Category Archives: 2018 anthology – 3 Dummies in a Dinghy

An Angel to Watch Over Them by Megan Higginson

Megan Higginson

Megan’s story, An Angel to Watch over Them, was read on 1079Life and published in the 2018 Stories of Life anthology, Three Dummies in a Dinghy a story that anyone who has ever cared for young children will appreciate.

Megan with her children

Megan shares a bit about what Stories of Life, and writing in general, means to her:

The Stories of Life Competition has been a great opportunity to try out a different type of writing to what I am used to, and to share a snippet of one of the many incredible encounters I’ve had with God over the years.

I usually love exploring different lands, people, make believe planets (or even real ones), and diverse parts of the universe in my stories. The ability to take the reader to somewhere else, or even to explore their own environment with new eyes, is so ​much fun. I’m currently rewriting a middle grade sci-fi novel, have a picture book due out this year, a number of other stories in various stages of completion, and a couple of stories on The Creative Kids Story Collection Vol. 2 due out December 2019. (I have a story in Vol 1. which came out in 2017.)

​One of my favourite things to do is run writing workshops at schools. When I visit schools, I share my journey of growing up with dyslexia and discovering the love of reading and writing. In doing so, I hope to encourage and inspire children to not give up when reading and writing is difficult, and to write their own amazing stories. I’ve had the privilege of running a number of these workshops in my local school community in 2018, and I look forward to running more this year. http://www.meganhigginson.com/school-visits.html

I also speak about living an amazing life even though I’ve lived with a chronic illness for over 14 years. There is more about me on:http://www.meganhigginson.com/about.htmland on my blog:http://www.meganhigginson.com/blog

If you haven’t read Megan’s story, grab a copy of Three Dummies in a Dinghy or head over to our archives to listen to past Stories of Life.

Could your story be published in the 2019 Stories of Life anthology? We have writing resources to help you get started or check out our categories and send us your story. We’d love to hear from you.

A String of Beans by Gaynor Faulkner

Gaynor’s story, A String of Beans, won first prize in the 2018 Tabor Open Stories of Life competition last year. Her story was about stumbling upon a church and then a church procession when on holiday in Italy.

Fred and Gaynor by Lake Como in Italy

Last year, the online Stories of Life community had a lot of fun with Gaynor’s story in the lead-up to our 2018 Stories of Life book launch. With no clue as to story or context, people tried to guess the missing word from one of Gaynor’s sentences:

People of all ages scurried out of those massive church doors like _______ evacuating a/an_______________.

Some of the suggestions were:

  • ants evacuating a flood
  • kids evacuating the house when chores need to be done
  • men evacuating a chick-flick

You can read Gaynor’s story, and other first prize category winners, here. For more great stories like this, grab a copy of the 2018 Stories of Life anthology, Three dummies in a dinghy.

Epiphany in Fiji by Wendy Boniface

Wendy’s story, Epiphany in Fiji, was published in the 2018 Stories of Life anthology, Three Dummies in a Dinghy, and broadcast on LifeFM in Adelaide, Australia.

For more stories like this, head over to our archives for more Stories of Life, or grab a copy of the book.

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Could your story be published in the 2019 Stories of Life anthology? We have writing resources to help you get started.

Register by 6 June for our Editing Workshop or check out our categories and send us your story. We’d love to hear from you.

Stolen but not robbed by Beth Robertson

Beth Robertson’s story ‘Stolen but not robbed’ was published in the 2018 Stories of Life anthology, Three Dummies in a Dinghy. Beth also recorded her story at the LifeFM studios and her story was played on the airwaves in Adelaide.

We’re pleased to be able to bring you the recording of her story.

‘Stolen but not robbed’ by Beth Robertson
Beth Robertson recording her story at the LifeFM studios.

If you’ve enjoyed Beth’s story, head over to our archives for more Stories of Life, or grab a copy of the book.

Could your story be published in the 2019 Stories of Life anthology? We have writing resources to help you get started. Sign up for our Editing Workshop on 13 June or check out our categories and send us your story. We’d love to hear from you.

Stories of Life on 1079 LifeFM

Happy New Year everyone! Woohoo, what a great way to start 2019 – 1079 LifeFM in Adelaide will be broadcasting selected stories from Three Dummies in a Dinghy throughout the month of January.

Thank you to all the writers who supplied these photos and background information to their stories. If you’d like to read more of their work, some have websites and other books published.

