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?

I finished the first draft of my monster short story and have put it aside for a month to let it rest. It was a difficult story to write because it deals in part with Queensland’s frontier wars, and with a particularly notorious invader/explorer whose exploits are well documented. I’m still not entirely sure I have the tone right but the basic story is down. I also finished a second draft of my non-fiction piece on body horror and posthumanism. I think it’s come together okay – but I’ll let the editor be the judge of that.

Last Sunday afternoon I made the decision to abandon my children’s novella manuscript. There may come another time when I  will revisit the main character, but that time is not now. Instead I am  reading through a speculative fiction/horror novel manuscript that has been resting for about 6 or 7 months. As I suspected, it’s a structural mess but I am also happy with (most of) the writing quality. This is going to be my major project for the next few months at least.

What’s inspiring me this week?

Horror stories and street art. I’m halfway through The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women, edited by Marie O’Regan. Most of the stories were written around 2012 but there are also a few by 19th century writers, such as Mary Elizabeth Braddon. So  far it’s proving to be a great collection. Some stories are a little too good – perhaps I should stop reading them right before going to sleep…

Late yesterday afternoon I had a look around the exhibition of early Brisbane graffiti and street art, which is on at the Powerhouse at the moment as part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival. I am a huge fan of street art and although it was a bit weird to be seeing photos of the pieces on walls rather than the pieces out in the city and suburbs, the accompanying short histories for each photo made great reading. The festival is on for a couple of weeks and I hope to get out to see at least 1 large mural piece being done.

What part of my project am I avoiding?

No avoidance here. Just chugging along, and abandoning judiciously.