Sunday, May 15, 2016

An Interview and A Goofy Poem

Last November, I was invited to join the La Cruz Writer's Group in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit. La Cruz is a small fishing village on the Pacific Ocean's Bahia de Banderas, just a twelve minute bus trip from Bucerias.



Every Saturday morning, I'd catch the bus across from our apartment and arrive at the corner of the intersection and the road that led down to the marina where the meeting was being held. It's a fifteen minute hike downhill from there. 


View from yacht club
Those were lovely early morning strolls, walking past quaint Mexican shops and cafes, past the plaza, the park, and the Cross that sits high in the middle of the village. Trekking back up the hill to the bus stop in the afternoon probably added ten years to my life.  







I attended several meetings. Every single one heightened my enthusiasm for writing, which had been lacking for more years than I care to admit. 

Almost immediately, I realized I was on the cusp of a new, revelation something I didn't quite understand. And so when I was asked to teach a workshop, I hesitated. What could I possibly teach world travellers? I'd forgotten that over a 32-year-career, I'd learned a thing or two about writing.  

The expression on my audiences' faces as I lead those workshops gave me a profound sense of accomplishment. Later that night I drafted a query letter, worked on it over night, and actually sent it out the next day. In one week, I received two rejections. But I kept trying. Third time is a charm, you see. 
For release November 1, 2016
That little group in La Cruz gave me the courage to move forward. They expedited my rebirth as a writer. The icing ... I made a lot of good friends, lifelong friends. 

Today, one of them is interviewing me on her blog: Crystal Ra Laksmi. 




Crystal is an Abundance Anthropologist from Estonia. English is not her first language. Imagine writing about a subject that you are passionate about, then translating it into another language? Crystal was doing a series of interviews on extraordinary people living ordinary lives and asked me for an interviewed. I am thrilled and honour to accept. 

I hope you enjoy our interview



Sorry for going on so long, but I wanted you to understand that not every interview is simply that: an interview. The end results of our four hour chat can be read here. I hope after you've finished, you'll take a stroll through Crystal's blog. She's interviewed some fascinating people. 


Tomorrow, Monday, May 16, I'm at IWSG sharing a post about Mr. Adverb. Hope you can join me. 

29 comments :

  1. Good for you for teaching a workshop. It seems to have had a positive impact on you.

    Third time is the charm, indeed. :D Congrats!

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  2. I hope Mr. Adverb behaved himself.

    The conference sounds fantastic.

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    1. He was misunderstood. Hi Susan. Thanks for visiting.

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  3. I wish I could be at a workshop you're teaching! I'm sure you're great.

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    1. Sara, the cheque's in the mail! Seriously, thanks!

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  4. I'd have been inspired just getting to the group. The scenery is amazing. Congratulations on running the workshops. I've always enjoyed giving workshops. It's great fun. I'm popping over to read your interview. Continue to enjoy the writing, Joylene.

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    1. Thank you, Nicola. Especially for your support. Means a lot.

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  5. I adored your interview and left a comment! Have a wonderful week! :)

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  6. That is a cool story about the support a writing group gives any writer. Going to check out your interview.

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  7. Congratulations Joylene! You have so much to offer workshop attendees. I'm sure it was great. :) I'll hop over to your interview.

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  8. Love the pictures. :-) Heading over to read the interview now.

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  9. I love it! There's nothing better than the synergy that comes from rubbing shoulders with other authors and growing along the way.

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  10. Everyone in the La Cruz Writers' Group raves about your workshops. Thank you for generously sharing your knowledge and always willing answer questions. Wonderful you received inspiration as well.

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    1. Thanks so much for inviting me, Lynn. It was amazing. And fun.

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  11. Hi human, Joylene,

    You can stop twiddling your thumbs, my adorable human friend. Yes indeed and lucky you, I've arrived to leave you with one of my award-winning comments. Oh my, I seem to be almost as humble as my alleged human, Gary.

    What a heartening pawst. Your enthusiasm, your interaction within the group empowers you and all those involved. A pawsitive outcome. The workshops are all the better as you led them with fun and knowledge.

    Well done, you.

    Have a nice weekend, eh and arf!

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Penny. You've made my day. You have a wondrous week, eh?

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    2. Hey human, Joylene,

      You are most welcome, my kind, caring human friend. May your day get better and betterer...arf!

      Must go now, time to sing Gary a bedtime song, a lullabark, eh!

      Pawsitive wishes,

      Penny!

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  12. What beautiful pictures and inspiring experience. Congrats on teaching the workshop and your book. I'll check out the interview. Hugs
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  13. Looks and sounds like a wonderful experience. I am so glad you went and were inspired to write again. I love that the people in the class learned about writing and you learned that you know more than you give yourself credit for. :)
    ~Jess

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  14. Those are some lovely pictures, Joylene, and yes, it's wonderful how stepping out can move us in new directions.

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