There are regular emails coming through now about the payment to renew this site being due. To be honest I’m not sure I’m really going to want to outlay the required £50 to do so. For a few reasons mainly.
When I started this entire thing nine years ago it was mainly to document the writing, rehearsal and performance of a stage play I was creating at the time. That passed by and, whilst being well recieved, didn’t really go much beyond that. Then I had the Unlocked Project which was writing a script and putting the progress online for all to read no matter how ghastly it was looking at the time. It resulted in a terrible script on an idea that needed far more work but lessons were certainly learned. Then came the script about the Dumfries Witch Trials that also didn’t get much further than the page but was fun to write due to the need for research and historical accuracy. Finally, for the last few years, it’s been used to gives updates on how my first book was going. As of now, nearly five years since I started, it remains in bits on my hard drive. I can write about planets, space craft and other worlds until the end of time but the actual emotive depth of a woman discovering her daughter has gone missing never felt like it hit true for me.
This isn’t a ‘Giving up writing’ entry. The great news is that I currently have a paid writing gig for the first time in my life. Halfway through August I applied for The Dumfries Multiverse. Two of my three writing samples were actually from the book so that project hasn’t been a complete waste of time. I was pleasantly surprised when I was one of the final six who get to write the stories that will be attached via audio file QR codes on sculptures around the town. We’ve had two meetings so far and I have to say it’s a glorious tonic meeting new people after eighteen months of lockdowns and restrictions. The final result goes on show in January 2022 so if you’re in that neck of the woods at that time then come along and hear my piece about spacemen from the future visiting the town.
It’s felt great as well. After years of writing alone at home and showing people only to be met with indifference at best I’ve applied to a project and they think I’m worth taking on based on what they’ve read. It’s a glorious feeling.
So what about the blog Cam? Well I’m thinking that I’ll pay the money to keep the web address but let the service plan slide. Adverts will come back as a result and the design might change as a result. The thing is that this blog was always a side warm up to writing sessions, using it to get into the swing of things. It has felt like the last few years of updates have been ‘just wrote a few words’ style entries. I’d rather spend the time writing stuff that matters. The entries weren’t often followed by many comments either so it felt a bit like an echo in the forest.
The entries will remain up here anyway so there’s an entire vault if writing mishaps and small victories to look upon. Enjoy if that’s your thing.