Author, writer and storyteller. Artist and amateur photographer. My debut fantasy children’s book will be released by Odyssey Books in March 2013.
I’ve learned a lot on the journey to becoming an author. I believe growth is a powerful process. Whether it is biological, psychological or spiritual, growth will have a place in the journey of life. This website is about that growth, true potential, and allowing the creative self to be in the matrix. It’s also about learning the power of words; perhaps a story that reflects upon the feelings of a person, the emotions surrounding a struggle, a conflict, being or ending a love affair, or even revenge. Most of us who get to pass through our forties have, at some time, experienced any or all of the above. I know I have. It’s about having the courage to keep living, dreaming and growing.
I’m a happy person
Well, I like to think I’m a happy person with a zest for life and exploring the world at large. I always try to remain positive and helpful to my family, friends and the larger community. However, when I’m in the middle of a story I do have a tendency to over focus, and for a short time forget the people around me. Oh, sometimes I forget to do the washing … and clean the house … and feed the children. I’m kidding about feeding the children. My children are old enough to feed themselves!
To write or not to write
This is the question everyone asks at some time if they have the inclination to write a story. Every story has to begin with effort. You can sit back and procrastinate, but a story won’t write itself. Does it matter if you can’t write very well? My answer: Hell no! Should I worry about mistakes? My Answer: Just write. How long will it take? My answer: As long as it takes, or how long is a piece of string? Should I know the market I’m writing for? My answer: Yes and No. Yes because it’s helpful to know your market, and no if you’re happy to write what you want. These days you can publish an ebook yourself without worrying about a market. In saying that though, you will need readers at some point. So I’d say experiment with your writing.
I have never wanted to nor aimed to write a literary masterpiece. That is not why I write. I like the weird, horrible, and the wonderful, with the snippiest of nice occasionally. I love horror and I enjoy writing this genre when a story presents itself. I’m captivated by space, science, the unexplained and aliens. I still collect comics and love all things Star Wars. I adore my home country, Australia, and the rich indigenous culture that makes my home complete.
I am very vocal on issues that are dear to my heart. Especially if I believe an injustice has occurred. I don’t move with the crowd or collective mass. I walk to the beat of my own drum. I do micro blog on Twitter and Facebook, but I’m content with a website and writing the occasional guest piece for some of my friends’ blogs.
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Everyone is different
Differences are very important to the world, whether they are physical, cultural, or spiritual, they should be respected.
As a young child I was bullied at school. I’m sure my school photos could tell the story for you. Reading was my way out of the hole I felt trapped in. I started by reading The Famous Five and The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton. I then widened my reading to include the series’ of Dr Who, Star Wars and Star Trek. I continued to read widely over numerous different genres, and still do today, both fiction and non-fiction.
I had some very happy childhood times. Mostly they were times spent on my parent’s hobby farm with the horses. My mate, Palomine, was a palomino horse with a heart of gold, a big bold face with eyes that never saw my faults. He was a gentle giant. The times spent with him were some of the happiest days of my life.
As for bullying … I vehemently oppose any form of bullying. Tell somebody! Don’t put up with the behaviour. Seek help from someone in authority. Talk to family about how you’re feeling. Never believe it’s your fault. And most importantly, always believe there are people who will help you. You are never alone!
Some helpful links about bullying.