Emerging Writers’ Festival 2013

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So I wanted to get this done earlier but life has been so hectic and I finally have a quiet moment. I must say this years EWF was amazing! The new director and program was a hit. There were so many things that I went to that i enjoyed. I think what made it a little more fun was the fact that I was able to go these events with people I adore. Megan and Peta were my musketeers and it was a lot of fun! I think I loved the fact that we could be immersed in this literary world as a newbie. Or at least for me. I got to see the nitty gritty of it and I have to say that it’s actually amusing as all hell. To watch the familiar faces and try and pick out who is who is actually quite challenging. But that’s not all that made that week amazing. My stories I submitted earlier in the year were both published! Granted they’re student publications, nonetheless, they are still damn important!

The first is an honourable mention in the Time to Write Anthology for my story Misguided. It’s a story I actually wrote a few years back to try and get into the creative writing program at Flinders University and was rejected from. After cleaning it up and a few thousand edits I got it up to scratch and I’m excited about it! The other piece I got published was a piece in the Espresso Shot placemat that a couple of my peers were working on! My piece there was called Feel Again and I’m pretty sure I wrote after a hanging the washing moment. I have lots of starters on my harddrive with things like that.

But also just as exciting, I took the time to grab the latest issue of Seizure from Page Parlour as well as the book from the Viva la Novella challenge winner.

Although these are all very exciting, my favourite thing for the entire week was the yoga and meditation that I did at the writers’ retreat at the Abbotsford Convent. It was probably the most relaxed I’ve been in a long time and I think that it really helped me keep my zen through all the hard times. I learned a lot more than most of the other. It’s also made me adamant that I start taking control of my life. I’m a stresshead in the best of times because I’m prone to overthinking everything and I think i need to change this and take a new direction. Yoga and Pilates are going to get slipped into my routine (this is a part of the gym process I love) and I’m taking control of my health and leisure. I’m going to force myself to go to the gym, because it’s good for me and I’m going to enjoy it. Because That high that comes after it is worth it’s weight in gold.

I learned a lot about being busy and what it’s like.

It’s fun! I’m not going to let anyone else tell me otherwise.

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