Friday, December 01, 2006

Winter plans

The year is now deliriously close to the end. Everyone around me has the holidays on the brain. The news reports say more and more people call in sick at this time of year just to catch up on shopping and getting ready to deck their halls.

Cursive Communications will be taking a small break too; I will be
travelling around within the country, but still easy to contact by email, etc. This isn't until mid-December though. In the meantime, I will still continue to network locally and liaise with agencies in the hope of lining up work for 2007.

The project with the Canadian Television Fund is on hold until January 2007. November proved to be a curious month, with many projects dangled before me - more than the entire year combined - but sadly none came to fruition. The upside of all this is that many government clients will start a slurry of contract hires, between now and January, that will all end on March 31, 2007. I remain confident that Cursive Communications will find new clients during this hiring frenzy.

NaNoWriMo was not the smash success I thought it would be. Once again, I did not reach the
desired 50K word count but I also lost my focus very early on this year. Character and plot development require such vivid imagination. I found myself questioning the believability of all my characters; they started to sound like me after awhile, at least when I read back scenes to myself. I did not want to write a story that could not pull readers in. That being said, I still believe in the story idea's strength, I just think that this is not the right time to be writing it. I applaud all the Ottawa NaNoWriMo participants who won this year, and everyone who tried. I think I'll have to Wri-te Mo-re" next year, if I decide to participate again.

Happy holidays one and all, may you be surrounded by loved ones and good cheer to see through into the New Year!