Thursday, October 6, 2016

PechaKucha Night and Wizard’s Guide to Wellington, Old St Pauls, 15 Oct 2016

calendarwgbuildingFirst..apologies for not posting for so long, I've been working on books...

Second... an invitation to PechaKucha Wellington...

I’ve packed my broomstick, sorted through some pictures, and I’m ready to talk at what looks to be a fun event. Most of all I’m looking forward to meeting some of my fans, and of course Jan Wigmore’s speech on Reading the Brain for Learning. and all the other presenters.

PechaKucha is a global series of live events where people can meet, inspire and get inspired, based on a format that is fast-paced and fun. PechaKucha Night (PKN) Wellington features up to 14 presenters that delight and inspire with their narratives using a specific format where each person speaks to 20 images for 20 secs/image. Total presentation time: 6 mins & 40 secs.
Get your ticket here, or at Old St Pauls on the night.

Confirmed presenters for PechaKucha Night Wellington @ Old St Paul’s include:

Pete O’Connell // Rhysonic: Acoustic music with power tools
Rebecca Rice // Artists in Wonderland // Curator all things arty and historical at Te Papa //
Lindsay Smith // Richter City: A decade of Wellington Derby // Skanda Lass //
Graham Bathgate // A Centenarian Remembers
Pinaman Owusu-Banahene // ABSOLUTELY ADJOAA // The Accidental Creative Entrepreneur
Jan Wigmore // Reading the Brain for Learning //
Anya Satyanand // Divine Inspiration: Te Aho Tapu //
Mandi Lynn // What the Fark is a Chakra // Master Photographer & Mojo Midwife //
 Joe O’Callaghan // Roaming Robots //
A.J. Ponder//Wizard’s Guide to Wellington //
Diego Saez Ibarzabal // Ex Tenebris In Lucem (From Darkness into light) // Architect & Lighting Designer//

To find out more go to or see for information about PechaKucha Nights in over 900 cities around the world.
Have fun…


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Power of Poetry - At The Edge

I cannot tell you about the way
words writhe,
only let you feel
their power

to deceive
to comfort
to take the path
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you shouldn't want
to take

I cannot tell you about the way
words fall,
only let you see
the ground
far below

and still
you jump,
we all do -
or we cower at the edge
and fall

I cannot tell you what to do,
but the only way
to stop falling
is to fight -

until you hit the ground

A.J. Ponder

okay, this poem was begun quite some time ago, but like many poems lacked the middle and the end, which came to me at last, and so I've finally managed to finish a poem I began over a month ago now.

It possibly helps that At the Edge, the collection I'm in, has just been released.  And the title just fit perfectly into the poem.  At the Edge is edited by Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts and contains my short story BlindSight, which I believe is well worth a read and was described as eloquent (or near enough) in this review

So why not pick up a copy at Rona Gallery?  All things going well, I'll release an extract next week, so watch out for it! :)

Have fun,

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Moment by A.J. Ponder

There's more than this -
more than the endless
for expert idiots
who've yet
to reach the 21st century

The plane's on fire
smoke trailing
from the fuselage -
and you think
the remedy'sto look the other way?

So yeah,
I'll push
because you won't find this
without stepping out
into the abyss
might have been
should have been
 So keep your false
of tomorrow
and take the leap
because I'm tired of watching
as you
destroy the engines,
shred the parachutes
and pretend
the moment is not upon us

The moment
when today
has lost it's luster -
today is
almost gone

A.J. Ponder 

It's been a good week, an angry week. So I hope you enjoy my angry poem :) And just so I can do the search engine thing - global warming, climate change, but of course that's not what this poem is about not really - just incidentally. I'm hoping it still works, anyway.

Thanks for dropping by, and have a great week!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Pants on Fire

You think you know
the toothiness,
the truthiness of that

Chew it over
spit it out

Just watch
those words

Some are more fiery
than others

Watching political debates in my house often involves much eye-rolling at the shocking mis-statements of the candidates. So it's nice to know that there's a website dedicated to sifting fact from fiction, truths from untruths. There's no more need for "truthiness" (thanks Stephen Colbert) if you visit

Of course if you want some fun you can go straight to the "pants on fire" page, or check out your least liked American politicians ;)

I'm not so sure why we're so fascinated by the American election, we're on the other side of the world, but then I don't know why we all like hot sauce...  ;)

Have a great week,

A.J. Ponder

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

My Dragon Pal and Me from Galivant

A little bit of fun - besides, what's a song but poetry set to music? Composed by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Apparently the song was inspired by a song Glenn and his wife made up called Tina and the Meatloaf" designed to help convince their kids to eat meatloaf. Described as sunshiny and innocent...

I hope you enjoy.

If you enjoyed My Dragon Pal and Me, it comes from the amazing show Galavant. If you want to check out the show and can't find it, it does stream from Amazon.   - I must warn you - I have a dragon.

I can only hope against hope that there's a third season... :)  I guess it's the perfect example of not everything I think is amazing is popular - I mean who wouldn't love a medieval panto that can't anything seriously, let alone the third wall?

Have a great week,

P.S. don't forget to look after any lizards you see...just in case.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Now We Are Old and Cynical


The Folks asked
The Gov and
The Gov asked
The Corporate
"Can we have a little bit of
Butter with our bread?"
The Corporate
Said, "Certainly
We'll go and see
The cow now
Before we
Go to bed."

The Corporate
They smiled
As they
Went and found
Some cutlery -
"We'll not share the butter
When we can eat the meat

The Corporate went
To the Gov
And this is
What they said
"We'll keep
The meat
But you can take
A little

The Gov
Took the bread
And said
To the Folk
"There isn't
Any butter
How about
You work
For crumbs
A winner
The cow
Is dead.

A.J. Ponder, once again with apologies to AA. Milne.

This  satirical piece is based on The King's Breakfast, was a bit more difficult than it first appeared, which is why it's a few days late. Hope you enjoy, I'm thinking about creating similar pieces for a small collection of Now We Are Old And Cynical
(Yes, I am aware of the "When we were Fifty" and "Now We are Sixty" but although I haven't seen either for a while, I'm confident this is a different take, however well worn the forms. :)

Enjoy your week
Author of  Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death and more.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Dragon Time

When you live with dragons
There's a roundness to loss,
A completeness

It's waiting,
everywhere you go
everything you do,

every movement slowed
as you wait
for the rush of wings

cold and sharp
as hope
and just as fleeting.

That's the thing with dragons,
you're their natural prey,
and they're patient

patient as time

A.J. Ponder

Have a great week everybody, and keep safe from dragons :)