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Location: South Australia
Gender: Male
Born: 1943
Interests: varied
Member: Eternal Premier Author
Joined: August 2013
Tony Fawcus, ex-RAF Navigator and Junior School teacher, now living on South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula where he runs a small farm and a B&B cottage.
'like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing'
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Mary Furlong
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Margaret Bednar
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thaities, Rebecca V.
Margaret Bednar
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FanStory wrote to tfawcus: Congratulations! A Hopeless Case won the contest "Rhyming Poetry Contest"
August 28, 2020 at 12:13AM
    lightink: Congrats, Tony! Well deserved!
    August 28, 2020 at 12:27AM
    phill doran: Gee, Tony: now you are in the position to BE the loan shark. Well done that man!
    August 28, 2020 at 12:39AM
    tfawcus: Thanks, Phill and Jyoti. Appreciated.
    August 28, 2020 at 3:57AM
    lyenochka: Congratulations, Tony!!
    August 28, 2020 at 1:18PM
    MissMerri: Yeah! This is wonderful Tony. You are now an official collector of award ribbons. Congratulations!!
    August 28, 2020 at 10:33PM
    Gloria ....: Congrats to you, Tony. :))
    August 29, 2020 at 12:52AM
    rspoet: Congratulations, Tony!! Well done.
    August 30, 2020 at 9:57AM
    Ulla: Congratulations!! so very well deserved. Ulla:)))
    August 30, 2020 at 2:08PM

tfawcus: Thanks very much for all the congratulatory messages. Much appreciated. Now I shall be able to keep the loan sharks at bay!
July 16, 2020 at 2:25AM

FanStory wrote to tfawcus: Congratulations! A Shiver of Sharks won the contest "5-7-5 Poem"
July 15, 2020 at 12:13AM
    zanya: Well deserved win ! zanya
    July 15, 2020 at 10:46AM
    Gloria ....: Way to go, Tony. :))
    July 15, 2020 at 11:56AM
    lightink: Congratulations, Tony!
    July 15, 2020 at 12:08PM
    lightink: Congratulations, Tony!
    July 15, 2020 at 12:08PM
    Pantygynt: Some people will believe anything! Congratulations on your win.
    July 15, 2020 at 12:46PM
    sandramitchell: Congratulations, Tony! It was a worthy winner.:)) xx
    July 15, 2020 at 1:20PM
    rspoet: Congratulations! Well done.
    July 15, 2020 at 8:28PM

    Congratulations, Tony!
    July 15, 2020 at 10:50PM

FanStory wrote to tfawcus: Static finished second in the contest "20 Line Poem"
July 9, 2020 at 12:13AM
    phill doran: Hello Tony - thanks for keeping your distance ;) Congratulations...
    July 9, 2020 at 3:18PM
    lyenochka: Congratulations, Tony!!
    July 9, 2020 at 6:01PM
    Gypsymooncat: Congratulations Tony xo
    July 10, 2020 at 8:50PM
    tfawcus: Thanks To you all for your congratulations and good wishes. Mine was a country mile behind yours, Phill!
    July 12, 2020 at 7:50PM

FanStory wrote to tfawcus: Congratulations! Going Home won the contest "Free Verse Poetry Contest"
July 9, 2020 at 12:13AM
    humpwhistle: Congratulations, Tony. An excellent choice.
    July 9, 2020 at 10:03AM
    tfawcus: Thanks, Lee.
    July 9, 2020 at 2:44PM
    phill doran: Congratulations Tony!
    July 9, 2020 at 3:17PM
    Gloria ....: Yay! Way to go, Tony. :))

    July 10, 2020 at 3:32PM
    Gypsymooncat: Congratulations Tony, you're on a roll!
    July 10, 2020 at 8:50PM

