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The new mini-interview series.
9 Lifestyle-orientated questions with a leaning also towards your blog genre will be asked of you and appear in the A Wild Aloha To You! series published Monday and Friday 5.55 pm
I started my blog, “By Sarah”, in 2017. I am a highly curious and creative person, and I felt I needed somewhere that provided me with an outlet for that. My blog is a mingling of poetry, short stories, photography, and scribbles* (*I define scribbles as miscellaneous musings, reflections, and occasional moments of madness).
I would describe my writing style as “eclectic” and constantly evolving – depending on my mood and purpose. For example, poetry requires a different tone and style to my recount style scribbles. I enjoy that I can vary my style and write from various aspects of my personality. I tend to favour reading and writing quirky short stories with a “twist.” I strive to be personable through my written work and enjoy connecting authentically within the WordPress community.
|When did you start writing poetry, and what influenced your writing the most?|
I have been writing poetry since I was in Year 2. I recall having a natural affinity for rhyme and creating an anthology of my work (this was self-directed- not a set task!) Later, in Years 5 and 6, my poetry was featured in our school magazine, and my love for poetry only continued to grow once I reached high school. I enjoy experimenting with various traditional and invented forms and relish the challenge of “fitting” a set structure or syllable count. I love precise words and descriptive vocabulary, so that helps too.
In terms of influence, my two favourite poems are:
“Pride” by Dahlia Ravikovitch; and
“Fable” by Janos Pilinszky.
The strong use of metaphor and the multiple levels of interpretation inspire me. Fable is also particularly dark, which can be a bit of a theme when processing “big” emotions.
What is your writing regime like on a day-to-day basis?
I have a regular schedule of prompts and challenges that I like to participate in. I have had to become more relaxed about this, though, as sometimes the pressure is too much. I have been adopting a more organic approach of late….taking notes and writing down ideas and then just letting them “sit” until they are ready to be written. The words find me more easily when they are ready.
What is your top writing tip?
The words will be what the words want to be. Don’t “force” it.
Do you think you are limited by the fear of what other people think when writing?
I am fearful, in general, about what other people think! But funnily, probably more so in “real life” than in my writing. I am comfortable being open and raw or authentic and vulnerable in my writing, but I rarely show this side of myself in person. That’s another reason I love writing so much. It is liberating.
What inspired you to become a teacher, and what subjects do you teach?
I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. Interestingly, I was dissuaded from pursuing this by my career advisor in high school. I actually did a semester in accounting at university before righting my course and doing what I love! I am a primary teacher and teach all subjects. I have been teaching for 25 years and have had every year level except for Kindergarten.
Are you a natural people watcher, and if so, what do you enjoy about the experience?
My husband is always bringing it to my attention that I am a chronic people watcher! I think it’s partly because I am genuinely curious about others and what makes them “tick.” I also find it fascinating to observe the push and pull of human interaction. Being watchful and someone who pays attention to detail is where I find many “seeds” for my writing.
What is it about photography that you love?
I love photography for so many reasons. But mostly, I love that I can take a snapshot in time, a perspective, an angle, a moment…that can never truly be recreated and is all mine.
Are you active regarding exercise?
I lead a very active lifestyle and like to feel that my body is fit and strong. Staying healthy is a priority for me. I am a dragon boat paddler, so I train 3-4 times weekly on the lake. I also go to the gym on days when I’m not training. I then do extra kayaking and bushwalking whenever I can, as I enjoy the great outdoors.
Are you passionate about the outdoors, and what do you love about that?
I am very passionate about the outdoors – how could I not be living in Australia? It is one of the most beautiful countries, with many natural playgrounds to enjoy. I love bushwalking or being on the water the most. I fear for the future of our environment, though, and more needs to be done regarding climate change and sustainability.
|There we go, folks; l hope you enjoyed Chat Time with Sarah and may we wish you a lovely day in all that you do.|
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