Squeamish about self-promotion as an author

When you get into publishing, regardless of whether my choice or circumstance, there are a lot of things nobody really prepares you for especially if you take the independent publishing, self-publishing or like me, the hybrid publishing road. Traditional publishing is a tough nut to crack and I have all but thrown in the towel... Continue Reading →

Those little golden nuggets!

It's not often that I grant an interview, and I this is the first time I have been interviewed as author and photographer, so I am grateful for the convergence of this dual identity. It's no secret that I lead a double life as writer and photographer, throwing in author on top of it all,... Continue Reading →

Crimes of (floral) passion

Usually, if I am to photograph flowers it is to accent a look, but never solo. Cold winter days when the weather is just too dreadful to go out are perfect for fiddling around with unsatisfactory projects that I hid under many digital layers in my archives. Not only did I intensely dislike what I... Continue Reading →

#authorandphotographer

When I first got involved with social media, I had in mind to maintain two distinct and separate identities: photographer and writer. Somewhere along the way, I realised that this was utter bullshit, because I am not just one or the other, but both. One fulfils the other, and both are integral parts of who... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Shadows

One of the most difficult things about being a writer is having to deal with all the publicity that comes with having to market your book, your image as an author, and exposing yourself to critics, hecklers and non-believers. Being a literary activist adds yet another dimension to this complex and complicated journey, because you... Continue Reading →

Unapologetically Marie

It took me years to understand the concept that suffering is pivotal to finding the core of an artistic soul. It seemed like too much of a cliche, the starving and suffering artist or writer who crawls through the darkest alleys of life in order to produce a masterpiece. My writing journey began in short... Continue Reading →

The Isma Ortiz Series: Broken Roads (3)

For this Guest Photographer & Short Story Series project, the guests were asked to submit three sets of photographs, the choice was entirely theirs and were not confined to any particular genre or theme. The short stories that ensue are based on the set of photos submitted, and the title of the photograph is imbedded... Continue Reading →

The Isma Ortiz Series: Broken Roads (2)

For this Guest Photographer & Short Story Series project, the guests were asked to submit three sets of photographs, the choice was entirely theirs and were not confined to any particular genre or theme. The short stories that ensue are based on the set of photos submitted, and the title of the photograph is imbedded... Continue Reading →

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