About Alexandra Heep

About Alexandra Heep: The internet has allowed allowed Alexandra to maintain a semblance of life when encountering an unexpected, lingering health crisis. The Internet is a lifeline which not only allows her to remain connected to friends, but also survive, via writing.While Alexandra Heep is her pen name, she does not hide behind it. Instead, she used it to brand herself on the Internet and to create opportunities.

Alexandra published her first book, a collection of her best poems, on July 11, 2012. You can buy it at Lulu.com

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Monday, April 22, 2019

A to Z Challenge 2019: S is for Sunflowers

I was wrangling with the idea of whether to use sunflowers or snowdrops for this post. Snowdrops are my favorite spring flower and sunflowers my favorite flower overall. Because the season for snowdrops has passed, I decided to go with sunflowers instead.

Since I've moved to the Chicago area, I've grown them every year. I especially like the non-yellow varieties, and I've even grown "black" ones (they're really a deep burgundy). I have grown miniature ones, but I love the mammoth size best. This year, I am participating in a sunflower/bee challenge. You can read about it (and join) at https://www.greatsunflower.org/.

However, my love for sunflowers started in childhood over 40 years ago. It sparked a creative piece I wrote a while back, and it eventually was published in an Australian literary journal called Meniscus.

Writing it was one of the most emotionally tolling experiences because I don't like to visit my childhood, and the long process to get it published wasn't much easier. Alas, the editor of the paper saw something in that piece, and it remains my only creative work for which I received more than a token payment.

(It's called "The Garden" and is on the last page--how appropriate): https://www.meniscus.org.au/Vol3_Iss2.pdf


Donna B. McNicol said...

I love sunflowers...so much, I used a photo my daughter took of one for the cover of my first (& probably last) romance novel, Home Again.

DB McNicol, author
A to Z Microfiction: Sandwich

Glorygarden@msn.com said...

You grow such wonderful sunflowers in such small places. It is quite the Marvel. The story was nice albeit a bit sad.

Chicky Kadambari said...

While I love all yellow flowers, sunflowers are my favorite. The way they follow the Sun all day long, that always stirs something inside me. I'm glad you found someone who could truly appreciate the piece you wrote. That just doesn't happen often enough for writers. Alas...

Anyway, happy to connect with you through the AtoZ.

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