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Stage One Done!!!

Draft ONE and Great relief here–I’ve finished dumping the whole lot down and so far it’s an enormous chaotic mess but I can see there’s stuff inside it here to work with.

If you’ve seen (and survived) me going through the early stages of a piece before you’ll know this is the stage which I think of as choosing my stone and twisting my scaffolding and collecting seashells and picking mosaic dyes… I’m far far from finished, I’ve barely started the whole process but still I’ve ploughed through from start to finish once and I still want to work this thing… after a bit of a break to rest my eyes!

Past experience tells me that the ‘start’ and ‘finish’ probably aren’t going to stay where they are. The actual ‘start’ will probably be around the current chapter 3 and I’m probably going to throw out huge chunks of material (that I needed to write because I was figuring it out for myself)

But still, it’s done. On paper.

And NAC says they’re agreeable to shifting my timeline a little.

Originally the next step, scheduled for 30 Nov 2012 was for me to:

1) Submit first draft of script

2) Arrange for a professional editor

But they’ve said I can shift timing around.

My current plan is to NOT LOOK at this manuscript for two weeks… I’ve signed on for a meditation retreat 1 to 4 December so I’ll put this aside till I come back.

Then sit down and tear it apart and write the second draft by April 30 2012… and have a professional editor look at it then when it’s in better shape than it is in now, but which will gives me almost a year to restructure and rewrite to make the final deadline which is March 31 2013.

At this stage I hope to show it a some long suffering friends too–just to get more feedback (would you read it? at which point did you give up? all right what do you hate Most about it?)

And again, while the editor and friends are looking at it, I won’t. I realise that shutting myself away from it completely helps me get started on rewriting because otherwise I see what I Meant to write rather than what I actually put on the page.

SO… I survived the first stage of this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in Writing Life


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A Big Thank You to NAC’s Arts Creation Fund!!!

Just got confirmation that my contract’s okay and it’s all right to write about the process here in this blog!

A big Thank You to NAC‘s Arts Creation Fund for being my life support system for the next fifteen months while I’m writing this next book!!

And suddenly I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing… but that should be reassuringly familiar since most of the time that’s how I feel when I start on a new project. So–

I’ve got my lead character, Miss Sophia Blackmore (there will be some who recognise the name… those of you who do and who may be able to point me towards more documents/ photos/ info/ facts please, please let me know!) the American lady who set up a mission school for girls in Singapore.

My book will be exploring a little known side of her and some of her students–how the skills, discipline and spirit of service she embodied and tried to instill in them made it possible for them to solve heinous murders in 1920’s Singapore.

No disrespect intended–this is fiction built around a historical character whose presence in Singapore left a legacy still present today. After all First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt has been depicted solving murders in the White House. I enjoyed those books and loved the idea behind them.

I think what I liked most was knowing that while the murders were pure fiction (at least I hope so!) the social and historical information was accurate enough to give me an idea of what it was like not just in the White House but in America in that era.

I’m tentatively setting my book in Singapore in 1926. This was an exciting time in the world and in Singapore–jazz age, flappers, the bit of breathing space between two world wars, rubber was the big industry and palm oil was a big deal too… I’ve already been reading up on the time and looking up old photographs to see what houses looked like, what people wore, what they ate, cooked with (and what they might have used to murder each other with)

Yes, I’m looking forward to writing this book.



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Posted by on August 15, 2011 in Writing Life


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