DesolÃ©e, cette page n'a pas encore Ã©tÃ© traduite en franÃ§ais. Voici la version anglaise.I decided to be an authoress when I was about five years old (before then I was going to be a ballerina) and it's still what I want to do. I used to write (well, type) long novel-length stories set on other planets, which never got finished - usually by the time I'd done about 20 pages my writing had improved so much that the beginning seemed terrible. A couple of years later I learnt to program, and eventually that took over... but not completely.
I went to creative writing classes run by the Audrey C. Luckens from about 1994 until Audrey's death in 2002, and there I learnt to write all sorts of short stories and poetry.
I have had some success with my writing - when I was 11 I won the New Zealand section of the Commonwealth Essay Competition for my age group, and in 1995 I won the Young Writers' section of the Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Memorial Writing awards (a big competition with a big name.) I have also had a poem published as a result of another competition, and I have had a lot of work published in the Write Now magazine. You can see some scanned articles about these competitions on my fame page.
With some of the prize money from the Katherine Mansfield award I bought a modem and my first year of internet, thus giving my inner geek what it needed to stifle the writer in me.
A few years later, thanks to the internet and a HyperCard stack I wrote, I met Tony. We started doing a lot of another sort of wordplay - 'acronymising.' That is, taking a word and finding a phrase using the letters in the word as initial letters. It might not sound too exciting but when trying to acronymise a particularly long phrase, and keeping the expansion on the same subject as the word/phrase itself, it can be quite challenging and amusing.
Even before Audrey died, I'd been going to the writing classes less and less, and writing less and less. Now that I'm in Geneva, I discovered the Geneva Writers Group and decided it would be a good way to get writing again. I discovered, to my surprise, that I actually can still write.
Two years later, I discovered that practically all I'd written since the previous discovery was a foreword for a book by another member of the group. I decided to do something about it. Since February 29th I have been writing something every week, each time inspired by a playing card and a letter of the alphabet. I publish my weekly thing on my blog, Writing Cards and Letters.This page has been accessed times since 2013-05-25 00:16:19 Last updated: 2008-03-31 23:37:57