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Thanks so much for dropping by the blog. Be sure to grab a cuppa tea (or coffee or water) and read. My blogger manifesto is HERE.

I wonder what attracted you here.

Was it the poetry? The photography? The memoir? The cyclone recovery story? The quest for wellness? The tags? Reflections on parenting and peace? The discussions of writing? The interviews? Did we meet somewhere? Was it the philosophy? Would love it if you can let me know.

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For celebration of the ‘glory’ and ‘to make a better world’

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Glory – (c) June Perkins

The realm of glory is not something I can depict in a realist photographic approach. It is something, unknowable, untouchable, and so my focus is more to the essence of the shape of things, the abstract.

“Verily His Call will draw thee nigh unto the realm of glory and will cause thee to extol His praise in such wise that every created thing will be enraptured, and to magnify His glory in such manner as to influence the entire creation. Truly thy Lord is the Protector, the Gracious, the All-Informed.”
-Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah

This year I’ve joined the wonderful team of photographers over at nineteen months.  Each Baha’i Month, we post a photograph we’ve taken and quote that inspires us.

Check out some of the other inspiring contributions HERE

It’s a super busy time as I’m about to begin tutoring, doing an online course on crowd funding, half way through the first draft of my novel,  have a number of works I am editing and keen to begin writing, as well the usual family joys and challenges. My household has three teenagers all embarking on their dreams (one’s at university) and vision for future life. Sometimes I am not sure how I’m going to balance it all. Reflecting on a spiritual theme each month in this way helps to put it all into perspective.

Why create art?  Why write? Why live?  It all seems to be a process of finding balance and a spiritual centering.

So few writers make it in financial and ‘being known’ terms, but does that mean they should give up working on their craft, telling their stories, polishing, sharing and finding joy in that process?  Of course that was a rhetorical question.

Whilst it is true having a wide audience gives authors and artists a sense of validation, and being listened to, yet it is those who write for the way it allows them to connect with the glory in existence itself and build community that will never ever give it up.

This week I have been particularly inspired by Maya Angelou.  I find myself watching many videos where she tells stories and shares her thoughts.  This one truly sums up why I do art – ‘to satisfy my soul’ and ‘to make a better world.’

Wishing you all the best for your week of creativity, and a special thank you to the team of people mentoring and editing my work at the moment.  Your support means so much.

June Perkins

Peer Testimonial

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Melinda Irvine – courtesy of her blog.

June Perkins is a peer, a mentor and a friend.

I sense the creativity that surrounds her whole life as she uses the latest technologies to express the world she sees.

June’s photographs, poetry, videos as well as published written works are shared in her online discussion groups as a source of inspiration and development.

I have also witnessed June working on a community recovery project and personally experienced how her photography and writing bound that project.

It is such a joy that someone of June’s academic knowledge and calibre is so willing to share on so many levels.

Melinda Irvine

Hairy Harold & his extraordinary trip to NY, Children’s book

 

I just couldn’t wait till next week to blog this!  So for this week two blogs.

I’ve been doing this incredible course with Mira Riseberg and Jed Alexander about so many things to do with the self publishing. To find out more see Children’s Book Academy.  

During homework this week we were researching inspiring kickstarter campaigns and a few of us came across this superb project and decided we love it. Take the time to watch the video!

Just one more week to go and Andres Quintero  has raised $5249 of his $7700 goal. If you like this project too, pledge some support, share this blog, share his link.  I, and many others, want to see this project happen.

He has a super cool range of rewards for you giving support (for those of you who love original handbags check out the handbag reward.) The great thing about kickstarter is being a patron of the arts, but also being acknowledged for that.

Andres Quintero says “My story gives kids the tools to appreciate a deeper aesthetic besides the sensorial material plenitude; the beauty of loyalty and true friendship.”

Hairy Harold & his extraordinary trip to NY Image above copyright of Andres Quintero

What Makes Me Read a Poem?

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So this weeks blog is a reblog from Ripple Poetry – a space where I share poetry, ideas for writing and editing it, and the work of other poets. The latest blog there was about what makes me read a poem. I’d love for you to share what makes you read a poem and any of the names of your favourite poets! In some parts of the world it is national poetry month. So to those readers I wish you a happy month of poetry but poetry can be for all seasons, places and times.

Originally posted on Ripple Poetry:

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The first lines and opening must avoid cliché
and even better still intrigue and invite me
into the poem’s world.
It really mustn’t tell me how much love is like a rose.

If there is metaphor it needs to flow and extend naturally
and there are so many metaphors that have been overused
it might take some experiments to find something original
but too original than perhaps I won’t relate.

The poem could profound
I don’t mind having to do some work to understand
but if it totally confuses, leaves me lost,
then I am unlikely to read until the end.
Please don’t let it have an artifice of depth
but actually be a shallow pool.

It might leave me with a question, an impression, a mood, a challenge,
a pertinent observation and
a constant musing on its end.
I might want to read…

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A Mentor’s Journey

 

When you mentor you are working towards giving someone independence to achieve his or her own dream.

You are not doing for, but inspiring someone to action.

I made the short film above, inspired by Danielle’s dream for a dance drama where she danced both parts.

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She wanted to make a film called Shadow Boxer.

I just wanted to show her how far I thought we could go with the footage we had.

She inspired and challenged me by asking me to do things I had never done with film before.

‘Can we do this June?’ she asked.

She knew I was still learning too but she had faith in my ability to learn and adapt.

I learnt what I could about the editing program I had and then taught her what her could, fully expecting her to take it a step further because this was her dream and her vision.

I created layers of film that she could mix and remix.

We worked in the time frames we had, but I knew she could do a lot of the editing herself as she had some film experience.  So we invested that time in finding the parts of the program she would need to master to achieve her goals.

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I wanted her to know she could finish her project by herself.  She worked and worked on the film after the time I had with her came to an end.  Then one day she sent me the link – she was happy with it!

After many months I decided to revisit the original mentoring film and have since added more elements, like falling leaves and a closing sequence to round the music out. The subtle animation seems to work well with the piano.

I didn’t like the original colour, so I warmed it up.  So you see the mentor learns from the student and the student the mentor.  It is best when it’s a two way street.

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Have you ever been a mentor?  What was easy and what was a challenge for you?

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