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It Began At The Beginning...

It was C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe. (and my fourth grade teacher, Miss Amiet, who read it to the class) that ignited my love of reading. And that love of reading led to my love of writing. But it was around age fifteen that I read S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, and that was the first book I read that inspired me to want to become a writer.

Studying Writing (But Not Actually Doing Any Writing)

My childhood love of reading and my teenage dream of becoming a writer stayed with me through to adulthood. However, I never attempted to get published (except for a Q&A in Dolly Magazine from when I did work experience there in high school and a movie review for UNSW's university paper whilst I was at uni). This was because - although one of my university majors was English Lit (the other was Sociology) - up until my mid-twenties I didn't have the confidence to even try. So I prepared myself the usual way a book nerd does: via study.

Over several years I did correspondence courses through the Australian College of Journalism and gained diplomas in the following: Freelance Journalism, Health And Fitness Writing (now Sports Writing And Photography), Professional Children’s Writing, Creative Writing, and Professional Editing And Proofreading.

Finally, The Confidence To Write

While I was teaching and performing Bellydance full time, I also became brave enough to approach my colleague and mentor, Amera Eid (of Amera's Palace) about writing for her Bellydance magazine, The Palace Magazine (since bought by Bellydance Oasis). Amera was kind enough to give me my first published writing opportunity in 1998. By 2001, I was editing her magazine and did so until the end of 2005.

Editing and writing for The Palace Magazine for several years lifted my confidence, but it was the acceptance of an article (If You Were A Wolf In The Wild) and a short story (Corina's Hair Goes Wild) in 2004 by The School Magazine that gave me the impetus to forge ahead with my writing. It was the first time someone who didn’t know me personally wanted to publish something I’d written, and it was a real confidence boost.

For the next several years, I wrote many children’s article about animals, and the occasional short story and poem. As is the way with writing, most of my stuff got rejected, but many pieces got accepted (although nowhere near enough to make anything that resembled an income). Check out the list below to see what I've had published.

My First Attempt At A Book

Late 2007 to early 2009 was spent writing a book called Little Dog In A Big City. In 2010, I had the good fortune to acquire an agent (Sally Bird of Calidris Literary Agency) to represent it, but unfortunately all the publishers she sent it to turned it down. Apparently it was "too specific" (specific to whom? To all the millions of city-dwelling people all over the world who have dogs??).

Anyway, such is the life of the writer. Still, I wasn't going to let all that hard work go to waste, so I created a free online book for everyone to enjoy: Little Dog In A Big City. Here's the link: www.littledoginabigcity.com - please pass it on!

Writing For Animals And Kids

In 2010 I shifted my priorities from wanting to be published to wanting to use my writing skills to help animals. One way I'm doing this is through articles: Animal Thoughts and short answers to FAQs: Animal Rights Q&A.

Then in 2012 I started writing non-fiction about animals for children again, and quickly had some articles accepted. That was both exciting and a relief - I was worried after such a long break that I may have lost my knack. Apparently it's still there - phew!

Writing For Yogis And Yoginis

In 2011, I had my first Yoga article From Coma To Yoga published in The Art of Healing (Vol 2, Issue 35) .

Then in 2013 I was asked by a publisher to write an eBook on Yoga. I completed the manuscript but, as the contract was not right for me, I decided to not go ahead. A shame, but now I'm looking at finding an agent for the book. Wish me luck!

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My Published Work

Published In The School Magazine (Australian Publication):

Bear Tales
Despina Rosales, 2014
First published in
The School Magazine
(
Blast Off, May 2014, Vol. 99, No. 4).

Bee-hind The Scenes Part 1
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in
The School Magazine
(Orbit, July 2005, Vol. 90, No. 6).
Republished by ProQuest in 2006.

Illustrations by
Kerry Millard.

Bee-hind The Scenes Part 1
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in
The School Magazine
(Orbit, August 2005, Vol. 90, No. 7).
Republished by ProQuest in 2006
.
Illustrations by
Kerry Millard.

Conversation With A Hippo
Despina Rosales, 2006
First published in
The School Magazine
(Countdown, June 2006, Vol. 91, No. 5).

Corina's Hair Goes Wild
Despina Rosales 2004
First published in
The School Magazine
(Blast Off, February 2004, vol 89, No. 1).
Illustrations by Tom Jellett.

Dogs Anonymous
Despina Rosales, 2007

First published in The School Magazine
(Touchdown, March 2007, Vol. 92, No. 2).
Illustrations by Kerry Millard.

