I went to the Dark Mofo festival last Friday night. Festivals aren’t really something I attend, but Dark Mofo is different. Not only does it get me out of the house and mingling with other people, but it holds the weird and wonderful at its core. I always love the light displays that are part of the event, and this year’s main installation of lasers didn’t disappoint.
Dark Mofo also gave me a perfect setting for a crime. As hubby and I wandered towards the lasers in Dark Park, I couldn’t help but think what a perfect setting the waterfront and streets would make. There were hundreds of people milling around, most of the looking at the many art displays in windows and on the sides of buildings. A distraction or someone in the shadows, a quick action, and… hmm. Could I take a story idea and set it here? Loads of potential.
Somewhere else that recently gave me inspiration were the forests in southern Tasmania. Hubby and I did a walk amongst the trees and I found the ideas flowing. The trees and undergrowth combined to make a perfect place for a hide and seek—someone escaping and trying to hide in the bush, perhaps? How would you cover your tracks? Where would you hide? Why that place? Possibly not what most people would think of when on a bush walk.
A well-known writer (I can’t remember who) once said that a writer is either writing, or thinking of writing. That’s not true for me, but my writing has changed the way I view the world around me. I see and hear ideas everywhere. It’s both inspiring and frustrating—there’s only so many stories I can work on at once! I’ll tuck the ideas away and maybe one day it will be their turn to be told.
On a different topic, I’ve had the results of the x-ray on my left hand. There was a tiny amount of wear and tear, but nothing out of the ordinary. Good news, as is my doctor agreeing that it’s unlikely my writing is causing the pain I get in my hand (YES!). Back to the keyboard I go—I have stories to write!
What's it about?
It's about words and my life as a writer. There are also tips for those starting their writing journey, with a focus on self-publishing, and encouragement all round.