This is the view of the garden from the French doors of my room at NZ Pacific Studio taken at the start of my time as the Masterton Creative Communities Fellow. The other view is the small verandah outside my room. What a luxury to have three whole weeks in which to do nothing very much except write. I was so excited to be chosen for this fellowship. So big thanks to the Creative Communities Committee and to NZ Pacific Studio’s committee who select the people who will receive the awards.
Below are views of my studio/bedroom and in the bookcase I found a copy of Virginia Wolf’s ‘A Room Of One’s Own,’ which seemed very apt as I left the responsibilities of home and settled into burying myself in work. And work I did, lots of it… I came home feeling many words richer and a good deal clearer about the shape of this book which I’m calling Changing The World, One Story At A Time as a working title.
Our days at NPS began early and finished late. Brandy Scott, our House Manager and fellow novelist, Betsy Bell McKim, from Canada, painter of whimsical, sometimes satirical animals and Laurence O’Toole from Ireland, a narrative painter, were all making the most of their work time as was I.
However, we found time to talk and laugh together and and so evenings could be hilarious, but even in these times, pressing ideas often sent us scurrying back to our rooms to do more work. As I said, pure luxury to work to our own rhythms. So it was with mixed feelings, I look my leave two days ago and came home where I’ve been for two days now. I have resettled by reconfiguring my writing space so that I can see out the windows without gazing into full sunlight. No real writing has been done so far, as the long Easter holiday has meant visits from family, an Easter Egg hunt, lots of housework and other visits. But, I have many good ideas and once school and work are back on, I’m determined to keep up a good pace. More about this later.