FanStory wrote to tfawcus: Congratulations on earning a Seal of Quality by the committee for Free Verse Collection.
June 28, 2020 at 6:22PM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!
    June 28, 2020 at 8:47PM
    Gloria ....: Yay! Way to go, Tony. :))
    June 29, 2020 at 12:23AM
    phill doran: excellent tony - a wonderful collection indeed.
    June 29, 2020 at 1:12AM
    Pam (respa): Congratulations, Tony. This is a special honor and very well deserved.
    June 29, 2020 at 7:02AM
    Tootie: Congratulations, Tony - HURRAH!
    - Bill & Cathy
    June 29, 2020 at 10:25AM
    Raffaelina Lowcock: What an achievement. Congratulations! :)Ralf
    June 29, 2020 at 11:08AM
    Mrs. KT: Congratulations, Tony!
    You have a masterful way of expressing yourself, whether in poetry or prose! diane
    June 29, 2020 at 11:58AM
    damommy: Yayyyy, Tony!
    June 29, 2020 at 12:21PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : Well-deserved. Congratulations!
    June 29, 2020 at 12:58PM
    Spangle: Super accomplishment, Tony!!
    June 29, 2020 at 1:35PM
    sandramitchell: Congratulations, Tony. Your poetry is stunning, so you really deserve this. xx
    June 29, 2020 at 1:47PM
    zanya: Congratulations zanya
    June 29, 2020 at 3:44PM
    catch22: Congratulations Tony!
    June 29, 2020 at 4:16PM
    Ulla: Congratulations. What an achievement! Ulla:)))
    June 29, 2020 at 4:48PM
    tfawcus: Very many thanks for your kind words and congratulations. I?m a little overwhelmed!
    June 30, 2020 at 9:58AM
    MissMerri: Tony, this is a wonderful accomplishment! I know how difficult it is and believe you are most worthy. Congratulations.
    June 30, 2020 at 12:18PM
    Melissa Russell Deur: Congratulations, Tony! That's quite an achievement. I'm eager to read more of your poetry.
    June 30, 2020 at 3:16PM
    JudyE: Congratulations on the Seal of Quality award. That's great news.
    July 1, 2020 at 2:22AM
    Melissa Russell Deur: What a fantastic month you're having! Congratulations!
    July 10, 2020 at 4:29PM

FanStory wrote to tfawcus: Congratulations! The Thief of Dreams won the contest "Sonnet Poetry Contest"
May 26, 2020 at 12:13AM
    phill doran: Fantastic piece Tony: congratulations!
    May 26, 2020 at 2:54AM
    tfawcus: Thanks, Phil. Appreciated!
    May 26, 2020 at 5:52AM
    Mrs. KT: Congratulations, Tony!
    A wonderful offering!

    May 26, 2020 at 7:54AM
    rspoet: Congratulations, Tony! Looks like the Thief of Dreams made away with the first place ribbon.
    May 26, 2020 at 9:52AM
    catch22: Congratulations Tony! Great poem.
    May 26, 2020 at 12:13PM
    Pam (respa): Congratulations on the win, Tony. Well deserved.
    May 26, 2020 at 12:36PM
    Ulla: Congratulations!!! Well done and well deserved. Ulla:)))
    May 26, 2020 at 1:01PM
    Gloria ....: Congratulations to you, Tony. :))
    May 26, 2020 at 4:34PM
    Spangle: Congratulations, Tony...way to go!!!!
    May 26, 2020 at 5:56PM
    JudyE: Well done on your win. Congratulations.
    May 26, 2020 at 8:10PM
    Gypsymooncat: Congrats Tony, it is a very deserving win!
    May 26, 2020 at 9:28PM
    tfawcus: Many thanks to all of you for your congratulations. All good wishes, Tony
    May 27, 2020 at 2:29AM
    juliaSjames: Congratulations and best wishes Tony
    May 27, 2020 at 2:13PM
    lyenochka: Congratulations, Tony!!
    May 27, 2020 at 6:07PM
    judiverse: Congratulations to you on your many achievements. judiverse.
    June 28, 2020 at 6:48PM
    Spangle: Huge congratulations!!
    June 28, 2020 at 7:54PM

tfawcus: "Everything you love will probably be lost, but in the end, love will return in another way." Franz Kafka
March 26, 2020 at 6:44PM
    Gloria ....: Excellent quote, Tony.
    March 27, 2020 at 4:45AM
    Puzzle: Awe I love this
    May 9, 2020 at 9:04PM
    ttec4u: That is so poignant and true tfawcus, (am living the first part) now I just hope it returns to me.
    May 22, 2020 at 10:25PM

FanStory wrote to tfawcus: A three line poem finished second in the contest "3 Line Poetry Contest"
March 25, 2020 at 12:13AM
    Mrs. KT: Congratulations!
    March 25, 2020 at 10:50AM
    lyenochka: Congratulations, Tony!
    March 25, 2020 at 1:25PM
    tfawcus: Many thanks, Helen and Diane, for your congratulations. Much appreciated. Tony
    March 25, 2020 at 10:31PM

FanStory wrote to tfawcus: Congratulations! #3 Ranked Novelist of 2019!
January 5, 2020 at 2:32PM
    Aaron Milavec: Back again, Tony!

    How do you get your long chapter titles accepted? Mine get cut off after roughly 6 words.

