All I want for Christmas…

…is to finish my NaNoWriMo project.

Unfortunately work got in the way of reaching 50,000 words before the end of November, but I am determined to get there before Christmas. This novel is really starting to take shape. I’m at 45,000, and the novel will only end up being about 60,000 words long. So I’m almost there.

The working title is ‘Dust Devils’ but I’m also considering calling it ‘Petrichor’. The structure is similar to Pan’s Labyrinth and it is set on a drought-ridden farming property. The story is told from the POV of a 12 year-old boy and he creates a fantasy world around him to escape from the realities of life in the bush during times of drought, including dealing with rural suicides, financial hardship and workers walking from their farms.

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A Time to Kill now online

A Time to Kill is now online at Daily Science Fiction

Shifting book launch

I just finished a very different project. A small group of Professional Writing students and Print Making students at the Adelaide College of the Arts were chosen to hand-make a book. The collaborative student-project has taken us almost a year, but we have finally finished making 20 books and we had the official launch last night.

This has certainly provided me with an appreciation of the “other side of the fence”. I never knew there was so much to know about paper and book binding. It has been a real insight.

My literary contribution was a one page poem called ‘the longest shift’ and is about ambulance shift workers. Poetry isn’t my “thing” but I’m really pleased with this poem so I am trying to get it published somewhere online so I can share it with everyone.