The memory of it is already hazy, tbh, but I think it’s been a rollercoaster of a week.
Highlights include writing, sketching, lots of reading, lots of comedy. And, hopefully, a place of my own.
6 – 12 Sep
I had three great writing sessions, but otherwise I was a bit all over the place this week. But I think it’s working out.
Reflecting on the Writers’ Imaginarium
We got some great questions and prompts shortly after the Sarah Hymas’ Writers’ Imaginarium at a literary festival. I’ve been responding, slowly. Musing to myself.
Stuff I want
- More week-long writing courses that include mentoring (like the Arvon course I did)
- Giving and getting feedback on a regular basis
- I think I’ll start planning what to share in my Sunday writing sessions
- And look towards participating in at least one other open mic or feedback session elsewhere
- More paid residencies, especially nature writing specifically – seek! find! apply!
Stuff I’m looking forward to
- Weekly poetry courses with the WEA
- Protecting writing time for playful experiments, generating new work, and editing
Joining The Literacy Consultancy ‘Being A Writer’ programme was a great idea.
Intending to do more sketchnoting in future, yay!
Writing stuff that’s surprisingly funny
So, I always enjoy Anthony Anaxagorou’s writing workshops. This one was different from what I’d usually participate in and so the writing I did surprised me too. Awesome!
Health & wellbeing
Break down to break through is how I’d describe some of the moments of this week!
Practising not being so conflicted when I make decisions. Because, I can always change my mind and make a different decision! Srsly.
Looking forward to this: Optimizing Executive Functions in Children and Adults with ADHD, free webinar, 28 Sep.
Trees & other nature stuff
I read Lexicon by Max Barry. Yay!
Not finished any fiction in a while, aside from gay romances and fanfic, so this is pretty fantabulous.
I loved this story! I used to read Max Barry a lot in my 20s, so it’s quite nice to go back to him and read his newer stuff. I used to play Nation States too. Maybe I’ll go back. Although I tried to go back to Neopets decades after I was really into it, and that was disappointing, so… Who knows!
Started reading Fledgling by Octavia Butler, I’m enjoying it and/but it’s so disturbing.
I’ve been enjoying Out of Bounds: British Black & Asian Poets, edited by Jackie Kay, Gemma Robinson & James Procter a lot. This book is going on my ‘might buy this in paperback’ list.
I dabbled with a few other collections too, including:
- Dancing in Odessa – Ilya Kaminsky
- After the Formalities – Anthony Anaxagorou
- Trouble Came to the Turnip – Caroline Bird
- Penguin Modern Poets 4: Other Ways to Leave the Room – Kathleen Jamie, Don Paterson, Nick Laird (just read some of the Kathleen Jamie poems, I want to read more)
I like watching stand-up clips whilst writing weeknotes and at night, so I watch a lot of them!