On Friday night, eight of the NVWG members met to discuss and brainstorm our group novel. So far, nine chapters have been written over a period of two years. I have never worked in a collaboration on a novel before (although I have on performance pieces) so it is an interesting experience. And an interesting night - we ate and drank, and talked and laughed, and argued, and justified, and excused.
The problem at this point, is that the novel is too plot-driven without enough emphasis on character - each writer has added something dramatic to keep the drama going forward without enough attention to the present time of the novel, and its starting to resemble a soap opera. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here, and how long it takes to finish the story. I think we're signing up for the long haul.
Next morning, we held a workshop on how to conduct a workshop. I learned a lot of skills which I hope to put to good use some time.
And then we had the usual lunch at the pub, followed by the monthly meeting. We constructed some stories, with each word starting with a letter in alphabetical order. How hard is it when you get to XYZ? Maybe the trick is to start from the end of the alphabet, get those three tricky ones out of the way, and work your way back to it.
Here's my sad attempt:
After being crazy, David exhaled fast. God had invoked justice, Kingdom, loyalty. Madam, never overestimate piety! Quench real salty thirst. Ugly violent wicked xenophobes! Your zealot.
Doesn't make much sense but it was fun. So, what do you come up with?
This is one of my favourite collage poems so far - because we all know that there's no such thing, especially down at the local shop. This image is now available on T-shirts and stickers at my Chickollage store at cafepress. Can't wait to wear the T-shirt at the Byron Bay Writers Festival!!
I'm a 43 year old writer of Young Adult and contemporary women's fiction as well as a collage poet. I live on the Mid North Coast, NSW, Australia. I've worked in arts administration, theatre and founded a film festival. My day job has very little room for creativity so now it is time for me to get serious about my writing aspirations!
Kat has spent too many years in her comfort zone. But when her husband does a disappearing act mirrored by a guilt deposit of $20K into Kat's bank account, it's time to spend a month or two living fearlessly. First she needs a list: things to do before she dies.
When her favourite rock band Eloquent Beast reunites for a one-off tour, Kat trails along, rediscovering the joy of her youth. Soon she finds herself on stage singing with her rock god, skydiving, visiting nudist beaches and living life far beyond her comfort zone.!
STATUS: FIRST DRAFT COMPLETE
110,173 / 110,173 (100.0%)
Inspired by the acoustic tour of Moving Pictures in August 2005, where once again I met the lead singer Alex Smith.
It made me feel 17 again.
This slideshow shows some pictures I have taken of the band.
WIP #2 - Beyond Happily Ever After
The real Cinderella story - Cinderella and her Prince, Edward, are being hounded by the media to produce the expected heir, but it's not quite going to plan.
A visit to the Prince's cousin, Henry, and his wife Snow White provides an unexpected solution but now Henry admits that he has been in love with Cinders since he saw her at the ball.
But Prince Henry also knows the real reason that the Queen threw the ball to marry off Edward. How long before Cinderella learns the truth?
A tale to rival the twists and turns of the present-day royal family.
68,572 / 68,572
STATUS : first draft complete!
BREAKING NEWS: The short story version of Beyond Happily Ever After will be published in Wet Ink magazine in September 2008.
WIP #3 - Diary of the Future
16 year-old Nicky Symons is disconcerted when a conversation with her crush Zach is repeated word for word for the second time in a week. But that evening as she re-reads her diary, she realizes that the journal she has found in her mother's second hand bookshop gives her the power to write her future. She thinks she's discovered the key to happiness and starts pre-writing her own and her best friend Mel's destiny. First she ensures that she hooks up with Zach, the cutest guy at school. Then she arranges for Mel's holiday fling, Tony, to move to town.
But when her arch enemy Sonya ends up in hospital, and she discovers that Tony has left behind a pregnant wife, Nicky decides the diary's power must be buried. But Mel has other ideas. What happens when Mel digs up the diary and starts using its power?
STATUS:50,088 words: A COMPLETE FIRST DRAFT - editing
50,088 / 50,088 (100.0%)
WIP #4 - Making the Cut
Chloe Watkins takes up a position as film festival director in the small Aussie country town of Bilby Creek. Chloe may be the big fish in the small pond, but she's also out of water, battling the conservatism of the small town. She leaves her boyfriend behind in the big city and starts a Clayton relationship with the Bilby Creek school teacher. But is he gay?
STATUS: FIRST DRAFT COMPLETE - CURRENTLY EDITING
108,734 / 108,734 (100.0%)
WIP #5 - HOLD THE ANCHOVIES
When Lisa joins a pizza delivery company, she expects it to be a routine job, but with a customer who tells fortunes by reading pizzas and her very hunky boss, Alex, making moves on her, she's about to get her education in sex, drugs and rock'n'roll.
96,425 / 96,425 (100.0%)
STATUS: FIRST DRAFT COMPLETE.
WIP #6 - KISSING TOADS
Photographer Jessica devises a plan with flatmate Libby and gay pal Simon to meet Mr Right, but how many toads can she kiss along the way? Enough to fill a photography exhibition, it seems!