Thursday, 2 April 2009

a year of elvis

a year to the day of elvis....

so i go along to this creative writing group unsure why but i guess to kind of catch the energy of the last one i did back in the islands, except this time i'm just turning up, just attending and after all i'm supposed to be up for this sort of thing.

except i'm so not. all the talk is of publishing, of competitions. there's no constructive discussion at all, just that leaden appreciation that's somehow supposed to masquerade as encouragement. i feel reined in, as if all the dials are turned down low. they have a topic but i daren't write anything because i just know that speed writing is something they're not into. all of which is just about dealable with, except for the joylessness. maybe it's just a bad day. maybe i should keep myself in the world.

and elvis? on it will go. i like the blogulic process. but i must write more fiction this year and i definitely, definitely want to do some more collabortaive work. now if only i could just sleep less....

9 comments:

strangepress said...

silly man! you need to sleep more! it's when your brain is sorting out all the flotsam and jetsam of your daze!

swiss said...

but if only it could do it quicker! to be one of those people who only need four hours sleep a day!

Rachel Fox said...

Some people and some times suit writing groups...at other times it's a big fat no, no, no!
And yes I have a poem about writing groups too!
x

Niamh B said...

Hate those market driven type things, talkin about agents and all that, I know it's part of the thing, but it maybe shouldn't be called creative writing if you're not actually creating anythin... When you're in dubland you could pop into our group if you're up for it...

Roxana said...

lot of fun reading your short exchange with joan :-) sleep creativity and time frustration, more but quicker :-)
I am with both of you...
you have opened my taste for shared creativity, swiss, and I can't wait to witness and try out more of this!

Sorlil said...

ah but more sleep equals more dreams which could mean lots of dream poems, I sure am have lots of weird dreams at the moment but I think that's down to the pregnancy!

strangepress said...

I HAVE A SOLUTION TO YOUR SLEEPING PROBLEM: duh!! a flotation tank!! you can thank french & saunders for today's brainwave.... there was that episode where jennifer saunders is in the tank for 3 minutes but it feels like AGES! ;-P

swiss said...

niamh - reading in ireland sounds like a laugh. and i'm gradually getting my bearings as to where things are...

r - you'll just need to wait a couple of months and i'll have something of a surprise for you then!

j - i have been in a floatation tank. and fell over when i got out! but no, i stil feel less, and more quality sleep, is the answer. that said sorlil's route to the achievement of weirder dreams is too much for me!

Roxana said...

oh, i can't wait :-)