I’m an author who lives and works in the Dandenong Ranges, on the eastern edge of Melbourne Australia.
I’ve watched more movies than you’ve had hot dinners and I enjoy writing about education, with a particular emphasis on home schooling and helping parents with children who are at school. (Update — I don’t do this much anymore)
I’ve recently discovered that ( been at it for a number of years now) I can write fiction and I’m not bad at children’s stories.
I contribute articles to The Foothills on education and dog psychology (I’m the bloke you see walking with the two fluffy white dogs). (The Foothills gig is no more and one of the fluffy white dogs died in 2019, miss you, Honey)
I’m currently trying to remain sane
as well as writing a biography of Gavin Smith and SOUPEES.
I love Italian food and walks in the rain.
I take one day at a time but occasionally I’m attacked by several days at once.
I think that we should all live in peace, but I also think that is unlikely.
Several people would like me to live somewhere else, but I really like it here.
My amazing wife and I have lived in the hills for a little over
thirty-six years. (forty-four years)
My favourite colour is green and so is my favourite car.
I’m amazed that I have lived this long, and I hope that you enjoy reading the things that I write.
But that’s not all………………….
I started my working life as a Primary School Teacher in the early 1970s.
Since then I have been a stained glass craftsman, furniture restorer, restorer of Player Pianos and music rolls, author (
two books eighteen books so far another on the way Two more on the way), photographer, basketball trading card manufacturer, basketball coach, basketball player, basketball referee, part-time shop assistant, newspaper columnist, homeschool dad, husband, father, grandfather, and a few other bits and pieces, and not in this order.
I have been arm-wrestling depression and anxiety for the better part of
twenty years (thirty years) and I only just worked out that I’m not going to beat either of them, but I do seem to be winning.
I’m fascinated by people, but I prefer dogs.
I’m amazed that anyone does anything.
I’ve learned that being still is not ‘doing nothing’.
I’ve gotten to a point in my life that I have to write.
I’ve learned that small visiting dogs will eat your reading glasses if you don’t keep an eye on them.
All dogs talk, you just have to learn how to listen.
I’m not frightened of dying, but sometimes life scares the hell out of me.
I love the colour green especially when it is painted on a Jaguar saloon car. (which I can no longer afford to keep on the road)
I love driving but most of the time I like to be here. It’s raining at the moment and that’s OK.
I love travelling on trains and I like money. I respect what it can do and it amazes me that so many people handle it badly. Money is just a tool and I would like to have a small continuous stream of it.
I like being paid to write but at the moment this does not happen nearly enough. (Unfortunately, this is still true)
I think that birds are cool, but I don’t think that they spend any time thinking about me, even though I give them lots of stale bread, and the occasional pizza crust…….. ungrateful bastards!
I hardly ever wear a watch, which is kinda sad as I own a really nice one.
I got an earring a few years ago because I thought it might help to change my life; it did a bit but not as much as I thought it would…… I lost my really nice earring, I looked for it, but it was dark.
Me rambling on about education and home schooling…….. http://schoome.wordpress.com/
Me rambling on about Understanding Your Dog……………..http://barcaupthewrongtree.wordpress.com/
And more recently……. me just rambling on……. http://terryrbarca.wordpress.com/
My first book. Published in 2010.
Short Stories for those who are young at heart
Short Story anthology Book 3
Since I started this blog in 2013 a few rather nice things have happened to do with writing, so I thought I would include a few of the pieces that have been published.
Let’s face it, if you have read this far down the page you are a glutton for punishment so it serves you right.
I’ve been published a few times.
Spider’s Trading Web [Book.. unpublished]
Grassroots 2013, 2014
The Age 2012 [short article on Home Schooling]
Southerly [The Long Paddock… online edition]
I have self-published two Non-Fiction books.
I have published
one (four) novella [fiction] and there is a second [and a third] one well under way; all three books have the same central characters… Sam and Scarlett.
(I’ve also published several collections of short stories, two novels and two novelettes)