You know that feeling of waking up, thinking , "Oh no. Work," only to realise that it's Saturday?! Don't you just love it when that happens? Impossible to plan, so when it happens, it is especially sweet. And it happened to me this morning. What joy.
I identify very much with what Catherine over at Still Standing On Her Head has to say in her Friday post about the effect work has on the creative part of her life. When I was working shorter hours, I found it easy to fit the writing in. Back then (and I'm only talking two months) I was working around my writing. Now I am writing around my working - a far more daunting prospect.
Time to make like a ship in trouble and list!
Just like January, I'm going to set some writing goals.
1) A poem a week. Poetry Thursday here I come!
2) Start the whole process again of sending out stuff.
3) Instead of trying to remember what jumps out at me as an idea for a poem, work a little harder on my notebook, jotting down ideas on the run.
4) Set aside ten minutes every day to WRITE; without the pen leaving the page.
5) Read one poetry book a week.
Perfect. Five easy goals. And as fate would have it, five fingers on one hand to remember them by.
I notice they are all poetry-writing goals.
I also want to write prose, but blogging entries may have to be it for a while.
Writing prose (for me) takes up a whole lot more time than poetry. Poetry I can work on in bits. Prose requires (for me) time to have a clear run. A solid block of time set aside to go from go to whoa seems to be my preferred style when writing prose.
All power to Becky, Clare and Patry who are great models as writers who keep their noses to the grindstone and do the gruelling work required to write a novel.
I was thrilled to receive two prizes in the Shameless Lions Writing Circle's competition. Those of us who joined the circle, chose a lion to adopt and then wrote something about that lion. Go on over and take a look. There are some splendid entries over there. Special thanks to Seamus the highly creative, tireless 'Irish Kiwi' who lives in France. He it was who hatched and dispatched the whole thing. And it looks like it is not going to stop here. There are plans afoot to keep the writing going. Yay!
Reading: Chris Price's 'Brief Lives' - so far I am enjoying it immensely.
Listening: To the sound of silence - except for the clock ticking, the fire sparking and the click of the keyboard as I type.
Watching: Soon - The NZ All Blacks rugby team play the Springboks.
Go the ABs!