It was a pleasure to chat to Kier Shorey on ABC Far North radio about the series. You can listen to the interview below, or click here to visit the SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/abcfarnorth/the-fethafoot-chronicles
Tchernaya Creek is a free story in PDF format. It’s a short fiction story about real pioneers and First Nation people, set in the area around Yarwun and Gladstone, Queensland.
Visit the Read for Free page to download this book and other free reading!
Hi readers and hopefully some fans of the FfC series. I have been having a busy time being human in the real world, and wanted to update any readers on what I am doing ‘writing wise’. The titles below are going concerns, with several 200+ pages long at present. However, the latest (below), has taken precedence because of the current situation between 1st nation people and other australians in our country. Almost all my fiction works are about my people, as many degrading stereotypes of Australia’s 1st nation peeps abound yet in this day and age in our country and around our world – and – they are simply untrue. The majority of my stories are also set in Australia – my home and one of the most freely available and stunning lands in our world.
I currently have another 16 stories on the go. From Fethafoot warriors meeting aliens in the tale: “FfC V Aliens” [probably not the working title], through to ‘Shade Methaida’; an FfC warrior stuck in USA-Mexico modern-day, when a worldwide virus halts all international travel and collapses civilisation as we know it. FYI: many of my character’s names are anagrams of what their characters’ are and do. Others include: The Dept. of Truth, The Hitchhiker, Mama said, Man of Dreams, No choice, Perpetual motion, The dread Feel of a Man-thing, The Enforcer, The Quiet Billionaire, The Watcher & Wurth and the dog.
To give some you idea of how my mind works when writing a story, the below are notes from when I began the story I am currently writing.
Title: incitare ad iniquitatem © John M Wenitong, Q. 4703 Au.
Start: 31-12-15 @ 6pm – 1-1-2016 3-30am; [@ 6-7-16 = 117 pages]
some great words/phrases for possible use:
Gordian knot |ˌgôrdēən ˈnät|, Noun – an extremely difficult or involved problem.
Ultima Thule – refers to any distant place beyond the known world @ the extreme limits of discovery
gnosis* spiritual knowledge…
ineffable – indescribable
Ablative – The ablative case (abbreviated abl) is a grammatical case in the grammar of various languages; it is used generally to express motion away from something although the precise meaning may vary by language.
gnosis* spiritual knowledge…
1st thought-bubble for story: [unidentified aboriginal aussie modern-day warrior; tired of broken promises by non-indig politicians over 200 years, decides to take matters regarding a Treaty and genuine rights/equality into their own hands…
Protagonists in order of creation as story progressed; NB: all Characters named are © John M Wenitong, Q. 4703 Au.
1 – Kunuwati Riverstone – mid-20’s Ab male – rich (designed a few apps), techno-savvy, angry, patient – a leader
2 – Bob Riverstone – older brother – small businessman, caught up in making money and a name in this society
3 – Det Mike Mayenard – Vic Tassie Ab
4 – Det Mick Johnson – WA – Nyunga
5 – Det Richie Yow-yea – Qld – murri
6 – Charlie Mootonguemary – one of the angry youth following Wati’s philosophy – thanks sis J
7 – Bobby pinhead Chinaman Harold – Charlie’s cuz and best friend – SisJ
8 – Mrs. Jeanie Riverstone – Wati & Bob’s mother
9 – Juliette Riverstone – Wati’s sister – prone to quick violence
10 – Oz PM – Grant-aro Shingle – Wife – Margy – Marg, Margaret
11 – ASIO officers: Edwards & Chan – assigned to the chase.
12 – Old Moony – clever-man Yarrabah
13 – Mrs ‘Iris Thornton’ – aka – European assassin
Yarrabah: Police; Sarge, Officer Chouwe, Marny-prisoner, Moony-clever man & his sister Pearly Mission,
Jeff– Melb; William T Onus Hostel day-manager – middle aged Koori
Indig Affairs Minister – no name…
Old Tilly Mganabe – Wadeye resident, camping at Buffalo Ck, Darwin – supposed links to TN
Charlie ‘Power-man’ Choy: owner of several power stations nationally and the man organising – Mrs ‘Iris Thornton’ – aka – European assassin.
Dear readers and interested folk, I hope you enjoy the info and insight into a writer’s strange fictitious world,
Pemulwuy Weeatunga, masquerading as John M Wenitong 🙂
Bumma Bippera Media 98.7FM is the first and only indigenous radio service in Cairns. Recently Pemulwuy Weeatunga dropped into the studio for a chat about all things Fethafoot!
Have a listen to the interview below:
Future friends of those soft-footed warriors of the enigmatic Fethafoot Clan: hello and welcome☺
This is my first blog ever and it comes to you on a website I had previously not been able to even imagine (thanks Ally). I hope you enjoy the stories and the site. The Fethafoot series of books (FfC) came about because of several major changes in my life 5 years ago. The life changing events were physical, mental, social, ‘work’ and personal – and they all happened in one awful year. To be honest, I almost gave up. However, because of my aboriginal heritage, I knew my obligations to my immediate family and as parent, grandparent and role model to my extended family and true friends, would never allow such an easy way out. Since being humbled so, I have a much deeper and more aware empathy for all my fellow language-creatures and our common issues; here on this floating planet we call Earth.
Writing the series – while learning the ropes of writing and fiction, along with the new exciting publishing world that followed – gave me a set of crutches that helped me to stagger onward: toward a goal I wish to share with my country and the first-nation people here in ‘Heart-rock land’ – as well as the rest of our world via FfC.
My people, the ancient first people of this land, have faced more hardship than we contemporary Australians will ever know: 50-year droughts and the 2nd Ice age for instance. Not only have we adapted and survived each new event and climate, but have once again begun to flourish in the new society – in all strands of modern life – and, within two centuries. NB * without using terrorism.
The stories are not mine. They came to me via the Great Spirit of our wonderful land. I was merely a conduit that knew English and could type. I did no story planning, gave no forethought to characters, nor thought beforehand where the story would be set. I sat and began to use words to tell stories about my wonderful, adaptive, creative people and wrote the first four stories in four months without thinking or blinking. I wrote and finished the next six tales while travelling Australia, in a car with my dog (a loyal, warm-heated red-cattle dog), after a major personal shock and; was actually in the lands I wrote into the later tales; as I wrote them.
I hope you enjoy the stories and that FfC will inspire the moral ethical aspects of each spirit that may read them. Pemulwuy Weeatunga – masquerading as John M Wenitong