On the Pond: Wordless Wednesday

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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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16 Responses to On the Pond: Wordless Wednesday

  1. This is gorgeous, Irene. The muted textures and colors are just lovely.

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  2. oneletterup says:

    Love the water reflections!

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  3. Irene, I have a question. Could I write my memoir as the first person, but change names and places. Could I still use a tagline: A Memoir or A Memoir of Jane Doe. It would be like an autobiography vs biography, Own memoir vs memoir or someone.
    I’m wrestling with using a pen name of one memoir, or I would change names and places as if writing for another person but I am the author.

    I looked up the definition. It seems like someone can write a memoir for another person:
    mem·oir, noun
    1.a historical account or biography is written from personal knowledge or special sources.
    “in 1924 she published a short memoir of her husband”

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    • It has been done Miriam but I squirm at ones where the “I” is not the “I”. One of the deciding factors of memoir is that the name of the author is the same as the “I” found between the pages. It is true that you can write a memoir of other people but they must be known to you and you remain the “I” in the narrative. Ghost writing I have some reservations about but I think with ghost writing the author’s name is the person that is the “I” in the story.

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      • Okay, Irene. I’m still struggling about the who author thing. I’m writing “I” in the story. Worse come to worse, I won’t use my name, and I’ll get lost in the process. A couple people I know use pen name, the problem is about the future publication. The real name can’t mix with the pen name.

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      • Perhaps Miriam if you don’t want to own the story, which is perfectly fine and sometimes a sensible thing to do, publish it as fiction. Ethically, writing a memoir, you have an obligation to those that are featured in it and to yourself. You have to weigh up how much of a risk are you prepared to take in publishing and owning your story. If the risks are too great, and you want the story out there, then fictionalising it is the way to go. People will see it as fiction if the author’s name does not match the name of the ‘I’ character in the book. People do read fiction differently to memoir. I have changed the names of the minor characters in my book but this last week I have an overwhelming urge to change them back to their real names – I feel as though I am somehow dishonouring them and taking away their story. It does make you wonder about the power of your birth name.

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      • Irene, thank you for your recommendation. I think I’ll write it, and own it. If it doesn’t get published, it’ll pass down as legacy. That’s what my daughter wanted me to do in the first place. Whether the world reads it or not is not the matter. I’ll keep that part of the story private for now, unless, someday… who knows… when that person is not around to challenge me. I’ll start writing the part after that, then the part before that.
        But first, I need to finish compiling my poetry. It’s 85% done. I’m waiting for September to work with two editors.

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      • 85% is a fair way through it Miriam and September is not far off. If we write for family the story can be totally different, for many reasons, to what we would publish. Good luck with it all.

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      • Thank you, Irene. It’s always good to hear your feedback.

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  4. noelleg44 says:

    Fantastic colors, Irene. This is a wonderful photo!

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  6. Charli Mills says:

    I love the way the water captures the light like it’s metallic.

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