Carolin Palmer: Blogging from the Heart Tour
First I will explain a little about this tour. It was set up to introduce authors, illustrators and people alike through social media. One week a author would tell a little about themselves and their work by answering 4 preset questions. They would introduce 2-3 more authors which would do the same the following week. I have taken some time to get to know many of the other bloggers through their posts on this tour. You can also get to know and see some amazing talent by following the thread back. Everyone provided a link on their post to offer a way to connect with them. So with the brilliance of the Kid Literature Authors Group and the blogging tour we were given a great platform to share a bit of ourselves and our work. Unfortunately we are drawing to a end and moving toward a new chapter. May exciting things be in everyone’s future.
I would like to give Hilary Hawkes an extended thank you for introducing me to the Blogging from the Heart Tour. Hilary is an amazing talent with a strong message creatively written into children’s stories. She has written 3 books for grown ups around the subject of Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. I am looking forward to sharing her Strawberry Jam Books with my children. Hilary’s books on Autism struck a personal interest with me. I will be excited to see what tips she can offer in raising and understanding living with Autism.
“Me, Carolin Palmer” Blogging From the Heart ?
I can’t blog, I have no idea what is wanted from me. I write all the time. I share my stories, feelings and perspectives to people everyday. “Blogging”, that’s something I know nothing about. So I am going to face this the same way I face the other challenges in life. With a plate as full as mine, who has time to separate the potatoes from the peas. Just dive in and get it done because everyone else needs to eat (blog) too.
Ya! I know I have to tell you a bit about myself but its not going to be easy to condense my life without leaving a lot out. So I’m apologizing ahead of time to my 9 children, 16 grandchildren and all my other interim children for not giving them a blurb in here. My name is Carolin Palmer, I am 49 years old, I was born in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada and I now live in Saskatchewan, Canada. I had 4 sibling. My mother was as refreshing and sweet as maple syrup candy wrapped around a stick in the cool of spring. My father was my hero, we traveled the world without ever leaving home. Every day was an adventure with him and his imagination. I have lived a hundred lives in 52 years. I hope I live long enough for a hundred more.
I stumbled onto writing not that long ago. I have had success in publishing a few true stories, pet horoscopes and several pieces of my art is featured on Save The Frogs website. I have a children’s book titled Fairy Finders Three just about ready to seek publishing. Much of what I write and paint I have given or donated to charity to support a cause I feel passionate about. I write for a few Facebook pages to offer support and/or entertainment for other members. I enjoy the personal relationships that it offers to both myself and the reader. In a time where people are drifting apart I am trying to lay a path that can lead us to a closer connection. I enjoy being outside with my children as often and as long as the sun is out. A breath of fresh air is as vital to people as water is to fish. Without it we dry up. So I guess this is were I will move to the next phase of my blog.
Answering From the Heart
Four questions to be answered for Blogging From the Heart.
So I went is search of finding how and where to start.
I am pulling out my past from that dusty old trunk.
It’s where I keep my secrets and all my treasured junk.
I find it hard to look through my memories from the past.
It brings it to the surface that things just never last.
Soon this chapter will be over and filed in that box.
Lives are like the ticking hands that turn within the clocks.
So here I give a glimpse of who I used to be.
All those past experiences made this person me.
What am I working on now ?
For the past few months I have been working on learning how to connect with people through social media. So far I can say it has been quite successful. I have been writing stories of my childhood and many of my Nova Scotia friends have responded with kind and encouraging support. I have a few paintings in commission right now. Thanks to social media and my new friends, I have been able to find outlets to showcase and sell my paintings. I have a children’s book I wrote and illustrated a couple years ago that I have now had the time to pull out and finish. Up until the past year time has not afforded me that luxury. I took a couple years away from my work to help my adopted autistic daughter transition into her new life with us. I offer my hand or advice to help many through process they have little experience with. The number one thing I have and will always work on is my children. My goal for them is to grow to be kind, honest, confident and productive citizens. Their life choices beyond that will be up to them.
How is my work different?
How could my work “not be different” is a better question for me. I believe each and everyone of us are unique with stories of our own. I am no stranger to being different nor is my family unit. I write from a place deep inside that only I have access to. I wrote a children’s book to encourage anyone to expand their dreams beyond what they think it is. To except in life all things are possible even when faced with circumstances that would obviously stand in their way. There are may ways to make your dreams come true if you open yourself up to unconventional ways. Dream as many dreams possible to increase the odds of living them.
Why do I write what I do ?
I write simply because I love to. I write how I feel about things I experience daily. My stories are more often wrote from non fictional point. I try to involve my readers to walk with me through the stories I share. My writing is a way for me to connect to others. I have great friends and confidants all over the world. They have been their in my tuff times and my good time. One of my driving forces in taking this leap into a writing and illustrating career is Ron Toth Jr. We have never met face to face but I consider him a very close friend. Without him or the social media I’m not sure I would take this leap. So I would say my work is different because I am different. Someone once told me,” it is not the best we are looking for it is the different. I have that wrapped up.
What is my writing process ?
This is a simple process for me. I keep my phone close and jot down anything that seems relevant to what I want to write about. I spend a little time each week digging through my old dusty trunk I call my brain. Inside there is enough to write about for years to come. With all the mess in there who knows what is going to be my next topic. Raising a daughter with autism is an adventure all its own. She has taught me to overcome and has helped me tap into places even I didn’t know existed. I think of life from a deep perspective and now I write it down. My process for painting is often reached the same way. When your life is filled with as many children as mine, everything comes out kid friendly. Mostly when I am creating it is not difficult except when it comes to adult material. I live in a world of children in a childish way.
In a final note on this chapter I would like to invite you to join me here on my blog www.creativeillustratingandwriting.com. I will be offering a variety of work for all ages to enjoy. I will be chronicling the dark side of life. These events involved myself and the many people I have had the privilege to know and love. We are a product of life not choice. This material will only be available with membership (due to it’s sensitive nature).
Carolin D. Palmer