Welcome

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Thanks so much for dropping by the blog. I wonder what attracted you here.  Was it the poetry? The photography? The memoir?  Reflections on parenting and peace? The discussions of writing? The interviews? Did we meet somewhere? Was it the philosophy?  Would love to know.

I am finally working on some individual books, and you may like to purchase them when they are ready.  More announcements on this soon.  As for how they are published, that is an unfolding journey shared here on the blog.

I am in the middle of techno land learning about book trailers, ebooks, create space, lightning source, small presses, independent publishing and self publishing (are they the same thing?),independent author alliances and the traditional publishers of the genres I write in.  I am studying them to see if any would like the works I create.  I am learning about treaties between Australia and America that enable us to be taxed less when we sell our own books.  Maybe you are too?

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With some of the anthologies previously published in – now working on going solo.

I want to make sure these books are the best they can be content wise,  and if I independently produce the best they can be physically as well.

I am visiting writing groups (as I always have),  writing centres, and finding people to be critique buddies.  I’m forming relationships with potential editors and beta readers I can trust to be honest with me, but  who have faith in my writing voice. I’m entering writing competitions.

I try to visit as many blogs as I can, especially those that inspire, educate, trigger, connect and help me to keep on practicing writing, art and photography.

I love to interview creative people as well as you learn so much from each other in the process.

I do have to be careful not to get lost in cyberland and pay concentrated attention to doing writing and art, but part of writing and art is about connecting is it not?    Thanks so much for your follow, like, comment, inspiration and encouragement.

All the best with your creative journey and hope to see you back again.

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Rodriguez under the Stars, Garden Stage Brisbane

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From last weekend.

Originally posted on Following the Crow Song:

I was lucky to attend Rodriguez with my family just a few days ago. I want to keep a record of this memory on my blog.

Rodriguez’s voice is still pristine, even at 72 years.

He sang as you would expect his own songs which many know from the movie or his two albums, ‘Sugarman’  and’ Establishment Blues’ were massive crowd favourites. He also did covers of ‘Blue Suede Shoes,’ and ‘Fever.’

He began the concert introduced I think by his daughter (she introduced the whole band), wearing a visor to protect his eyes from the lighting show and then after a few songs took off the visor and put on his black top hat, which the crowd erupted at.

The lead guitarist was brilliant, making use of pedal guitar effects to texture the songs and Rodriguez generously gave him (and the drummer as well) plenty of space to do some…

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Learning to plot – a writer’s quest

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So I am at a virtual stand still as I realise my major writing hurdle is learning to plot. Time to build some stairs, or a rope ladder.

I recently managed to finish one picture book and send it off.  One of the things mentioned in critiques was redoing the plot line to introduce some things into the story earlier, to invest the reader in the character, clarifying aspects of the ending, and making some aspect of the plot in the middle even more believable. I reworked it, and in the end was happy with the plot line.  This picture book came from a poem that was without any sense of strong plot, mostly emotion, but the reworking required me to be very thoughtful about the plot.

Going back to the drawing board for some of the other picture books, unfinished short stories, memoirs and novel I am stumped as the plotting problems started yelling at me! ‘Sort me out!’

As a poet for many years I loved writing emotions, memories, and setting, looking back I seldom consciously explored plots.

At the moment I am creating character poems and realise this particular poetic series is in search of a plot line. It is different from the poetry I wrote before. It may even be a fledgling novel.  This is a good challenge and I will find the journey forward by plotting.

In more recent years I took up writing memory stories, and reflecting on current events around me.

When writing memory stories, the plot is already there, life as it happens, with some added structure, a strong sense of setting and place and sometimes a charming or a challenging outcome. There may even be some twists.

Reflections don’t seem to require a plot line, but if they do have one it strengthens them for the reader making the journey through the reflection or meditation.

But to connect all these memory stories into a memoir, I find myself considering a central plot line with subplots, something to help a reader navigate my life in a way that makes sense.

Sometimes I luck upon my plot line in anecdotes that just came naturally off the pen. The ingredients of the narrative are there, but this haphazard lucking on the plot line just isn’t going to wash it.

In short stories I often create characters and setting that I love and have several half begun short stories I long to finish, but I need the plot to propel them into fully blown novels, and compelling short stories.

I am determined to write some outlines and overcome my plotting deficit. This is going to require, reading, analysis, and practice.

So today I heed Kiki Sullivan’ s plot outline advice and I am going to build a bridge, or is it a sledge hammer to break through my writing hurdle.  I need to read some of my favourite books that plot beautifully and learn from some masters.

Time for this rambling writer to find her story line and polish the stories just as she wants to!

Any advice, or links, please leave them in the comments !

(c) June Perkins

Jackson Wheeler

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Continuing Miranda’s Story I swap to Jackson Wheeler’s perspective at the time of the loss of their child

Originally posted on Ripple Poetry:

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Flight – June Perkins

The day we lost our child
I had a dream
of her possible future
with us.

I wanted to comfort Miranda
to share her sorrow
to take our first steps
beyond
grief.

I couldn’t tell her about
the dream
of our future
lost.

I looked at her
unable to see
where to begin
except without words.

Our little one
lost her spin of life’s wheel
she would never
take first steps
with us.

Only in dreams
would we be together
life forever
unreal.

My heart like a brahminy kite
flew away to the calls of
our daughter and Miranda
wanting to land
somewhere
we could all take
flight
beyond
mortal frames

to be a family
once more.

I knew we would
have to settle on
name for the one
who took her flight first.

(c) June Perkins

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Studying Laneways – Brisbane

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Just sharing some more of my daughter’s art reflections – here she went exploring Brisbane with her art and design class – project Laneways.

Originally posted on Zedetta:

Some laneways have reflections to add interest
Some laneways have a little bit of art in them.
Interesting things on walls...
June Perkins's photo.
Other lane ways look messy, but you can still photograph them in an interesting way.
A lane way that could do with some redesign
Some laneways are simple and clean, but perhaps something could add interest?
Perhaps a small touch like this.
Small touches of art
Some laneways have something to make you think later
(c) Zedetta Art

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