It’s been a while since we had any pictures of the cats, so here’s Holly looking absolutely tiny.
Now then, I know I said I’d never teach again, because I thought it drained my creativity, but I *am* thinking about it again.
One of the things I miss is being part of an interactive pro-active social writing group. The Seriously Serious Scribes on Facebook are great and we’re talking about arranging a retreat or five. But when I was back at Solihull Writers’ Workshop, it was brilliant to feel part of that buzz again.
I’ve hunted around for a writers’ group here, and there’s one that meets on a Thursday morning in town, and another that meets one afternoon in a library. Daytime groups are no good for me because that’s when I work, regardless of whether I’m working for myself or not, it’s my work time.
So then I thought about starting an evening group myself, but the only people interested were more interested in learning to write and maybe then progressing on to a writers’ group.
Yesterday I sent out feelers for venues and bums on seats, and had a fair response considering it was within an existing group of friends and acquaintances.
So I’m thinking of starting a class, and I’m thinking of making it a regular weekly evening class, starting in September.
What do you think? Have I totally lost the plot? Do I want to be tied to one evening a week every week? Will I have the time? Would you do it? Or have I gone stark staring mad? Answers on the usual postcard.
We’ve pretty much decided to go to Harrogate for the Crime Writing festival, but only on the Saturday afternoon. We have to buy tickets for a Val McDermid event and a Laura Lippman event (Ian Rankin isn’t there on the Saturday), and we’re hoping to find some time to see Ann Cleeves too.
Last year I went to the Edinburgh Book Festival, the year before I went to the writing weekend at Fishguard, this year it’s Harrogate. Next year … may be a SSS writers’ retreat, but we haven’t decided where yet.
Today I’m editing the historical novel and then testing the technology with the first chapter. If there’s still a problem with it, we can discuss it when I pop in at the end of the day to deliver some proof-reading work. On the way back I’ll do the shopping.
I was going to be walking this weekend, but with the weather forecast as it is, I may stay close to home and work. If I end up working, I’m taking tomorrow night off and going to a gig. If I end up walking, I’ll be too shattered to go to a gig.
Have a good weekend – and can you see Domino?