I’ve joined Peter M. Ball’s Sunday Circle to help keep my writing on track. Follow along here or join in the fun over at Peter’s blog, Man Versus Bear.

What am I working on this week?

Last Sunday I finished up my first draft of Rise of the Rat Generation. It doesn’t have an ending as such but there is enough of a rounding off for me to work on when I go back to it in March next year. There is a lot to be resolved in the manuscript but all the basic elements exist, so yay me! I’ve also gone back to working on my new short story. It’s a bit of a conundrum, this one. I’m not sure I’ll be able to pull off what I want to but I’ll give it a go.

What’s inspiring me this week?

I went to The Future We Want, an exhibition held at Aspire, a small gallery in Paddington. The exhibition is showing works by emerging and professional artists with disabilities and there were some fantastic works on display representing a range of genres. I fell in love with a small print (unfortunately I can’t remember the artist’s name). It was a dark and evocative piece, and as always I am in awe of artists who can create a complex story within a deceptively simple image.

What part of my project am I avoiding?

I’ve been avoiding writing generally this week, mainly because other life stuff has got in the way but also because that short story has me rattled. I’m looking for a way to take my writing to the next level in terms of depth and complexity, and I’m not sure how to tackle it. I’ve tried a few approaches and so far none have worked. Everything is too much on the surface. I need to dig deeper. Possibly face a childhood neuroses or two…