Today my Amazing May Gibbs Adventure officially ends, but for me and my new manuscript, it is really just the beginning. We are about to embark on a journey outside this May Gibbs apartment and who knows where it will take us.
It’s hard to believe I’ve been here 28 days. What’s even harder to believe is that I’ve kept my promise to blog EVERY DAY.
I can’t wait to see my family, but when I reflect on the four weeks I have just spent, I’d have to say this has been the most wonderful and inspirational creative experience of my life.
When I came here, I had a goal to plan my three part YA psychological thriller series, and perhaps get 30 pages or so of the manuscript completed. I also planned to use the speedy internet to explore chat rooms and do valuable research.
In the twenty-eight days I have been here, this is what has actually happened.
- I have breakfasted, lunched and dined with some wonderful writerly friends, and made new ones while I was here.
- Completed the research I set out to do.
- Conducted eleven writing workshops for children.
- Plotted the three books in my new YA psychological thriller series.
- Developed character profiles for the important characters.
- Written a first draft of just over 55,000 words.
- Made a list of issues that need to be addressed in the next draft.
- Came up with a very rough new book idea and title.
- Came up with a second new book idea which I have researched and plotted.
- Did some of the edits for an existing YA novel.
- Blogged daily at this blog.
- Posted a writing tips blog every Tuesday.
- Became the new children’s book blogger for Boomerang Books and blogged regularly there for the last two weeks.
I have achieved more than I ever thought possible, and to me this goes to show what an inspirational experience a May Gibbs Fellowship is.
Thanks so much to Judith Russell from the May Gibbs Literature Trust for making me feel so at home (even moonlighting as the Easter Bunny). Thanks also to the May Gibbs Literature Trust itself for giving me this opportunity.
Thanks to all the staff at the State Library for organising my workshops and helping to keep them on track, and to my beautiful niece, Emma who came all the way from Byron Bay to visit me.
Thanks to my wonderful Brisbane writerly friends for making me feel as if I really am a resident of Brisbane; Sheryl, Julie, Maree, Lynn, Tina, Ally, Karen and Belinda.
Thanks also to everyone who has read this blog and supported me with your comments and words of encouragement.
Last but not least, thanks to my wonderful husband and children who have given me the love, encouragement, support and freedom to explore my creativity.
And now I’m off to join my family, but I’ll most likely be back on Monday with news from the ‘real’ world and of course my Tuesday Writing Tip.