I’ve been missing for a while. Licking wounds I suppose. My TMA01 is back but not as successfully as I had imagined. Clear pass but lots of naive errors that I didn’t expect. So a big learning curve. Some of the things I got wrong were not specific ‘no-noes’ in the rubric and I’m disappointed that what I thought were good ideas were disapproved of. Also disappointed that what I imagined to be strong narrative was seen as ‘listy’, despite never once using ‘and then’ as a lead in. So, much to think about. The new Fiction forum and work shopping is chaotic but I’m not the only one rather bewildered. Very tentatively, have submitted a spontaneously written story to the workshop phase. Have a possible for TMA02 but very uncertain about submitting. Not sure where to focus for EMA but asked for a 300 word summary as part of TMA02. Already! Seems a bit early. Thought the new year and return to CNF would be more than soon enough. Does a 300 word submission tie me in? Irretrievably?
Note that there is a planned Christmas break. Glad about that but suspect the iPad will go with me to Albir and stories will be written. I’ve got a number of unfinished stories, major re-edit pieces to sort. The hotel in Albir may be attractive but the time there may be busy.
Personally disappointed in the general election result. Believe in ‘stronger together’ and feel this result make us vulnerable to USA. Could be problematic for we expats in Spain . Hope not. I’m very vulnerable to any health care problems. Devastated that some of my native Tyneside/north east has turned Tory blue! Mother will be turning in her grave.