Writing What My Soul Needs Right Now

I admit I had a bit of a meltdown last night. I live in Tweed Heads, in the Norther Rivers region on the Far North Coast of New South Wales in Australia. Tweed Heads is right on the border with Queensland. The suburb of Coolangatta is on the Queensland side, and our two suburbs are... Continue Reading →

Heartlines

'Just keep following the heartlines on your hand'. A few years ago I stumbled across a piece of writing from the New York Times called 'Musicians' by David Ackert. I have carried this piece of writing with me since, and it is by far one of the singlemost inspiring texts I have ever read. The... Continue Reading →

Camp NaNo July: Bedouin Boy Pages 13-14

Copyright © Kate Kelsen 2020. All Rights Reserved. Jasem followed the dorm supervisor along the hall, stopping when he stopped outside one of the rooms. The supervisor opened the door and stepped aside to let Jasem in. On the wall nearest the dorm room door was a wardrobe, and then a twin bed, and a... Continue Reading →

Camp NaNo July: Bedouin Boy Page 12

Copyright © Kate Kelsen 2020. All Rights Reserved From the corner of the room, Omid stood with his arms crossed, his brow furrowed. Jasem sat on the edge of the examination bed across the way, and Ellen stood in front of him. ‘So you’re Caroline’s neighbor?’ Ellen enquired. ‘Yes,’ Omid replied. ‘What treatment has Jasem... Continue Reading →

Camp NaNo July: Bedouin Boy Pages 10-11

Copyright © Kate Kelsen 2020. All Rights Reserved Six Years Later -1986 ‘The Dead Sea Scrolls, also known as the Qumran Caves Scrolls, are ancient religious manuscripts that were found in the Qumran Caves in the Judean Desert, near Ein Feshkha on the northern shore of the Dead Sea, in the West Bank of Israel. These scrolls... Continue Reading →

Bedouin Boy: Page 8-9

Copyright © Kate Kelsen 2020 As Halloween approached, Jasem’s classroom came to life. Mrs. Finch stuck eyes on everything, even the tree outside the window. Paper ghosts hung from the ceiling, and there were spooky paper lanterns and scary tissue boxes with sharp teeth. On the classroom door hung a banner with felt letters reading... Continue Reading →

July Camp NaNoWriMo Project: Bedouin Boy

Today is Writing Friday, and I have been working on my work-in-progress supernatural short story Bedouin Boy. A week or so ago I shared a few excerpts from the story. I had some work to do on the ending, and have been away in Queensland visiting family which has delayed this process. Today I can... Continue Reading →

Bedouin Boy Page 5

Bedouin Boy Copyright © Kate Kelsen 2020. All Rights Reserved.   In the wake of the bombing that has left Jasem permanently disfigured, he and his father come to terms with Maryam's death, and embark on a new adventure to America. Three Months Later Wearing only his trousers, Jasem stood beside his bed as the... Continue Reading →

Camp NaNo July Project: Bedouin Boy (Pages 1-4)

I've unofficially started my Camp NaNoWriMo project, editing my upcoming supernatural short story Bedouin Boy. Bedouin Boy is about a little boy named Jasem, who lives with his family tribe in a Bedouin camp in the Negev Desert, Israel in 1976. Jasem's mother Maryam is a medicine woman/sorceress, and as Jasem grows up he begins... Continue Reading →

Believe in your dreams, even now.

My writing goals have transitioned well during this strange time. During lockdown, I have worked hard to get some tasks on my to-do list done, including re-publishing all of my previous releases to Kobo and Google Play Books. My travel goals have not transitioned so well. I've been faced with some very challenging questions during... Continue Reading →

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