I am going to be shaving (not quite as short as this pic) my hair for the World’s Greatest Shave in a week. I have been thinking about doing this for many years but I have long hair. Many people, especially women, tend to hide behind their hair and I’m no exception. It hides a multitude of flaws, like bad skin, freckles, scars, and wrinkles. This is one of the reasons that I am doing it. Of course there is the raising of money for a good cause but I also like the idea of exposing myself. Don’t ask me why because I don’t know.
What I have been interested in is the way that people have reacted to the fact that I am doing it. Some think that I’m brave and many ask if they can pay for me NOT to do it. Some are horrified by the idea of me ‘going bald’. A client even suggested that he didn’t like the idea that I would be at his book launch looking bald. What?
Funny thing is, when people tell me not to do something, I tend to do the opposite. I don’t think it’s stubbornness. I think I just like the challenge and I like the idea of going against what many think I am or am not capable of. This is very relevant given that it is National Women’s Day on Sunday. I was lucky enough to be invited to a brunch yesterday with Banyule Council to celebrate this event and I felt very privileged to be amongst a room full of women of all different sizes, shapes, and nationalities. Some with long hair, some with short. I’m looking forward to having some fun with the short hair …
Oh, and I was lucky enough to sit next to blogger, Christina Lew (Miss Rosanna), who I keep bumping into. I’m a guest on her blog today.
My name is Blaise van Hecke and I love stories. I cannot walk past a bookshop or op-shop without going in to fondle the books. On holidays, I’m pretty sure that my family distract me when driving anywhere near these shops to avoid the long delays it might mean if I spot them – I have a ‘to be read’ bookshelf.
I blame my mum for this obsession because she is a storyteller extraordinaire and reading, writing, music and art were like food when I was a child. One of my earliest memories is listening to Watership Down being read – my seven year old head bent close to the radio – by a man with a deep English voice. I was hooked.
As soon as I could form words with a pencil, I created stories. My first ‘masterpiece’, complete with illustrations, was a story about people living in the clouds who turned on taps to make it rain. My mum still has the book covered in multi-coloured checked fabric full of my scribbling. Now I write both fiction and non-fiction and am always thinking about words and images.
I believe that reading and writing are good for you. Journaling has helped me live through many difficult times and I know from many people that a reading a book that resonates can be life saving or inspirational.
My biggest passion is to help people get their story, no matter what shape or form, into the world so that other people can benefit from them. I take great pleasure in working on a project from the seed of an idea to a book in hand, something that can be life changing for the creator.
I’ve started up this new website to share my passion for the written word. I hope that you enjoy my website and together we can change the world one story at a time …