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It'a  glorious sunny start to the week here, so that bodes well for a good week on Writers Abroad. Plenty to read, comment and provide feedback on, so don't be shy.

  1. Mary has provided us with the Blog of this week and a subject I'm sure we're all familiar with. It's the nightmare of a writer but Mary's jolly take is a breath of fresh air.
  2. Marit has set the Monday Muses for this week, one involves throwing a dice and the other a picture, plenty to get the ink flowing!
  3. The January Writing Challenge has had some interesting submissions for the theme of 'Moving On' and there is still time to submit edited versions.
  4. Writers News has confirmed receipt of our article on the Anthology and will be advising of the publication date.
  5. We have a formal Chat on-line via Windows Live Messenger this Sunday 23rd January at 2pm CET. Alyson is in the chair.
  6. As per the notes of the last meeting (see Meeting Room forum), suggestions for Anthology 2011 and for use of our 'money pot' by email before the meeting would be helpful. 
  7. And finally a quick plug for 100 Stories for Queensland, deadline is 28th January deadline just before midnight (but remember that's Australian time) so please support if you can.

Have a good writing week all at Writers Abroad. 

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Well, we're firmly into the New Year so no time of messing about, the decorations should all be put away, chocolates have all been munched and we've no money left to spend. So pen and paper or keyboard and screen to the ready and get writing!

  1. Chris has provided this weeks Blog about writing resolutions - and if you're looking for WA to support yours why not let us know your plans in the forum 'Writing Goals 2011'? Don't be shy, we're here to help!
  2. Jo has uploaded this weeks Monday Muse, a few options including an image again. So pop over and have a go. Many of us have created longer stories from these prompts so if you're wanting to write more then this is the place to be.
  3. The January Writing Challenge is still open and there has been a few more submissions, so please provide feedback where you can.
  4. The article on the Anthology for Writers News has been submitted and thanks for all your valuable comments. 
  5. We have another New Member - Vesna -  who has started her months trial and is already contributing to the site. Dianne and Angela are now formal members of Writers Abroad. So welcome and enjoy!

I think that's it for this week, though I'm sure there is lots more happening.

Happy Writing! 


Elusive Resolutions
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Sitting at my kitchen table at eight a.m. with the sun streaming through screaming ‘wash me’ windows I am initiating my one and only New Year resolution.

‘That’s a bit delayed’ I hear you say.

I know we are a week into 2011 but I have been somewhat busy with a visiting sister, a party for the Kings on the 6th and other activities too numerous to mention and there lies my problem. My intentions for 2010, 2009 and previous turn over a new leaf years have been thwarted by all those things that I believed too important to put on hold.

Why then do I constantly relegate my writing time to the bottom of the to-do list? It is vitally important to me and has been from childhood. Throughout my working years it really was difficult to fit ‘me’ time into lesson planning, marking, preparation, busy family commitments and keeping the house spick and span. Now I am retired and able to do what I want what compels me to put just about everything and everyone before my thirst to create?

This is going to be the year of change when I am going to find markets for my work, complete my half finished novel and my series of stories for young children about the neighbours’ menagerie. I might even get my poems together and resume my genealogy research and writing on American ancestors.

Hang on, perhaps I should add a second resolution to the first and make a priority list!

Watch this space.

A happy, healthy and peaceful 2011 to you and yours.


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