Category Archives: Taranaki gate
Regular readers of this blog will know that a recurring theme has been the Taranaki Gate. Some followers of my @farctum account on twitter may even remember me asking what the word ‘Wire’ meant to them. When I made the original request it was to help me write a very short story for which the theme was wire. I then threaded the ideas into a story.
Some time later I heard via Bubblecow that a new form of electronic publishing was accepting on-line submissions. I submitted one story which was rejected, but with kind comments suggesting some alterations. When I resubmitted I decided to also send Taranaki Gate, which by then had been lengthened.
There are two routes into ether books you can pay for a quicker turnaround, or do as I did and be patient, they review all submissions and only publish those that they consider make the grade. It was a surprise and a delight when I discovered that Taranaki Gate had been published. Then a few days later I heard that my other story Magna (which is very different from the first) had been published too.
To read the stories you will need an iPhone or iPad with the ether app installed Currently Taranaki Gate costs 69p and for a sort time only Magna is free. If you read them, I hope you enjoy them.
This week’s Illustration Friday topic is ‘propagate’. I have written before about the Taranaki Gate, the marvel of New Zealand farming consists of barbed wire and is reputed to wrap itself around you as soon as you look at it. I think this young farmer in New Zealand might wish she had fitted a proper gate.
Only time for a very quick post; this N is wrapped in a Taranaki gate of wool. In an old comedy farming book from NZ there was a whole chapter on Taranaki gates and their propensity to wrap themselves around you when taking them down or putting them up. I wish I still had that book.