It seems every time I open my blog in the past couple of years, it is full of cobwebs and I feel the need to apologise for my absence, but then realise my absence doesn’t really matter. Life in the blog world moves forward and great things are being written every day, new shadows explored, new voices discovered. The WP community doesn’t need me, but I miss the WP community. I miss the writing and the reading, the camaraderie and the interaction. The good thing is that I know I can come back to reconnect, share my stories and make new discoveries of my own.
I am returning this time, steeped in a whole new life; one I still don’t entirely have a grasp of. I find myself waking into a dream every day, wondering where I fit and in which direction I should turn. I am amazed by the beauty around me, the kindness, the quiet. I revel in it, but I am not sure I belong. I have lived on the edge of a knife for so long.
I am in transition, but not in stasis. I have been writing. I have figured out that I am actually a writer, that I love the process and the magic of it, that I connect with the identity of being a writer, and the struggle. It is nice to feel the creative part of myself in a way I haven’t been able to in the past. I don’t think I will ever be free of the imposter syndrome (it comes with the territory), but I will hold onto the slices of time that offer me clarity and ground me, if only temporarily.
Of course I can’t make a return without sharing some poetry, and news of something exciting on the horizon. In June, I had the absolute honour of having two of my poems published in Dark Winter, the extraordinary new journal created by Suzanne Craig – Wyhtock. It you are interested in reading my poems, you can do so here.
I also have a new website, designed by my amazing husband, Joe Richardson! If you are looking to have a gorgeous website, he is the designer for you!
My bit of news on the horizon, is that I have a book coming out on 19, August (my Mom’s birthday). The book is an ekphrastic collaboration with artist Jane Cornwell, titled “Tiger Lily”. Working collaboratively has been an immensely rewarding experience, and I hope to be able to do it again. “Tiger Lily” is like no other project I have worked on and I am incredibly excited for it to be out in the world.
In the five weeks leading up to the launch, Jane and I will be sharing pieces from the book; today we are sharing a piece titled, “Mermaids are Real”. I hope you enjoy it and come back next Friday for another sneak peek.
July 15, 2022 at 6:38 am
always good to see you here so to speak. best wishes for you and Joe too.
July 15, 2022 at 6:42 am
Thanks so much, John! It is good to see you too! I hope you are doing well! All my best to you!
July 15, 2022 at 9:47 am
ty but you are of import. no matter what.
July 16, 2022 at 2:10 am
Thank you, John!!!!
July 15, 2022 at 7:06 am
Congratulations on the book, Susan! Loved your poem. You have a soothing and beautiful voice. It’s good to have you back. 🙂
July 15, 2022 at 8:49 am
Thank you so much, Terveen! I am so happy to see you thriving in your writing and as editor of MasticadoresIndia!
July 15, 2022 at 5:14 pm
July 16, 2022 at 2:11 am
Thank you so much!!!!
July 15, 2022 at 7:41 pm
Friend, I am so proud of you! I can’t wait to read it. This is so great to hear.
July 16, 2022 at 2:12 am
Thank you, Beautiful!!!! I miss you! I will bring you a copy in person in November! All the love to you, my friend! xoxoxoxo
July 16, 2022 at 4:44 am
Congratulations and welcome back, Susan!
July 17, 2022 at 3:27 am
Thank you so much, Steven! I am thrilled to have shared virtual space with you in Dark Winter!
July 17, 2022 at 11:46 am
That’s true! I just checked out your website, and it is beautiful. Many compliments to you and your husband. 🙂
July 18, 2022 at 3:46 am
Thank you so much, Steven! It is a bonus having someone who is tech savvy in the house!
July 18, 2022 at 4:27 pm
Yes, and you fill it with your wonderful words.
July 18, 2022 at 7:36 am
This is the best news, Susan. I’m thrilled for you and cannot wait to read this new book. I already know that it is a masterpiece. I’m just so proud of you!
July 18, 2022 at 8:03 am
Thank you, Sweet T! I can’t wait for you to read it; it was so fun to make! Sending you all the love, my friend.
July 18, 2022 at 10:25 am
You wrote, “I have figured out that I am actually a writer..”
I certainly hope that you haven’t just this month figured out you’re a writer. If so, you’re behind the curve, my curve anyway, because I had you pegged for a writer years ago.
Congratulations on all of the exciting things that are happening.
July 18, 2022 at 10:58 am
Thank you, Paul! I know it sounds crazy, but I think I fall out of writing for such long stretches, I feel distant from it and not very much like a writer. I guess I realised that it isn’t the quantity that makes me a writer, but the love for the words, the feeling I put into it when I am writing.
I am looking forward to catching up on your writing and photographs, and all of your adventures.
All my best to you, Paul!
July 29, 2022 at 11:08 am
I’m happy to see you! Also, I’m excited to read and thankful to be invited to follow along your journey.
July 29, 2022 at 11:35 am
Thank you so much, my friend! I have missed you!
July 29, 2022 at 12:34 pm
I pop in whenever I feel the pull. And when I do, I always stop by to see what I missed!