I’m off to teach a course on characters in a few hours, so I’ll refer people back to last week’s post if they need a whole bunch of context about the how and why of The Sunday Circle. Short version: I am interested in what people are working on, what people are reading, and in providing a weekly check-in on creative projects for accountability purposes.
If you’d like to be involved: Post your answers to the three questions above in the comments or on your own blog (with a link back here, so the rest of us can find you). Throw some thoughts around about other people’s projects, ask questions if you’re so inclined. Be supportive above all.
Then show up again next Sunday when the circle updates next, letting us know how you did on your weekly project and what you’ve got coming down the pipe in week two (if you’d like to part of the circle, without subscribing to the rest of the blog, you can sign-up for reminders via email here).
What am I working on this week? Still working my way through the opening chapters of Space Marines: Pew! Pew! Pew! My patten for this book consists of writing a scene that feels very movie-like, then going and doing some research, and coming back and re-writing the scene so that it actually feels like something out of a novel.
What’s inspiring me this week? Patti Smith’s memoir M Train, which traces all manner of her artistic obsessions through a lens of morning rituals at her favourite cafe. The kind of book I read and start thinking very carefully about what I consume, on the artistic front, given my tendency to get lazy and repetitive in my tastes.
Entirely the wrong book to be reading while trying to write puply space-marine action – it makes me want to go back and do weird short-stories for a stretch.
What part of my project am I trying to avoid? The actual sitting down and writing things. My work habits have been shoddy this past week – partially due to sleep disruption, partially due to commitments like Christmas parties and workshops, and partially because I’m haunted by the feeling that this is not the book I’m wanting it to be.