The road less traveled

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
______Robert Frost

Thank You for Helping Me to Navigate the Virus

A positive story about Covid 19

Watching the Daisies

After two days of extreme fatigue, followed by a sore throat, I wondered, could this be the dreaded virus?

Surely not!

A day later a burning/tingling sensation and a tightness gripped my left lung and ribs, and I sensed it moving to my lower right lung/ribs.

My hands, feet and the lymph glands in my neck had a similar burning/tingling sensation.

Help!

Calling the Doctor

I telephoned my local surgery immediately, and a kind doctor noted my symptoms. I was put on the waiting list for a C****** Test.

Advice offered included keeping well hydrated, and getting plenty of fresh air. If my condition worsened, I should call back for help.

I was also told to self isolate for fourteen days.

Reaching Out to a Friend

Feeling somewhat fearful for my future, I reached out to a natural medicines therapist friend asking for healing thoughts and prayers. Thankfully, my request…

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Updated website

I changed the colors on my website. I don’t know about you but that bright yellow was hurting my eyes!


It’s a picture of the inside of a flower taken by my brother-in-law. However, this morning I realized that is no longer who I am, enclosed in a flower while trying to see it’s beauty. No sir, I am that tiny speck of a human being owning the universe in the new image.

Ten Tips for Writing While Quarantined

Here’s hoping none of you are infected. But if it happens…

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Brenda, head shotby Brenda Ridley

Assuming that you are up and about during the COVID-19 pandemic, you could view this period of social distancing as an unexpected gift to your writing life. That’s the attitude I’ve adopted as I decide how to use my time while exiled from my job for two weeks.

Last week, Pennsylvania’s governor ordered schools state-wide closed to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The small independent school where I double as admissions coordinator and office manager complied. While the risk to our students of COVID-19 exposure is probably low, we could not in good conscience remain open while 99% of the schools in Philadelphia shut down. Ours is a very small school but, luckily, one with digital resources that teachers can use for online instruction. Most of my work time is spent on the phone, making sure that teachers have the resources they need, the office runs…

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Finishing my PhD

 

I intend to finish my creative writing PhD this year. At the moment it looks like a daunting task because I have to finish my +80 000 word historical novel plus a 20 000 word reflective essay. Every time I have to write the first person ‘I’ to articulate my personal views it freaks me out. I prefer to depict the world through fictional characters and here I have a task in the reflective essay to writer about MY experience in writing this novel.

To help me I have been searching for PhD essays in creative writing. So far I discovered one by Emma Lucie Darwin at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. In her abstract she calls her reflective essay ‘a critical commentary on the process and context of writing’. In reading her comments I have become more confident, it appears eminently doable.

Her project is similar to mine in that it is also a historical novel with a parallel narrative which tells two or more stories. My novel links three narratives and was difficult to write until I separated the three story lines and developed them separately. I was so busy developing links in theme that the one story overwhelmed the other two!

Since I separated them I know where each story is going and have listed scenes which make it much easier.
Have any of you written a parallel narrative? Please share your experience. I’m sure there are many writers out there who could learn from your trials and failures.

Last but not least:
If you know of any other helpful PhD Creative Writing reflective texts please let me know.

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Submissions for anthology

I’m pleased to work on this project 🙂

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: CULTURE AND THE LIBERATION STRUGGLE IN SOUTH AFRICA…BOOK PROJECT

Submissions should be in the form of articles, essays, interviews, personal memoirs, eulogies, biographies, and visual images (paintings, posters, photographs, etc.)
Submission of material is open to all participants regardless of nationality.
Submissions should bear the contributor’s full names, address, email address and telephone numbers. Blind copies of the submissions are not necessary.
The material should not have been previously published elsewhere in the current format and/or currently sent to other publication for consideration.
Once submitted, the material will be distributed to three Contributing Editors for round-robin evaluation and decision. The submission should be supported by at least two Contributing Editors for suitability for publishing. However, the Editor has the final discretion over the suitability or otherwise of the material for various considerations. Once approved for publishing, the contributor will be notified officially in writing by the Editor.
A maximum of two submissions is entitled to the contributor provided they address two different themes, respectively.
Although cross-cutting but by no means not exhaustive, the six themes identified are: Politics of the arts for colonial exemption (1916-’56); King Kong musical and its impact on the arts and society (1950-’90); Cinema, print and broadcast media and the enterprise of Black struggle (1916-2016); Cultural boycott and international isolation of South Africa (1960-2000); Three decades of fire (1960-1990s), and; Politics and the arts in a post-Apartheid South Africa (1994-2016). Other themes not disclosed herein but related to the topic are accepted.
The medium of communication for submission is any of South Africa’s eleven official languages subject to accompaniment by, where possible, English translation in the event the original/primary language used is not English.
There are no prescriptions on style and format of the submissions provided the presentations are of good quality and, where applicable, referenced accordingly in contributors’ preferred Harvard style/version that accommodates footnotes and endnotes provided they don’t detract from the texts. The length should be a maximum of 6000 words or less.
Once submissions have been officially accepted as suitable for publishing, negotiations for remunerations and intellectual property/copy rights issues will be entered into with successful contributors in the next phase of the project from June 2020 onwards. The next phase entails the formatting, printing, publishing and launching of the book.
Deadlines for submissions is on or before 15 April 2020 and should be mailed electronically to segarona.c.i@gmail.com
Further enquiries also be directed to the afore-mentioned email address.

CONTINUE: a poem

Love this poem

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Maya Angelou Maya Angelou

By Maya Angelou

My wish for you
Is that you continue

         Continue

To be who and how you are
To astonish a mean world
With your acts of kindness

         Continue

To allow humor to lighten the burden
Of your tender heart

         Continue

In a society dark with cruelty
To let the people hear the grandeur
Of God in the peals of your laughter

          Continue

To let your eloquence
Elevate the people to heights
They had only imagined

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Goodbye to 2019

I’ve had a challenging year, with betrayal of one kind or another, but in spite of that there have been highlights. Three poems were accepted for Highveld Poetry Review and a flash fiction story published in ‘Through the Looking Glass: an anthology’. I found an editor for my upcoming poetry collection, had an order for my book, ‘Eye of a Needle: And other stories’ from the Department of Arts and Culture, donated five books to Johannesburg township libraries, attended the Romance Writers Conference online and started regular posting on my blog which I also tried to monetize. I finished three online courses: How to make a poem, History of fashion and The Tudors.

I wrote a book review and 30 000 words on my new work in progress, ‘The Weight of Bodies’ – a historical novel for my PhD at the University of the Western Cape; got an encouraging poetry review  https://corneliafick.com/2019/08/25/the-nicest-rejection-letter/ had an interview on Marylee McDonald’s blog and a story on Taylor Woodland’s podcast

Among the darker experiences, I struggled with ill-health and was admitted to hospital, applied and was rejected for a residency in Switzerland, and was rejected by Modjaji, a woman’s publisher.

Thankfully I’m still standing, battered but still upright. Here’s wishing for a good year in 2020 for you and for the planet. Aluta continua