Monday, 26 March 2012

Spent it wisely

Last time I blogged, I wrote about how I was approaching the end of the re-outlining process for my novel (now tentatively called Symmetry Breaking). If you look over to the right, you'll see that I'm now working on the first draft, and I'm doing well. Three weeks in, and I'm just shy of 13,000 words. Not too shabby. Mind you, I'm just writing; I'm not doing any revising or tinkering as I go. Still, it feels good be making measurable progress.

I've been busy outside my writing as well. On Sunday 18 March we held the 'Flights of Fancy' SpecFicNZ/NZ Book Month event. It was a great day, and both the readers and the audience enjoyed themselves. I was very nervous in the lead-up because I've never organised an event before, let alone an event open to the public. But it all went smoothly, of which I'm very, very glad. I had a lot of help with the event: the NZ Book Month team were supportive, as was the rest of the SpecFicNZ Committee; the staff of the Air Force Museum were great; Paul Mannering was an excellent MC (I don't know what I would have done without him); the readers were all so enthusiastic and gave such excellent performances; and my beloved became the driver / carrier of burdens / sound technician (i.e. he did all the things I forgot I wouldn't be able to do alone – like he always does :D ). I didn't do everything perfectly, but I feel like I have learned a lot through organising 'Flights of Fancy' and I'm glad I volunteered for this challenge.

Jennifer Fallon reading to the audience
What else has been going on with me? OH YES. These boots. On my feet.

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