An enormous thankyou to all the people who contributed to the After Yasi, Finding the Smile Within, blog hop and launch, the people who lived the recovery journey, all those who dropped by for a virtual chat last night, or left a message, a like, a retweet, and my family and those who have begun to purchase and explore the ebook.
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Thanks to all those who shared or listened to stories on the power of engaging emotion in storytelling, dealing with recovery natural disaster, living in cyclone regions, going through storms and more; especially Brad Marsellos who documented the Bundaberg experience, Jacqueline Pascarl from Operation Angel, and my friend Melinda Irvine who is currently living a life of service and finding ways to assist women in the Phillipines. A special thankyou also to Danny Letham (UK) and Carol Campbell (United States) for logging in from their respective countries.
You might be wondering what’s next. It’s definitely time to explore new horizons in storytelling topics, but resilience and power of community and art to heal and empower will be at the heart of whatever I do. I am still at heart a poet so there’s always more poetry in the works.
I have learnt there’s power in a poetic storytelling too.
This month I am attending a forum for Asia/Pacific Documentary put on by a local Brisbane Documentary group to find inspiration to work that out. There are lots of documentary makers living in Brisbane but I haven’t met them yet and this is the first step to do so.
I am not sure sure exactly what my next big topic for storytelling will be, but there is so much in the world we need to address through the power of storytelling, poetry and art (including songwriting) that taps into the emotions. It has to be something that I feel strongly about and can build a connection to. Otherwise how will people trust me with their stories. It might even be a project about storytellers and their journey to find a voice.
Using multiplatforms gives storytellers the opportunity to create a multidimensional tapestry to an unfolding story. Voice, visuals, imagination, online cybertrails can all combine in the making of an uplifting but also critical tapestry.
I’ve been taking the time to learn about storytelling, writing, for children and young people and have completed a book about my family’s time in North Queensland, which is made up of short stories, poems and some of the contribtions I made to ABC Open’s 500 words project. It’s called Magic Fish and All that Jazz and should be out by the end of the year.
I’ve been taking the time to settle into a new home, and am still finding my feet and the communities I want to join activities with. I often share this journey of learning about the city on my blog.
I took a poem I wrote and have drafted it into a picture book and have started a chapter book in the fantasy genre. During this process many of the members of Writelinks have been an inspiration and are supportive of myself and many other storytellers who choose to place their primary focus on young people. I have found a community I relate to, and who at their heart, want to empower the young through literacy and imagination.
And on a final note here is a link to something that came up in discussions last night – The Tully World Record of Highschool students -one year after Yasi. This is something my husband did with his Physics Class. In part to take their mind fully off the cyclone and enjoy the magic of science. Maybe it’s time the two of us did a project together.
You still have a couple more days if you want to leave comments at any sport in the blog hop for a chance to win a free copy of it or a photographic print. This offer closes on the 6th of February.