It is summertime here in Australia, hot and humid in my hometown of Brisbane Queensland. I have been off the air for a month as I spent the week before Christmas Day packing up and moving to a new address, then I made a snap decision to travel north to Yeppoon in Central Queensland for two weeks of casual work and to catch up with close family members for whom I wrote the poem Far Away for Christmas. Today I am back sitting at my new computer desk ready for an exciting year of sharing my poetic writing.
I hope you enjoyed listening to my poems throughout 2021 as much as I have enjoyed publishing them. Most of the poems I published in 2021, were poems that I had written over the past 10 years. I have published most of my Christian poems and all my old general poems except for two collections, which I have been holding back for two special reasons!
The reason I have held back the first collection of poems is that my mother’s life story will be re-released soon, in 2022, in print and ebook. I will be sharing poems that I wrote about my mother’s troubled life around work, health and love, and my difficult childhood as I share the story behind each poem and songs that I have found that reflect the theme of each poem. The novel is titled ‘The Wilted Rose’ written by Kate Kelsen, a young Australian author who is based on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Kate has written several true story novels, over the past decade and they will be re-released during 2022.
I am excited to announce that the second collection of poems I will be sharing with you, during 2022, are the many poems I wrote about falling in and out of love and getting back up again. These poems will accompany my own adult life story around motherhood, marriage, divorce, travel etc. It is titled “Wilted No More,’ written by Kate Kelsen, and is in the final editing and cover design stage and will be available later in 2022.
But first, to kick start 2022, I encourage those of you who are thinking about creating your ‘something’ – be it writing, poetry, painting, or craftwork etc. to take that first step now, today. If you have already started creating your ‘something’ but are questioning whether you will continue with it this year, I want to encourage you to keep going. START TODAY. The first thing I do is write out a plan for the year or for a new project, which I will share in more detail at another time.
But today, I encourage you to do something. Take a few minutes to sit still and write down what you would like to create. Write as much detail as you can about the ‘something’ you want to create e.g. “I’ve always wanted to write and publish a book, a song, or a poem.” “I’ve always wanted to make/create______” “I’ve always wanted to paint, draw, photograph.”
Don’t wait any longer. I procrastinated for decades because of fear and self-doubt. Please don’t wait any longer. START TODAY. As Paul McCartney sings – DO IT NOW! See the Youtube link at the end of this article.
I did not realize when I started this creative venture in April 2021, that it would be so creatively satisfying in so many ways. Each Monday I will continue writing My Poetry Story as encouraging short articles and share in more detail what steps I took toward fulfilling my creative goal, last year, 2021, being the first year of my poetry publishing journey.
Every Wednesday I will continue to publish, both written and in audio, a Christian Faith poem, and every Friday a general poem. So, connect with me and enjoy this year’s creative and poetic journey. Beverley Joy of Simply Story Poetry and Simply Create 2 Share