Many lifetimes ago I worked in an academic library (and enjoyed it) but life took some unplanned turns and I became a teacher. More twists and health turns of life saw teaching become problematic and me needing to take time off. Over the past year or so, a desire to find a way to juggle writing, health and a day job, I’ve come to realise the circumstances that saw me leave libraries has passed.
I now find myself done with my first subject in over a decade after enrolling in February as an external student in the Masters of Library and Information Management at the University of South Australia. There have been a lot of new experiences and at times it has felt like the learning curve has been a sheer cliff face. Also, a lot of reminding myself I’ve done this degree thing (twice) and it’s like riding a horse….
I now have a mid-year break and creative writing has come back to the fore. I’ll be glad once I’ve learnt the juggling act of creative vs academic writing as they’ve never truly competed with each other before. My priority for the next six weeks is creative words. They’ve been sitting staring, or in some cases glaring, at me tapping their appendages.
And this is where serendipity plays its hand. On Facebook a friend mentioned she was going to focus her own writing by doing Six in Six and one by one a group of us raised our hands and went “me too!”.
For the next six weeks, I’ll have a focus. For me it’s more a mix of some chapters towards a work in progress novel and also a foray into short story writing. I’m more a novella length girl but a couple of things have grabbed my attention enough to make me wonder if my brain will concede “short” = 3,000 words (instead of my more usual 15,000).
I’m looking forward to this challenge. Thanks to health issues, this is something I’ve been waiting a long time for – the ability to focus and write. Between my return to university and this challenge, my brain is slowly showing me it is working again. Something I am eternally grateful for.