WIP x 2

I have two new things in progress. Yay!

The first is a fantasy series. At the moment I’m still collating ideas/absorbing information as much as I can. I think this one will be a while in the making. In fact, I don’t plan to start writing for at least a year.

The second came to me when I was woken up by my German-speaking student-neighbours for the fifth night in a row (their hours of wakefulness seem to be 12am-5am which is not conducive to a teacher whose sleeping hours are 10pm-6am), which I’m now not as angry about because if I had not been awoken, then maybe this new book idea wouldn’t have come to me. It’s contemporary YA and I have a feeling it has been born from immense home sickness as I haven’t been back to Australia in 2.5 years. At this stage I can say it is set here:

My farm

the time I walked down Straight Street

Location: Straight Street, Damascus
Year: 2011

The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying — Acts 9:11

This be that street! Found in the Christian Quarter of Old Damascus, it’s a street lined with stores selling anything from pyramid-shaped spices to bulging buckets of Vaseline. When I was there, there were also many restaurants and bars. It’s devastating to know that violence has reached Old Damascus. It will be interesting to see what remains at the end of it all… if there will be an end, which sadly I can’t imagine happening any time soon.