About

Thanks for checking out my Parlour of Prose!

This is a neglected creative writing blog site I created in 2012 before the peak of social media and the popularity that we see with blogs today. I started it when I was studying writing and editing in Melbourne. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish the course. Many years have passed with me forgetting about this blog. I’ve added a few new pieces I wrote this year from ideas that have sprung up.

The site includes a collection of poems, random creative starters, angsty journalling, published magazine articles and a published erotic short story.

The magazine articles were published in LOTL the Australian lesbian magazine and FUSE a queer free to street magazine in Canberra.

It’s scary sharing my words with people. Mostly because I’m worried about what people will think. Will they like it? Are they any good or is it rubbish? Am I disclosing too much personal information? It’s fear of being vulnerable.

Intellectually I know art, fiction, films and anything the comes from the imagination wouldn’t exist if people held back from fear of rejection or worrying what people think.

Orah Mountain Dreame says in her book, ‘What we Ache For’..

‘So the next time you find yourself unable to begin, paralysed by an inner voice that says, “Who am I to write or compose or paint or dance’, you might try responding with ‘Who am I not to create? Who am I to refuse to express the inherent creative impulse of Life lived in and through this particular human form?’

She continues to talk about the compulsive nature of creating:

‘We create – we write or paint or compose or choreograph, we produce scents and sounds and tastes, images and stories and poems – in order to see who we are, what we value, and why we go on. And we are drawn again and again to create because the surprise of finding an implicit wholeness each time we engage in creative work cultivates our passion for life and brings us joy’

I love the process of conjuring up ideas for stories and characters – it is an amazing ability of the human mind and takes a lot of work! I often get flashes of images before words and then work backwards by trying to describe the images using words. It’s a challenge.

I hope you enjoy what you read. Whether it’s small or significant, I hope it moves you or motivates you positively.

The most amazing part of reading books, watching films, listening to music and seeing art, is the power it has to invoke imagery, emotions and memories in us. As one of my writing teachers used to say:

‘How strange it is’!

love
Helen

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