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In 2016 I wrote an online course on “Poetry Appreciation and Analysis Skills” on Open Learning.  The course can be found at: https://www.openlearning.com/courses/poetry-appreciation-and-analysis-skills   

In 2017 my friend and I completed a speech development project we were working on and published Special Pictures to Talk About:  https://www.amazon.com/Special-Pictures-Talk-About-mini-book- 

I grew up in the Barossa Valley, an area of South Australia predominantly settled by German immigrants. As a dark-haired, tanned little English girl (remember Britain was at one stage occupied by the Romans), I was very different and mercilessly teased. I remember the struggle to learn to read – painfully stringing three letter words together – there was Sam and Pam and a ball. Sometimes there was a fat cat on a mat or dog with a ball. Reading was a slow process until one birthday, I sat down with my gift, a Famous Five book by Enid Blyton. The mystery story was so exciting, I finished it in one session and I was a fast reader from that moment onwards. I loved Enid Blyton, her Wishing Chair stories, Magic Faraway Tree stories, fairy-land and toy-land stories as well as the mysteries.

A couple of years later, I discovered The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. It was so amazing, I read it seven times in a row! Eventually, I discovered there was a whole series… I survived on this sort of fair until I was sixteen and read The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. That gave me a taste for adult fantasy. In search of more riveting reading, I discovered Stephen King and James Herbert. Stephen King’s Danse Macabre led me to H.P. Lovecraft, on whom I completed a Master’s project.

I learned to sew when I was ten and dressed myself throughout high-school and university in my own designs. I tried putting seams where seams traditionally did not go, or had not gone for a decade or two. I also put zippers in unusual places and added flounces and uneven hem lines. In the mid-1990’s fashions available in the stores began to catch up to me.

I enjoyed writing poetry and short stories, although was discouraged I had no early success in competitions. In 1988, I wrote my first full length manuscript, often scribbling on the train as I travelled from Newcastle to Sydney to attend post graduate study at university. In the year 2000, I brought my second full length manuscript into being and 2004 saw my third full length manuscript. None is published yet, but I still keep writing.

In the year 2001, I returned to another creative passion of mine, which was dance. I spent five years learning Ballroom dance and participating in dance school showcases. I also learned Belly-dance and had a go at most other types of folk dance. I spent a year with a performing group, the Matinee Entertainers, before moving onto coaching after school sports, circus and gymnastics. I never turned professional, but I loved fun and games and spreading the enjoyment amongst others. Always keen to find a dramatic outlet, I joined the production committee for a community Nativity performance and in 2010, a Nativity Play I wrote was produced by a local church.

I currently tutor English and have been doing so under my own ABN since 2007 – trying to create that “aha” moment when reading becomes pleasure instead of pain for children struggling to read and write. 

 

Please support my second Kindle Scout campaign


Blog Posted:8/9/2017 12:08:00 AM

Hi Everyone: 

I am very pleased to announce that my second Kindle Scout campaign has launched at:

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/112AYBO4QPZ9Y

Please visit, read the preview and support me by voting.

I did not win my previous campaign - but I felt I gained something from the exercise. The focus on my manuscript as a sharable text helped me with a final proof and edit. I felt I added some needed points and polishes even though I had recieved little feedback. (Perhaps we delude ourselves).

My previous  campaign text was more "literary" than commercial - so I dd not expect to be picked by such a "popular" press. However, this new text is for a general audience and may have the right appeal! (I can always hope.)

It generally feels good to be pushing my writing out there instead of hiding it on my hard drive. However, when I have finished my period of focus on prose, I hope to particiate in here and write more poetry.

I thank Poetry Soup members in general for their kind comments on my poetry, which has helped my confidence to this point.

Yours Truly

Cecelia

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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
9/15/2017 Silhouette of a Bird Ottava rimabird,nature,
9/15/2017 Xmas in July Acrosticcelebration,christmas,cul
9/15/2017 Dream of a hot Summer Day Pantoumsummer,sun,winter,
9/12/2017 Create a character contest Dramatic monologueanimal,humor,humorous,
6/16/2017 Blue Daisy Chain Quatrainflower,peace,
6/13/2017 The Owl Totem Blank versebird,mythology,native ame
6/4/2017 I am the Cat Pantoumcat,humor,humorous,
6/2/2017 What Tomorrow Brings Pantoumfuture,grandmother,moving
5/24/2017 Beauty Cinquainbeauty,meaningful,
5/20/2017 The Knight Of Haute-Savoie Rhymefantasy,sky,
5/15/2017 Over to You - Estella Blank versebetrayal,loss,love hurts,
5/15/2017 Ideals Sonnetheaven,hope,night,sky,
5/14/2017 The Adventures of LBS Rhymebooks,childhood,racism,
5/12/2017 The Sprite of Mountaintop Lake Rhymeadventure,fantasy,nature,
5/10/2017 Lost Loves Rhymefeelings,longing,lost,los
5/6/2017 Sonnet for May Showers Sonnetmay,weather,
5/5/2017 The Windfarms Acrosticenvironment,green,mountai
4/29/2017 No Versespoken word,strength,
4/25/2017 The Wet Cat Lanternecat,weather,
4/25/2017 Back in Time Free versefantasy,perspective,visio
4/22/2017 Circle of Love Dodoitsulove,
4/22/2017 Twenty Years from Now Sonnetfuture,moon,science ficti
4/21/2017 The Hellhound - from mythology Rubaiyathorror,urban,
4/20/2017 The Vampire - Need Ninettefantasy,mythology,
4/19/2017 A Friend Went Missing - Urban Legend Rhymebereavement,murder,violen
4/19/2017 Mother - Pleiades Versefamily,mother,
4/18/2017 The Amateur Stargazer Quatrainnature,night,stars,
4/14/2017 Loneliness - Pleiades Versefeelings,loneliness,solit
4/13/2017 Angels and Lyres Rhymeangel,inspiration,mytholo
4/13/2017 An Easter Haiku Haikuchristian,easter,
4/6/2017 The Rainbow Serpent Free versefantasy,peace,racism,spir
4/5/2017 The Kraken Coupletfantasy,nature,
4/2/2017 On Huxley's Brave New World Rhymescience fiction,society,
4/1/2017 The Betrayal Rhymebetrayal,break up,love,
4/1/2017 Plastic Flowers Free versesociety,teen,
4/1/2017 To the Intruder in Mary's Garden Free verseabuse,nursery rhyme,psych
3/31/2017 Rejuvenation Quatrainfeelings,first love,scien
3/31/2017 The Resurected Woman Rhymeadventure,break up,scienc
3/31/2017 The Cyborg Versefantasy,science fiction,
3/31/2017 Encounter with a Griffin Free verseabuse,fantasy,scary,
3/30/2017 Childbirth on a Barren Planet Free verseabuse,science fiction,
3/30/2017 The Illusionist Quatrainbreak up,love hurts,scien
3/30/2017 The Reconciliation Dramatic Verseadventure,bereavement,gri
3/30/2017 Sub-Station One Cinquainscience fiction,society,t

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