    I'm in Shanghai. So we are nearly in the same time zone.

    My wife and I spent two weeks in Australia. What a feast and what a discovery:

    How I came to visit the Art Museum

    Given the rain, I switched to plan B?go visit the Australian Museum of Art should it start to rain. I didn?t bother to take out and put on my raincoat since the rain had reduced to a drizzle. In a minute I was climbing the 25 steps leading to the Museum of Art.

    At the front desk, I asked about the current exhibit. A bright-eyed woman of 25 told me that the entire first floor exhibited the works of Janet Laurence?a naturalist who spent the last thirty years creating art that represented the patterns of trees and plants onto cloth. . . .
    Congee Beach

    Elena and I took the train and then the bus that took us right to Congee Beach. Elena adores the blue skies and the clean, blue waters.

    I am amazed how much the coast resembles Southern California here--stretches of rocky cliffs broken up by inlets that feature off-white sandy beaches. The flora is not like that of the CA coast, however, save for the succulent rose and occasional century plant.

    We take the trail that follows the cliff coast. After a half-hour of trekking, Elena announces that she cannot wait any longer to get into that marvelous water. So we change into our swim suits and edge our bodies into the cold waters. Once wet all over, however, the water hardly seems cold.

    A trio of dogs is swimming with their master. Beach bathers are chatting, eating, sunning on the rock shelves that line the inlet. We had the presence of mind to bring some foods and eat and sun alongside them.
    Nigel and Marty

    We resume the trail and come to another beach. Elena plunges into the water while I take a nap on the grass in the shade of a small tree. I become curious about the tides. So I ask a well-tanned muscular surfer whether he understands the tides here. In a few minutes, he is telling me about the hollowness of his heart and about his hunger to discover true love. Elena and Marty join us. Marty has been doing Yoga for 40 years and their conversation turns toward those yoga leaders that they know in common. Meanwhile, my conversation with Nigel now turns to the story of how he lost his first wife to cancer after forty years of marriage. . . .

    I tell Nigel about my own longing for many years to find true love. ?It takes courage to sustain and enlarge the yearning for love. I found that most men abandon the suffering that is involved and throw themselves into work, into drinking, into some addiction by way of quieting the hunger in their heart.?

    Then I tell him how, three years ago, just before Christmas, I was telling my Christmas angel about the longing in my heart and my angel told me not to give up for my future lover was urgently seeking me. ?If you give up the quest, Nigel, your true love will never be able to find you.?

    Nigel liked the idea of knowing that his true love was out there and urgently seeking him. He tells me that tears came to his eyes as he was listening to my narrative. Knowing this meant that he was not pulling all the weight and doing all the suffering ALONE. ?Your beloved is seeking you out and all you need to do is to be willing to be found.?

    Nigel offers white tea and chocolates to Elena and me. I use this occasion to make a toast, ?To Niguel?s true love who is out there seeking him and to my true love, Elena, who found me three years ago.?

    Marty is so taken with this toast that he takes out his iPhone and asks me to record the toast for some future use.

    Then Nigel asks about the red string around my wrist and another story unfolds. . . . To cap things off, he takes me surfing on his long and light surf board. . . .

    I am amazed by all this. This is not the first time this has happened. It is the third time in three days. The first time was my encounter with Fritz on the docs who shared with me the story of his16-year-old daughter who kissed him goodnight and went to bed to take her life. The second was my encounter on the tram when an Asiatic woman told me of the deep sadness of leaving her life-long friend.

    Something awesome is working here among these Aussies. It?s amazing!

    Joy in writing,
    February 8, 2020 at 12:23AM

FanStory wrote to tfawcus: Congratulations! Beyond the Wit of Daylight Hours is the new Poem of the Month!
October 8, 2019 at 12:13AM
    CD Richards: Congrats, Tony. Richly deserved.
    October 8, 2019 at 1:54AM
    tfawcus: Thanks, Craig, and all who were kind enough to vote for this. I?ve not been writing much poetry recently, so am delighted by the reception for this one.
    October 8, 2019 at 2:18AM
    Gloria ....: Way to go, Tony. You still have the magic touch. :))
    October 8, 2019 at 2:55AM
    sandramitchell: Congratulations, Tony! Well done, you!!! xx
    October 8, 2019 at 2:58AM
    Pam (respa): Congratulations on the win, Tony. Very well deserved.
    October 8, 2019 at 7:04AM
    juliaSjames: Congratulations Tony. It's a fine achievement.
    October 8, 2019 at 10:20AM
    damommy: Congratulations!
    October 8, 2019 at 12:57PM
    LisaMay: Yay for you Tony - A wonderful poem. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
    October 8, 2019 at 1:15PM
    rspoet: Proof positive you should writing more poetry!
    But your novel about the French letter is great, too.
    Well done, my friend!
    October 8, 2019 at 3:08PM
    lyenochka: Congratulations, Tony! Beautifully done!
    October 8, 2019 at 6:10PM

