About Me

A few decades ago, a dear friend introduced me to Anaïs Nin’s writings.  He quoted her in a letter to me, saying this particular piece reminds him of me:

Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous. I want to be a writer who reminds others that these moments exist; I want to prove that there is infinite space, infinite meaning, infinite dimension. But I am not always in what I call a state of grace. I have days of illuminations and fevers. I have days when the music in my head stops. Then I mend socks, prune trees, can fruits, polish furniture. But while I am doing this I feel I am not living.”

Anaïs Nin – The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

It was a light-bulb moment for me, reading his letter.  Suddenly I realised that I was not alone in my frustration that life was supposed to be more than work, cooking, cleaning, children and commitment in general.  Daily life was rather vampirical for me – it sucked everything out of me, leaving a shell that went about daily duties.

If you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have told you “a writer”.  It’s been a long road to growing up, and the pressures of life and it’s endless demand for funding have seen my priorities steered towards children, rather than self-actualisation activities like writing.  The children have grown up themselves, now, and thanks to the world of the internet, I can write and be published with the tap of an Enter key.  Thus I can blog.

 “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” Anais wrote.   By sharing my favourite moments, I will admit to a little self-indulgence – I am writing as much to treat myself as I am for others.   ‘In Search of the Marvelous‘ is a collection of musings and memories that may make you smile, or think, or both – but for me, it is about self-reflection.

And I am putting together the framework for my first novel.

Thank you, Noel Bailey, for pointing me in the right direction.

Melbourne, Australia

2 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Well done Debra-Jayne, you are doing exceptionally great, really hope i get to write like this soon and even better. ” I am writing as much to treat myself as I am for others.” truly that’s the essence of blogging for me.

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