If You Were A Dingo In The Desert
Despina Rosales, 2014
First published in
The School Magazine
(
Countdown, March 2014, Vol. 99, No 3).

If You Were A Fox In The Forest
Despina Rosales, 2006
First published in The School Magazine
(Orbit, September 2006, Vol. 91, No. 8).

If You Were A Wolf In The Wild
Despina Rosales, 2004
First published in
The School Magazine
(Countdown, Jun 2004, Vol. 89, No. 5).
Illustrations by Noela Young.

Interview With A Gorilla
Despina Rosales, 2006

First published in The School Magazine
(Orbit, September 2006, Vol. 91, No. 8).
Illustrations by Tohby Riddle.

In The Ocean Deep
Despina Rosales, 2007
First published in
The School Magazine
(Orbit, May 2007, No. 92, No. 4).

Lord Of The Wings
Despina Rosales, 2007
First published in
The School Magazine
(Orbit, March 2007, Vol. 92, No. 2).
Republished by ProQuest in 2006.

Names And Faces
Despina Rosales, 2007
First published in
The School Magazine
(Blast Off, April 2007, Vol. 92, No. 3).
Illustrations by Kerry Millard.

Squid
(not yet published)

Despina Rosales, 2006
Bought by
The School Magazine, June 2006
(not yet published).

The Hermit Crab, The Octopus And The Anemone
(not yet published)

Despina Rosales, 2007
Bought by
The School Magazine, May 2007
(not yet published).

Unbeatable Cat: The Cheetah
Despina Rosales, 2006
First published in
The School Magazine
(Blast Off, Feb 2006, vol. 91, No. 1).

Unscramble These Clucky Phrases
Despina Rosales, 2004
First published in
The School Magazine
(Orbit, March 2007, Vol. 92, No. 2).

Illustrations by Gaye Chapman.

Published In School Journal (New Zealand Publication)

Tigers On The Prowl
Despina Rosales, 2006
First published in School Journal (Part 3, Number 2, 2006).

Published By Pearson (Australian Publishers)

High Society
Despina Rosales, 2007
First published by Pearson in Explore, 2007.

Republished By Proquest (US E-Publication)

Bee-hind The Scenes Part 1
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in
The School Magazine
(Orbit, July 2005, Vol. 90, No. 6).
Republished by ProQuest in 2006.

Illustrations by
Kerry Millard.

Bee-hind The Scenes Part 2
Despina Rosales, 2005

First published in The School Magazine
(Orbit, August 2005, Vol. 90, No. 7).
Republished by ProQuest in 2006
.
Illustrations by
Kerry Millard.

Lord Of The Wings
Despina Rosales, 2007
First published in
The School Magazine
(Orbit, March 2007, Vol. 92, No. 2).
Republished by ProQuest in 2006.

Published By The Art Of Healing (Australian Publication)

From Coma To Yoga
Despina Rosales, 2011
First published by
The Art Of Healing, 2011.

Published In Stories From Inside The Mirror (US Book)

A Chat In Cyberspace With Jennifer Anthony-DeGoursat
Despina Rosales, 2001
First published in The Palace Magazine,
Vol 25, 2001
Republished in Stories From Inside The Mirror in 2007.

Bellydancers And Their Partners - Part 1
Despina Rosales, 2002
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 30, 2002.

Republished in Stories From Inside The Mirror in 2007.

Bellydancers And Their Partners - Part 2
Despina Rosales, 2002
First published in The Palace Magazine,
Vol 31, 2002
Republished in Stories From Inside The Mirror in 2007.

Published By Wameda (US Publication)

Teaching A Beginners Course In Bellydance: The Dropout
Despina Rosales, 2001
First published in Wameda, March-April 2001.

Published In Fernwood Club News (Australian Publication)

What Can You Expect If You Go To A Yoga Class?
Despina Rosales, 2007
First published in Fernwood Club News,
June 2007.

Published By The Palace Magazine (Australian Publication)

Safety Tips
Despina Rosales, 1998
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 18,
1998.

Sumra Shines On
Despina Rosales, 1999
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 20,
1999.

Fit And Healthy
Despina Rosales, 1999
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 21,
1999.

Rozeta Ahalyea: Dancing Straight From The Heart
Despina Rosales, 2000
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 23,
2000.

A Chat In Cyberspace With Jennifer Anthony-DeGoursat
Despina Rosales, 2001
First published in The Palace Magazine,
Vol 25, 2001

Elenie: Going With The Flow
Despina Rosales, 2001
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 26,
2001.

