I'm back! And I'm in Bristol! The move went really smoothly and, for the first time EVER, I've got my own office/study. I'm inordinately pleased, even if I do have to share it with the washing machine and the ironing board (they're reasonably behaved roommates, although the washing machine does enjoy a good grumble in the corner of the room occasionally!)
My photos are up, my 'how to write' books are in place and I've put up my pin/white board and wiped it clean, ready to fill up with lots of Project B plottings. Quite frankly I couldn't be happier!
I had a fabulous time at the writers' retreat in Nice too. I had a lovely room with a great view of the tree-filled valley, wrote lots of notes on Project B (including filling out a character questionnaire Julie, our tutor, gave us) and swam in the pool daily.
The weather was glorious and I only wish we'd had more than 4 days there. Although it was a screenwriting retreat all the exercises we did (an hour a day) were relevant to novel writing too and I got a lot out of it (including a tan!). Julie sends out a monthly newsletter full of fantastic free tips and exercises that can help nudge the old grey matter so do sign up if you're interested. Her website is: http://www.ink-inc.co.uk/
Project B still needs a LOT more thought and plotting and planning before I can get started but that's fine, I LOVE this stage of novel writing. Thank goodness for the notes facility on my mobile because ideas are jumping into my head all the time.
What else? Oh, there was lovely news waiting for me when I got back - 'Heaven Can Wait' is going to be published in Serbia!
Next on my agenda is the RNA conference in Newport in July. I've been to a few RNA parties but never to the conference and I'm really excited. I've picked the sessions I'm attending and my inbox is full of introductory 'hello I'm a conference newbie too' emails (Anna Scanams kindly arranged the introductions). I'm particularly looking forward to Linda Gillard's workshop on improving descriptive writing (I love dialogue, loath descriptive writing!), Liz Fielding's session on blending humour with emotion and Rachel Summerson's talk on creating characters we can believe in.
Anyone else going?