The following post was written just under a year ago.
There was much excitement around the birthing of this book baby as for many of us, it would contain our very first published piece of art. I should also mention the stress and angst of the people who generously gave of their time to edit and publish this gorgeous anthology right down to the cover design. The cover photograph was generously provided by Helene Young (author). Of course, you can still buy ‘Glimpses of Light’ through the links which follow below, and we hope you will.
January 29th, 2016 My goodness, we only have three days left of January. I remember thinking at the very beginning of this blog tour, which began prior to Christmas with Nola Passmore’s post, that I had oodles of time to write this. How time flies! It wasn’t until I read this anthology myself and all these wonderful blog posts, that I really gained a better insight into the many meanings and interpretations of ‘light’. You could say ‘I saw the light’.
Being the ‘International Year of Light’ 2015 was the perfect year to produce this beautiful collection of short stories, poems, flash fiction and creative non-fiction.
Today it is my turn to inspire you with my thoughts on the anthology as I take the baton from Adele Jones who is a Queensland author who writes young adult and historical novels, poetry, inspirational non-fiction and other works of short fiction. In her spare time, Adele balances family responsibilities with her daytime job in the field of science.
My contribution to this anthology was a complete surprise to many, especially myself as it is my first published piece – ever. When the call came out for applications for contributions, my initial thoughts were – I wish I could do something like that. Well here we are many months down the track, after so much hard work by so many wonderful and talented people – it’s done. There are so many ways to look at light – heavenly light, the light of the sun or the moon, electric light, even seeing things in a different light.
At the time of the call, I was working on parts of my brother’s fictional memoir. I tried very hard to take a scene from the memoir and turn it into a piece of flash fiction. Once the editors saw it they knew that it really did belong to a much bigger story. In a quandary, and having not tried my hand at poetry before, I thought – okay here goes nothing. But in the end and thanks to our very patient editors, it became something. My inspiration came from all of the emotions that bubbled up while I was trying to write about my beloved brother, Charlie. My poem is based upon my own Grandfather, whose name my brother shared. Yes finally the light was on, my words and emotions were flowing, and I just had to finish before the globe popped. Consequently, there were edits required, enough to give anyone a headache. But it was so much fun. I enjoyed reading all of the stories, poems and words of hope and inspiration, and in particular, I really enjoyed Adele’s story Kaleidoscope. As a child, I enjoyed playing with one as I am sure many in my generation did. Out of curiosity I actually read Adele’s story first. Why you ask? It just seemed to me that a ‘kaleidoscope’ of works of art, was exactly what this anthology was. Within my poem, I tried to represent the natural lights and hues of nature, the heavenly light that we can mostly only dream about, and of course when Charles finally ‘saw the light’ and realised what an important member of the family he was.
“He can no longer feel the wind’s chill,
As the door opens … Who will read the bedtime story, if I’m not here?
There are gardens to water, meals to help prepare, and stories to tell.”
I would humbly thank my Heavenly Father who helped me from that very first moment when I decided to apply; also all of the contributors/authors, editors, proof-readers and artistry team. I also thank all of my family and friends who have believed in me and supported me along the way. Whatever you do don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to purchase “Glimpses of Light Anthology” either as an eBook or print copy. You can purchase from the following links:
Amazon.com as a hard copy (US$12 plus postage) or as an eBook (US$3.53)
or through Amazon.com.au eBook @ (AU$4.87)
You will be making so many people happy as well as inspiring yourself, as all profits are going to CBM Australia who work tirelessly with the poor and disabled in developing countries, restoring sight to the blind.
Lastly but certainly not least, keep an eye out for Robyn Campbell as she takes the baton from me next week on Monday, February 1st. Robyn is a children’s author and poet from the United States. Picture books are her greatest love, and she will be hoping to find a worthy home for them soon. Robyn lives on a mountain in North Carolina on a horse farm where she has plenty of story ideas to keep her creative cauldron bubbling for quite some time.