It’s been a struggle to find time to blog this week but it’s otherwise been very productive.
Blossoms are appearing everywhere in the garden and the wildflowers are blooming in the bush. Flowers provided the inspiration for this week’s Season of Inspiration with our writers posting haiku, stories and other forms of poetry in response to the tasks and journal prompts.
Blood Will Have Blood will be released by Picador India in the coming weeks and Meenakshi and I are delighted that there has been interest from Australian publishers. I’m looking forward to the first consignment of books from Picador India soon. The Australian authors will celebrate its release at The Hughenden Hotel. I’m very appreciative of all the help from Jeremy Fisher and Susanne Gervay who have given such valuable assistance; and would like to acknowledge all the authors who generously contributed stories.
A trip to Delhi is planned in the new year and I’m grateful for the support of the Australia India Council who are assisting with the visit. It will be a wonderful opportunity to catch up with Meenakshi in person and to meet my long time friend Sujata. I’ll be visiting universities in Delhi and will be well looked after by Meenakshi and Sujata. My good friend Barbara is my travelling companion and has stayed there before. She is a seasoned traveller and one of our Season of Inspiration writers. I know there will never be a dull moment with Barbara.
Today’s Writing Tip
Observe, observe, observe – practise the art of the quick note and word sketch. Stop to smell the roses. In your notepad or journal, jot down what you see, hear, taste, smell and feel (both tactile and emotion). You can expand on these observations and quick word sketches at a later time. Your journal of observations, overheard conversations, tantalising aromas, delicious morsels and touching moments can provide an invaluable resource for your stories and poems.