A-Z challenge, Kotahi Bay, writing

W is for Wahine

There are many wonderful words that start with W, and I’ve had so much trouble deciding which one to go with that this post is now several days late – but, better late than never right?

Initially, I was going to go with Whānau, which is a really important concept of family and the ways in which we interact, the interweaving of generations – and these days, for me at least, the flexibility of the family unit. This lead me to think about Whanaungatanga, which is also about family, but those connections you make through experience and commonalities, the bonds which strengthen us as individuals and as a community. Which led on to thinking about Whakapapa, our histories, and another way to express connections and claim identity.

All of this, in some respect, ties in with what I hope I’m building with the Kotahi Bay series. It’s what I am also working at building in my every day life – a tribe, a sense of belonging, surrounding myself with people who help me to be more ‘me’, who give me strength and challenge me and whose support I feel even when they aren’t right next to me.

I was lying in bed last night thinking about my series. Thinking about how the majority of the demi-gods in the books are female. Which is interesting, because the large majority of Maori gods are actually male – all of the children of Rangi and Papa were sons. I was thinking about how so much knowledge of the gods and Maori religion is lost and that all the research I do leaves me wanting more.

IMG_20150426_144851087 (2)Which made me think of when I took my two youngest to the park by the sea the other day and it was SO very windy, and my littlest said to me ‘I can control the wind, mama!’ and the smile on their faces were just beautiful, and the way that they yearned for the wildness of the weather, the way our faces were plastered with smiles as we stood on the rocks and felt the kiss of the ocean against our skin reminded me of myself. I very clearly remember thinking that I could control the wind as a child. I remember the way I felt connected to the living world all around me, and it really hit me that THIS is what inspired my series. I’m reaching for my roots. I’m finding connections with the gods of my people. I am a female, and so it’s natural for me to want to explore what it would mean to be part of the gods, as a wahine – as a woman.

It’s funny that when I started off writing this series I didn’t think it was very personal. Gosh, I had no idea just how personal it was! Then again, maybe that was what I needed to believe in order to begin. Now I know better.


Why I (probably) just un-followed you

I just had the most epic Twitter clean out, and it feels incredible. I went from following 1, 231 people, to following a mere 194, and I finally feel like I can check into twitter now without feeling the energy being sucked from my very soul.

It’s a good feeling.

No offence what-so-ever to those thousand or so people I just unfollowed. Some of you are amazing talents, some of you are best selling authors, or fancy lit agents, or huge publishing companies. Some of you are just people, or other writers like me and there is nothing you did to make me tick that box.

The simple fact is that I’ve had enough of big numbers. They mean nothing. I want to be able to have conversations again. To connect. To get to know people.  To keep up with the tweets of the people I know, rather than people I don’t. If I did delete you, but you want the same, then please, send me a tweet! Spark up a convo! I love to chat.

I feel unburdened. And I can actually read my feed and see people I am familiar with and want to know about. It’s really lovely. I know this is not good twitter etiquette, and I expect to see my ‘followers’ number drop dramatically in no time. It doesn’t bother me at all. This writer needs less junk in her head, thanks 😉


Here and there

I’ve recently started expanding my net presence, and while I am still very much a newbie to all the ins and outs, rather than making life more difficult it seems to be making life easier!

While looking through Goodreads, I worked out that because I have stories in some anthologies that are on the site, I could become a Goodreads Author. Seems crazy on some levels, I’ve only had a few stories published, but hey, I’m not going to complain 🙂 It feeds my blog posts through to my goodreads page as well by the looks.

I now have a ‘page’ over on Facebook for my writer stuff. It feels a bit odd having my own page, but hey, it’s there now! I’ve discovered that when I post updates to it, it sends them through to twitter which is pretty neat – I can now be present both on FB as well as twitter, without too much hassle.

Until now I rarely used FB for anything other than checking in on family and friends, so it’s great that it can be useful for other stuff too. So far, my page isn’t very pretty or anything, but hopefully over time I’ll master it. Head over and *like* me if you’re on FB!

I’m using networked blogs as well, which auto posts any blog to my FB personal page as well as my writer page, and twitter as well.

It does feel odd, but it feels good as well. It wasn’t that I was hiding that I am a writer, but I wasn’t letting a good chunk of my friends and family know about it. Now I’m out there, being public with it. I certainly wouldn’t be doing things that made more work for me, but now when I post a blog it’s everywhere without me having to think about it, and when I write a message it’s on facebook and twitter. Who knew it could be this easy?

If you have a facebook page, let me know so I can like you back. And if I’m not connected with you on Goodreads, I’d love to be!