The Four Year Anniversary is almost here, and just one blog hop and wrap up post to go on the tour.
It’s been weekend of reviews and this morning a profound chat with Ali,
Tomorrow it will be 4 years since Cyclone Yasi made landfall. And presently Tropical Cyclone Ola looks like it won’t be too much hassle. One of our sources of information other than the BOM site, and ABC were Oz Cyclone Chasers. I still check their site to see how things are brewing up on the coast.
There is just one more blog hop for the After Yasi Virtual Book tour, and then a wrap up post and launch.
The final blog we’ll visit is of profound and compassionate musician, Melinda Irvine, who is herself now working in Aftermath recovery in the Phillipines.
“The eBook is an interactive experience that links to blogs and sources that show how people…
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Thanks Gail for sharing your reading experience of After Yasi. I liked that Cassowaries can fly poem too.
On February 3, 2011, I remember sitting up on the Internet all night when Cyclone Yasi struck North Queensland, desperately trying to keep track of friends living in its path. I simultaneously linked into blogs, webcams and Facebook, as the terror unfolded. One webcam showed Cairns as the winds were rising – the blogger talked about taking refuge in his bathroom when it became too dangerous to film anymore. I followed the ABC Live Blog, and watched live broadcasts from towns like Innisfail. Like the Japan tsunami disaster a month later. the power of the internet brought the scale of the horror home, wherever you were.
The image on the left is from NASA – it showed Yasi approaching Queensland, with the eye very clearly visible in the centre. It looked huge and threatening, and while we livws further down the coast, and were unlikely to be badly affected, it was…
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“What would I do if I found myself facing a major cyclone in my town?” is the question I keep asking myself as I read the heart felt descriptions contained in June Perkins’ book, “After Yasi”.
I guess we really can’t answer that until we are put through the experience. Scattered on the virtual pages of this book, you will find incredible examples of the role that community really plays in our lives when facing a hardship. You will be inspired by the stories of so many souls who, through the arts, reached out to find healing from the winds of destruction that ripped through their towns. June and her family were there photographing and interviewing as a part of the very creative healing process that took place, and probably is still taking place in beautiful Australia.
You will meet many neighbors, friends and townspeople who valiantly helped one another to reconstruct their homes, find their belongings and regain, at least in part, their sense of safety and security. Truly they are heroes!
People from all over the “Land Down Under” came to break bread and pitch in including musicians, politicians, and even a Prince. When you look at June’s pictures, please note the joy and comfort that people from all over the world brought to the faces of the citizens of this hard hit area.
June has included before and after pictures also, which bring home to me, in part of course, the sense of desolation they all must have felt. When hearing about this kind of thing, we don’t think of all the layers of pain that call for inner strength and fortitude because we have never been through the likes of Yasi. Maybe some of you have. If so, this will be a healing read. Even if we haven’t gone through it, we do know from life that the winds of trials and tribulations are part of life’s journey and you will be inspired by their progress on this journey to wholeness. Truly a metaphor for life.
Two things that struck me were, one, the children’s participation on all levels, in the activities of reparation that took place around the communities in unity. Secondly, the fact that this is truly an ebook, because, it provides links to other sources for numerous pictures and stories that were painstakingly recorded by June and her family. It opened a whole world of possibilities in the cyber-world of books!”
To the people of Australia, I honor you and wish to say thank you for sharing your very personal triumphs and struggles with us. It offers such inspiring lessons to apply to, really any, difficulty! It is my prayer that someday you may see what a service has come from the selfless gift of your authentic truth! God bless you all!
You ripped through our home
A powerful force of nature
Serenity has returned to us now
In time you will be forgotten
(c) Poem Carol Campbell
I encourage you to visit Carol’s blog and thank her for taking the time to explore the ebook and so many of its links.
She is a poet with a generous heart. I thank her for her message to Australia.
To read and comment on Carol’s Blog (and to read more of her poetry) visit this link – After Yasi.
Today I flew in to Jedda Bradley’s facebook space for a chat.
It was bucket loads of fun – the full interview mentions reality tv, chocolate, guinea pigs, chainsaws, and Hamish and Andy.
To read why visit Jedda Bradley’s Artist Page. Here is a short extract.
Chatting with Jedda
Ten BIG, medium and tiny Questions for June….who lived through the terrifying nail-biting cyclone Yasi that hit the Cassowary Coast of North Queensland and then she had to clean the s*** up. Really not fair! I mean, it’s bad enough going to a scary movie and having to remember to take my popcorn box and my coke container to the bin but this kind of clean up you can’t even get the hoover out and just let it suck everything up.
1) What implement is most effective in cleaning up after a cyclone?
If you have one, or…
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I am so delighted with the retweets, shares, facebook posts, and comments coming into various spaces on facebook, the blogs and launch pages. Queensland History, Australian Women’s Writers, ABC Far North, ABC Open and individuals like Sam Sochacka (amazing children’s literacy advocate) and others I have become twitter colleagues with, have really made my day.
A key part of setting up the blog tour is taking you on a journey through other blogs I admire.
Dimity is a tireless children’s writer who reviews books. Charmaine is a dedicated author, teacher and writing retreat organiser whose blog seeks to encourage writers to develop their skills.
You all know how much I love ABC Open. They have been central to the mentoring that enabled many aspects of the ebook to be created.
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A four year journey to create this ebook. Finally it’s here.
“It’s powerful to document something you have been through with a community, like bush fire, cyclone, flood, storm, tsunami, but how can you write, video, photograph it in a way that is accessible to people who haven’t been through the event and sensitive to those who have lived it ?”
“As a survivor of bullying and mental illness and a resilience author, I was interested in how June and her community survived their ordeal with coping skills and resilience. So I interviewed June to find out…”
Tomorrow heading to Dimity’s blog.
*Please note if you leave comments on the participating blogs after the ABC Open one you have a chance to win a copy of the…
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After Yasi: Finding the Smile Within is going on a virtual book tour, commonly known as blog tour, blog hop or virtual book tour. A big thank you to all those listed.
Best comments for each blog will be given a PRIZE, either a free copy of the ebook or a choice of a signed print of one of the photographs from the book.
Would absolutely love it if you retweet, reblog and share this post – and the blog hop posts, with all your friends.
The After Yasi Blog Tour includes visits to:
Jan 27 (Tuesday) Karen Tyrrell http://www.karentyrrell.com/
Jan 28 (Wednesday) Dimity Powell (interview) http://www.dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au/
Jan 29 (Thursday) Charmaine Clancy http://charmaineclancy.com/
Jan 30 Michele D’Acosta https://micheledacosta.wordpress.com
Jan 30 Jedda Bradley (Friday) – interview Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jeddabradleyartist
Jan 31 Saturday Carol Campbell( poet) http://writersdream9.wordpress.com
Feb 1 Owen Allen http://owen59.wordpress.com/
Feb 2 Ali Stegert (Monday) http://ali-stegert.com/
Feb 3rd –…
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Just letting you know the ebook of After Yasi is now available for $4.75 Australian dollars. Currency converter here http://www.xe.com/pca/input.php
(That’s about 2.56 pounds and $3.86 US dollars)
Sample here: http://gumbootspearlz.pressbooks.com/
On February 3rd 2014 an online launch event will be happening. You can participate from wherever you are. Feel free to join the event at the link here and follow what happens on that day.