About the Author
Poem a Day Project
I am writing a poem a day for a year, not to prove anything or set any records, but to try to improve my technique by not allowing myself time to second guess. By turning off the inner critic on a daily basis, I hope to make it a habit, to free myself from the self defeating insecurities that so often hold our hand or make us hide our words or worse, hit the delete key! I hope that, along the way, readers may find a poem or two that will resonate with them and that, perhaps, other writers who are experiencing self doubt or blocks will take heart and join me as I put the inner critic firmly in her place.
At the end of this year of writing I’ll have a couple of big decisions to make. One- I have made a pledge to publish my year of writing – will I be able to find a publisher or will I have to self publish? and Two-will I continue to write every morning? Only time will tell.
The Author as Musician:
I am also a songwriter, musician, performer and independent recording artist. My music is available on iTunes and other digital download sites. I have performed live on Canada’s national radio station, the CBC. I have released two CDs of original music. The first, “New Traditions”, is neo Celtic (new songs written in the style of old folk tunes). The second, “Breathe” is melding of jazz, blues, and pop. You can hear all of the songs from the two CDs on the Music Page of lindaconnellstudley.com and/or follow the links there if you wish to purchase the CDs or digital downloads of any of the songs. www.lindaconnellstudley.com is home to my music website
The Author as Artist
I also enjoy an odd, abstract style of drawing/painting that occasionally is inspired by or inspires a poem. Some of my artwork is on display on Flickr and several are now in private collections. I also enjoy creating digitally manipulated artwork, often employing mirrored images to discover the picture ‘inside’ the picture. Some of these are also on Flickr. I created the cover art for both of my music CDs (The photograph of me on the Breathe CD was taken by Don Pettit of Peace photoGraphics, but the background and manipulation is my work).
The Author as a Human Being
Well, I am one. I work in the non-profit sector because I like to be able to make a tangible and positive difference in people’s lives. I have people I love, who love me; my sweetheart Bill, my children, grandchildren, friends… Life can be a challenge sometimes but the older I get the more I see that most of the challenges are self imposed and we are the ones who raise our own hurdles, consciously or unconsciously. Haven’t been asked to leave the species so far so I guess I haven’t messed up too badly yet.
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