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?

To be honest, not a lot…My daughter has been visiting for the week so my spare time has mostly been spent doing family stuff. I did get some feedback on a story I’ve been working on for ages, which has undergone dozens of rewrites, and I am going to try and knock that off with what’s left of today. Then I’ll start submitting it again.

What’s inspiring me this week?

I haven’t got over Fogo Island but I already discussed that last week, and I’m still trying to come to terms with the fact that is is highly unlikely that I’ll ever get to go there. Apart from that I’m reading Justine Larbalestier’s My Sister Rosa. She’s moved back to more Liar territory with this novel after her foray into historical writing (with the ghost story Razorhurst) and at about one third in I’m really enjoying it. The voice of the main character is engaging and warm, and the tension being built around his dimple-faced little sister and the horrors she is capable of is building nicely.  To be honest I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about Liar but so far My Sister Rosa is really hitting the mark. Larbalestier’s writing has a great balance of writer-craft and writer-magic and I have been invested in what’s happening since page one.

What have I been avoiding this week?

Building that bloody bookshelf. I don’t want to talk about it anymore.