Issue #18 of this Ree-Writes newsletter sees us into autumn here in Australia. I’m sure there are parts of the Blue Mountains (where we used to live) that are already rushing to change their leaf colours and prepare fireplaces, but here in the sub-tropical north, the weather is insisting on dragging high temps, humidity and cool rain clouds along in a confused mix.

I hope my words find you well in your world, and I hope you enjoy this issue.

Writing & Creativity Cool Finds

Something I created

The Woman Walked

The road edges frayed into stones and sand.

The woman’s footfalls were as quick as they’d been at dawn, even if her feet were now caked in dirt and dust.

At her side, the large dog ambled easily. It was invisible to everyone except her.

Occasional locals speared her with wondering glances, but didn’t cross her path.

A Book or Piece of Art I Love

video preview

Vanille is a 30-minute, French-language, animated movie for kids aged 5+. Vanille is a Parisienne who has all the attitude you would expect of a soon-to-be teenage girl. She is sent by her dad to visit her mother’s family – her auntie – in Guadeloupe. Vanille doesn’t want to be there, but quickly gets caught up with a bad spirits, a good nature spirit, and a race to find a magic flower. Along the way, she gets to know her mum’s island, visit the (live) volcano, and how to enjoy her hitherto-unmanageable hair.

What can I say? I connected with the story and the storytelling. I related to the ‘not-familiar tropical island home’ concept, I liked the way they used real photos (and film) as the backdrop, I especially loved the magical storytelling elements, and I loved the way the whole movie is a love letter to Guadeloupe.

Oh, and LittleOne loved it too! 😊

Randomly Interesting Inspirations for Stories

Thank you

Du fond du coeur, thanks for reading x

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