Ste had all three children for three hours on Saturday so I could go to a very local workshop. I'm not sure if he was trying to ensure that his Father's Day performance management review went well....certainly the children were all still smiling and quite happily wound up when I got home.
The workshop itself was great; there were only half a dozen people - a good number for actually having a discussion - and it is so inspiring to talk to like-minded people, even though we were all approaching writing from wildly different directions. Each person had a different preferred genre, even. It is very difficult in such a short session to judge who has genuine talent. I found myself savouring the day, but also viewing each person as a potential competitor. I hadn't expected to feel like that; I'm not a competitive person, usually.
The lady who organised it all is planning on starting something more regular - perhaps even a writing group, in my home town - so I will get the chance to see if they're all they're cracked up to be. There was certainly a lot of 'being nice' to everyone on Saturday, so that it became difficult to discern what was sincere; and one older man who was far more critical. A writing group would be an interesting experience, I think, but I'm unsure yet how valuable it would be.