I arrived back at Stiwdio Maelor in Corris two weeks ago. Apart from a few days over Christmas, when I catch up with Jo in Germany when she travels there with our good friend Soni, I will be here till the end of January working on the third draft of my novel. I plan to write blogs about my progress and anything else of interest, and will also continue to record my research findings during the five weeks I spent travelling around Britain. I hope this mixture of past and present events isn’t too confusing.
As for the novel, some of my research meant I had to go back to the start of the draft and tidy up settings and events in some of the scenes. At the end of my first five weeks at Maelor the third draft stood at 30,556 words. In these last two weeks, I have edited those words and added more than 10,000 words, so that as of yesterday the draft stands at 42,000 words. For me to finish the third draft, which keeps growing, I will need to edit/write approximately 3,000 words per residency day. This is a little harder than it sounds, as I’m a slow writer and I am also trying to fit in my Welsh language and landscape activities, which themselves feed ideas, tone and atmosphere into the book. On top of these tasks, I help out with some Stiwdio Maelor activities, such as the Open Day next Saturday (3 December), at which I’ll be reading a short story and poems written during my time here. Anyone in the area is welcome to come. The Facebook link is here.
|Open Day Invitation|
Below are some photos of a walk I took early yesterday morning, with the first frost on the ground.
|Frost glueing a leaf to the slate banister of the 'zig-zag' steps that start near the Corris Institute|
|Crunchy frost underfoot|
|Shadow self-portraint with frost and late autumn birch trees|
|Walking back to Corris, facing east|
|Wood smoke drifting over the village|
As always, I hope you enjoy this post and I welcome your comments.