So to replenish my well of creativity, I have been reading. First up, The Mag Hags, a young adult novel by Lollie Barr.
This transported me back to my days of school, feeling on the outer of the in crowd, but never actually wanting to be one of them, and finding my way through adolescence. I used to do a lot of writing then, but when I reached uni I stopped creative and journal writing and became an essay factory instead.
Over the last few days, I have read Alice in La La Land by Sophie Lee.
I wasn't expecting much of this novel as Sophie is foremost known as an actor, and this is her debut novel. I picked it up more out of curiosity than anything else as I had met Sophie a long time ago in a former life as a box office manager and she was supposed to be at the last Byron Bay Writers Festival but pulled out when one of her children fell ill. . But Sophie can write, and she hooked me into Alice's life and attempts at an acting career in Los Angeles. She expressed a lot about acting and the continuous cycle of rejection and its effect on self esteem which I recognised when I tried to move from amateur acting into auditions for several drama schools at the end of my high school life. I'm so glad that I came to my senses and did not pursue that particular dream.
Also watching movies and television. Firstly, Death at a Funeral at the cinema. A very rare and funny treat, but what else can I expect from Frank Oz? I watched the first episode of Dexter - I think I will be enjoying this one, caught a repeat of the pilot episode of Six Feet Under - that was such a good show! And today I watched 4 episodes of American Gothic - not sure how I missed that one on TV.
In between, I've almost completed my christmas shopping ready for a trip to Newcastle for an extended family Christmas party next weekend. I haven't made it to one of these for many years because I live hundreds of miles away, so it should be fun to catch up with all the various aunts, uncles, niece, nephews, cousins etc.
So the creative well is filling again, and I'm making a list of writing tasks I need to fill in the next twelve months or so.
1. Finish Beyond Happily Ever After first draft (poor Cinderella is still on her honeymoon, and it certainly doesn't feel like one)
2. Finish editing/rewriting Diary of the Future and submit!
3. Finish first draft of I'm with the Band.
4. Finish editing/rewriting Making the Cut. And this will mean making the cut myself of around 8,000 words.
5. Keep creating new collage poems for anthology next year.
6. Short story for writers group competition.
7. Create chickollage website - I have the domain but I haven't created the site yet.
8. Add more products to Chickollage Cafepress shop.
9. Add more products to zazzle shop - this one has only just started.
10. Establish critique partnership (must send in RWA application form)
As usual the plate is full, but I wouldn't want it any other way.