It’s still cold up here in the mountains, although less so, and it even snowed several weeks ago, but the signs of Spring are here to stay. Flowers are coming out, the birds (and other creatures) are around and about, and I’m cheering them on as it’s now October, and the feeling of Spring is more than tiptoeing in, it’s HERE, and I LOVE it.
One of my poems, Like a White Feather, which was written for my mama, Rita who passed on July 4th this year was accepted for the Dream 2 anthology from Raven’s Quoth Press. Thanks publishers.
Life has taken some promising turns and my last few years of writing often has given way to writing every couple of weeks. On my part this is not an unfortunate thing. In fact to be honest I am writing every few days, poetry, musings and occasional editing of stories past. But……..at the deep heart of the matter, my yogi lifestyle gathers me up with open arms and tosses me into a new chapter (since May 2021 really). Lucky me!
Some of the inspired poetry books from Raven’s Quoth Press. Check them out.
It’s Late June and I’m in Perth. Finally, I made it here after months of being locked down and locked out. And so far, it’s been a wonder; the feeling of ambiance is pervading and the nature is earthy and raw. Three weeks here looks to be a rich time for reflection, connection and joy.
So it’s April…already. The year flies and things get done. In 2022 I seem to be focussed more on my poetic submissions rather than short stories. Several pieces of poetry have been accepted to anthologies this year. See above or below.
I have about 6 stories to further edit sometime this year, most likely. 2022 has involved national travel, more permanent relocation, running several experiential writing workshops, retreat activities and catching up with many old friends and acquaintances.
So a lot of time and attention to the above – enjoyably so, and although the writing of course is still flowing, it’s not foremost priority. Which is fine. My aim has always been to get published and this has been achieved with work in over fifty anthologies with several publishers.
It’s almost late January. Over New Year I had 4 enjoyable days in Canberra with friends and fam. It’s a beautiful green city with so many big trees and grassy spaces, such a joy to visit. It gave me time and clarity to consolidate my hopes of the year ahead, although I know it’s ‘a day at a time’ and plans can change by the minute. Covid thinks it rules. But then, I obey the rules and be safe, sensible and avoid the angst. Where does conflict get you? Really.
2021 saw a range of accepted writing work and resultant publication. I won’t list the details here, it’s on my other social sites. Poetry, short stories and drabbles have been in numerous anthologies. I should do a head and cover count, but in all honesty that doesn’t seem so important. I am writing – mostly poetry – and I’ve run a few small creative writing workshops. Good for the spirit! In 2022 I’m planning to pursue more genres and poetry calls. My time is currently highly invested in my spiritual path – my 38 years of yogi life – as I am living in a retreat centre, so this is calling me, according to present times and circumstances. I will still be writing, of course, but less social media presence. In fact I’ve said adios to Twitter as it didn’t seem necessary any more. I never said I wanted fame, wealth or glory as an author; it’s always been about the love of writing. That’s it. And I’ve encountered some unique and interesting people too, on the way. You know who you are.
So for a snapshot of 2021s entire range of writing productivity, you may want to go to https://www.facebook.com/djeltonwrites/ Apologies for the redirecting but it’s the best I can do – I’m having a lazy moment.
I spent quite some time in 2021 being the team leader for the 13 Lives of Alice anthology; a Black Hare Press publication. Apart from being a good behind-the-scenes learning experience in communicating with and managing (mostly-haha!) a team of 12 prolific authors, I had a chance to think on my feet regularly. The mighty Ben from BHP was in my radar and latched onto his ear, as needed of course. I do believe it was a pretty good team effort, and thank you a thousand times over to all the team, especially those of you who gallantly came in at the almost final moment! Heroes, all!
Just a snapshot of some work in 2021. Lots of good moments in writing, getting published, learning more about writing & publishing, as well as chatting on socials with writing buddies. See you again soon, hopefully before June. Just kidding. haha. Plans for 2022? Have started writing some essays for a proposed collection currently called UNBLOCKED. (Let’s see how it progresses, especially with that title…..)
I blinked and it’s November 2021 already. How did that happen? This has been a significant year for me and my writing. I’ve spent the last four months in the stunning Blue Mountains in New South Wales, west of Sydney. The last coinciding lockdown is easing and it means travel is possible, which allows me to plan a few short visits in the region. Exciting stuff. Two big lockdowns in the past two years has been rather life-changing. I feel different, wiser perhaps?
So where does my writing take me of late? I’m looking into writing in other genres and speculative fiction sub-genres. What do I most enjoy writing? Short stories with humorous sci-fi or sci-fantasy themes, YA dark fantasy or paranormal romance themes, and poetry with a broad range of speculative themes.
Some of the published fiction and poetry anthologies that have included my work this year can be seen below.
It’s now September – which is great news. Here in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, where we’ve been locked down since the end of June, Spring is emerging. It’s great to see nature doing it’s thing, amidst all the blah, fake news and escalating concerns around Covid 19 and it’s progeny of angst. I’ve had my 2 AZ shots, I encourage others to do the same and be forward-thinking, but not everyone is joining me in this boat. It’s become a very individual choice. So, it’s rejuvenating to see deep red camelias, magnolias bursting alive, puffy pristine yellow wattle balls branching out and a range of green colours, daphne and the rest just coming along to join the play.
Having just realised I haven’t done a blog post since February, I shooed away the procrastination goblin and got cracking. So here we are. What’s been happening? Apart from moving soon and the consequent downsizing, I actually haven’t written many new words of late. However, I’ve been editing, keeping on top of the not-now-secret ALICE project and it’s 12 savvy authors, and joining another group project via Black Hare Press.
Further on the indie publishing scene, a few new worthy of note anthologies have come out in the past few months from Black Hare Press, Raven and Drake, Black Ink Fiction, Breaking Rules Europe, Barrio Blues Press and Clarendon House Books. Maybe I’m a little biased here as my work is in a sprinkling of these publishers recent works. See cover pics below. Short blog today. Stay safe. Stay happy.
Inspiration for June 1st.
Be Kind, you don’t know what’s going on under anyone’s external face, however brave they may be appearing.