New year’s resolutions aren’t really for me but I made a promises to myself that I think will be useful: For the next six months, I’m not buying new books. Gasp!
Last year was rubbish for me. I met none of my creative goals but floundered around in a fug of worry and self-doubt. (A lot of life happened.) Not a helpful state. Something needed to change. So…
Recently I attended a workshop on setting creative goals given by writer, journalist and writing coach Kaite Welsh. The purpose was to learn how to set goals and start putting some in place.
I saw part of this video on Facebook the other week. It’s fascinating. Take a few (12) minutes out to learn about paper marbling as done by Cockerell and Son in 1970. (Published by Bedforshire Archives.)
I’m still ahead but it’s getting a lot more difficult. It took a while but I’ve figured out why.
The last time I did NaNoWriMo I was panicking at this point (and enjoying myself hugely). We’re halfway through the month, take a day, and I’m 30K words in. I’m ahead: if I continue like this, I’ll reach 50K on November 24th. I still feel chill.
I was going to focus on writing a new project in November anyway so when a friend challenged me to do NaNoWriMo I signed up immediately.
The Edinburgh International Book Festival is on August 12 to 28. It’s the 11th year of Story Shop, the strand I’m part of. Story Shop gives local writers a platform to reach audiences by reading stories. I’ll be reading The First Appointment in which Lynn and Audra go to the doctor. It’s not a usual appointment. Or maybe it’s Lynn and Audra that are unusual.
Story Shop is on every day of the festival and takes place in the Spiegeltent at 15:00. Sometimes, it’s really busy with people having coffee and cake, sometimes it’s Story Shoppers and their friends. If you’re anywhere near Charlotte Square at 15:00, pop in. Whomever is on the stage will appreciate your support. Read the announcement.
I don’t yet know what date I’ll be reading: update to follow.
I mentioned that Mad Scientist Journal had accepted A Gift of Life and Death last year. The magazine is out now and available in paperback or Kindle versions on Amazon.
If you like my story, or any of the other stories on the site, consider supporting the Mad Scientist Journal Patreon.
Much excitement! The day before Halloween, Hector Kreeping is bringing fun and fear in equal measure. I really looking forward to getting back on stage. Scritch, scratch the armoire. That’s all I’m saying.
What is it? A night of spooky tales in a small, independent bookshop. The event if part of the Edinburgh Horror Festival.
When it it? Sunday 30th October, Otherworld Books, Dalry Road, Edinburgh. Tickets are £5/£3. Get tickets.
Who’s reading? I am. I don’t know who else yet, but keep an eye on the Illicit Ink event page.