It must be January…

…because it’s Month of Poetry. Yay!

What an inspirational way to launch the year and reinvigorate the writing muscle. Month of Poetry is run every year in January by the very talented and lovely Kathryn (Kat) Apel who gives experienced and novice poets alike a forum to write and post a poem a day, and exchange comments and feedback with one another. This is my third time participating and I’m learning so much and about so many (new to me) forms.mop12

It’s such a wonderful way to jump into the writing year. And a fabulous kick-start for me after a complete break from writing since the beginning of December. Though it’s been wonderful to take time-out, it’s also been quite strange because I can’t remember the last time I spent so long away from a WIP, blogging or some form of writing. But after several months focused on rewriting my YA historical novel, and two house moves in between, it was definitely time to rest and play. And finish unpacking boxes!

my year

I’m really looking forward to this year. So much is on the horizon and lots happening for this writer. I’m heading to Varuna Writer’s House in March to take up my two-week Residential Fellowship and I can’t wait to catch the whispers in its walls and soak up the inspiration. I plan to write up a storm.Varuna Writers House

I’ve taken on an exciting new role as Support to our new Victorian SCBWI Assistant Regional Advisor, Caz Goodwin. And I’m really looking forward to meeting more of our members and participating in the exciting range of events planned for this year.

SCBWI Conf-logoI’m attending the SCBWI International Conference in Sydney in July. It’s going to be fantastic to catch up with some online friends and writing buddies from around Australia and meet lots of new ones, not to mention attend all the fabulous sessions and panels.

A quick trip to Tassie will enable me to tweak a couple of descriptions and double-check a couple of locations in my WIP.

So welcome 2014. I’ve cleared out my email inbox, tidied my desk, and, at last, filed my considerable WIP research. Phew! That was a job and a half. So I’m ready and raring to go a hunting words. The best part is to so look forward to getting back to work, doing exactly what I love.

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Corinne fenton

Sounds like it’s going to be ‘all systems go’ Chris, which is wonderful.

January 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm
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Thanks, Corinne. It’s going to be big and busy, and, yes, I agree, wonderful.

January 16, 2014 at 3:35 pm
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Elizabeth Jane Corbett

Happy scribbling. Let’s hope this is the big one for you. 🙂

January 16, 2014 at 5:41 pm
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Leisl Leighton

You’ve had a big year with all the moves and house hunting and other things. This one sounds like it’s going to be about writing – yay! Sounds like you’re starting in exactly the right place, Chris. I can’t wait to see what you do with it all. I have a good feeling for this year for you. 🙂

January 16, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Dimity Powell

Can’t wait to see you again in Sydney come July Chris! I’m all booked now. Congrats on your support role and good luck with your words till next. Dimity

January 16, 2014 at 7:20 pm

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