Tag Archive | travel

A Writer Needs A River

Billabong Tranquility (2)

In 2006, I wrote the following:

‘Writing was accompanied by slow walks in the park by the Yarra River: a dirty-looking waterway which meandered like a vagabond — constantly on the move, yet constantly the same. Or so it seemed. As children we loved that river. Pranced along its banks and splashed about in its waters on hot summer days. As an adult I rushed back to those riverbanks after each international journey: listening, absorbing, ‘shushing’ — bringing my being back home.’

These days, as I walk each morning by the river and the billabong (in the photo) I still have similar feelings — that being by the river is enlivening.

The quote is from my first book, 700 Days in El Salvador.

I’m happy to give away a couple of copies. Just let me know why you’d like to read 700 Days in El Salavdor.

(You can contact Michele via the contact page on her website. Or leave a comment.)

Michele’s website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au

Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

Can you think of a title for my new book?

Front Garden dry creek

I’m just about to submit the first five chapters of my next non-fiction book. ALL I NEED IS A TITLE. IF YOU CAN THINK OF ONE I’d sure like to hear it. Just drop a line on the contact page of my website http://www.michelegierck.com.au

This book is a post-injury come-back story in which the bush, the ocean and a bloke (a fellow) all play their part.

Here’s the pitch.

When Michele, a broken down sojourner (kind of Liz Gilbertish), meets Mac, a dedicated river scientist (think a young David Attenborough), she is drawn into his orbit, the gravity of which propels her onto an uncharted trajectory.

If you’d like to know more about this book, like the title and publication details, just sign up to the newsletter on my website.

Michele’s website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au

This pic is the view of the front garden from my writing room.

Image and text copyright Michele Gierck

Gardens are Great, but the Bush is Best!

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Gardens are great, but it’s hard to beat a hike in the bush. There’s something about those tall tress and even the xanthorrhoeas. They are magical. Tramping through this bush is wonderful. Everything else, from city living, just seems to fade away.

This photo was taken at MtFrankland, in Western Australia.

Michele’s website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au

Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

The Tides of Our Lives

Harvey Bay Tide 2

Sometimes the tides of our lives make it near impossible to go anywhwere, to set sail. But don’t give up. As surely as tides go out, they also come back in — sometimes with a surge.

Image: Harvey Bay, Australia, looking out towards Fraser Island
Image and text copyright Michele Gierck

Michele’s website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au

New places, new perspectives … and inspiration.

Sturt Desert Pea, along the side of the road. July 2010. Near Wilpena Pound

The great thing about getting away is visiting new places, getting new perspectives, and firing up your inspiration. How stirring nature can be.

Photo: Sturt Desert Pea
Outback South Australia

Text and image: copyright Michele Gierck

Feel free to visit Michele’s website http://www.michelegierck.com.au