This year I made a water feature in my back garden. I put in dwarf water lilies, some other plants, and a few pygmy perch. Sitting on the raised edge of the pond I often just watch the fish patrolling around. Just a few minutes a day of calming, soothing mindlessness seems to recharge my batteries. Aaah. This is what I need a little more of…empty time, accepting time. Neutrality. For me it’s a void that allows creativity to enter. Do you have a place in your home that serves this function? I’d love to hear about it.
At the end of last year the two writing groups I attend had wind-up parties, and we all took turns talking about what we got out of our writing in the past year. Until I had to say out loud what I’d been up to it didn’t sound like much. But on reflection I guess I’m pretty happy with how it’s gone. While I didn’t get through a lot of volume, I’m happy to have a project or two near completion, and even more important, a puzzle piece or two for new projects I’m excited about. It’s gonna be a great year!
Last week Write! launched off again for the new year. We started with enthusiasm and some inspiring writing on characters, stories and approaches from last year. In the year ahead we’re looking forward to having a retreat or two, and schmoozing our stories into something finished so we can make an anthology. If you’d like to join us, come along to Tom Collins House in Swanbourne, headquarters of the Fellowship of Australian Writers, WA, on Thursday evening at 7ish. New members are always welcome. For more information, eg. how to get there, go to FAWWA, here.