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Message taken but please pause first when you need to lampoon another more of your contributors and dabble in narcissism. I wont be doing my own dance for now and I remember that Crocodile Prize like it did for you, it gives me no support for my publications nonetheless it is my forte; where I give support and avenue for other writers to come to the fore. lets end the conversation here.
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Rashmii - Detail me the spite that you say I have for you personally when I am advocating for a Crocodile Prize that should be bigger than you and I or Emmanuel Peni. I speak to see the growth of the Crocodile Prize. I seek like minded people to be involved in the Crocodile Prize and I have yet to see people who can see beyond the abuse and accusations and still keep with the Crocodile Prize. It is appalling that all of us continue to to wear blinkers. The Crocodile Prize is struggling here in POM for want of people to run it and the current organising committee will leave it to anyone who steps up. It is incumbent on you, me, Emmanuel Peni, for that matter anyone to come to the fore and for each of us to look for people to take the Crocodile Prize forward. Your public rhetoric does not do well for the Crocodile Prize. Okay someone may have had a go at you but it was not me and I also find it amusing that you have initially named me and Francis Nii and now you name me. I want to work with you and all writers. There are thousands of writers like you here in PNG, and men for that matter too, who need their writings exposed. You have provided one successful avenue and the Crocodile Prize despite its ineptitude needs to be successful in its own way. The meeting was organised by the contributors to MWTE and had nothing to do with the Crocodile Prize. I was invited along by Caroline Evari and the Crocodile Prize was invited along too. We never went in there on our own accord. Surely the contributors will have some authority on how they want to gloat about their work having international attention. You can discuss that with the contributors to MWTE. They need to have some say on their work too. No man is trying to cash in on the success of MWTE and there is a commentary to that effect that is off the mark here. The three men that turned up at Caroline Evari's organised meet was to give her and the women writers support. The contributors to MWTE organised this meet, nothing to do with Crocodile Prize or Baka Bina or Emmanuel Peni Writing is not rocket science, it was a matter of finding the time and committing the time was my comments that is being attributed to another person. Do I take issue here. That will be crass and stupid of me. It does not add to the aim of finding common grounds for writers, men women and children. But having said that, all this rhetoric adds to the growing pains of Crocodile Prize. We have tipped the iceberg of PNG creativity. It will grow with or without you, me or Emmanuel Peni.
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Michael and Michael - Yes we need writing cells and discussion groups to critique each others work. A quick look on the internet like San Antonio Writers Guild website has a page on that. This can only be done by people coming together and be willing to make and receive critiques to their own and others work. We can only be as good as the inertia that we must be prepared to shed. The Crocodile Prize needs volunteer editors to work through our maze of applicants. Email on crocprize@gmail.com
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Gertrude, I realised that this is a story from 2014. You still have until the end of the month to write in new story for the 2017 competition. The 2017 competition ends on 30 September. Send your 2017 writing or kill our curiosity to what happened to Bakaie to crocprize@gmail.com
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KJ - this is on the Eastern Highlands facebook page. can you post it up on PNG Attitude. How a struggling single mom in Papua New Guinea found her cloth on a New York fashion runway.... http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-06-25/how-struggling-single-mom-papua-new-guinea-found-her-cloth-new-york-fashion
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Congratulations to all who contributed. For those going to be involved in the hard yakka to sort through all of these to determine a placing in the anthology and crowning in Sipu Sipu, I wish you all horrible and ugly pleasure-laced happiness with twinkling stars that break through the clouds of dust and disdain about our ineptitude to express on paper. We are getting there in leaps and bounds. We note the call by KJ, EB and PF about their desire to offload the work to nationals to take on the baton and SWA is holding up the beacon. Can we get the conversation going on in PNG about this part of the mobilisation of brain teasers. Cheers all and one.
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Marlene - There she goes. Real life story. Great one.
