Saturday 27 June was the last day of my course with fellow students on the MPhil Writing at Pontypridd. I submitted my transfer paper to PhD for discussion to help with preparations for the viva which is likely to take place in the autumn. I have learnt so much during the two years of part-time study, particularly about plot and structure of a novel.
The Winchester Writers’ Festival was held the previous weekend, so it’s been a busy time. I’ve been madly rewriting the first three chapters of my novel ready to resubmit to a couple of people I met at the event. I’m also involved in preparations for the Poole Festival of Words at the end of July, so that’s enough to keep me focused for the next few weeks.
How is your summer shaping up?
While I’m relieved that the jackdaws haven’t built a nest in the chimney pot this year and the blackbird hasn’t gone for one in the honeysuckle where Killer Kat’s been lurking, only a daft pigeon would have plumped for a nest beside the footpath!
We intended to walk to Hardy’s Cottage today but abandoned the attempt. David said he need to wear a hat and when my ears began to sing, I had to agree. Instead we followed Ratty’s walk through the fields and saw Red 99 and her lamb.
Now the rain has arrived an I’m pleased to be inside a reading a book. This time it’s Bad Blood by Lorna Sage.
After three and a half weeks in Australia, it’s taken some determination to get back into the swing of writing. Jet-lag, the election campaign and the volume of tasks and activities I’ve undertaken since January have all played a part. In order to sort myself out, I’ve written a progress report which I share with you below. Here’s hoping I can get my act together and reach those deadlines.
||Progress to date
|Novel: How to be Brave
||Full draft with reader from Romantic Novelists’ Association for feedback
||Final draft, proof read and ready to send out
|Screenplay: The Hostel
||First full draft completed
||Second draft ready for final training day on 17 May 2015
|PhD: Transfer paper
||Full draft submitted to academic supervisor for feedback
||Final draft for submission in September
|Material for 4 one-to-one sessions with publishers and agents at the Winchester Writers’ Conference
||Covering letters and sample material drafted
||Finalise and send submissions by 28 May
|Entries for Winchester Writers’ Conference competitions
||Drafted entries for the following categories: short story, flash fiction, first 3 pages of a novel, one page outline of screenplay.
||Finalise and submit before 15 May
|Toastmasters Public Speaking
||First speech prepared and delivered
||Second speech to prepare and deliver 20 May
|Gain fluency in Spanish
||Some knowledge of tenses
As a reminder that my holiday only ended a week ago, here are some photographs:
Sunset at Uluru