I’ve been here in Turkey for seven weeks now, and in that time it has only rained on two days. Every other day it has been sunny. This is so good for the spirit, regular blue sky and sunshine.
Even as I write I can see some shafts of light piercing the heavy pillows of cloud. Yesss! The sun may appear, but more writing will be done if I am confined to barracks because of rain.
My laptop is determined to tell me I have more hours left to write than I actually have. I keep resetting it to the correct time and it keeps changing it back when I’m not looking.
So today, knowing that I am in the Istanbul time zone and knowing that I am actually in western Turkey I have had to pretend to the laptop that I am in Minsk. Minsk is the same as Baghdad and Moscow so I hope the laptop doesn’t notice and allows me to stay three hours ahead of the UK.
And now to rain more words on the Nano novel.
And thank you, Simon Haynes, for telling me about FreeMind , the marvellous mind mapping tool that I have used to plot and plan my novel.
Day seven input here I come…
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I have just returned from my first Arvon creative writing course – an intensive week at The Hurst in Shropshire.
What an experience! Thank you Tania Hershman and David Swann for insights, advice, encouragement and inspiration to write and write and write. I came home with a dozen drafts of new material and am working on two or three of them now. What a thrill to have some new pieces to focus on. And I got going at last on the production of some science fiction/scientific story items. Thanks Tania for the critique and pointing me towards superb role models for scientific fiction writing.
Fifteen of us from several countries (Luxembourg, USA, Italy, Scotland, England) gathered on the Monday night and it was a rollercoaster of reading short stories, writing flash fiction, discussing our work and others’, listening to the experts and finally performing our work at Friday evening’s finale.
An inspiring and amazingly varied group of students – of all ages – we worked together and learned from each other and cooked for each other and washed one another’s dishes. I can’t thank everyone enough for making the week so memorable. The Hurst is a wonderful setting for such an event and my first Arvon experience will certainly not be my last.
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My story published in The Opening Line Literary ezine and my name on the front cover.
Thank you, editor Frances Button for selecting my story. I am thrilled.
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