I am still trying to write some new material for this week. Poems on a theme are always trickier to write.
I have quite a few days of work this week, as well as a fancy dress costume to organise, a reading event at a local university, plus 2 – 3 performance poetry/ open mic nights.
I also have submissions on the action plan. I have made 1 already (1st submission since August!) not to mention CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!
I started this blog to map my own journey back down the path of writing, along the way (so far) I have met an abundant amount of inspirational people, watched motivating videos, enrolled onto incredibly useful writing classes, online courses, attended many workshops, network meetings, Festival events, performances, lectures and even an annual conference.
Along the way I have blogged several HOW TO or WHAT TO DO type articles. The most popular of which – Writing Short Stories – continues to attract around 30 readers a day.
It is getting close to the end of 2013 and new followers have recently discovered this blog and with over 700 posts and only a few hours online it would be easy for you to miss the gold dust… so…. I have compiled some link lists to shoot you straight to the good stuff.
Catching up on sleep
Catching up on reading
articles from last month’s magazine
Catching up with life on the screen
Reading other’s words
Watching programmes we have waited
until now to see
a free hour,
a free day.
I use most of it sleeping
and am left with a list
of things I wanted to do
Without any ticks.
I catch myself
in my mind.
I didn’t mean to leave this post as a poem, it just came out this way.
Mr G (who hasn’t spent the day sleep hibernating like me) is now asleep and I am wide awake (having spent the morning asleep and a 3 hour siesta this afternoon) and desperately trying to catch up in blogland and online generally!
I worked all day and had great fun, then I came home for about half an hour, ate food (nothing much left for lunch) and then got ready to see friends in town with Mr G.
Then came home had some proper food and was out to Stanza – fortunately with a lift (thank you Ian), so no navigation problems although it took us a while to park.
An inspiring evening with such a great mix of material and wonderful goodies spread (thanks Mark) I gained a lot of helpful advice from tonight’s session and was even able to offer some valuable criticism to others.
Tonight I have hopped online to catch up on the blog, write for some challenges and read other entries across blogs that I have neglected due to time constraints/ NaNoWriMo!
I have managed a new FWF – Freewrite Friday
a new FSF – Five Sentence Fiction and some
reading/ blogging across the WP community.
It will be bedtime soon and the real writing work will start tomorrow!
You used to drive too fast, metal to the floor, you thought it was clever to use so much power behind the wheel. Always pushing the red line, celebrating your next tactical manoeuvre amongst crowds of unsuspecting metal caskets by driving with your knees. Much as I enjoyed the thrill of speed clutching the edge of the passenger seat, I hated close range views of lorries undercarriages and constantly worried about unmarked cars.
When you left I didn’t understand, you voiced no reason, chicken-hearted you just took off at speed. I hoped that you would meet your match out on the highway that evening. I prayed for you to be written off, I had been your underwriter for too long, but men like you always get away with it, to begin with.
Delighting in writing for challenges again after a long NaNoWriMo break in November! Find other FSF here >
Feel free to answer in comment boxes too – I know some followers love a poll…here’s the issue;
Would you enter a competition where the publishers own the copyright of your work automatically?
I was getting really excited about a Flash Fiction Competition – there is only 1 financial prize to be won – and I am sure 1000′s will enter…
I am new to the form this year.
I do not object to my writing being used in the publication/ advertising – I have not found out if there is even an author credit though…
REAL Writers’ have told me it is OKAY to do free and be free a few times early on in your career. Is this one of those or
working through the past 3 days worth of jobs lists on the December Action Plan
Attempting to read the 2nd part of Magma – as I have to give it back tomorrow night at the next Stanza meeting – I have had it for months too long already!
Catching up online with social media – especially that linking me into the writing world.
Forgetting about the pile of dirty dishes needing attention and the fact I have to be up early for work tomorrow.
Writers skin on…. let’s see what I can get done in the next 2 hours!
Jack Canfield posted this picture this evening and I have already shared it as a status message… worth keeping hold of and not giving up! COME ON! This year deserves one final PUSH … let’s see what we can achieve!
11:30 pm UPDATE
I mainly did;
working through the past 3 days worth of jobs lists on the December Action Plan
I nipped onto social media to send 1 message and a status update not dissimilar to the POLL post here, a question of copyright.
I have spent about half an hour longer in front of the screen trying to find inspiration for a title. I worked through half of the outstanding ACTIONS on my plan, now I see why I needed the whole day!
I have saved fact sheets, signed up to newsletters, explored 4 websites, researched two areas and worked on a current submission.
Now completed, edited, proof read and READY!
The rest will have to wait until the weekend now, as I am working tomorrow and then going to wear my poet/editors hat and go to Stanza, I have a lot of work and events next week – including one in fancy dress (I can blame at least an hour of lost writing time on make up tutorials and costume searches!)
I MUST ACTION MY WRITING IN 24HRS! (Or 32… let’s allow sleeping time too!)
Today has been bitterly cold, sometimes rainy and extremely windy! I am off to work in a bit but had the morning off. I didn’t sleep in, I was awake before 7AM,
I did go back to bed (in the warm) with an espresso and a Poetry magazine.
I got up and had breakfast and made a start on business email (plan was to attack the action plan today). I got side tracked on social networks about the fantastic Black Pear Books Launch last night, an anthology has so many writers’ to catch up with the next day.
I also spent some time dealing with estate agents. (Meh!)
Then I trundled back to the warmth of bed to read Magma and drink coffee… my middle name should be Goldilocks, you guessed it, I fell asleep. (Always in need of catch up!)
Since then I have managed to catch up on the blog and think about what I should be writing. Some of my proposed deadlines are only about 10 days away – sounds lots but I am working half of that and attending up to 5 poetry events too. That’s leaves me about 2 days and if that falls over the weekend possibly 1… not to mention Christmas shopping! Eek!
Off out to work now after a whole writing day of not writing but sleeping…. I will have to work hard on it tonight!
I have had the most wonderful evening amongst writing friends and discovered some new writers this evening too. The event was a great success and the food – provided by the spouses of the contributors was amazing and a real treat.
My book was signed by 13 of the 14 writers whose work appears in it - Tim wasn’t able to make the event, Tony Judge read an extract from his story though. It was a brilliant idea listening to just 300 words snippets of the stories we have bought. A well produced book too and impressively on lovely silky – you would never believe it was recycled -recycled paper!
And the greatest hope to everyone in the room was the mention of VOLUME 1 on the cover!
It was great to mingle afterwards and talk to lots of people and meet people for the first time!
And hopefully at the next launch we will also be able to buy book bags and t-shirts with the Black Pear Logo (although I am not sure how Mike’s T-shirt can be created?!) He calls the publishing house by another name!