I recently decided to start a blog about my creative adventures, which mostly involves writing. I have written some poetry and have 2 novels, one in the middle of being edited, the other sitting completely unedited. I wrote these in the last two National Novel Writing Months. This is an amazing, fun, free program where you take on the personal challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days (the month of November). Having the camaraderie of writing with thousands of other people and the looming deadline really works for me.
Once I figure out this blogging thing better, I hope to add a section for reading and writing events and resources in and around Kamloops. I would welcome any emails or comments about things that you know of that are going on. The only one I know of right now is a library book reading of Emma Donohue’s “Room.” It is free, but you need to contact the TNRD library to book a seat.
I thought, however, I would start here with my one and only published piece of poetry (so far). This appeared in the December-January 2010/11 issue of Kamloops Momma magazine (this is a great, local parenting magazine). I first shared this poem at the Kamloops Writer's Fair open mike event. It was the first time I got up in front of a crowd and read some of my work - I was shaking in terror, but it also felt good. I would love to receive feedback.
I look at you, my beautiful child,
Full of perfect potential and endless possibilities,
And wonder what the future holds.
I’ll do my best not to steer you
In directions I wish I had taken,I will listen,
And let you find your way.
Here we are, you with me and me with you.
This is my advice
On your first day of life,
of work,of living on your own.
It can be summed up in two words:
Simple words that hold so much.
Do you hear the power in these words?
Do you understand what they mean?
Look for the love, grace, and forgiveness in yourself and in others.
Live life with passion.
Follow your dreams.
Go on the adventure.
Garden with your jewellery on,Try, fail gloriously, try again,
Follow your heart and
There it is.
Choose your path and
Thanks for reading.
c Coreena McBurnie, 2010.