"...and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful." — Ruskin Bond, Scenes from a Writer's Life.
Letting moments linger as I begin to pack relics from Alice's world away; these monarchs were tactile research for automotive decal designs, tattoos, and Mexican folklore. The power and gift of imagination never fails to leave me a bit speechless.
There's a box in my office slowly filling, labelled Lost Flowers. Already it has the feeling of being a capsule Future Me will use to time travel.
"All glory comes from daring to begin." — Ruskin Bond, Scenes from a Writer's Life.
Monday. May we have the awareness to dare and the courage to begin. And begin. And begin.
HOLLY RINGLAND grew up barefoot and wild in her mother's tropical garden on the east coast of Australia. Her interest in cultures and stories was sparked by a two-year journey her family took in North America when she was nine years old, living in a camper van and travelling from one national park to another. In her twenties, Holly worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert. Moving to England in 2009, Holly obtained her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. Her essays and short fiction have been published in various anthologies and literary journals. She now lives between the UK and Australia. To any question ever asked of Holly about growing up, writing has always been the answer.