Happy New Year -Bring on a better year!

Happy new year 😊 May it be better than last year. 😁

As most people have had, I have had one of the hardest years of my life. After more than a year of travelling up and down to see my dying brother in NSW or Qld and taking him to hospital, when I could. My brother died in June, and shortly before this we had to find a house, I had just started a new job -there were family issues, health problems for me and then there was the Corona virus. Losing my brother was the hardest thing. So, I am really hoping and praying for a better year ahead. I hope we all have a year, that though it will present challenges – it will also have adventure, light, laughter and love. Love is the greatest of all things. We all need it for life. Be kind to yourself and others too.

Happy new year xx

Henri Nouwen on writing…writing therapy! :)

Writing Reveals What is Alive in Us

“Writing is a process in which we discover what lives in us. The writing itself reveals to us what is alive in us. The deepest satisfaction of writing is precisely that it opens up new spaces within us of which we were not aware before we started to write. To write is to embark on a journey whose final destination we do not know. Thus, writing requires a real act of trust. We have to say to ourselves: β€œI do not yet know what I carry in my heart, but I trust that it will emerge as I write.” Writing is like giving away the few loaves and fishes one has, trusting that they will multiply in the giving. Once we dare to β€œgive away” on paper the few thoughts that come to us, we start discovering how much is hidden underneath these thoughts and gradually come in touch with our own riches.”

Text excerpts taken from “You are the Beloved”
by Henri J.M. Nouwen

A reason why I wrote Where the Sun Rises…

My novel Where the Sun Rises is fictional, but I wrote it to tell the stories of the real women who participated in these battles in Syria. My characters are fictional but their stories reflect real women who I discovered through research. The details of the characters I created however. In my mind and heart the whole way through writing this novel, sometimes with tears, was to tell the stories of these unrecognised women who gave their lives for their families, friends, people and land. Anyway, this is why this quote particularly resonates with me. Have a great day. πŸ™‚

Latest review…

Lisa Ceh

4.0 out of 5 stars 

Eye-opening and eye-watering look into the life of Kurdish Women

Reviewed on Amazon.com.au on 27 August 2021

Once I started reading, I was drawn into the war torn world beyond our satisfied lifestyle. The Kurdish people have nerves and back bones of steel because they face difficulties as a collective group to fight unjust situations and life’s hardships. I couldn’t put this book down. I am seriously waiting for the sequel.

My recent art…

Hey guys, recently I have been getting back into visual art. I have been taking some art classes and loving exploring the techniques and mediums. I studied art until year 10 at school and had private lessons from an artist I knew. I wanted to be a visual artist growing up but at a certain point I realised I wanted to focus on writing. However, I still love visual art, and I love the way you can create an impression of something or someone, and use colour and lines to recreate the creation. It’s a beautiful process. Anyway, I wanted to share some of my art. πŸ™‚

I hope you are all going well, in whatever country you live in, and that things in your country will improve on the Corona front. We are fortunate in Australia – our isolation has helped us, as well as good decisions by governments. But stay well everyone! Lots of love from across the ocean. πŸ™‚ Suz

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