It’s been several years now since I wrote in my writer’s blog. This first blog is to set an intention, to return to the dream that has been derailed for many years now. I am taking part in this year’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and due to a change of rules, I am using it to finish the novel that I started during my first successful NaNo in 2008: Bella Coola. Writing is for me, both splendid and not … Read More
I’m grateful for opportunities to read my work, and the courage I realize when I grasp those opportunities. I am a writer first and speaker second – although all writing is a form of speech, passed silently from one soul to another. Before a reading, I feel nervous. Upon beginning, I find the words transport me to another place, as is my intention. My sense of self, always fluid, takes on elements of the characters I create. Writing is a … Read More
I have found a sanctuary in my new homeland. It is a place of magnificent old growth trees, which talk softly to me as the angels and sprites float under the canopy. At a time when I am struggling to find roots, nature has once again done it magnificently for me. Even should my irrational fears of losing my voice come true, nature will speak for me.
A friend of mine is fond of the saying: “The only permanent thing is change.” That maxim has been true of my life recently, and will be for some time to come, I am certain. Words have circulated in my head. I have planned journal entries that flow seamlessly while I am measuring the streets of the neighbourhood with my feet. Yet, when I sit down to write, the words are censored: they choke, and somehow I do not make … Read More
My website background features one of my photos of the coast at Sorrento, Victoria, Australia. Sorrento is one of my favourite places in the world, where history meets the present, cocooned by the warm waters of Port Philip Bay and the colder depths of Bass Strait. Perfect for quiet walks and silent introspection at sunrise. Places like these give me strength that I might otherwise not have to draw upon in this earthly frame. I also draw a lot of … Read More