Shamira: In Her Own Words
Despina Rosales, 2001
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 27,
2001.

Ethics, Part 1
Despina Rosales, 2001
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 28,
2001.

Ethics, Part 2
Despina Rosales, 2001
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 29,
2001.

Ethics, Part 3
Despina Rosales, 2001
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 30,
2002.

Amera's Interview, Part 1
Despina Rosales, 2002
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 30,
2002.

Belyssa: Telling It Like It Is
Despina Rosales, 2002
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 30,
2002.

A Sit Down With Jrisi, Part 1
Despina Rosales, 2002
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 30,
2002.

Introducing Aadel Amin, Egyptian Percussionist And Teacher
Despina Rosales, 2002
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 30,
2002.

Investigation: Bellydancers And Their Partners, Part 1
Despina Rosales, 2002
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 30,
2002.

Amera's Interview, Part 2
Despina Rosales, 2002
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 31,
2002.

Accreditation
Despina Rosales, 2002
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 31,
2002.

Investigation: Bellydancers And Their Partners, Part 2
Despina Rosales, 2002
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 31,
2002.

Absolutely No Video Taping? Absolutely!
Despina Rosales, 2002
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 31,
2002.

A Sit Down With Jrisi, Part 2
Despina Rosales, 2002
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 31,
2002.

Interview: Maria Masselos
Despina Rosales, 2003
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 32,
2003.

Jrisi's Overseas Dance Adventure
Despina Rosales, 2003
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 32,
2003.

Interview: Cathryn McCormack
Despina Rosales, 2003
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 33,
2003.

Stretching
Despina Rosales, 2003
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 33,
2003.

Melbourne's Emerging Star: Soirse Flanagan
Despina Rosales, 2004
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 34,
2004.

Dancing In The Holy Land: An Interview With Sarit Krcmar
Despina Rosales, 2004
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 34,
2004.

Bellyrobics: Interview With Amera Eid
Despina Rosales, 2004
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 35,
2004.

Interview: Jane Bolinowsky
Despina Rosales, 2004
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 35,
2004.

The 15th Annual Sydney Middle Eastern Dance Festival
Despina Rosales, 2004
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 35,
2004.

Living By The Sword
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 37,
2005.

Terezka Talks
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 37,
2005.

Middle Eastern Dance Festival Is Coming Again!
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 37,
2005.

Eating Out At Erciyes
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 37,
2005.

Wax Up Doc?
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 37,
2005.

Yasmina Of Cairo Website Launch
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 37,
2005.

Interview With Tony Ishak From Radio 2Moro
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 37,
2005.

Arabia 2Moro
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 37,
2005.

Heya Di Yasmina
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 37,
2005.

Belyssa Travels With The Bedouin
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 38,
2005.

Interview With Sydney Bellydancer Rabiya
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 38,
2005.

Interview With Annabella
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 38,
2005.

Firing Yourself From A Job
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 38,
2005.

Interview: Rachel Bond
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 38,
2005.

Art Of Bouzouki And The Best Of Glykeria
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 38,
2005.

Dina In Monte Carlo, Dandesh, Noura and Fifi
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 38,
2005.

Jrisi's Hafla
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 38,
2005.

The Goddess Series
Despina Rosales, 2005
First published in The Palace Magazine, Vol 38,
2005.

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"You can't wait for inspiration,
you have to go after it with a club."
- Jack London (author, journalist, social activist)

free book
Have a look at my FREE online book, Little Dog In A Big City. Anyone who has a dog in their family will benefit from the information on this site so please pass the link on to family and friends: www.littledoginabigcity.com. All the info is tried and tested by me personally and is also vet-approved.

"Everyone has talent. What's rare is the courage
to follow it to the dark places where it leads."
- Erica Jong (author)

Dogs Anonymous

Hippo

"The writer is one who writes...
he withdraws to some quiet corner...
and applies himself to his blank paper.
Two hours a day are needed;
three hours are better; four are heroic."
- Gerald Warner Brace.

Names & Faces

Wolf

"There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."
- attributed to W. Somerset Maugham
(playwright, novelist and short story writer)

Little Dog In A Big City
Remember to check out my FREE online book, Little Dog In A Big City. Anyone who has a dog in their family will benefit from the information on this site. All the info is tried and tested by me personally and also vet-approved. The address is www.littledoginabigcity.com.

"I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that
I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning."
-
Peter De Vries.

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SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!

Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being." - Mahatma Gandhi

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