Blog Hop Monday…on Tuesday

Good morning/evening all!

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Linda Williams Stirling who blogs over at Ramblings of an Eclectic Mind asked me a few weeks ago to participate in a blog hop and tag 3 more bloggers to keep the blog hop, err, hopping. Well, since then I have published a book and moved house for the second time in 6 months, so you’ll excuse my posting on Tuesday instead of Monday :) As for tagging other bloggers to hop along for the next few weeks…I haven’t had much luck on that score either, so I will deviate from the rules a little by mentioning some bloggers and letting them decide whether they want to keep the hop hopping.

So, let’s get down to the blog hop business…

1)    What am I working on?

I have just published my first poetry book called Death and Life. It is a very personal book and my decision to publish it was more of a personal goal than anything else.

The book is divided into 2 sections: Death and Life. Death encompasses the first 23 years of my life in Africa and chronicles my personal journey through death, depression, abuse, love and loss, and other literal and figurative deaths. Life encompasses my journey beyond Africa, where my painfully isolating experience in New Zealand laid the foundation for my rebirth, facilitated the quest and rediscovery of happiness, propelled me toward confronting the past, and prepared me for significant change.

2)    How does my work differ from others of its genre?

While I appreciate genres and rules, I tend to break any rules that constrict or stifle creativity. I often find myself mixing genres and bending rules – not because I’m contrary, but because I have strong instincts (in my personal life and as a writer) and I choose what feels right over any rules I’m supposed to follow.

3)    Why do I write what I do?

Three reasons:

1. I am an opinionated person in a politically correct world, and I believe that writers have a responsibility to question the status quo and voice the issues that people think about, but dare not say out loud.

2. Writing provides a creative outlet. I have always been rather reserved and introspective, traits that undoubtedly exacerbated my battle with depression through my teens and early twenties.

3. Writing is instinctive – a natural compulsion. Much like breathing, my inner self understands that it cannot survive without writing.

4)    How does your writing process work?

My writing is 100% instinctual. Everything I write descends in a creative rain storm – unfiltered thoughts, experiences, emotions, and ideas build up like rain clouds until they eventually burst.

I always carry a notebook and pen with me, because I’m constantly inspired or provoked by things I see and experience. I have a journal of dreams, which often become threads or seeds in stories and poems.

My process generally follows this pattern:

Idea ➤ go with the flow, write/type until empty, until I have a first draft (turning off the internal editor) ➤ organise and rework into second draft ➤ research (ad nauseum) ➤ repeat until I have a final draft ➤ edit ➤ read, re-read, get someone else to read ➤ Done!

Now, let’s tag some awesome bloggers…

Wishing everyone a fantastic week,

Bianca. :)

13 comments

  1. That is a fabulous photograph. Again…congrats on your book:) So happy for you.

    1. Hopping kangaroos never get old! Thanks, Gigi :)

  2. Thanks for the tag Bianca, don’t know if I’ll be able to manage it or not. :-(

    1. No need to get involved, Laurie. It’s a good excuse to promote your blog, that’s all ;-) How are you doing?

      1. Thanks Bianca, I have so much happening and not the time or energy to do most of it. I go from day to day. Some are great some aren’t, so I do what I do on the good ones. :-)

  3. Wonderful post! I loved learning a bit about how your mind works. A creative rain storm…love it. BTW, I am receiving your post from the future, because here in California it’s only late afternoon on Monday. So, your Monday post on Tuesday is quite timely here. Any chance you have Tuesday’s winning lottery numbers you can share with me? Lol. Seriously, a very interesting post and I enjoyed reading it. I know some of the bloggers you list, but there are a few I’m going to have to check out. Thanks for sharing and for participating in the Hop!

    1. Ha ha, if only I could predict lotto numbers, Linda ;-) What a gift that would be! Thanks for inviting me to your blog hop, I enjoyed it :)

  4. Thank you for the shout out. :)

    So you are all done with the move? Wow published a book and moved. I feel like a lazy bum over here!

  5. Thank you very much for inviting me to participate, I look forward to it!:D

    1. That’s great. You can post next Monday – all you have to do is answer the four questions and tag 3 other bloggers to post the following week. I will send an email with instructions :)

  6. Thank you so much Bianca =)

  7. Thank you so much for the tag–I will do my very best to play!! I am so proud of you and your beautiful voice.

    1. Always a pleasure, Julie x

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