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.

Pause, Ponder, Power Down

Pause, Ponder, Power Down

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Holidays, especially in naturally beautiful places, can be a wonderful time to pause … and ponder. They can become a vital time to power down, and then, eventually, recharge.

Image: view of the mountains from Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand

Image and text copyright Michele Gierck

Seeking Some Peace

Seeking Some Peace

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Just finished a magazine article on The Human Face of War. Afterwards, I sought some peace in the garden. And what a delight to see this bee — head first, diving in. Just the way life needs to be lived!

Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

Michele’s other blog: what inspires her www.michelemuses.wordpress.com

Collaboration

Collaboration

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Writing may be a solitary experience, but bringing a book to life depends on a team of collaborators. And fortunately, the publisher of my next non-fiction book has an exceptional team.

And not just with books, but with life in general, a good crew of collaborators, or friends, make all the difference in life.

Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

Michele’s other blog: www.michelemuses.wordpress.com

Time to Celebrate

Time to Celebrate

BirdBillHoneyeaterIt’s certainly time to celebrate now that the contract for my next non-fiction book has been signed with an excellent Australian publisher.  More details soon. For now, it’s on with the editing.

Image: Honeyeater at Bird Billabong, near Mary River, on the way to Kakadu National Park, The Northern Territory, Australia

Michele’s website: www.michelegierck.com.au

What inspires Michele? Check out her other blog to find out – www.michelemuses.wordpress.com

Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

 

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

Taking Time

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The creative life is all about taking time. Time out, time for ideas and thoughts, time to be inspired. And sometimes that inspiration can be had by a simple stroll around the garden, a ramble along a sandy beach, or a meander by a small stream.

Text and photo copyright Michele Gierck

To find out what else inspires Michele, and her creative projects, check out her other blog:  www.michelemuses.wordpress.com

 

Pursuing An Idea

Pursuing An Idea

BabyTern&MumOnBeachCreativity is a fascinating process. Critical to it, and I’m speaking from a writer’s perspective, is the capacity and determination to pursue an idea – be it fashionable or not.

And to believe in it. Relentlessly.

It was like that with my first book, published in 2006. And so it is with the current two!

 

 

 

 

Image: Baby and Mother Tern, Lord Howe Island, Australia

Text and Image copyright Michele Gierck

www.michelegierck.com.au

 

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