I've been quiet of late, because after making a real surge with entering short story competitions the novel I was working on has fallen to the wayside and I'm finding it difficult to get back into it. I know where the story goes but I'm struggling to write it down. On top of that I've been studying for my NVQ (ooooh - fancy!) in creative writing so that's taken up a bit time aswell (although that too has fallen by the wayside in the last few weeks. Must get motivated again! I'm not sure how the short stories are going down, but I think the main problem I'm having is not taking them seriously enough, which isn't going to win me any prizes is it?!
But I have Johnny Shankley finished and he's due for his final draft in May. This novel I'm going to finish by the end of the year, and my NVQ novel shoud be done in December too, at least to the first draft. Fragments is ready to go, but I need to do research on who publishes short storys (9,000 words). There's no point attempting to get a book published in New Zealand as they are very New Zealand focused - it's part of its charm that they are so stauchly insular!
I haven't really listened to a lot of Ryan Adams in recent weeks after the marriage funnily enough, but this has left me lots of time to re-discover music so my ipod has been working through Led Zeppelin, Gene, Blur's first 2 albums, Kate Bush, and many more. It's been quite refreshing!