Where do you go?

Aaaand he’s back.

It’s amazing how time flies. My last post here was from Somerset Literary Festival (Now Somerset Storyfest) – and that was over twelve months ago! Since then, so much has happened:

  • I started (and have almost finished) a new novel
  • My wife and I welcomed a new baby into the world
  • I moved suburbs, changed jobs, and helped run not one but *two* literary festivals here in Victoria.

Needless to say, it’s been busy! I wanted to write a short note to let you all know I’m still here, still writing, and still pushing forward towards my goals. But it’s interesting how much can change in a year – I knew welcoming a baby into the world would slow things down, and I made a conscious decision to not push myself too hard with my writing, in order to avoid stressing out too much. My mantra with babies is ‘it’s only stressful when you have somewhere to be’, so I’ve set my mind on sustainability.

In a recent podcast with J.P. Pomare we discussed how all writing in practice, and I’m inclined to put all my work these past months in the practice category. My draft is certainly not where I’d hoped it would be, and I’ve also submitted two manuscripts to a publisher, and while these weren’t picked up, I appreciated the feedback I received.

So if it’s all practice, and there’s still work to do, but time is so limited, what can you do? Where do you go when time starts to stand still as a writer? When you’re close but not quite there? That’s the question that’s on my mind at the moment. I’m living in the moment and enjoying where things are at – but I know there’s much more to come, so my mind is set on refining my work and getting to my next step.

More on that soon. It’s good to be back on the blog. Thanks to everyone who’s still taking this journey to publishing with me!

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