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I’m still here

It’s two weeks into the New Year and I haven’t posted here since Christmas Day. Some of you might have been wondering about where I’d gone over the last three weeks.

Truth is, I’ve been rather busy. It seems that the Christmas – New Year period gets busier every year, and more crowded with events. This time around it was family who took up a lot of my time. We had our son, daughter-in-law and delightful new grandson visiting from Sydney. We only get to see them once or twice a year so any time together is a precious. We also had three family gatherings in different parts of the state. This necessitated quite a deal of time consuming travel.

I’ve also been busy getting a few things done around the house and garden. Things I’ve neglected over the last two years while I poured myself into my studies (MA Creative Writing) and my writing. High on that list was cleaning the swimming pool ready for the hot summer weather to come. We’ve already had a good deal of hot weather, but I’m sure there’s more on the way. Then I replaced the pool safety fence, something long overdue. The old fence was not very safe. Over the last few days I’ve installed a new solar blanket on the pool, together with a new roller to store it when we are swimming.

Needless to say I have managed to do very little writing so far this year. I have managed to catch up on a little reading and more television than I’ve allowed myself for some time. All this time I’ve been planning my writing goals for 2010. I haven’t written these down yet; must do that soon. One major goal – I don’t like resolutions – is to get a little more balance in my life. 2008 and 2009 were far too frenetic with my studies and total focus on my writing with little regard for my physical, mental and spiritual well being. That will need to change this year. Sure, I’ll still write heaps, but it will not be the all consuming monster it has become in recent times.

Good writing.

Christmas Greetings

Christmas greetings to all of my readers.

I have gone on an interesting journey with my writing this year and many of my loyal readers have travelled with me.

Significant writing achievements this year include:

  • Having several short stories, poems and articles published.
  • Winning first prize in a poetry competition.
  • Completing the course work for my Master of Arts in Creative Writing.
  • Writing a novel for children as a part of my MA.

While these are very satisfying, they pale a little when compared to becoming a grandfather for the first time during the year. Today I will be spending my first Christmas with my wonderful grandson. He thinks I am wonderful too, which is a bonus.

May you all have a wonderful, blessed, peaceful and enjoyable Christmas.

Taking a break from writing

It has been a few weeks since I last posted an article here.

I am taking a short break from writing before getting back to full steam again in the New Year. Everyone needs a break from their normal activities, a time to relax, do things differently or just slow down for a while. Writers are no different. It is an intensive occupation and never taking a break can has serious long term implications for both physical health and writing freshness.

I had neglected jobs around the house and garden for so long this year that I just had to attend to some serious tasks which took me away from my desk. We are at the height of summer and the bushfire danger time here in South Australia. We live on a 5 acre block and the good winter/spring rains had resulted in some serious weed growth.  This required some dedicated time on the ride-on mower.

Then¬† my family demanded ten days away. This was a good opportunity to relax by the pool with a series of good books I had be putting aside for such an occasion. I relaxed so much that they inspired me to write three short stories while on holiday. Sometimes the creative juices just have to flow. We also had an early extended family Christmas get together last Sunday. This was a great time of food and fellowship. It was also great over recent days to spend time getting to know my only grandson, now aged 14 months. Because my son lives in Sydney we don’t get this opportunity very often – and you can’t give hugs via a web cam.

In the meantime – good writing – and take time to relax over Christmas.

We have a kangaroo in our garden

Well – to be more precise – we HAD a kangaroo in our garden.

A few days ago we were surprised and delighted to have a visit from one of the local kangaroo population. They normally keep to the scrubland up the hill from our place but this one decided to wander down to visit us.

More details of this event – with photos – on my blog called Trevor’s Birding.

Western Grey Kangaroos, Monarto Zoo, South Australia

Western Grey Kangaroos, Monarto Zoo, South Australia

Great Works of Literature on Twitter

I’ve recently joined the ranks of those who Twitter. (Okay – you can stop laughing/ crying/ booing etc.

I find it fascinating for keeping up with family and friends (yes – I do have a few).

Earlier today I came across a link to someone who had started Tweeting the Great Works of Literature. Now, with only 140 characters to play with, there is a challenge.

Here are some I particularly like:

Samuel Beckett’s bleak play Waiting for Godot is reduced to: “Vladimir and Estragon stand next to tree and wait for Godot. Their status is not updated.”
Pride and Prejudice

janeaustin: Woman meets man called Darcy who seems horrible. He turns out to be nice really. They get together.

Bridget Jones’s Diary

helenfielding: RT @janeaustin Woman meets man called Darcy who seems horrible. He turns out to be nice really. They get together.

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