Friday, 22 June 2007

New kid on the block

Most of you don't know me, so I thought I should introduce myself.

I wanted to join the race back in January, but family life got in the way, so I decided to cheer from the sidelines. My fledgling novel has in the meantime stalled completely, so I thought that now might be a good time to join in and hope that all your encouragement will get me back on the right track.

I don't call myself a writer. Not yet. Though I do have a few rejection letters under my belt, so I guess I am on the way there. My background is a degree in German (rather a long time ago) followed by working as a Chartered Accountant, then juggling being a full-time Mum (both my teenagers have special needs) with doing a little part-time work and trying to fit in occasional time for me. Two years ago I decided to take my lifelong desire to write more seriously. I did two short Open University courses on fiction and poetry, followed by the level two Creative Writing course last year (hello, Jen!). I am now juggling whether to go for the level three course next year or perhaps try to get on an MA in a couple of years if/when life at home has settled down a little. While I decide, there is the small matter of this novel trying to get out of my head.

I am doing an OU course on mental health at the moment, with an exam in less than a month and then I hope to start to increase my word count, which is currently languishing just below 5000. But whilst I haven't been actually writing I have been doing more planning and I suspect there will be a lot of rewriting to do. I may even just start again from scratch.

I have a blog about writing, books and my life generally, which I have been using as a motivator to write something, however small, almost every day. I hope you might find time to drop in there and I'm looking forward to getting to know you all on here.


Jen said...

Hello Cathy, how lovely that you've decided to join us!

Have you thought about doing the Susan Hill course as a bridge to the Level 3 OU one? I've signed up, as has Cally, it would be fun if you did it too?

Caroline said...

I have just completed an MA in Creative Writing at MMU, the classes were in the evening and two nights a week. They do a distance online one too. If you ever consider it and want to know more, drop me an email. Nice to meet you here. Welcome to the race x

Cathy said...

Hi Jen,

Yes I have already signed up for Susan Hill's course. I am also toying with doing the OU short playwriting course this autumn, as apparently playwriting is in the level three syllabus and the short course is only going to run once a year from now on. Oh dear, I can see I am going to overload myself yet again...

Cathy said...

Hi Caroline

Thanks, I would be interested to learn more. Will certainly drop you an eamil sometime soon. I can only dream of producing something as you did on your MA!

liz fenwick said...

Welcome Cathy! I've signed up for the Susan Hill course too.....there might be quite a few of us!

hesitant scribe said...

The Susan Hill course sounds very good - go for it!

Don't do a PhD (in writing that is) - tis a hellish nightmare that eats up all your creativity!

leatherdykeuk said...

Hi Cathy.

I've signed up for Susan Hill too.

Jen said...

Ooh, I might sign up for the play-writing 10-pointer too!!

Sounds as if there's a few of us joining Susan Hill - brilliant!