Now we’re gettin’ someplace
It’s been a good writing start to 2011. I’ve had a short story published in Ricochet Magazine (edition two) in January, a very short story accepted by Capsule Fiction and a different one awaiting editing at another journal, plus my first post published about reading and writing as well as a second article accepted about what constitutes good and bad reviews for the Best Damn Creative Writing Blog. Yay me!
Take me out let me breathe
It’s been good to get back to producing stuff again. I really began to take writing seriously in 2002. And that was after about a decade of ‘maybe I could write something’. From 2002 I studied writing at TAFE, met and was inspired by a whole bunch of people, like John Holton and eventually got a job writing.
I believe there is something wrong
From 2005 it all went to the back-burner. New city, changes in priorities, different job/s new life. Writing was too difficult, inspiration was missing. I was tired and poor. I was distracted and generally down, for a long time.
Somewhere in the middle then
But it’s returning, that thing that says I’m a writer. And since last year it’s been getting better. I’m not there yet, but here with this blog and feedback from places like Shades of Crimson have helped. I’m more of the me I need to be.
Push me back to the start
Yet I can’t say I’m ‘emerged’. Can’t (yet) say I’m earning a living from writing, but I feel like progress is being made. Hoping the part-time post-grad study will help too. It does feel like I’m right at the beginning again but that’s not a bad thing. It’s the start of the upswing of the curve. And yes, I know curve implies a downward glide. But life and work and art are like that.
…tell me please, why it takes so long
Turns out I’m slow – slow learner, slow writer. But it’s not a race. There’s no expiry date on *being published*. Stories take as long as they take – to finish and to be created. A bit like people really, which means I’ll keep plodding along, doing my thing. I don’t have a direction yet, but I’ll keep singing to myself… we can choose what we choose to believe:)
Thanks to Crowded House for their lyrics. Take inspiration where you can find it I say.