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.
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.
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Further enquiries also be directed to the afore-mentioned email address.
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
Wordsworth’s definition of poetry: “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility”
I’m doing this online course ‘How to make a poem’ presented by Manchester Metropolitan University on Future Learn and I’m enjoying it tremendously. The title caught my attention because one hardly thinks of writing poetry as something you ‘make’. But that is exactly their approach. It takes the preciousness out of poetry writing by presenting tools you can use to write. And boy have I learned a lot.
During the first week I wrote a cento, a two line poem. You choose two poems and then take a line from each, creating a cento. My effort was from Maya Angelou’s poem ‘The Caged Bird’ (scroll down to read it here –posted on 23 October 2019) and ‘To do list’ a poem by Simon Armitage . https://www.poetryarchive.org/poem/do-list
I came up with
But a bird that stalks
Skim(s) duckweed from ornamental pond
Now tell me that isn’t poetry! Apparently in the copyright of poetry you are allowed to use one line only. Some poets have created whole poems like this. I don’t know if it’s cheating. What do you think?
In the second week we learned, among other things, rhyme, line breaks, and metre. I have expanded my knowledge of writing poetry and will experiment with different forms, for example a sonnet (haven’t done that before). There are so many forms: ghazal, villanelle, haiku etc. As a poet I want to give myself the challenge of attempting some of them.
I’m looking forward to the third week. If you want to know more about the course click here
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