Between health and personal issues and writing issues, I have had a bit of a tough time lately, but I am slowly easing back and moving forward – which really seems like a contradiction in terms, but it isn’t.

This week, it has become very clear that I need to step back from some of my responsibilities and focus once more on those that are important to me.  As a result, I am Mother and Wife first and foremost, and anything else will be taken on a case by case basis.  Just having time for me is important and this week has been a real friend-fest, which has been very encouraging and uplifting.  I blogged about Cassie’s help, but my local friends, Belinda, Rachael and Michelle all need a special mention, because I am so blessed to have spent some quality time with them this week and as a result, my spirits are now soaring, and once more the creative juices are flowing.  For someone who had lots of acquaintances and didn’t believe I really needed close friends, I have come a long way in a week.

Writing has been hugely successful this week, with another idea cropping up within my inner conflict story that added to the inner conflict, but has provided me with a good insight into my Medusa character.  She is who I am doing my SoCNoC novel on, so it was nice to see her as the conflicted person she was, and I have to wonder why I never consciously used my own inner conflict before.  The short story worked and I managed to use 3 of the 7 words (suspire, plucky and tipple, the rest just did not lend themselves to the story), so I am very pleased with my efforts.

Next week I will write another short story about conflict, relational conflict, a struggle with someone else, Medusa has conflict with a lot of people in the story, two of them gods, so this week I will focus on Athena, because I concentrated on Medusa and a moral dilemma put on her by  Poseidon.

Tuesday sees the start of SoCNoC, Novel in a month competition, and I am really keen to get started.  And while the short stories I have written are about the characters, they probably aren’t going to be included in the story, because they are only brief and only touch on the issues that I want to get more indepth on.

I am looking forward to the week ahead and the writing challenges that I might face!

Creativity Workshop – A much improved situation
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8 thoughts on “Creativity Workshop – A much improved situation

  • May 30, 2010 at 10:32 am
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    Glad to hear you are recovering, Karen! Nothing like a dose of friends and support to help you back on that path. Good luck for the week to come 🙂

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    • May 30, 2010 at 10:48 am
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      Thanks Merilee, it is really my friends who have made the biggest impact on me this week, and I am thankful for that. If I hadn’t been able to write, I think I would have gone insane!

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  • May 30, 2010 at 10:36 am
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    Wow, what a great place to be in..Your writing has been so healing to you over this past week. I am so pleased that you are feeling blessed by your friends as sometimes you have no Idea how your friendships can impact on another persons life, and yes you have impacted my life just as others have come in and offered freindship. So from Me to You….Thank-you!
    To have people come into your circle then you really are making positive changes for yourself, understanding your own needs is fantastic and some never get to that point. Keep writing Karen, you have a real gift to offer so many.

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    • May 30, 2010 at 10:49 am
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      Rachael, thank you so much for making me realise that friendship is a two way street, for years I have felt that I have always had to make all the effort, but with you guys, it goes both ways, and I will treasure that always!

      You made me cry with your wonderful words this morning, but they are happy tears. Yes, I feel I have turned a corner, and my writing will reflect that too! 😀

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  • May 30, 2010 at 1:11 pm
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    I like your priority list, my family is my priority & when I know they are peacefully humming along then I feel I can hum along with the writing. Becoming an integral part of a family, as parents are, is a very selfless life at times, and also so very rewarding. The harmony can pop out of sync so easily, an illness, a tantrum, like crazy molecules bouncing off each other. We must remember though that while we would like to be wonderwoman, we cant be all things to everyone all the time, we have to look after (y)ourselves, otherwise we become nothing to anyone. Good pointer for ‘conflict’ in fiction actually, so thank you.

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    • May 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm
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      Nicole,
      I, like many others, am conscious of my own needs, but there is a difference between knowing what they are and actually doing what needs to be done. That is why everything else is a case by case basis. I think most of the reason I started to fall off the rails was because I wasn’t writing. If I am not writing, I am beading. If I am not being creative in some form, then I find it very hard to express myself and actually accomplish anything.

      Just taking a step back and focusing on me, I am able to just be me again and I like me!

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  • May 30, 2010 at 1:44 pm
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    I’m so pleased you’re feeling so much better about everything in general – friends, both on and offline, really are a blessing.
    Gosh, I can’t believe that SoCNoC is so close now! You know I’ll be here cheering you on 🙂

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    • May 30, 2010 at 2:11 pm
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      Honey, I know you will be! And I will be cheering you on when you finally deliver that baby! Thats what friends are all about. Thank you!

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