Lily Iona MacKenzie’s Writer’s Blog
At the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, outside of Mexico City.
I love this picture that my husband Michael took of me after climbing 248 steps to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun. I had just gone through a partial knee replacement for one knee, so for me it was an amazing accomplishment, something I couldn’t have done four months earlier.
Writing requires this kind of exertion, the ability not to give in when we’ve received yet another rejection. Some people call this perseverance. But is that what it takes to keep writing in the face of adversity, rejection, and lack of recognition? The word sounds so duty bound, so driven. To me, a better word is discipline because at the root is disciple, though there are many lovely variations on this word that I actually prefer: student, follower, learner, devotee.
I’m devoted to following the intricacies of language and where it takes me. I’m ardent about words and what they evoke in our minds and imaginations, the worlds they create. And I’m constantly learning, a student of the writer’s craft, eager to open myself each day to the endless possibilities this calling presents. No wonder I love to write!
About me? A Canadian by birth, I have two Masters degrees, one in Creative Writing and one in the Humanities. I’ve taught expository and creative writing, the humanities, and English, at the University of San Francisco and other Bay Area colleges for over 20 years. I also was co-creator of a radio show for children on the former KTIM in Marin County for two years. Some of those audio tapes are available for downloading free under my post “Free Children’s Stories from “The Story Shoppe.”
A former Marin Poetry Center board member and Chair, I’ve served on other Marin non-profit boards. My poetry, critical and personal essays, articles, travel pieces, and short fiction have appeared in numerous U.S. and Canadian publications. I’ve also written three novels and three poetry collections. Dream journalling, gardening, and dabbling in the visual arts (sculpting and painting) feed my imagination.
I’m including here samples from my novels and short fiction, as well as the articles/reviews and poetry that are available online. They do not represent everything I’ve published. Please see Lily Iona MacKenzie’s Resume for a more complete list of publications.
My poetry collection All This was published by Little Red Tree Publishing in October 2011. It’s available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/All-This-Lily-Iona-MacKenzie/dp/1935656112/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320880805&sr=8-1.
A recent issue of Notes Magazine featured me as the spotlight author, showcasing my poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. You can purchase it at http://www.amazon.com/Notes-Magazine-Issue-Grace-Publishing/dp/0615901697/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396035961&sr=8-1&keywords=notes+magazine.
Pen-L Press will publish my novel Fling in the summer of 2015.