This t-shirt sums up how I've been feeling over the past couple of weeks. Be warned! Characters will die! But none of my favourites - sometimes I wish I could just go and hang out with them.
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So, a question for the writers who read the blog: Have you done it? Killed someone off in a novel as method of making yourself feel better in real life? Aah! Revenge - it's even sweeter when there's no chance of going to jail.
When I was 15, I wrote a play about a mad scientist. I didn't know how to end it, so I just killed everyone off, including the mad scientist. Several years later, I rewrote it as an adult play. The second time, I must've had more compassion, as the android and the documentary maker were both still alive at the end. (Well, as alive as an android can be.)
But I must be crazy. I signed up for a First Draft workshop and haven't written anything. (Real life took over). But I have another week to go of the workshop(and I'm on holidays) so the aim is to finish the first draft of 'I'm with the Band'. I plan to do Nanowrimo again, and have no idea what I will be writing about. Maybe I'll come up with something by November. Or maybe I won't - and I'll just wing it. I'm still editing Making the Cut. I will be sending the Collage Diary to the printer this week. And I've been uploading more and more designs to the Chickollage shop. Have I bitten off more than I can chew? Well you know what they say about busy people? And I know if I tried to stay home and be a full-time writer, nothing would get written. The only way to do it is to put the pressure on myself through external motivation, cheer squads, publicly announced goals. It's the only way for me to produce the goods.
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!