Last week was like standing by the Southern Ocean in a gale. I ran into the wind, trying to keep up with the ‘should’s’ in my life. Monday morphed into Friday and then the weekend came. I’d tried to write but the kept deleting the fragments on the page. Poetic words floated past evading my intentions to capture them.
Stress does that, a cement beanie on the soaring mind.
But I had something to look forward to the first Sunbury Literary Festival and my closest friend had bought tickets. We went.
Rupertswood Mansion: photo Lindy Schneider
‘Schicksal,’ has been published two years. I set up a new computer recently. Whilst importing my outlook files, I looked at my emails, the deleted items bulged. Before deleting them permanently, I went through them again.
Public speaking love it or hate it: it’s an authors lot. Schicksal has taught me a lot.
Library based book launches/ author events are a wonderful to connect with readers. So dress the part and share your unique story. Enthusiasm is deliciously infectious, like laughter, it makes the world sparkle.
On Friday, our lovely city was rocked by a random act of violence. My thoughts go out to those involved, those who have lost loved ones and those who in the course of their duty serve our community.
It is Monday.
For many, a difficult week lies ahead. As citizens, we find the media reports buffeting us, social media imploring us and our own emotions ensnaring us.Many feel a sense of helplessness wanting to help but unsure how to. Can we do more? If so, how?
My computer DiEd. I tried to breathe life into it,
‘Let’s get you a new computer. How long have you had that thing anyway?’ Inwardly groaning, I jumped into the car. A new challenge loomed, setting up a new computer… passwords… resetting passwords…moving files… Arghhh………………………………………..
Last Wednesday night, I attended an interview with Rosalie Ham, best known for her novel, The Dressmaker. A natural in front of the microphone she spoke honestly about her writing experience. It was a pleasure to watch the interview, a fun learning experience, the advice priceless.
Last Saturday braving the wind sucking up the alleyway, I attended day 2 of a 4 day memoir writers course with Sian Prior at Writers Victoria. Her skills for publication list included the ability to perform as a writer in public.
What did she mean? The rain, full moon and unanswered question roused me. I struggled with pinning it down; to perform as a writer in public. How?