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?

This week I’m working on a horror short story for an anthology. It was tough going at the start of the week with me deleting more words than I wrote, and I was well and truly stuck. Then I realised my character’s name was all wrong, and that in turn was setting the wrong tone and style for the story. So I picked a new name for the main character, invited in the geniuses and -voila – the words flowed again.

This weekend I also got back into another draft of a children’s novella, taking on board some feedback I received about the previous draft. It needs some major re-work but I love the main character so I’m going to stick with it for a few weeks and see what I can do. So far, so good.

What’s inspiring me this week?

Art and music. On Friday I went to GOMA for their 10th birthday celebrations and visited some old favourites, including Anish Kapoor’s Untitled (also affectionately known as the big red donut). I love that work. I just know that if I crawled inside and pushed through I would  find myself in an alternate universe, one that is similar to the world I experience every day while being fundamentally different. A place where emotions, colours, experiences and senses are  heightened; where everything is simultaneously more beautiful and more sinister.

I also went to an exhibition opening on Saturday night at Juggler’s Art Space for Ethan Waghorn’s Hung Dada*. It was a great night, a fantastic artistic experience with music provided by the ultimate entertainers Monsta Zoku Onsomb. Their show was a combination of WWE wrestling, Adventure Time and an aerobics class. Loved it! And Waghorn’s art is clever, dramatic, confronting, lively and fun. If you’re in Brisbane, check it out.

What part of my project am I avoiding?

There was quite a lot of procrastination going on yesterday while I was trying to work out the best approach to the rewrite of my children’s book. But once I’d done a bit of research and a lot of thinking I got up fresh this morning and banged out 1,000 words in just over an hour. So yesterday’s mucking around, far from being a waste of time, turned out to be just what I needed.

*Full disclosure: I’m Ethan’s auntie 🙂 and I’m very proud of him. You can see more of his work at his Chewing Fat website.