Hunkering Down? Get Creative. Start Writing…

Hunkering down at home due to COVID-19 (coronavirus)? Now might be the perfect time to start that story you’ve always wanted to tell. Michele Gierck, an experienced non-fiction writer, can work with you, via Skype or phone, to write, or help you write, your story. For those of you who are not sure where to begin, YOU MIGHT ONLY NEED A COUPLE OF SESSIONS WITH MICHELE TO KICK-START YOUR CREATIVITY.

If you’d like to discuss your writing project with Michele, please get in touch with her via the contact page on her website. (www.michelegierck.com.au)

Although based in Australia, Michele has been working with people in the USA and Europe for a number of years.

Recent praise for Michele’s writing, or help writing, memoirs:

‘Michele genuinely loves what she does. This is evident not only by the finished product but the way she goes above and beyond throughout the process of writing a book. I highly recommend Michele.’ (Tracey Hughes – Biography)
“I decided to put pen to paper and write my migrant journey. I am indebted to Michele Gierck for her guidance, incredible insight and structural ability so that my story flowed, resulting in the completion of a magnificent outcome, both as a literary achievement and quality of finished book. I can confidently recommend Michele as a true professional.’
Sam Tarascio, Founder and Executive Chairman of Salta Properties, one of Australia’s Top 50 privately-owned companies.

Image copyright Michele Gierck (Michele speaking at a literary event)

Can You Think of a Title for My New Book?

Can You Think of a Title for My New Book?

The front garden view from my writing room

I’m just about to send the first few chapters of my latest non-fiction book to my agent who loved the earlier draft. All I need is a title. If you can think of one, I’d sure appreciate hearing from you.
Just drop a line via the contact page of my website: www.michelegierck.com.au

About the manuscript

It’s a post-injury come-back tale in which the bush, the ocean, a bloke (a fellow) and travel all play their part.

Here’s the pitch.
When Michele, a broken down sojourner (kind of Liz Gilbertish), meets Mac, a dedicated river scientist (think a young David Attenborough), she is drawn into his orbit, the gravity of which propels her onto an uncharted trajectory.

If you’d like to know more about this book, including the title that we choose or publication date, just sign up to the newsletter on my website. (www.michelegierck.com.au)

Image and text copyright Michele Gierck

We All Have Our Stories

We All Have Our Stories

Sunset Lake Eyre July 2010

We all have our stories. But so often our stories are not heard. And if not written down, at least in Western culture, they are often forgotten.

I was reminded of this during an early morning visit to the local pool. (I’ve been swimming at the same pool for nine years.) Today, instead of laps I was walking up and down in the aqua play area, and so was a retired fellow called Joe. We always say hello to each other, but this morning, since we were walking at the same pace, we started chatting. And before I knew it, I was listening to an amazing story.

In ten minutes I learnt that Joe was from Italy and had migrated to Australia as a 24 or 25 year old. Married to a woman from his own village, and determined to support his family and have a life, once in Australia, Joe worked in the textile industry — 7 days a week! And he worked hard.

Truth be known, Joe had always worked hard. His parents died when he was seven years old, and his 16-year-old sister — who had one leg amputated — had brought up Joe and his younger brother. By nine years of age, Joe was accustomed to walking 35 kilometres to the nearest town to sell goods, and then 35 kilometres back home. All in the one day! And I can just imagine the condition of his shoes.

By nine years of age, Joe had become the man of the house.

Now a grandfather, when I suggested that Joe write his story, so his kids and grandkids could understand the sheer guts and determination that is part of their family roots, and their DNA, he confided that he’d learnt to read, but not to write.

And that got me thinking. What would be the best way for someone who is not able to write in their second language to record their story? It’s an important question because Joe is one of the many many people whose story is so worthy of being on the public record — not just for the public, but for his own family, and for generations to come.

Fabulous Reader Feedback

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It’s great getting reader responses to Fraying. So many people whose parents have had dementia have written to me, and I find their stories so moving.

Here’s a few lines received this week.
‘I purchased a copy of Fraying and I simply couldn’t put it down. It was like I was reading my own life experiences with my mother… Thank you so much for writing this story for me too. It will remain a most treasured book on my bookshelf and shared with others.’

All I can say is thank you, thank you to readers.
The more we share our stories, the richer the community. Stories, after all, are our treasures.
Michele Gierck
Author/Freelance Writer/Speaker

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

Readers’ Delight

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Thanks so much to those readers who have taken time to write to me to tell me of the delight they have taken in my latest book, Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me.

One of those responses, from a trauma nurse who, it turns out, grew up in an orphanage was so touching. Reading about her life, I began to see Fraying through new eyes.

We have all walked such different paths, and stories are such a great way to understand the path others tread.

Image: Maguk, Kakadu National Park, Australia (Gotta get yourself there!)
Image and text copyright: Michele Gierck

Anticipation

Anticipation

Road to Aoraki MtCook

 

Waiting for your new book to be released (launched) is like having a ticket overseas and waiting for the journey to happen. So much anticipation. Will you rocket down the road ahead, reaching some fabulous pinnacle? Or …

Well, let’s see what happens when Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me is launched later this month. (So far there’s lots of interest!)

You can catch Richard Fidler’s Radio National interview with Michele, (that’s me) on 25 February at: http://www.abc.net.au/local/sites/conversations/  The 55-minute interview will be podcast and can be listened to online any time after the interview.

For more information about Michele’s new book check out her website: https://michelegierck.com.au/fraying/

Image and text copyright Michele Gierck

Photo: Road to Aoraki/MtCook, New Zealand

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

A Budding Project

A Budding Project

 

first spring buds BUSH PEA Aug2014

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