PnPAuthors Promotional Magazine 

  July 2015 issue

Cover page~            PnPAuthors Promotional Magazine      

Veebee's Corner~

The verbs sit,” “sat,” andsetare  easy to confuse because they look and sound so much alike.

So when should you use “sit,” and when is “sat” or “set” the better choice?

Sit: to sit means to bend your knees and rest your bottom on a chair or some other surface. Sit is the correct present tense form of the verb. It is a person who sits down.

              Sat  is the correct past tense form of the verb. There is no object involved. It is a person who sat down.

             Set:  to set means to place an object or objects somewhere. It is the same form whether you are talking/writing in the past or present tense. Set always includes an item that is being put or placed. It is the candle we set down on the table


Pattimari's Corner

Nouns, verbs & adjectives~

Noun: a word that refers to a person, place, thing, event, substance or quality >'nurse', 'cat', 'party', 'oil' and 'poverty'.

Verb: a word or phrase that describes an action, condition or experience >. 'run', 'look' and 'feel'.

Adjective: a word that describes a noun > 'big', 'boring', 'pink', 'quick' and 'obvious'.

A question was recently asked of me on PnPAuthors, so I am posting this in my corner this month~

Sometimes Your Greatest Misery Can be Your Greatest Happiness was written by Pattimari Sheets Cacciolfi, and her two friends, Char Johnson & JoAnn Kite added poems, quotes and little stories in the book. It's a book about going through a loss and how to deal with it. Pattimari gives you the tools and also shares some of her therapy sessions with you.

Suzanne Newnham is the author of Ethics of a Psychic Reading; plus numerous short stories in published anthologies.  Member: Fellowship of Australian Writers – Eurobodalla Writers Group; PnP Authors Promotions; founding member of Pain Support ACT inc; PSACT Steering Committee; 

Consumer representative: local & national health discussions (Australia). 

Suzanne Newnham 's Corner~

Isolation – not just a writer’s sanctuary 

Hello and welcome to this, my inaugural, column. I am delighted to be asked to write a monthly post for PnPAuthors Promotional Magazine – thank you Pattimari Sheets Cacciolfi.

I envisage my column to be an interactive space, with questions, ideas and comments around the theme of chronic pain, living with, overcoming, as well as coping strategies.

Perhaps you are a carer, a friend or family with a wealth of observations, I welcome insights from all readers. This column won’t be an “advice”, “vent”, or “should do” column. I’m not qualified to give or post medical, health or legal guidance so anything you might read and think it pertains to your situation then check it out with your medical practitioner. “Dr Google” doesn’t count!

Why am I writing a column on the theme of chronic pain in a magazine for writers? 

My social media, emails and discussion forum requests had built up to some 4,500+ and recently I began replying to as many as I could, where I felt I had something relevant to say. I replied as positively as possible to everyone, explaining that a painful health condition which affects me without notice often causes many delays. The mix of correspondence included invitations to join various PnPAuthor groups.

As soon as I replied a response came from PnP Authors Promotions’ owner and editor, Pattimari Sheets Cacciolfi. She is also a therapist and was interested in my unusual health situation. “Do you mind if I ask some questions?” she enquired, to which I wrote “… happy for you to ask any questions.” 

In one of my emails to Pattimari I said that I have had varying types of chronic pain all my life, working out ways to be "normal" despite it. Now I am writing a book on the subject. Pattimari’s reply surprised me, to say the least! She asked if I’d like to have a 'Suzanne Newnham corner' to write each month about chronic pain and its consequences in our daily lives’. Wow! Like, WOW!!! I was over the moon with delight but also apprehensive.

YES!!!...YES!! I’d love to write a column, I wrote back to Pattimari.  

Sooo …feeling tentative but courageous here is my first column.

Writers can experience a sense of isolation to remain focussed on the task of writing: followed by a sense of achievement in viewing lines of text, full of inspiration and creativity. Writers also know the frustrating experience of “writer’s block”, a feeling of time wasted, heightened especially when family, friends and other aspects of life have been “put on hold”. But what if isolation is not of your own choosing? Often a person with chronic pain, which may also trigger other symptoms, can feel as though no-one understands and that they are all alone in their suffering. Enforced isolation due to many factors exacerbates that feeling. There’s lots of frustration but where is that sense of achievement? In later columns we will be exploring working with that isolation.

From 2011 writing for me has become part of re-connecting word patterns that were “lost” due to both intense pain and medication. Words were just words, with nothing beyond each singular definition. The context of sentences was vague and comprehension of paragraphs … well, that was non-existent. It was even the case with my own writing. I knew I had written the notes but with those also I needed to relearn their meaning. However, that’s a full story. One for another day…

So until next month, I’m looking forward to hearing from you with comments, suggestions, and questions about your battles, triumphs, ups-n-downs, discoveries, meh-moments…anything you’d like to share with me. Until next time be well and keep well

Blessings ,


Peter's Column~


After dealing with, or trying to deal with The Thunder Lizard, T-Rex, it’s almost a pleasure to find a creature, Ceratopsia, who wandered to countryside looking for succulents to eat, and like Brontosaurus, worried little about the bigger picture of life, but was content to graze; thought to be gregarious and lived in herds, eating grasses and plants.  This suggestion was brought out by searches where bone finds were made.  In these finds there were many varied sizes and ages suggesting a togetherness, and because they weren’t carnivorous, they didn’t fear being eaten by another member of the herd.    Ceratopsia is the Greek word for horned faces.  These guys resembled small tanks with beaks who lived about 150 million years ago; the first find known to science occurring in 1872.  Of the variety of species, the one most often portrayed in Hollywood action movies about prehistoric creatures, was named Triceratops.  The Ceratopians ranged in size from about 3’ and weighing in at about 50 pounds, to a monstrous 30’ and 12,000 pounds.  The tip of the upper jaw is a rostral bone or beak formed nowhere else in the animal kingdom – is this something to brag about?  This beak helped in the chewing of plants.  Because of the massive size of its head, it was found that the first few vertebrae were fused together to support the massive weight of the plated head.

Inside the backs of their mouths were found a battery of up to 40 serrated teeth.  They needed this battery of teeth because of the job they were assigned to do in ripping and grinding palm and cycad fronds.  It is understandable to understand why the teeth wore out rapidly and therefore had to be continually replaced to allow these guys to eat.

Scientists, hard at work, assigned the origin of these guys to Asia because all of the earliest members have been found there and nowhere else.

Today we can think of the modern Rhinoceros as the new-age Ceratopia.  They look real mean, but mostly they want to be left alone to enjoy the feast of abundant grasses and plants.  Sad, that they are being harvested, for the sole purpose of removing their facial horn.  I doubt if the earlier giants would have allowed this travesty of justice to prevail without a fight.