The prompt “horizon” arrived in my email. The task was to write a story of up to thirty words inspired by and using the prompt, tweet your entry, tag Writers Victoria (@Writers_Vic), and hashtag WVFlashFic22. I’m a nervous overthinking Nivita unsuited to the fast, savvy highway that is Twitter—and usually too busy feeding the chickens—so I don’t tweet (as my bio says). But a good friend of mine was taking the challenge daily, and her diligence put me to shame. I felt I should enter at least once.
Snakes are like rainbows–free download for educators.
My poem Snakes are like rainbows was first published in The School Magazine in April 2003.
At the time, I was a beginning teacher, and I was lying. I hated snakes. But I didn’t want to pass on my fear of one of nature’s creatures, so I challenged myself to think about snakes in a different way.
I was also thinking of my connection to Country—as a white woman living on stolen lands of the Kaurna people. Something I was super aware of, working with Nunga kids at the time.
Hello, and Happy February. I’m pleased to have a playscript up at Drama Notebook (.com). It’s based on the Greek myth of Clytie, a water nymph who tragically became a sunflower, set to mourn for eternity over unrequited love.
“You’re just an empty cage, girl, if you kill the bird” – Tori Amos
Hold everything. I drew a bird. Or what is loosely a bird; I’m no visual artist. It happened while I waded through January’s liminal space. In the shallows, the bird. A sparrow/phoenix mashup? Here it is, my Frankenbird set free (thank you, Sia):
What a brilliant early Christmas present. My poem about pirate seagulls won a mention in Jackie Hosking’s Spring Poetry Competition. It’s a rhyming poem written for children. Thanks so much to Jackie for the opportunity to strut my rhyming stuff.
One of my musings on philosophy and art has been published in WORDLY Magazine – print edition – Core. Huge thanks to the editors for including my work. You can flip through the magazine online and read my poem ‘And Now, Let Us Paint’, here.
To read some more of my art-inspired poems, go here.
What a thrill! My story, Stone Pulpit, is a selected text for the 2021 Microflix Writing Awards. How exciting! There’s a chance a filmmaker might choose this piece for adaptation into a film. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Professor Cassandra Atherton selected the texts—how good is that? I’m also hugely grateful to Microflix and Spineless Wonders for providing this opportunity to writers and filmmakers.