I’m just waiting to find out if Master J is happy to have his nap at J’s or whether I need to pop round and bring him home, but otherwise the maiden family daycare experience seems to be going well… I’ll find out more when I collect him, but he was certainly all smiles when two of the other children turned up at the same time as us this morning. I do think he grasps so much of what I tell him; when I explained what was happening… well, of course one can’t be sure when a child doesn’t actually speak, but what can I tell you? He really seemed to understand.
And how have I spent my time? Well, I’d made an arrangement to catch up with my writer friend L, and while it was good to have an uninterrupted conversation, I think this time to myself really needs to be that, or else I’ll never get anything done. But we talked shop for an hour, and that’s always useful anyway. I love talking about writing with L. She’s a sharp thinker and is great at no-nonsense pep talks. I always come away from our chats fizzing with renewed energy. So that was good. Then I went for a run and a swim – bliss – before settling down to go over another hacked off section of the MS. It’s about 2,000 words… not quite a functional standalone story at this stage, more a vignette… and I’m not entirely sure what to do with it. Currently it’s still lacking something. I did what I could in terms of finessing, but really the whole thing requires a bit more thought. And that’s okay.
Meanwhile the latest Varuna Alumni News is up. This month it’s a member interview with one of my dear Darklings, Jennifer Scoullar. Exciting times for Jenny, with her rural fiction Brumby’s Run slated for a July release through Penguin. Of course we Darklings are madly shaking our tail feathers with pride – it’s a truly fantastic experience to share and we’re counting down the days to the launch. Go, Jenny, go!