A Realisation by Levi Schubert

Levi (far right) with his family.

An Angel to Watch Over Them by Megan Higginson

Writer Megan Higginson

Megan is an author and speaker and creative adventurer. Read about her creative adventures here.

Birdman by Craig Chapman

The man in the truck, seagull perched on the ute, that inspired Birdman. Craig has published a book about King David’s final days. The book is titled Succession Plan: The Final Battle of a Warrior King. He blogs at craigchapman.org and also contributes regularly to seeds trek.com.

Breakneck Speed by Ethan Joppich

Ethan Joppich at a BMX Race.

Flawed by Patricia Elder

Last year, the Stories for Life competition motivated me to actually stop and reflect on God’s love and nearness during a mentally challenging time. This year, it was a week before entries closed and I had no idea for a story. In desperation, I pulled out last year’s anthology, and re-read the title story, about God speaking through a gecko. It reminded me how often God uses objects or animals to preach sermons more powerful than human words. Then I saw the tallboy in my bedroom, and remembered how God had used the tallboy to finally break through my low self-esteem. Suddenly I had the ending to my story. I found some old reflections and an unpublished article I had written a year ago about going through the SA school system as a student with a disability. The storyline came together quite quickly. 

So, I don’t know what I’ll write about next year, but expect something! Because everybody has more than one story. It’s just a matter of finding it (And knowing what to leave out!). 

That Boy of Mine by Molly Bennet

Soft toys, matchbox race cars, bible.

Precious things belonging to ‘That Boy of Mine’

The Great Physician by Adah Doebele

Adah Doebele is a Christian speaker and writer who has published several books: Adornment One,  Adornment Two and Divine Connection. She also blogs here.

Three Dummies in a Dinghy and Under the Frangipani Tree by Ester de Boer

Three Dummies in a Dinghy

The two stories I entered into Stories of Life this year really are as different as chalk and cheese. You’d think they were penned by two different people, although of course the subject matter of each required a different style and pace of writing.

Without realising it, I had kind of given my testimony- a before and after snapshot of myself. I am vague about dates during that period of my life because, frankly, I lived a bit of a crazy existence! I do know, however, that Three Dummies took place about a year before I came to the Lord. It was one incident in a chain of events that got me exactly where God wanted me- like an unwitting piece in a really cleverly-played chess game.

I have photos from this stay, but none that I really care to show! (me wearing skimpy clothes with a gun on my hip is not a good look for someone who is now a primary school teacher)

On that Rockhampton road trip (that turned into an extended stay due to the flood), I had a few hard reality checks that told me that it was time to get my act together- God was pulling on my heart.

While trapped by the flood, I stumbled upon an article for a fashion design course in Brisbane for $99 over just three weeks, so I planned to get to Brisbane to do it. Through a series of equally crazy experiences involving hitchhiking and even a yacht (!!!) I finally got down to Brisbane only to discover that it was a misprint. The course was actually $990 and went for nine weeks! Plus by then I had only five dollars left. Thankfully, someone handed me the number of a lovely Christian woman who took in street kids and she took me in. I also got my first job in Fortitude Valley, and almost all my work mates decided to start going to church as well (since when does that happen?) So, I was the victim of a setup- God’s a great strategist!

Under the Frangipani Tree

I came to the Lord a very messed up, hurting girl. The moment I was saved, though, I (a little naively) thought “oh great! Everything’s going to be fine now!” I started going to a youth group with a lot of other young people my age but really feeling like I was from another planet- our experiences of life were so different and I felt like I was so much older than them in experience but so much younger in readiness to face life. Two by two they paired up into smug, neat little Christian couples, while I felt like the one every boy’s mother had warned them about! I jumped into the first possibility of a Christian boyfriend I found and predictably found myself in an abusive relationship that confirmed my sense of worthlessness. That was the backdrop for this story. Where I worked, which park it was in, are irrelevant really- It was just a moment that God reached out to me to show me that HE treasured me. It wasn’t a moment of instant change. Healing took years. It’s something I have never shared until now, frankly because it risks sounding pitiful and a little too imaginative. But it’s mine.

Uprooted by May-Kuan Lim

Hedges and new roses six years after the events described in ‘Uprooted’, story by May-Kuan Lim. May-Kuan also helped her dad write and publish his story, Fish in the Well, a memoir of aspiration and faith.