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Ed Apo. Thank you for those dreams and for the write-up. As I said, you have put yourself wholly into the project and we did wonderfully well. Your vision of the sepeku - behind the house cesspool - is intriguing and shows how, when a person gets immersed in the writing, it can do wonders to the brain. Your brains have been Apo-sized. Seei! Mitega Ghoi ha ku pi!!! Tru ave! (screaming yodel of thanks). For those who read the book, I have tried to write it as an Eastern Highlander, one who is conservative and one who has a soft heart. There are places where you'd wonder why I have not gone the extra yard to put a punch in (sort off) that Joycelin Leahy has in her stories. I need to master that art and get over my Apo trait. In the sequel to this work, we will try to emulate the likes of Joycelin, Wendt and Christie. Thank you once again.
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Thanks Ron - There are many of us out there who loved Yokomo and his antics and he made coming to school fun especially if, I think, it was Tuesdays. I wish for the Education Department reintroduce those broadcasts. I want to sit down under the trees and here about Kinibo and Doriga travel by raft from the highlands to the coasts. Those were times I really enjoyed coming to school. Many a broadcasts were done by the likes of Brumby, Jackson and others. They may have materials in archives that need to be brought out into the public domain. Yokomo lives in the many names only unlike Grassroots who has gone of the scene, Yokomo can easily come to life again. Thanks Ron/Yokomo. _________ I think the broadcast tapes are long gone. I still have a few School Papers from that era. Maybe I should scan them and make them available for download in PNG Attitude. There's lots of Yokomo and some early Omokoy - KJ
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Joycelyn - I can only imagine a bleak gory ending. This is how it goes. You see the young brother and collapse on top of a lurking taipan. Mr Tiden has a heart attack because the police radios are silent and the helicopter is attending to another Kapis robbery in Kerema. As the sun sinks over at Lealea village, we have three about-to be-corpses. If you keep on leaving us in suspense, girl, we let out minds run wild. Marvellous write up.
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Oop Mi tok sore stret. I was emulating Yokomo cropping all the pawpaw trees in half making his short cuts. I did. My apologies KJ and FH.
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Phillip - I was challenged by the family at the village to immortalsze them. How? I quote your second stanza: 'Because you live only once and words live more than twice'. They want the names that I use in my books to be nobody but them, even if I characterise them in person and they say because they live once. 'They can go to the ends of the earth far beyond your place of birth. Far into a distant time still maintaining their prime' (9 and 10th stanza). Well done.
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Yeah, maybe so, but if they didn't spend it in PNG, my apologies, POM, the money gets to be spent in PNG. Otherwise, it will be more shady investment in Australia and do I hear a whiff of - Singapore. I hear there is a budget shortfall but the concrete jungle is here for us a public keepsake. I agree with Mr Dom that it is a crying shame for rural infrastructure. Whilst that is so, let us not forget that the use of Tuition Free Funding is left to the headmasters of schools and most of it is being abused. I call for laws that give 15% of the budget to buying books by PNG authors and the other 15% to buying chairs and desks every year. What the headmasters do with the balance of the 70% should be according to budget. In this way even the remotest of school gets the two basic things each year, a built up of library and an increasing number of chairs and desks.
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Arnold Angra - Reminds me on my own pairing with my other half. Sorry, in my part of the world on the other side of those majestic mountain ranges to the east we are now becoming more inclined to pair-up in what is called 'marit uninit long ol kopi diwai' before all those processes with beautiful names happen. It is a practice that is now cannibalised that what is done now does not have the beauty that it had before. You know what I mean. It's more a time to be licenced to make nuisance under the influence of beer, or homebrew with or without tupacs and spakbrus. Tragic ending though, we all miss our mothers. Seghane-ve.
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Thank you KJ. This contribution was written to support another article on this page about writing and rewriting. I think it was by a young lass. I hope this piece will stoke up those who look at the futility of a good writing. Just write, I'd say. On the other hand, the nuance of IT beguiles me and I tried to work out last night how I can get over these barriers of blocked access and I think I got partial success. I submitted this write-up through the roundabout way to Ed Brumby and finally to you. Let's hope it does not happen again here. _____________ Baka's latest book, Sweet Garaiina Apo, will be reviewed by Ed Brumby in PNG Attitude tomorrow - KJ
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Joycelyn - An intriguing tale, very climatic. We need to see the end.
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