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?

After getting no writing done during the week due to a number of things (having a friend stay for a few days, finishing off some proofreading for another friend) I finally knuckled down today and got in around 5 hours of writing. I’m working on my novel manuscript, and it was a bit hard to get back into at first. It’s more than a month since I’ve looked  at it so those empty new scene folders I’d created to fix structure were somewhat confusing. It’s times like these that the whole ‘pantser’ approach can fall apart a little (note to self: write a few dot points for the new scene next time). But I got on with the job and focused on getting words on the page. It’s still a first draft. There is plenty of time to fix things later.

What’s inspiring me this week?

I went to the first Avid Reader  sci-fi book club this week, which featured Maria Lewis and Jodie McAlister with Trent Jamieson hosting/crowd controlling. I got myself a prime position seated opposite the authors (we all sat in a big circle) and it was great to hear them talk about their writing and the reasons behind some of the authorial decisions they made. It was a lively and fun discussion, and I’ll definitely be along to  the next one.

Also inspiring me this week is The Young Pope, showing on SBS. The sets are incredible. The costumes intricate and detailed. The use of colour is blowing my mind. Everything is so sumptuous, so over the top. Jude Law as  Lenny/Pope Pius XIII is part spoiled brat/part evil genius with a psychopath’s penchant for causing people distress. The Vatican is as full of intrigue, suspicion, politicking and nastiness as you’d expect, but there are whimsical moments too, like the nuns playing soccer in full habits, and the random gift from Australia’s foreign minister of a kangaroo, which the pope lets loose in the Vatican gardens. I love it.

What part of my project am I avoiding this week?

Not avoiding anything but having to take stock of all the things I’m trying to do and minimising time-wasting.