Friday, May 15, 2009

Busy, Busy Busy

Tomorrow the last of my offspring, Sinead, makes her First Holy Communion. She will wear the same white dress that her two older sisters wore - I'm not a great believer in spending more than needs be. I take after my mother in that respect!

I'm then heading to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annamakerrig on Sunday for a week long of writing. It's one of the residential weeks that I won as a bursary, from both Dundalk Town Council and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre itself.

I've already printed off some of the materials that I might work on. I'm thinking 'torture implements,' but I'm not sure what I'll do with them yet. I'm a little bit concerned about how these ones here at home will cope without someone to clean up and wash up after them, but I know I shouldn't be. I won't miss that at AMK.

Imagine: not having to get up and interrupt work because I've to make dinner, or peg out clothes, or wash the floor, or vacuum the sitting room, or fill the washing machine, or do the shopping, or bring someone to the dentist, or fix the toilet, or ... Just imagine: no-one's needs to tend to but my own, no interruptions - in fact absolutely no excuses for not writing!

I'll see you all on the far side, in a week's time. I'm not allowing myself on the internet while I'm there!

11 comments:

Rachel Fox said...

Have a great time. I wonder how the change in atmosphere/activity will affect your writing...
x

Dominic Rivron said...

Have a good residential week!


Your post took me back to a book I read a bit ago by Kurt Vonnegut (we briefly conversed about it - remember boku maru?). "Busy busy busy" is what a Bokononist whispers "whenever [he] thinks about how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is."

BarbaraS said...

Oh yeah, Dominc, I do remember that - isn't life very circular sometimes!

Rachel, I think that's an interesting point - one I' wouldn't have thought of, you clever sausage!

Colin Will said...

I'm looking forward to attending my new grand-daughter's First Communion next month. It'll be a first for me too - wee Zen roshi that I am.

Liz said...

Barbara, hi, just to say have a ball at the writing retreat....and hope to see you on the 28th for the Introductions readings (I was originally on the 27th but swapped with Jackie so I can make it to Listowel on the 27th!!)
Happy writing! ; )

Totalfeckineejit said...

Good luck with that B. Hope you have a great, restful and inspirationally creative time.When you get a chance pop over to mine to pick up an award.Fuck the Fish forget the O'Faollain, don't dig the Davy Byrne, shag the something beginning with S, the only awards worth a shite are D'EEjit awards.

Kay said...

Oh you just enjoy that week to the fullest - you so deserve it. Looking forward to seeing the results along the road a bit.

Clare Dudman said...

You're probably there now! Hope you have a good and productive time!

Emerging Writer said...

Hope you have a productive stay. If you can stay off the internet completely, you're a stronger woman than me! Can't you call it research?

Dick said...

I'm imagining not having to get up and interrupt work...make dinner...vacuum the sitting room, and I'm wishing you well and that profitable hours be spent and hating you at the same time!

apprentice said...

I'm sure you must still be beavering away. I found the more space I got the more I just stared out into it. I think I need to feel like I'm stealing the time to write to concentrate my mind.

I'll do the meme once I've caught up on things.