Artist Date: 4 hours with David Quantick

How to Write Everything is the name of David Quantick’s book. He has years of journalism, screenwriting, speeches and sketches under his belt. From sitcoms to novels. With thirty years’ experience as an award-winning scriptwriter. He is also a self-confessed Hack. I am reading and taking notes on what DQ has to say to usContinue reading “Artist Date: 4 hours with David Quantick”

Journal entry artist date.

Malvern Moments “Even if you start the day late, don’t give up on it.” More of my wise grandad’s advice. When applied to my life the advice becomes punchier. More like – NEVER GIVE IN, NEVER SURENDER! My son Joshua had a melt down before I even got to the alarm clock to turn offContinue reading “Journal entry artist date.”

Poems from writing retreat

Mum Her home in two places can be One her family, is she? The other a mother. Life can be smothered I ritual suffered. Her fresh bread dedication A clean house meditation. Church and then home Regulated, lovingly grown. I fail. I fail the ‘I do’s.’ I fail to choose. I’m wanting more I’m takingContinue reading “Poems from writing retreat”

It’s beginning to hurt.

James Lasdun, winner of this year’s inaugural national short story prize wrote ‘It’s Beginning to Hurt’ in just 500 words. we were set the challenge of borrowing one of his character’s and write their story within the same, or near to. time frame. so this is Beginning to Hurt from Derrick’s view in 460 words. It’s beginningContinue reading “It’s beginning to hurt.”

Just Back Travel

Just back: Bear facts in your face (Slug line; Tubby bear can run!) “You’ll get close to nature here” said the Fast-Gas service attendant. His welcoming smile a pleasure though the open car window as he filled up our tank. It was a wonderful chance to the road for our Vancouver rented Pontiac sunbird (aContinue reading “Just Back Travel”

Poems from writing retreat

I come from I come from ‘kiddy’ like From angel named and dad’s girl From ‘Ser Bear’ can have what she wanted. I come from Mums are so sensible From the smell of Jeyes’ Fluid and Tea Tree oil From dentist visits and “clean up please.” I come from having a silver cross and myContinue reading “Poems from writing retreat”