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A long weekend

February 29, 2008
Today is Leap Day, a bonus day for the year and the best thing is I don’t have to be at work! Yes, it’s a three day weekend for me and another weekend of solitude so I hope to achieve a lot.
One of the good things about today and the rest of the weekend is the ability to control my auditory environment. I haven’t been kidding lately when I’ve told people I want to go to a convent so I can take a vow of silence. The day job has times when fifty voices or so just build up on top of each other and I feel like my head is going to explode with all the noise. The voices rise and fall, but when everything is talking at once, it can be absolutely pandemonium. At the moment, all I can hear is the clock ticking, the rush of the wind, the birds singing, the house creaking and the occasional car driving by. It is so peaceful. I can invite extra noise in when I want to – music, television, telephone – but for now I am revelling in the relative sounds of silence. And also enjoying not having to speak.
I’ve updated the blog for Nambucca Valley Writers Group, added a couple of slides shows, a section for our accolades (we’re a talented bunch), and the previous winners of our writing competition.
I finished my short story and entered it in the Writers Group contest. The trophy spent the first year in my home, displayed proudly after I won the inaugural contest in 2006 with a collage poem. But then last year I had to give it back. I wonder if it will make its way home to me this time. (I know – the competition is tough!)

I’m still toying with the story about the mobile phones so I may end up with a collection of futuristic stories, nightmare scenarios of the future when we are taken over by technology.

I’m considering signing up for the RWA BIAW (Book in a Week) which commences on Monday, just to get my butt kicked a bit and finally finish the first draft of ‘I’m with the Band’. I’m hoping that another 10,000 words will see the first draft complete. (Current word count is 89,597)

I am definitely signing up for 100 words for 100 days through my teenlit list. I really want to instill the writing every day habit. It’s almost there but I do miss the occasional day. And I guess the days where I spend time processing ideas in my head but don’t commit anything to paper don’t count. But they should! Because sometimes it means that the story or scene will come out of my head and onto paper almost fully formed.

Shirt and other writer products available at my Chickollage store.

I’ve been neglecting my collage poetry and as I want to put together an anthology, I need to spend more time than that.

As they say, so many words, too little time! Now to make time stretch….

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