Pottering in the Garden Generates Creative Ideas

Pottering in the Garden Generates Creative Ideas

There’s nothing like pottering in the garden, losing yourself in spring blooms, to get creative ideas. The garden is my writer’s retreat. I’m most appreciative of this space as I edge closer to finishing the writing of my next book.

There’s nothing like pottering in the garden to generate creative ideas.

Michele Gierck www.michelegierck.com.au

Looking for good read?

Looking for good read?

How fab, having Alzheimer’s Australia VIC endorse my latest book, Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me, as a good read.
Underneath this endorsement Carers Victoria commented: ‘It is great. We are looking at having Michele speak with carers during National Carers Week in October. Very insightful and honest.’
As the author, I am delighted by this positive response. (And all the likes.) Great to see that news about the book is spreading.

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Refer Facebook page: Alzheimer’s Australia VIC, 25 June, 2015

Finding Your Special Spot

Finding Your Special Spot

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How good it is to find your special spot. A place to relax, to calm, to be. A place to listen, to be drawn into the moment. (No phones, ipads or laptops here!)

There’s been quite a bit of media and a number of talks given since the release of my latest book, Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me, in March. Now, it’s time to get back to basics, create a calm space … and write.

Yes, all the talks and interviews are enjoyable, but at heart the joy of writing is one that for me cannot be quelled. If I don’t write, I feel a part of myself is missing.

For those interested, I will be back speaking again in September, during Dementia Awareness Month. More details soon.

A Budding Project

A Budding Project

 

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Most things that bloom, regardless of being a flower, or an artistic work start off as a small bud. And I’m hoping that the manuscript just forwarded to my publisher, a budding project, will bloom fully and vibrantly, delighting many readers.

Photo: A bush Pea – Michele’s garden – one of the first spring buds, 2014

If you love flowers or nature, feel free to check out Michele’s other blog:

www.michelemuses.wordpress.com

Stepping into the World of Another – Writing Personal Profiles

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One of the most rewarding aspects of writing personal profiles, at least for me, is the opportunity it provides to step into the world of another. Then to really listen, not just to what is said, but to get a sense of the person’s essence, and to commit that to the page.

My most recent profile was hip-hop artist and Burundian refugee, Fablice from The Flybz. War, loss and years as a refugee have not dented his spirit or his hope for the future. What an inspiration. So too his song, Child Soldier, with the iconic singer/songwriter Paul Kelly.

To find out what else inspires Michele visit: www.michelemuses.wordpress.com

A Piece of Paradise

A Piece of Paradise

MalabarViewOfMtGower&Walker01-15-2014Paradise for me is naturally spectacular, ringed by coral reef teeming with hundreds of fish species, with mountains at its southern tip. It’s Lord Howe Island.

What an inspiring place. In fact, I was so impressed that I’ve just penned a travel piece about it. Not sure when it will appear in Australian newspapers.

Photo: Lord Howe Island from Malabar Hill
Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

Cultivating Creativity

Cultivating Creativity

We are off to cultivate a little, or lots, of creativity. To non-writers, it’s called a holiday. Whatever the name, I can’t wait. We”ll swim with fish and coral, climb mountains, and breath deeply.

And when I come back I’ll be relieved, refreshed and reinvigorated.

Text and Image copyright Michele Gierck View from the road Wilpena Pound

Patience

Patience

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Wildlife photography and getting your book published have their commonalities. Both require patience. Waiting and hoping. Wondering. What will happen? Waiting some more. Then finally, finally, often when you’ve almost given up, that magical moment arrives– like this honeyeaster pecking at the eucaplyptus silver princess. Or an equally delightful agent’s call. As always, I wait in hope.

Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

www.michelegierck.com.au

 

Delight

Delight

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Sometimes, when I’ve been buried in writing, or the intricacies of life, the garden offers a place to rest my weary soul. It’s so full of delight, of surprise, of tranquility.

Text and Image Copyright Michele Gierck

 

Storytelling and Surprises

Storytelling and Surprises

JohnReflectingAn old friend, a respected Australia journalist and storyteller, once told me that when it comes to writing people’s stories, put away your preconceived ideas and biases, and simply meet them as a person. Listen without judgement. Be really present. And you might be surprised. How insightful.