Thanks for checking out my Parlour of Prose!
Here you will find – poetry, thoughts, feelings, prose, short stories, rambling words and a few non-fiction magazine articles. The magazine articles were published in LOTL an Australian lesbian magazine and FUSE a queer free to street magazine in Canberra.
I started this page six years ago when I started a writing course. I didn’t finish it and here I am now eight years later reviewing old writing.
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? I’m not a writing expert but many are – what will critics think? Yikes.
Logically I know art or creativity wouldn’t exist if people held back from fear of rejection. I have a huge amount of respect for artists. It takes courage to put your work or self up for review.
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’
..some theorists say that the writer doesn’t write, the writing writes for the writer.
I hope you feel a reaction to my words. Whether it’s small or significant, I hope it moves you or motivates you to try something new or bold.
I love the process of conjuring up ideas for stories and films. I can be far more romantic in words than what the real world allows.
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’!