Creativity's Workshop

Taming and Training Your Creativity to Write Abundantly

‘Tis the End of November


mysterious ovalBefore I go any further, I’d like to congratulate my brother Tristan and my friend MJ for winning NaNo WriMo! Well done! I throw cyber confetti at you in abundance and dance around like a maniac in your honour.

I must apologise to my readers for the complete lack of communication of late. Life, always one to start poking holes in perfectly good plans, has taken to November with relish, and quite a bit of ketchup. I’ve been sick, my brother’s been sick, my brother had to return to Australia early, I had visitors and in amongst all of that I’ve been battling to get paying work done.

While the above list doesn’t sound like much, suffice it to say it’s only in the past week that I’ve begun feeling like my old self again. And, just as I’m feeling well enough to blog, WordPress is blocked in China again.

So, once again let’s give a big round of applause to Evan, Administrator Chimp Extraordinaire, for his help.

To recap my month:

  • I wrote 17,000 words on a new novel (before I got completely swamped by Life) which glisten with potential if not yet the lustre of good writing.
  • I’ve collected more ideas for blog posts, which should be coming to you in the near future.
  • The mysterious oval in the school below has progressed (see above)! Now it is covered in bitumen. It looks very neat, and is being used as an exercise area. Hmmm. Is it to become a running track perhaps?

I thank you all for your patience and hope to reward it soon with some more content.

Until then, let us know how your November went. Let’s celebrate or commiserate together!

P.S. Seth Godin recently wrote this brilliant post entitled ‘Where Do Ideas Come From?‘ It only takes a minute to read and every point is spot on!


Author: Jessica

I'm a writer who refuses to pin myself down to one genre, hopping from science-fiction and fantasy through to literary and even the odd western now and then. Check out what I've written at or follow me on Twitter @jessbaverstock.

3 thoughts on “‘Tis the End of November

  1. welcome back – glad to hear you’re feeling better and writing again. What a reminder to be grateful – for freedom to write in a passionate, melancholy or even mediocre manner – grateful for the opportunity, the ability and means to write! Best reason I’ve read to get back on track with my own writing πŸ™‚

    the mysterious oval does have that track-ish look to it. Will you be able to use it – or does it belong to a school or organization nearby?

  2. I’m so glad that you’re back to your postingish self! I really miss you. Must write you emails and such! πŸ™‚ Congratulations on 17,000 words and other adventures!

    Over the course of November-December, I’ve started a new story, and to my shock, it has now reached 21,796 words…dunno how many of them sparkle, and how many of them are in desperate need of red ink, but they are 21,796 words, nonetheless. I hadn’t looked at the number of words until just now, and it’s got me quite elated.

    Currently experiencing a bit of a block…but, interestingly enough, the picture of the bright-faced little girl at the top of Creativity’s Workshop when I came to the page, may have just dislodged the biggest part of my block……..maybe. I had been debating (suspend disbelief, because it is true), whether to go to your site for inspiration, or to do a Google image search for little girls’ faces, and try to find one that struck me. I opted for your page…and got both. πŸ™‚


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