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Shhhh… Writing Ahead

The Brisbane Writer’s Festival, or the BWF as the cool kids call it, is Queensland’s annual literary event, celebrating Australian and international authors. It’s five days of panels, conversations, workshops, masterclasses, promotions, book signings, and other exciting book-related things. And it’s happening right now.

This year I’m fortunate enough to be able to attend three days of the Festival, encompassing four individual workshops/masterclasses. Choosing which ones to attend was a huge task, and one that I agonised over for days. And now that the time has finally come to attend, I’m incredibly happy with my choices. What are they? Well, since you asked…

  • Friday: The Unpredictably Plotter —  A look at crafting unpredictable but realistic plots, whether you’re a plotter or a pantser.
  • Saturday am: Building Castles in the Air — Worldbuilding 101.
  • Saturday pm: Are Characters People? — Creating effective and authentic characters.
  • Sunday: Finding Your Voice — A look at developing a unique voice in your writing.

I was at the BWF all day today, and came away feeling enthusiastic, inspired, and exhausted. I can’t wait for the next two days.

My current plan is to celebrate attending the BWF by making next week “Writing Week” on The Happy Logophile and writing in more detail about each of these workshops. I’ve already had a couple of great epiphanies about my WIP and would love to share some of my learnings with you all as well. What do you think?

Would you be interested in reading more detail about these workshops? Are there any other questions you’d like to ask about the BWF or my experiences there?

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Walking with Big Brother: Easy as ABC

Not too far from where we live, there’s a 5km long walking track through some beautiful parkland. It incorporates a lot of riverside walking, a dog park (with obstacle course), a basketball court, skate ramps, and a delightful swimming/fishing pond complete with ducks to feed. I like to go walking/jogging there, and soak up as much of the outside world as possible. The boys like to see the birds, feed the ducks, and generally do outdoorsy boy things.

Last week, my 4-year-old was feeling a bit cooped up after some uncharacteristically hot weather (yes, it’s summer here in the southern hemisphere) and so I left Baby at home with my husband and took Big Brother for a special walk. To keep us both him entertained, I suggested we play the ABC game: Let’s find something that starts with A, then something that starts with B, etc etc. And I stupidly bravely decided to take photos of everything we found.

Big Brother ran out of patience for the game at about N, but I felt rather obligated to continue the game all the way to the end. (Otherwise my photographic journey would be incomplete!) I hope you enjoy our ABC walk.

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