Daily Prompt: Progress

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

By the 2nd of January I had hoped to write an About this blog page and post it. When I commenced this blog in August 2013 I had absolutely no idea what a blog even was. I certainly didn’t have a clue what I was going to write about.  I had just completed my memoir Nightmare In Paradise and was on the search for a publisher. That road is proving to be a long and so far fruitless one and I am resolved that one way or another it will be published this year. It was because of this quest that my blog started to give me a presence in the world. Mind you, I already had a presence, albeit only to my family and friends, I needed to expand that. To this end I started writing this blog. I chose not to blog about my manuscript although I have no doubt my tale is riveting. I chose not to blog about my next manuscript After the Nightmare for the same reason. Perhaps, I thought,  a publisher will not take on that which is already read. Whether I be right or wrong following this principle I started on stream of conscious writing looking at childhood memories. Not my best writing but it was fun for me though I can’t see that it would be of much interest to anyone else – apart from maybe being a prompt for their own memories. In the process of doing this my petmoir emerged. Interesting, at least for me, as it starts in childhood with a childish voice and moves through to adulthood, triggering a few memories, which I keep on the sideline, of some of the traumas of my life. Some of these I have never spoken about to anyone and expressing these, even indirectly indicated healing – progress made but in a way other than my blog. The other thing to emerge from my childhood reminiscences was the photo archives. Add that to the discovery of  photo challenges and a whole new direction emerged. If only the writing prompts grabbed me in the same way – mind you, I am writing this in response to a writing prompt. A new past-time resulted from the challenges – the Haiku. More progress. I am starting to know what I want to do with this blog. This blog, this year will see the petmoir completed, will see photo challenges entered, haikus written, and stories written (some fiction, other not) woven in among these. Okay, there doesn’t seem to be much progress there as that sounds much as I was doing last year. The foundations have been laid and there will be a difference, by a layer or two, and that will be progress.


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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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  5. sue marquis bishop says:

    Irene, I look forward to reading about your journey as you choose to share on your blog this year. This is a big year of transition for me also…downsizing to a smaller home as empty nesters…completing several writing projects and continuing to learn something new each day. Happy New Year… Sue


  6. Downsizing can be difficult as you go through what is to go and what stay but so exciting at the same time – hope the move goes well. You are a lady after my own heart Sue learning something new each day.I can’t imagine life without that curiosity. Happy New Year to you also and wishes for many writing miles.


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