And she’s back …

I’ve spent a bit of time over the last few months moving house and into a new State, learning more about craft, editing and marketing. Although it has taken me away from sitting at the desk and writing, the upside is that my work is improving. I know more about Point of View than I ever knew was possible and I am re-editing one of my books to look for shallowing and deepening words.

For relief from that, I’ve written a couple of poems for the upcoming Jugiong Writers Festival. The poems were both critiqued by three family members not afraid to tell me when I got the voice or imagery wrong. It became one of those “kill your darlings” episodes where I was really attached to the opening stanza of one of the poems only to be told bluntly by all three critics (independently) that it just didn’t work. I rewrote it, they were happy, so I’ll go ahead and submit it. Those of you who would love to have critical family to bounce ideas off – be careful what you wish for!

The last poem that I entered on the blog was for the A-Z blogging challenge in April last year. The 2017 challenge is only a month and a half away and I’ll have to come up with a new theme for that one soon.

For now, I’ll leave you with a poem that I wrote last year about my daughter. FYI a ‘ranga’ in Australia and New Zealand is colloquial for a red-head drawn from hair like an orangutan!

She calls herself a Ranga



2 thoughts on “And she’s back …

  1. Oooooh like that poem

    I am trying to write one about ‘the threads’, the way that cloth and threads keep our connections and history alive. Having no luck whatsoever. Love Joy


    1. Hi Joy, my mother recently gave me a dinner napkin that had been worked by her grandmother to pass on to my grandson – talk about cloth keeping history alive!


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