Yasi temporarily halted our anthology launch plans for Under One Sky, but now we are about to begin working on this again. We are feeling stronger! We want to celebrate. How happy am I that the anthology remained dry and well and my family, the anthology, and our writers are all safe, although we do have a lot to process from the experience, the aftermath and hopefully the beginning of the healing process.
I am collecting links by our members and hope to feature guest posting on Cyclone Yasi and recovery here on the Licuala Writer’s site.
We are very proud of Lydia Valeriano one of our writers, and she was about to be featured on Out of Australia in an ebook by Professor Nell Arnold, but along came the cyclone. So Professor Arnold created this ebook tribute with her photos.
There is another link from Lydia that I will add soon, where she wrote after the cyclone in response to the tribute.
Carolyn Bofinger is a member of our facebook page and a local photographer. She had these words of hope to say about the cyclone.
Jacque Duffy, a blogger, artist, coordinator of WINQ, and fellow writer was in the Cassowary Coast for Cyclone Larry and Yasi. She recently reflected on it via the sense of smell.
Sue Wickes, an online marketing wizz, and recent member of our group also shared her feelings about it all online.
This from Daryl Dickson, our prepresss layout, illustrator of many of Pam Galeano’s books and wildlife artist.
Now some of you know I love to blog, but blogging, and writing about something is also a way to sort out how you feel about it. Here are links to some of my posts.
On the cyclone itself
On finding out we had to leave our home
The loss of our bird
Some wonderful angels
Saying goodbye to a beloved tree.
The birds returning
Missing my garden
On what happens as you begin to heal…
I have to give a big thankyou to writers who became family. Tara put my family up for three days after the cyclone. Lydia helped us move things in a ute from our sodden house. Thankyou so much. Jacque Duffy has also been tremendous in her love and support of our group, and we have received messages from Tropical Writers, Queensland Writers Centre and others. These really lift us up and help us keep going.
We feel writing can play a huge part in the healing and recovery process. Writers, artists, song writers, can celebrate the memories, process the fear, and lead the way in expressing the way we will journey into the future of forming a Cassowary Coastal Identity.
Take care everyone, travel well! Keep sending your writing links in and we will share some of them here.
I know many of you are writing to heal, I encourage you to keep on writing. From such events we find the power of words to do their thing often increases rather than diminishes, although words with actions are the most powerful of all.