A few days ago I created this video for fun. I love creating and video is such a great way to get a message across. My creations are more than stories and pictures, they are concepts that encompass emotions and thought. A sophistication that reveals a story through imagery.
My philosophy stems from my belief that children are more intelligent that we might expect. They see with different eyes, and this is why I love working with them.
Enjoy, and as always please like my posts and leave a message to show your appreciation.
Maria Grujicic (Malena)
Communication (Photo credit: P Shanks)
I’m writing to let you know that I’m still active on my blog. It’s been a hectic year with lots happening so I haven’t found the head space to create as much as I used to. Soon I’ll have 6 weeks of holidays to use up for all the things I enjoy doing. Have you ever found yourself in that place?
Although I’ve been productive in other ways by editing a novel I’ve written for many years now. I followed some advice from a friend and changed it from third person to first person. This has allowed me to see a different perspective in the character and develop my writing. What’s even better is when I change it back again to third person, then back to first person in the editing process. I know this sounds tedious, but I’d rather do the editing myself because I don’t want to lose my voice. Plus I could develop the characters and storyline through editing. So this has given me a whole new outlook on editing; it’s not about doing a spell check and correcting grammar. In fact, I see it as the most important part of writing so I need to do it myself. And best of all, it’s most effective when done bit by bit, refreshing my mind daily before I continue again. So like a fish gulping air out of water from time to time, I used my crazy tight schedule to my advantage.
Interestingly, included a storyteller who tells some parts in third person. The third person disappears through the story as the main character becomes more and more independent, reflecting her growth as she finds her own voice. There’s something special about the relationship of these two storytellers. They set the tone for the underlying theme of relationship building in the story.
It’s wonderful to experiment in this way in a novel. Some might say it’s wrong but this doesn’t stop me because I want to create a different genre. It’s definitely a story with a mix between fiction and real events. The best way to describe it is that it’s like a very long prose that develops its character, coming alive within the boundaries of a storyline.
Such is life.
The wonderful part is that I’m growing as a writer and a person, as I learn about myself. I write more simply and let the words do the talking. I’m not only finding my style but creating it. I’m off now to do the daily things life demands, then looking forward to editing more of my chapter.
If you’d like to read more of my poems go to Fastpencil Self-Publishing Company, IU eMagazine and recently to début in the Page & Spine Literary Magazine. My more recent poems haven’t been published yet, but I’m looking forward to that soon!
Most importantly, thank you for following my blog and for all your likes and comments. Tell me how your writing’s going? Blogging is such a great way to get inspiration from each other and am so lucky to be making like-minded friends.
Have a great Sunday!
I’ve written a novel. How do I contact publishers and which ones to get it published?
There are different versions of the truth, at times it’s hard to know the truth because of perspective one may find themselves at any one given time. So, writing is a great way to read back on your work, and gain new insight and for me personally, move on. But not rely on it as the whole truth written in stone. Dedication and time is needed to find the real truth, and patience! Over time patterns of truths will reveal the ultimate truth, but again, should prompt the person to grasp it and move on.
Recently I’m feeling very excited because I found such a truth, and now am in the process of confirming it. It’s helped me see myself differently and explain many things about myself. Of course one of the “symptoms” of this truth is that I won’t admit it to myself, even perhaps if I’m told over and over again. But I’ve been writing a book for the past few years, and never finished because of the fact that I was never satisfied by the ending (the truth).
In life, we sacrifice much of ourselves, and never stop to ask why. I stopped writing and doing all the creative things I used to do because I found myself in a place where these weren’t valued to the extent I could achieve my potential. I can’t reveal too much now, but in this book I explore my life, and I will publish it privately because it’s not truly finished, and I’m working up the courage to do even that!
Thanks for listening!
Affirmation of colour
A picture is seen from a distance
I reached out
& smiled of what could have been
Back then , I was a child
& continue to be so
I see bees where there are skies
I hear skies where there are bees
Rivers fall as my heart fills with blue
I shout to myself.
But all that I can hear as I blunder through life is a wish, a dream, and pondering thoughts
as I slowly die
By Maria Grujicic
The biggest, grandest torture is being alive
Seeing the lucky, feeling as if this was me
I cry when no one sees
I live and I don’t know why because
My existence is a lie
Take everything I own and you will then know
Just to know is a truth
It is here and now
Manipulation of life is never granted to the free
I dreamed of the dress I gave away
Just to be seen
By Maria Grujicic
I wrote this poem when I felt stuck and wrote impressions that entered my mind. It’s wise to take a step back and view the world in different perspectives because this is when choices open.
Cold is attracted to a heart
Because of the swelling warmth in my eyes
It feels the sound of an incessant beat
that celebrates a tiny life inside
It’s Me! My happiness has begun to rise!
Released was a simple mind
It fell & surrendered to love
& created a tiny life inside
Care is a cure for the non-abrasive lie
Bundle it up into a comfortable tight knot
Test the variables by a luminous light
for every possibility that walks on by
Never to forget a heart
By miracle it was found
Privately hidden…. from a nurtured plight
By Maria Grujicic