FanStory wrote to tfawcus: Congratulations! Up, Up and Away is the new Book of the Month!
September 7, 2019 at 12:13AM
    tfawcus: Many thanks to all those who voted for this. Much appreciated. Tony
    September 7, 2019 at 12:36AM
    sandramitchell: This story is brilliant, Tony. Congratulations! :))
    September 7, 2019 at 2:20AM
    Sugarray77: Congratulations, Tony. Well deserved!

    September 7, 2019 at 9:37AM
    lyenochka: Congratulations!!
    September 7, 2019 at 1:42PM
    Adri7enne: Congratulations, Tony.
    September 7, 2019 at 3:01PM
    karenina: Congrats Tony! Book of the month! A major father in your writer's cap!--Karenina
    September 7, 2019 at 3:02PM
    rspoet: Congratulations! It's about time this significant novel was recognized for the gem it is!
    No place to go but Up Up and Away.
    September 7, 2019 at 5:15PM
    Gloria ....: Congratulations to you, Tony. :)
    September 7, 2019 at 5:41PM
    tfawcus: Thanks very much for your kind comments and support. Without it, I?d have given this up months ago.
    September 7, 2019 at 7:11PM
    JudyE: Well done, Tony. And well deserved.
    September 7, 2019 at 7:17PM
    LisaMay: Well done... all that hard work worth it!
    September 8, 2019 at 2:09AM
    juliaSjames: Congratulations Tony. Another fine achievement, my friend.
    September 8, 2019 at 8:02AM

FanStory wrote to tfawcus: The Road finished second in the contest "Rhyming Poetry Contest"
September 3, 2018 at 12:13AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!!!
    September 3, 2018 at 12:15AM
    rama devi: Congratulations!!!!
    September 3, 2018 at 12:50AM
    Ginnygray: Congratulations Tony!
    September 3, 2018 at 3:59PM
    BeasPeas: Congratulations, Tony, on your win. Marilyn
    September 3, 2018 at 8:33PM
    Dean Kuch:
    Congratulations on your second place finish, Tony.
    September 4, 2018 at 7:57PM
    tfawcus: Thanks for all the congratulatory messages. I?m honoured to have your support.
    September 5, 2018 at 6:40AM
    Robbie Yates: Well done, Tony! Much deserved!
    September 5, 2018 at 8:24AM
    krys123: Congratulations Tony.
    October 6, 2018 at 9:55AM
    krys123: Congratulations tony, as I not only salute you =, but also commend you on a very interesting and intriguing well written story.
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    January 5, 2019 at 10:41AM
    KatyM: Congrats!
    February 26, 2019 at 12:50PM
    Pam (respa): Congratulations on the second place finish, Tony. It is well deserved.
    March 12, 2019 at 7:22AM
    krys123: Cheers, Tony; I'm glad that you did well and so close to winning. Congratulations my friend and take care and have a good one.
    March 13, 2019 at 12:16AM
    lyenochka: Congratulations, Tony!
    July 6, 2019 at 11:36AM

FanStory wrote to tfawcus: The Flutter finished third in the contest "Dribble Flash Fiction"
August 28, 2018 at 12:13AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!
    August 28, 2018 at 12:16AM
    Robbie Yates: Well done, Tony! Such a great little flash fiction piece!
    August 29, 2018 at 7:25AM
    tfawcus: Very many thanks, Judy and Robbie, for your congratulations! Much appreciated! Tony
    August 30, 2018 at 3:09AM
    lyenochka: Congrats, Tony!
    July 6, 2019 at 11:36AM

FanStory wrote to tfawcus: The Kiss finished second in the contest "Love Poem Poetry Contest"
August 17, 2018 at 12:13AM
    Robbie Yates: Congratulations, Tony - another well-deserved honour!
    August 17, 2018 at 8:15AM
    Ginnygray: Congratulations, Tony on a lovely poem!
    August 17, 2018 at 1:02PM
    karenina: Second Place! Congratulations on a fine poem!--Karenina
    August 18, 2018 at 10:00PM
    tfawcus: Many thanks! I appreciate all the congratulations!
    August 20, 2018 at 12:45PM

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