The secret of life is to fall seven times and get up eight ~ Paulo Coehlo
I have become part of the Monday Writing Process Blog Tour. The aim of the tour is to bring together writers and readers from all corners of the globe answer four questions and then invite other writers to do the same. Bee Williamson invited me along. She has always been a believer in me, featuring me in her blog. Thanks Bee, I feel totally honored for your invite. You can check out her blog at:
So the questions...
What am I working on?
I am always working, writing I think is almost like breathing to me, even when there is no physicality in the act, I am always thinking and looking for inspiration. I have recently begun a mentorship with Maribel Steel, a talented writer, but also a personal inspiration, is guiding and nurturing me on a journey through poetry. My deep desire is to be able to combine poetry and photography, essentially create art.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My poetry is primarily based on a stream of thoughts, usually I take an initial image, or place in time, feeling and then run with it. I think I am still in the developing stage, refining my thoughts and articulating the power of a single line. I am not entirely sure I differ from others in the poetry world. I in fact think each poet/writer, in their own right, is different. But what I do hope with my writing is that I have the ability to move something in someone, that’s it, it’s pretty simple, I am not in this for writing fame or big publishing, just to be able to touch someone and move someone.
Why do I write what I do?
I write to free my inner voice that seems to have little room for expression in the world I live. I write to show, to be free, to discover, to feel and ultimately grow. If this was posed as the question “WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU WANT TO DO” writing would complete me.
How does my writing process work?
Inspiration is like sunrise. Just before rising, it hovers on the horizon, peeking slowly over, and then suddenly it arrives, inspiration hits. I am not a late night writer (I love my sleep too much) I don’t wake during the night inspired. I am my best early morning, fresh mind, open heat and poised pen. I am always finding inspiration walking the streets, on the tram, under the sun, in the fresh air, I pull out my phone, head to Google keep and start taking notes of what I see, and what I feel.
So that’s how I begin...with heart and mind.
And now I invite Rashma N. Kalsie to take part. Rashma is an Indian writer-playwright based in Australia. She is the founder of Indian Diaspora Dramatics Association, a registered incorporated association in Victoria. She represents Indian dramatic tradition in Australia in the capacity of an MAV/MTC Ambassador, 2013-14.
She is the co-author of Ohh! Gods Are Online.. published by a renowned Indian publishing house, Srishti Publishers in June, 2013. Her book has received media attention and appreciative reviews.
She has written several plays. Her original play, ‘The Lost Dog’, was recently produced with the help of funds from the Council of The City of Greater Dandenong. The play was acclaimed by the press and received well by the audience and journalists. The production was reported widely in newspapers (Leader, G’Day India, and SBS Radio) and reviewed by Indian Link, an Indian-Australian newspaper. The play script has received over 1000 hits on an Australian theatre website, where it was first posted. Rashma had produced and directed the play.
She was recently invited by Women Writing for (a) Change, a foundation that runs 8 writing schools in USA. She presented a talk on play writing and production, ‘From the Page to the Stage’, to a group of writers in Cincinnati, Ohio where the Foundation has its head office.
She is an appointed editor on Passionate 4 Prose, a website for writers.
She has contributed to e-zines like Garamchai.com, in the past. Her write up, ‘How I Used NetOrbis.Com To Produce My Play And Go House Full In 40 Days Flat’ received a 100,000 views on NetOrbis.com, a social media website. She contributes, by the way of interviewing artists and writers, to Straight Talk on NetOrbis.Com. Her poem, “Remains of love”, was presented in a poetry program on Phoenix FM 106.7 MHz, Bendigo.
You can check out Rashma and her talent at: