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?

Still chugging along on the horror short story. It’s coming together reasonably well and I hope to have a full first draft finished by next weekend. But I’ve also had to put some time into another draft of the non-fiction piece for the body horror anthology. The editor suggested I add another writer to strengthen my argument and I was struggling to come up with one until I looked around my room andd saw Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake sitting on the book shelf above my bed. The novel’s exploration of genetic experimentation gone awry was perfect for the task, and once I figured out how to add a bit of Margaret Atwood  into the essay, things came together.

I also plan to put a few hours into the rewrite of my children’s novella today to keep that project moving along, too.

What’s inspiring me this week?

Last night I watched the 2014 biopic Yves St Laurent. I’m far from a fashionista (jeans and t-shirts are my standard uniform) but I do love movies set in the 1950s and ’60s. The costume and set design for the film was stunning as was the use of light and colour. The architecture, the cars, the fashion, I loved all of it, especially the depiction of St Laurent’s first runway showing, held in a gorgeous Parisien apartment.

Pierre Niney, who played the title role, was brilliant. The tortured artistic genius is a cliche but Niney played St Laurent with such nuance; he made the character’s suffering something tangible. It’s a beautiul and mesmerising film that shows the depth of St Laurent’s talent for art and design as well as the fallibilities that caused struggles in his life.

What part of my project am I avoiding?

No avoidance going on. I’m managing to parcel out my time well, and making sure each of my projects gets some attention and is moving forward.