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Sunday, 1 April 2012

The Week, Writing.

Traffic lights can have several additional lig...
Traffic lights can have several additional lights for filter turns or bus lanes. This one in Warrington, United Kingdom, also shows the red + amber combination seen in a number of European countries. It also shows the backing board and white border used to increase the target value of the signal head. Improved visibility of the signal head is achieved during the night by using the retro-reflective white border. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Another fractured week. Domestic duties vying with writing demands and wants. Still, it's been a positive few days in so many ways, and it's good to have Kate back home for a while. The walk with Valerie on Thursday took us into new country and the unseasonal sun baked us as we walked 6 miles through rural parts not previously explored. Managed to escape the fools queuing for fuel and draining the petrol stations of the very fuel they so desired. Government ministers may bear some responsibility for their inane advice but the general public acted like sheep and queued for hours to buy petrol they didn't really need.
In Preston, at the very end of the trip to collect our daughter, a young man in a large new car crashed into the back of my small hatchback at some traffic lights. A small white mark was my only damage. His was a broken front bumper and a smashed number plate.
Kate drove us back home, which was a great rest for me.
I'm currently reading and acting on, the Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. It's a 'spiritual' approach to the recapture of creativity and, if you can get past her generic use of God (Good orderly direction) as the external creative force, her advice seems apposite and appropriate. I've managed the 'morning pages' every day so far. And I've taken my 'artist's dates', employing them to do some drawing, listen to music and to write some poetry, a genre I rarely indulge in. So far, the process has been beneficial, so I'll see it through. If you're feeling blocked in any way, it might be a good idea to take this 12 week course.
I've managed a piece for the blog - to be posted next week, and a short piece for a contest. But I've also spent a good deal of my time bringing the Writing Contests page up to date - it's accessible on the tab above and will lead you to hundreds of contest details and links to the websites.
And I've dealt with those emails you get and decide you'll do later; you know, the ones that require more than a minute or two to complete.
So, not a bad week in all, but not enough writing done. Still, now the decks are more or less clear, the coming week should provide the opportunity for more words to be written. That's the plan, anyway.
See you on the other side of the week. And good luck with your writing and reading.
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