YAY! Tomorrow I’m off on writing retreat – just me this time. I’m heading five hours south to a beautiful secluded beach and an air-conditioned cabin where I can focus exclusively on my screenplay. My office here at home is a corner of the living room which these days at least has a screen around it. Through most of summer it’s almost impossible to work here though because it’s so hot that my brain turns into some sort of south east Asian hot pot stew, even with a fan blowing straight on me and all of my papers.
Time away on retreat – this time I have a full glorious two weeks (thank you Screen Queensland!) – makes all the difference when you have a big project to tackle. Time alone with just you and the work enables you to immerse yourself in the world of the story you are creating without distractions and everyday responsibilities. Everything else slides away and you become just a conduit for the work you are creating – a little crazed perhaps- but focused and productive. Well, I hope so anyway.
My days will go something like this – an early morning walk, swim and yoga on the beach, then home for breakfast and writing. More writing. Lunch then a break for breathing and sivasana (or maybe just a nap!). Another beach trip for extra swimming and an explore, then home for more writing. Writing. Writing. Dinner. Then some relax and wind down time so I’ll be able to sleep without my head buzzing with the story – though my dreams will most probably be filled with it.
Four years ago around this time of year, I spent a wonderful two weeks at Varuna the Writers House in the Blue Mountains writing the first draft of the novel that this screenplay is now so very loosely based upon. In two weeks I wrote over 60 000 words, so I’m hopeful that my fortnight at the beach now will result in the same frenzied output and I’ll be bringing back a completed screenplay.
It’s going to be a grand adventure!
Wish me luck!!
See you when I get home 🙂 xx
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Happy New Year!
And so we start all over again , a new year, new plans, new dreams.
I’m filled with enthusiasm for the year ahead as I move into doing the full rewrite of my screenplay – Dear Madman. It has changed so dramatically working with my mentor, Stephen Lance, that it bears little resemblance to the novel manuscript I wrote based on the true story of a tragedy in my family history. So much so, even saying the screenplay is “inspired by true events” is a bit of a stretch.
Yet, it’s something I’m wildly excited and inspired by. Suddenly writing has become a whole lot of fun again. YAY! Thank you Screen Queensland! Thank you Stephen!
And thank you to all of you who’ve been here with me through this whole long lonely writer’s journey. Your support has been invaluable.
Wishing you all a wonderful year where your writing dreams – and other dreams too – all come to fruition. Most of all I wish you the joy of creation without fear or pressure – just because it’s fun to do 🙂
There’s magic in the air. Anything can happen!
The end of another year! Here’s hoping Santa brings you all you’ve wished for, plus just a little bit extra.
It’s been a big busy year for me with lots of teaching, both writing and yoga, a wonderful adventure to Cape York researching my Castaway project, the fabulous fun of our first ever Relax and Write Retreat in September, and then the pouring in of good things – like the KSP residency next year, the news that good old Thrill Seekers is being given a new lease of life with a brand new imprint in 2018, and best of all, the support of Screen QLD for the development of my “Dear Madman” screenplay.
I’ve been busily writing and learning from my mentor, the incredible Stephen Lance whose new film The Second will be released next year. It’s an exciting new beginning for me.
You’re never too old to start something new!
Wishing you all a healthy, happy new year full of grand adventures, creative inspiration, bum glue, and most of all lots of love and financial support for all your endeavours.
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