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?

In a complete 360 I’ve started on a major rewrite of a young adult manuscript I’d sworn that I’d never look at again. A couple of years ago I decided to treat it as a practice manuscript and left it to gather virtual dust in my files. But the Ampersand Prize is looming again, so I figured what have I got to lose (except hours that I should be spending on another writing project, maybe…). Anyway I’m 20 hours into the rewrite now and enjoying the process of making major plot changes and figuring out how to piece the whole novel together. I’ve realised that some characters just won’t stay lie quietly. The MC in this manuscript got inside my head again and begged for another chance, so who am I to say no?

What’s inspiring me this week?

I spent last weekend in Cairns and although the weather wasn’t perfect I was able to get out and about and have some great experiences. One surprise was a Brett Whiteley exhibition showing at the Cairns Art Gallery. There were some outstanding pieces there, including several sketches and paintings from his trips to Paris, New York and Bali. I’ve always loved Whiteley’s work so discovering this great exhibition in Cairns was a highlight. And of course there is the beautiful far northern Queensland landscape. From the Esplanade mudflats to the Whitfield hills to the Barron Falls up the range near Kuranda, it’s impossible to not be inspired by the stunning landscapes in our beautiful far north.

What projects am I avoiding this week?

Not avoiding projects but switching focus. The current rewrite that I’m working on as an entry for the Ampersand Prize will have my full attention for the next few weeks. All other projects big and small will have to wait until it’s done.