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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

An agent

25 November 2011: a good day.

The day I obtained a literary agent, Selwa Anthony.

A validating experience for an emerging writer.

Another step on the journey.


Shirley

Monday, October 3, 2011

A new day

Dear Blog,

It's been a while. I've been busy. Yes, yes, that old chestnut. No, really. You've been left languishing in the dark hole of cyber space while its author went off to focus on other pursuits - like finishing her first novel. Yes, it's finished, working title, 'The Secret Carrier', and the next step is seeking an agent/publisher.

I know, I know, me and a million others. But, being a classic glass half full woman, annoyingly optimistic and perhaps the best reframer yet, it'll be try, try and try again - like most 'new and emerging writers'.

The process of writing is after all an end in itself - the creative venture is a heady place, a time-warped space, a sometimes altered state. But mostly? It's just practical, i.e. sit in a chair and write: get off Facebook, ignore the emails, no, the blinds don't need cleaning, no, you don't need to ring that long lost friend - just write. On a good day it's 3000 words, on a bad one, it's re-reading what I've written and 'fiddling'.

Anyway. I'm back and I'll try to visit you more often now that your existence may be discovered after I chose to dive into the deep ocean of social media on Facebook and surf the wave - without floaties, too!

See you soon.


Shirley

Best First Lines of Novels — Infoplease.com

Best First Lines of Novels — Infoplease.com

One of my favourites on this list is Anne Tyler in "Back When We Were Grownups":
           'Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person.'

It somehow speaks to those untaken paths we all might have taken, not in a regretful way, necessarily, just a 'What if...?'


Shirley
       

Monday, March 21, 2011

Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability | Video on TED.com

Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability | Video on TED.com

I found this presentation by social worker, Brene Brown, brutally honest and inspiring.

It reminds me of the importance of connecting with one another and of the struggle for authenticity.

Shirley