WORD Vancouver Today

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WORD Vancouver Today

 

Windy, wet, bone-chilling weather

but because of it Good News!

WORD Vancouver is moving indoors

I’m grateful to those who could choose.

 

It’s no fun manning display tables

when you’re fighting cold winds and rain.

I wasn’t looking forward to going

but I am enthused again.

 

I’m participating in several ways:

setting up the Canadian Authors display,

manning their table, selling my books,

then exploring other venues mid-day.

 

As Conference Assistant for SiWC,

I’ll be at their table a while,

giving out info on the conference

and definitely wearing a smile.

 

WORD will be a more intimate event,

which I hope they will keep indoor.

It will give people more of a market-place feel

and they’ll take more time to explore.

 

WORD Vancouver Today –

come by for a visit.

 

Jean Kay

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Canada Korea Literary Festival

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Canada Korea Literary Festival

 

At the Canada Korea Literary Festival,

a well organized, professional event,

I had the privilege of reciting

and I’m very pleased I went.

 

A comprehensive printed program

in both languages, was provided,

(a souvenir worth keeping)

as through the evening we were guided.

 

The evening started with a reception,

very tasty food had been prepared.

Then, stories, poems, music, dance

and videos were all shared.

 

I haven’t heard much Korean spoken before,

I find it has a pleasing flow,

melodious sounds, soft-spoken.

It would be difficult for me to learn, I know.

 

Background music and slide shows

accompanied each performer.

Many hours spent putting it all together

had created an atmosphere much warmer.

 

My poem “Sixty Years Young”,

from my book Morning Light,

was translated into Korean

and a lovely lady was there to recite.

 

I think the two boys may have stolen the show –

wonderful talent – reciting and singing.

Then our MC surprised us all

when his powerful voice turned to singing.

 

Congratulations, KWAC!

It was a most enjoyable evening out

combining cultures and languages –

that’s what Canada is all about.

 

Jean Kay

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KWAC – Korean Writers Association of Canada

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Achieving Peace by Jean Kay

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Capturing sunrise

Capturing Sunrise by Jean Kay

    Achieving Peace

Peace comes from being quiet
and searching deep within
for the inner wisdom and gratitude
that allows my day to begin
in a way that brings peace to my mind
to guide me through my day,
knowing progress is available
in my own special way.
I don’t relish conflict
and keep trouble at arms’ length.
I don’t take on challenges of others
for I know I need my strength
to retain my inner peace of mind
for guidance and protection.
I’m very grateful when I’m peaceful
and can deal with any rejection.

Jean Kay
June 13, 2013
Written in 8 minutes during a workshop
at CanWrite! 2013

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Day after CanWrite!

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Day after CanWrite!

Got home at midnight, Orillia time,
the third flight had a seat for me.
Traveling standby isn’t always fun
but that stress is now behind me.

My suitcase, however, is not home yet,
it was on a later flight.
I’m told it will be here this morning
so all will soon be right.

My brain worked hard at CanWrite!
trying to take it all in.
Lots of wonderful writing tips
for authors and those who’ll now begin.

Each writer’s journey is personal,
different for everyone –
plotting, planning and sorting ideas
until their story is done.

Writing, re-writing, cut and/or paste,
check, re-read as you edit,
leave it a while, read again,
share with someone who hasn’t read it.

Not your parents, siblings or best friends
they are much too close to you.
A professional agent or editor
has a much better point of view.

Is the reason for your story clear?
Are your characters believable?
Do you know them intimately?
Are goals from conflicts achievable?

When you come away from CanWrite!
with ideas filling your head
about making your story better
you look forward to the work ahead.

Thanks CanWrite!

Jean Kay
June 17, 2013

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WHO I AM – poem by Jean Kay

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Day 30 of NaPoWrMo – the final day of an interesting process. I chose to share a poem I wrote on January 31, 2013

WHO I AM

 All of us are multi-layered,

a complex, unique mixture;

ever-changing, growing and learning,

never a permanent fixture.

 

Who we are is a perception

to others, of what they see:

our job, our skill, our relationships,

but is that truly you and me?

 

Do I know who I really am?

Am I sure who I’m meant to be?

Have I allowed others expectations

to mold my personality?

 

Nobody knows what I’m thinking,

nor what I’m about to say.

Only God knows my inner thoughts

and hears when I silently pray.

 

I’m a unique individual

on whom gifts have been bestowed,

and talents I’m to share with the world

before I reach the end of my road.

 

That’s who I am.

 

Jean Kay

January 31, 2013

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