Elizabeth Welles has not received any gifts yet
I write because writing is the hub of my wheel. It’s where I began at age seven with a small black book on the family’s way to Europe. My mother said, “This is your diary to write stories and draw in.” I wonder what insight made her gift me that book. Without the restrictions of grammar and syntax, not knowing how to spell or keep the word on the line, I was free. The blank page is like God or the Goddess for me, that completely compassionate, open space where everything can be heard, witnessed, revealed. I can’t stop writing, it’s like the words want me, write me. It’s the one thing I do consistently. It’s like eating, breathing, drinking, peeing. When I’m on a roll, the Muse talks at all times of day and night. If anything it would be nice to tame her and give her hours, but she won’t have any of that. The Muse takes my non-fiction and gets quite creative, outrageous, sometimes bawdy or practical and wise infusing with poetry, and I enjoy story and monologues, and song. This desire to express in the written medium, that shelters language on the page and stage, serves to communicate my soul’s longings, ironically uncontainable and incommunicable. In this raucous and beautiful world on the land called Earth, called human and heart, writing is my touchstone; it is home and peace.
Among the spokes of this wheel are actor, performing on the NY and LA stage, in television and film, and teacher – teaching personal journaling, creativity workshops, stress reduction, meditation, mantra and prayer.
My newest book is Journaling for Well-Being & Peace, a "how to" guide to journal writing from healing and catharsis, to enhancing creativity, to writing as social action.
My first book was a collection of women's stories and poetry: Women Celebrate: The Gift in Every Moment.The stories celebrate the body, heart, mind and soul, honoring the journeys women move through to reclaim their joy.
And I have an upcoming book about writing through grief.
Speak the Lands of My Heart is a one-person show about a journey into India and into the heart and mind of a woman on a spirited cross cultural quest. Water from the Welles is a show that includes humorous and dramatic, wacky monologues, stories, poetry and song. I'll be touring one of them this next summer 2012.
But I have been missing my quirky offbeat novels and so have just returned to them.
I am not currently represented but I am published. After a short stint with a publishing company (I'll save you the gory details except to say the company eventually went under) I had an agent for two years - until I sent her flowers and asked for the rights to my first book back. She graciously acquiesced. I swore I'd never self-publish. But after the publishing debacle of 1997 where I had a publisher and contract and then didn't, I was encouraged by colleagues to self-publish. I tiptoed forth - and then started to skip with my own company, ISBN numbers, designers, and Lightning Source.
People told me I could get an agent and publisher for my next book, the one on journaling.I didn't want to do the queries and play the waiting game that could possibly entail another two plus years of waiting, so I self-published that one, too.
I'd be happy to have a great agent and a great publishing deal with a "traditional" publisher, but I figure that great wondrous agent will eventually find me.
I'd also be happy to find a great virtual employee who can don their marketing-publicity social media ecommerce super duper spider woman-man cape and fly - fly - fly - fly - fly! If that's you, let me know :)
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