Writing into the light

Writing into the light

A NEW DAWN, new hope in beautiful and tranquil “little” NZ

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Author: Craig Lock
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Language: English
Written: Aug 2011
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Category: Biographies & Memoirs » Memoirs  |  Work: Roman
Keywords: writing, the Prize, hope, autobiography, New Zealand, How to Write a Book and Get Published

My journey, the writing journey. New life and new hope in "little" NZ

WRITING INTO THE LIGHT (from THE PRIZE)


A TRUE story of renewal and transformation: a transformation of heart. Eternal truths. Hope for a new beginning - one not divided by the past but with hope for the future. In a phrase, A NEW HEART.
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And whenever c came to a cross roads in his life about which path to take, he meditated and prayed and followed the voice within, the indwelling Holy Spirit. What would Jesus do (WWJD) in this situation? Then he usually followed, not his mind (logic), but his heart, as well as the highest thought, the highest possible choice. So c chose to write about the road less travelled, the path of the pursuit of PEACE. Through attempting in some small way to break down barriers and divisions between peoples, one mind, one heart, one tiny step at a time.
And every great journey starts with a single small step.

Let the story begin...

"To all of us who believe love rules, stand up and let it shine."

PROLOGUE
A TALE OF TWO CITIES

It was a beautiful spring day in September in the year 1988, the sky overhead a clear blue with not a cloud in sight. Desperately trying to find some answers to what was happening in their life, the middle-aged couple had just come from the neurologist in Perth, Western Australia. Shattered , they walked out of the 2nd floor building back to the bright red new Holden company car parked in busy Mill Point Road overlooking the shimmering Swan river. Feeling so alone in a new country, they felt shattered at hearing the news, not knowing where their lives were headed. Traumatized they didn't know where to turn... or what to do next... just devoid of hope…

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And the pretty young mother went for her daily long walk along beautiful Makorori Beach on the east coast of scenic New Zealand after work, where she worked as a registered nurse at the small local private hospital in Gisborne. Her medium length auburn hair blowing in the cold wind. Well then, Maria was a kind and very compassionate person, who cared deeply for her fellow person, although she was a very practical and rather "down-to-earth New Zealander" (a "fooze" as her "airey-fairey" mother-in-law sometimes called her to her dismay). All she craved out of life was some stability for her family, to tend to a garden and see it blossom over time; but that simple wish appeared to be an impossible dream.

Maria loved walking and getting away from the turmoil of a steadily deteriorating relationship. Yet she was a great mother and wife, deeply committed in every way to the well-being of her family; so these long walks along stunning Makorori offered her a calm sanctuary from the upheavals in her life. And in this respite there was no one else walking on the long expanse of sand, under a grey and cloudy July sky. It was mid-winter and she felt despair at life (as she had for some time), wondering what would happen to the couple and their beloved children. What did the future have in store for them. After all that had happened to them as a family in the preceding decade or more, a fresh start had beckoned in beautiful tranquil haven that is New Zealand. That new beginning was a glimmer of light in a deep ocean of despair. Yet now feeling so alone, it seemed that only darkness lay ahead and she felt an emptiness a heaviness in her heart, in the very depths of her being...an ever so deep sadness in the recesses of her soul.


"And at the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time."

- TS Eliot, 'Four Quarters'


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About the Author

Craig Lock | Author on XinXii.com

Member since: Feb 2011
Publications on XinXii:  55
I’ve been writing about my passions since 1993.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at creativekiwis.com/books.html and lulu.com/craiglock (* Hard copies and e-books – fiction and non-fiction: novels on South Africa, self help, personal growth, inspiration, travel, humour and money books).
 
Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia (briefly) and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. Five published books later (well they turned out to be a vanity publisher and he and his family lost everything, their life savings, including the kitchen sink* - that episode is a book in itself!).

Now many years later, “recovering“, having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life.

Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). Together with his “technowhizz”friend, Bill Rosoman, he was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet and this has developed to new writing and publishing courses we have introduced on our new Creative Kiwis.com website (www.creative kiwis.com)

* that’s a metaphor, btw (“by the way”)

Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality".
One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy.

Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so."

Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season.". True!

The “writer” loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his lifes savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep!

So here goes…
# HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE
Craig Lock is an extensive world traveller and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his life's savings on airfares. He is still 'sliding down the razor blade of life', stuck on a deserted (other than a few brilliant rugby players) island at the bottom of the world near Antarctica, where he is 'trying to throw a double six' to get off and go out into the real world - but he doesn't know where!

In the style of Bill Bryson, HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE tells tales of his hilarious hair-raising adventures in his younger years through 'Grate' Britain and the Continent.

‘’Dropped out in Godzone‘’: Craig Lock's humorous travel book about his adventures in provincial New Zealand... One man and his family - and their experiences "Down Under".

The author and his wife contrast life in colourful, vibrant South Africa with calm and kindly New Zealand - and with large dashes of humour offer much understanding of, and sympathy with the social attitudes of the two worlds.

A new immigrant's impressions of life in provincial New Zealand (after coming from a large city in South Africa) ... and there were one or two rather funny adventures, nay escapades in "Sleepy Hollow" from time to time!

REVIEW:
"DROPPED OUT IN GODZONE is an original and agreeable piece of work. The picture it gives of New Zealand- to one who has never been there- has a ring of complete authenticity. The feeling of the country is relaxed, and perhaps rather unstimulating, but we get an overall impression from the writer that he views his time there with some affection, and above all with tolerance."

This book breathes a natural humour and kindliness, which is what gives it the individual character that is so appealing.

Autobiography has a particular value as a literary form. It is a shared kind of writing and I'll continue to bang the drum. It is unusual to encounter two such different manuscripts from the same author. Both (THE END OF THE LINE is the other book) have quality and share an easy and assured writing style that is a pleasure to read. Both of these short books are of first rate quality."

Craig is presently working on his latest novel 'The Awakened Spirit', based on some true and inspiring stories of the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us. Stories of endless possibilities.

He firmly believes in the motto: "Find what you love doing, then you will never have to do a days work in your life." Craig is certain he has found his niche in life... anyway, what other job would be suitable for him?

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PPS: Well there WAS a big earththquake here in "Sleepy Hollow" a few years back with buildings damaged. It made international news (but so tragic about the recent Christchurch quakes)!

Don't worry about the world ending today...
as it's already tomorrow in little scenic and tranquil New Zealand

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