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 a week’s break in far north Queensland, including an amazing few days at the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival in Cape York, I’m back into the swing of writing. I’ve had 2 beta readers give me feedback on the young adult fiction manuscript I’m preparing for the Ampersand Prize. They’ve picked up a couple of things, including that some of the minor characters are a bit thin and need beefing up, so I’m working on that.

I’ve also submitted a few short stories, got an acceptance (yay!) as well as a couple of rejections but the novel manuscript rewrite will continue to be my main focus until it’s done and on its way to the prize judges.

What’s inspiring me this week?

The Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival, as well as the landscape of Cape York and far north  Queensland, will continue to inspire me for a long time to come. I spent almost 12 years living in Cairns in the 80s and 90s, and although I avoided going back there for some time the landscapes up there have always stayed with me, and now I love going back.  As for the festival, it was beyond amazing. To connect with the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, to see their pride in their culture and resilience in the face of everything that colonialism has thrown at them over the past couple of hundred years, is truly inspiring. I feel incredibly lucky and privileged to be able to participate in a cultural experience that has tens of thousands of years’ history. Australia has a black history but Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are working hard to keep their culture alive and thriving.

What part of my project am I avoiding?

Not really avoiding anything, though maybe I’m spending a bit  more time on social media that could be spent on editing and revising, but nothing too problematic.