All the Extras
This page is where I'll discuss a mix of other topics which either are important or I just want to discuss and let you know about.
Again this week, a couple of personal things have gotten in the way, but I'm hoping to be back to an actual schedule again next week. I do plan on doing this coming Top Ten Tuesday- which I haven't taken part in for about two months or something ridiculous.
Today is a round up of little things, as I've done in the past. Then I'll have a book review for you on Saturday. :)
What I'm Listening To
I've been listening to so much of Ruelle's songs lately. She's really talented and really under-rated. I was discussing this the other day with Michelle @TheWritingHufflepuff and was glad to find someone else who's heard of Ruelle.
One of my favourites (and one on the playlist of my current WIP- more on that below) that I listen to a lot id called Madness.
Today, I've also listened to the theme for Bucky in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as a key piece of the playlist. I started the day by checking it could definitely fit and then I've been doing a breakdown of various points. As a whole, the piece is potentially a little long, but it really works for the scene I want to write.
What I'm Reading
I'm currently in a bit of a fantasy slump and am only reading one book at a time, until I get out of it. Fortunately, I have plenty of contemporaries on hand. On the other side of that, half my physical TBR is fantasy, so I'm hoping I can get out of it soon. Actually, I've recently a great series, so think I'm having a bit of a book hangover from that.
So the book I'm reading is Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell. Despite the slump, it is a fantasy book, but I'm slowly making my way through it. Going well so far.
What I'm Writing
I have several big projects I'm working on at the moment. Given the above musical section, I suppose I should start with that.
My new novel is slowly taking form; though I'm still doing lots of planning for it- and will probably do throughout- I have started writing a few bits, or have ideas for others stored in my head. It's something of a horror, a genre I rarely watch in films since I get scared way too easily, but these characters came to me and wouldn't leave. I am making a Pinterest board, so when I've written more, I may do another update on how it's going and link it.
I'm also working on a brand new, somewhat scary, idea for a new play. It's autobiographical. That's why it's scary. Then I'm working with my Spoken Word group on a compilation zine about love and relationships, which is a lot better in practice than I thought when we started out.
Lots of things to keep busy! :)
Now for the first time ever, I'm also going to share a snippet that I have done from my new novel, of two characters in a book shop. It's the first bit of that scene, and unedited. Therefore I'm probably going to regret it after I publish this post, but oh well. Everything starts with a first draft.
I have Ilsa @AWhisperofInk to blame/thank for giving me this idea after she's been posting snippets of her writing and thought this was a great idea. Now here I am too! :)
Flower represents my nervousness here. You're welcome. :)
That's it tonight. What are on your respective lists for the categories I've talked about?
All the best.
I'm finally back to a normal schedule this week, so I'll get to catch up on a few posts I should have done a while ago. Life and all.
Today, I'm going to discuss my experience of the annual Grow Festival at Hull Truck Theatre, held this year between 10th-12th May. Grow Festival is the theatre's annual programme for artists development, no matter where people are in their careers. This year's was the second time I'd been, and I got so much out of it!
By the way, this post will be quite long, but I do have three days to cover. :) I'm still sorting through various contacts and things I wrote down, so that will take a while.
The annual pass was £40 for the whole festival, but I didn't opt for that and paid £25 overall, a mix of both paying and free events, as I couldn't make all of it. So I'll talk through each event I did attend and my thoughts and whatnot.
Also a quick disclaimer- if I forget to mention anyone in the events I attended, then you're all amazing and thanks for having me! :)
Thursday 10th May
Northern Venues: Artist Development Trade Fair
The first thing on the menu was the trade fair for theatres and companies around the north, mainly for those around Yorkshire. Or, as I like to think of it- tons of networking.
Honestly, I haven't really done too much like this before. The chance to leave my room and properly introduce myself into the real world as a writer and what I do was both scary- I have social anxiety which unfortunately likes to follow me everywhere- yet something it was finally time for me to do. So I did.
I met so many people and continued some already existing connections from the last few months. It was great, so thanks everyone. A special shout out goes to Helen Goodman, who put so much of this year's festival together. I first met Helen on the Thursday- she's one of the sweetest people I know of and I'm looking forward to getting to know her more in the weeks to come.
First Time Out
On the evening, the final two things of the day happened. The official launch was hosted by The Herd, which was fun and crazy, followed by First Time Out. This is the scratch night, where new work is previewed in the early stages, with audience feedback. There were three pieces, all of which I enjoyed and I'd want to see the full thing one day.
Again, I want to do a shout out to Lydia Marchant, who is an amazing writer and has somehow put up with me for the last three years (how has it been that long??). At some point on the evening, we discussed the idea of me doing something for next year's First Time Out- more on that later.
Bottom line is, I'm actually debating it. So Lydia...er, thanks. :D
I ended the night exhausted but excited for what was to follow. So far, so good.
Friday 11th May
Collaboration Speed Dating
My schedule would only allow for the one event on the Friday, but at least I didn't miss a day.
Now, in the normal sense, I've never done speed dating, nor would want to. Thankfully, artist collaborating speed dating was a lot different. Though, while I know it was necessary, by the 10th time I'd introduced myself and what I'm working on, I was kind of saying it on autopilot, just to get to the different conversation. Can't help that- I'm an introvert. Meaningful conversations are what I'm after, rather than the small talk.
Big thanks to The Roaring Girls for hosting it and making it lots of fun. As is often the case, I'm on holiday when they perform their new show, but after seeing a sample in last year's scratch night, and having properly met them this year, it will be fantastic.
The good news about only doing one thing after a full day before was that I got to conserve some energy for the almost full day that was to come. Lots of writing and creative stuff. :)
Saturday 12th May
Bryony Kimmings Workshop
What do you call an intense 4-hour workshop where out come out feeling like your head's going to explode?
The best kind.
This Saturday was the first time I'd met Bryony and she's amazing. Both at what she does and as a person. It's rare that I meet someone with such a positive mind-set for everyone to just go and do stuff. In the workshop, we danced, we wrote, we asked some serious and not so serious questions, and finished it with a picnic.
We each came out with a new idea for a play and honestly, the timing couldn't have been better. I went pretty deep in some of the questions I wrote down over the session and the one that I ended with is an autobiographical piece.
Over the last couple of months, I've pretty much been writing the novelised, not-as-autobiographical version. I haven't gotten very far, which makes me wonder if writing it as a novel was ever the right thing. I don't think it was. I think I just fell back on the style of writing I'd had the most experience in and knew best how to do.
After Bryony's workshop, I made the decision to scrap the novel and writing the play. And the vague sense of an idea that Lydia and I talked about for next year's First Time Out?
Well, there you go.
I've got a year.
Hull Truck Shorts
This was only the second thing I took part in as an audience member- so unlike last year, for various reasons and I'm glad of it. However, it was nice just to sit back and watch what other people had created.
The pieces were all written by local writers and all were brilliant. It was a nice way to end the festival and I still can't believe it went as fast as it did.
After that, was the Grow Festival after party and I got to just talk with various people I'd met over the three days. Yep, that's right- little 5ft, socially anxious me actually wanted to talk to people. I definitely didn't recognise myself from last year, again a good thing. :)
So that was my Grow Festival for 2018. Once again, a huge thanks to everyone at Hull Truck for putting this on, and to everyone who contributed, took part, ect.
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