It is a few days in and I am back at my desk. Happy New Year to you all. I hope the festive season treated you well. I’m glad to be back home though wishing the loafing continued on for at least another week. Well all need dreams, don’t we?
January is normally a time of quiet for me as I take the time between the Western New Year and the Chinese New Year to slow down and reflect. For me I always find the time leading up to the New Year too hectic to give proper attention to what has happened during the year and what I want to manifest in the coming one – thus what I’ve termed “The Creative Pause”.
Well… that’s the way I’ve done it in the past few years. However in 2011 I seem to have leaped in fresh from holidays to juggle a brand new Literary Mix Tape for Valentines Day, with completing projects from 2010 for eMergent Publishing and Chinese Whisperings as well as trying to get ‘the year’ off to a good start by doing a writer’s boot camp with Jeremy Shipp… and trying to pause and reflect on the year gone and the coming into being. For the first time those dreams I regularly have of missing exams and not handing work in on time, might just become a reality!
So this is kind of a Clayton’s creative hiatus… only I think it tastes a little better than its namesake!
Looking to the future, there are several things I already know I want for 2011.
- To write and submit more stories.
- To blog more with the aim of breaking into the Top 50 Australian Writing Blogs.
- To work towards a place in Clarion South – if not in 2012 then 2014!
- Spend more time with my writing friends
- Committ to reading more speculative fiction and short fiction.
- I’d also like to take up dance class and learn the guitar.
Of all those, I’m glad writing is at #1… I need to write more. Enough said! You are welcome to return in several months time and remind me of this post.