Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Rightio...

With only just three and a bit weeks left of this year, I'm starting to take stock of the events of 2006, where I am now (as in, what are my priorities now, what have I learned this year), and where I'm headed. It's been a massive year what with Dave being made redundant and then getting a new job in a new part of town. Us both losing weight (40kg so far between us!). Erik and Luey deciding they want to go to school! At the beginning of the year, had you told me these things were going to happen, I would have laughed in your face!

So, what next?

Well, I can see the boys' school experience having a big influence on my priorities now.

However, there is something else on the horizon, something I decided in the middle of this year, but back then it seemed ages off, and now it's becoming a much more real and urgent priority...

Next year, in August I guess, I'll be applying to do my Masters of Writing at Tabor Adelaide (by then it'll probably be Tabor University)... My mum is going to running this course (well, co-running it) in her newly promoted status as Associate Lecturer. So, I have the inside word on what will be required, which is great, but also daunting because I need a comprehensive portfolio of written (duh!) work.

I haven't "written" in donkey's. I writie every day, but that's different...

Mum said to go and get some good books about writing and do some exercises to put on my portfolio; short stories, chapters (with outline for a longer project), some poetry (eek!), and so on... She then advised me to go get some books on editing (my weak point, my undergraduate course SUCKED in this area) and edit my work, so I could show "works in progress" and edited works, etc.

I went to my local A&R today, but they had diddlysquat in the way of books for writers (beyond "Writing for Dummies" - maybe I "should" have gotten that, hehehe)... BUT - lucky for me - the lady I talked to behind the counter is currently enrolled in a short course in writing, and suggested looking up Writing Blogs on the net - good idea, why didn't I think of that...

Soooo, in my blogroll, you'll notice three new blogs, from which I'm hoping to get regular writing exercises to inspire me to write so I can add pieces to my portfolio for my application next year...

5 comments:

casso said...

The Writing Book by Kate Grenville is great. The best thing I found during my writing period was to find anyone (even just one person) who you could meet up with and swap writing. Give each other an assignment or topic and then write it out for the next meet up, perhaps each week or fortnight. This was invaluable to meand when I had the book published it was great to have a range of different people go through my stuff and tell me what to do with what I had. The best thing to any writer I think is definitely OTHER PEOPLE! So yeah, writing blogs are a great virtual approximation of that.

Cheers, Cass
(she says, needing to find inspiration herself!)

Anonymous said...

Wow such exciting stuff ahead!
Do we get to read any of this writing! I can't wait! Have had you in the back of my head for ages as a perfect person to write a friends memoirs or stories from childhood if I can ever convince him to do it!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the links to those blogs! I am going to be studying journalism next year so a slightly different but still related area!

casso said...

Hi Sif! Thought I'd put my reply here cos it's related to writing,whereas my blog is just a Hazza-fest. ;o)

I had a book of poetry published with a few others in a compilation. It was only self-published but we sold out the first run easily which was pretty cool. The girl who published it is now a senior honcho at Allen and Unwin, so it's *kinda* like published! ;o) Plus I've been published in Southerly which I've very proud of (2.5 page poem, so good money - they pay by the page).

Cheers, Cass

Sif said...

OMG, published in Southerly, that IS impressive! The only kind of poetry ever attempted is Limerick. My mum is proving to be quite a good poet, starting late in life, though the signs were there three decades ago when she wrote a funny poem about my brother and I and about parenting... I really need to get that poem off her, LOL...

I'm going to be giving poetry a go as part of this M. Writing, really looking forward to it!

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