in an organization being hurt by functionally illiterate workers.
You have financial interest in an organization which prepares or sells written material , since functional illiterates are not customers of the organization.
You have financial interest in an organization being hurt by competition with more literate foreign workers.
You feel compassion for 92 million in the U.S. and 100s of millions elsewhere who are functionally illiterate in English.
You want to improve communication between language groups and thereby lessen many of the international conflicts.

Read Bob C Cleckler's book - Let's end our illiteracy Crisis -
Get one also for a friend.

 
Mental illness: -

It wasn’t until after my brother’s death that I started looking into mental illness, prior to this, I was ignorant. My brother was an intelligent guy and had the potential of being a world-class tennis player or anything else he set his mind to. I thought if David got a job, girlfriend and a social life, everything would change for him. Not having understood mental illness, there were times I was embarrassed to be with him. I can also believe I was more detrimental than helpful to David. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my brother, but it was hard, hard to comprehend why he acted and talked the way he did. You want to help, want them normal so to speak and see them get on with life.

My brother had attempted suicide a number of times, so when I got that phone call that David had shot himself, I assumed in the foot or somewhere less lethal. Seeing my brother on my parent’s lounge room floor surrounded my paramedics, I still thought there was hope. I promised myself I would join a group, do something to help him, as this was the scarcest suicide attempt to date. At the hospital, I continued to think he would get through this. It didn't hit home until my brother was declared brain dead and would die once taken off life support. We lost David a few hours later.I did keep my promise to investigate the illness, joined a group and even wrote to the government wanting to know what was being done about it. I found there was very little funding going into mentale illness and it definitely wasn’t a vote catcher. Even the media wasn’t interested in bringing awareness to this problem.

Years on, there is still not enough being done or funds given for research and assistance to the mentally ill. I can never make this up to David, but from what I have learnt, we can make a difference in other people's lives. Don’t ignore this worldwide problem, it can happen to anyone, whether rich or poor, educated or illiterate. Don’t wait until it is too late, there is something you can do. Volunteer a little of your time, acknowledging and educating yourself on the subject can lead to saving lives and giving those affected a better chance in life.
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Northern Territory Australia
NT Department of Health & Community Services - Provides details of Top End Mental Health Services for Darwin, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Alice Springs, Nhulunby and remote areas.
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ACT Australia
Where to get help for a Mental Health Emergency in the ACT
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SANE Australia – A national charity working for a better life for Australians affected by mental illness.
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