I was really flattered when Irene asked me to participate in the Blog Hop as it is an award designed to showcase blogs devoted to writing, be it journal style, political, fiction, short stories or human interest along with the many other variations that those who enjoy the written word delve into from time to time.
As part of the process I have to thank Irene as well as present her bio and any links to her work that she wishes to include in it. After that I answer four questions about writing which will be shown below and then introduce the three writers that I wish to showcase here on Unload and Unwind. So without further ado let me introduce you to another Aussie, who like me enjoys words and all that you can do with them.
Irene Waters: Reflections and Nightmares
Irene believes that reflection is an essential part of life and in doing this she has written many short stories and poetry. She doesn’t baulk at the unusual which is shown in her varied background. It was her time on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu which motivated her to write her soon to be published first memoir Nightmare in Paradise where she brings alive her experiences and reflections.
She has had short stories published in the anthology ‘Eavesdropping’ by the River Writers and also in Idiom 23 Vol 23 November 2013. She is currently undertaking a Research Masters at Central Queensland University examining sequel memoirs whilst currently writing her second memoir After the Nightmare.
Blogging for a short eight months Irene’s writing reflects her life, her thoughts and opinions and her humor as she takes us around the globe and into her world. She lives on the Sunshine Coast of Australia with her husband and German Shepard dog Zac and the new addition – a cocker spaniel Bundy.
Now for the Big Four Questions:
Well currently I’m putting together a collection of environmental based articles for Viral Protest For the Great Barrier Reef and Viral Protest for The Australian Environment. I think it is important to have information that is not only factual but entertaining enough to keep the interest of readers who would normally only give a cursory glance at the material. Apart from that I provide press releases and speech notes to a handful of protest groups who would not normally be able to afford a professional to assist them with the media.
I do have an ongoing project for a trilogy in the Fantasy Fiction Genre [yes I know – yet another one into the ever increasing melting pot of popular fiction]. It is a difficult thing to write as I see it so clearly in my head and yet crafting the story is so very different to my usual style of caustic humor [of course it does make an appearance in one or two of the characters] that it is taking longer than I had envisaged to finish the first draft. The work isn’t lacking in any way it is just so much harder to infuse it with life so that it becomes more than a collection of words on a page but a story that captivates and makes you want to know what happens next.
However in all honesty I have to say that it is the work I’m doing each day on this site that means the most to me at this point. Here I have a medium to stretch my skills, test new ideas, write for myself and my own interests and perhaps more importantly reach out to others with my ideas, asides, insights and stories. The response that I’ve had from so many people has made this project one of the most enjoyable that I have ever participated in and I hope to continue with it for may years.
I’m not sure that it does, if indeed I have a genre. My blog holds most of my current work other than the trilogy that I am working on and my style varies depending on the topic. I would say that apart from when I deal with the deeply personal or painful parts of my life the ongoing characteristic seems to be that of a rather caustic wit and a somewhat acerbic style when my temper is sparked, usually by some fool in government but I’m an equal opportunity Snipe and Snarker and will be happy to snarl at anyone if suitably irked.
Well enough about me now comes the fun part where I get to introduce you to three amazing writers who have three very distinct styles. Each will be producing their own contribution to the Blog Hop over the new few weeks and showcasing some writers that they enjoy here in the blogging world.
All of them are worthy of time and consideration and all for very different reason. Check out each of their blogs to see just how much diverse talent there is out there. I hope to come across more writers such as the ones I have showcased below as well as the many that I admire already here at WordPress.
Stephanie Lewis (AKA Little Miss Menopause) has been writing since the age of 8 on household objects. The backs of tissue boxes, junk mail envelopes, and paper plates. Once a poem about the Dangers of Smoking jotted on a Matchbook cover almost became a best seller.
One of five siblings, and born into a military family, I spent fourteen of my first eighteen years in Oxford. Aberystwyth University followed, and with it the start of my love affair with West Wales.