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’m on holidays from my day job – yay – which means I took a short break to visit family last weekend but am now able to devote some blocks of time to writing. I’ve been focused on my novel manuscript, which I started editing a few weeks ago. What a mess it is! I think this project may  take me around  5 years to complete. In some ways this gives me a lot of freedom. There’s no stress of a deadline; no one is waiting to see it. It’s just me and a pile of words that I am determined to wrangle into what will, some day I hope, be a worthwhile novel.

What’s inspiring me this week?

I’m going to get a little gushy this week. Last weekend I spent the weekend with my dad, who lives in a little beach  town on Victoria’s east coast. Next Friday he will be 97 years old. He lives independently, does his own cooking, potters around in his garden and loves reading Alexander McCall Smith. Over the weekend we watched a game of women’s AFL, discussed recipes and vegan cooking, and he gave me an in-depth explanation of how air pressure works on aircraft, among many other topics (he used to fly planes as a hobby). We read some of the poems he wrote many years ago, which he is still proud of.

My dad was my first storyteller who gave his own twist on fairytales: The Wolf’s Birthday Party is one he used to tell me when I was a child. He has always loved to rhyme, to make up words and silly songs, and twist pronunciation, just for fun. Come to think of it, if he’d been born in the 1970s or later he probably would have been an awesome rapper!

He’s amazing and inspiring, and I’m a writer because of him.

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What part of my project am I avoiding?

No avoidance really but I did have a mini freak-out yesterday when faced with just how daunting and complex my current novel project is. But I know I’ll work through it, it’s just going to take a lot of time.