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Well, apparently it’s nearly August! How’d that happen? With a head that’s been buried in the books, the time certainly flies. But ‘Academic Time’ 2012 is now officially over and that means….it’s time to let the creative birds out of the attic.

Happily, these birds will fly off to freedom amid the unfurling of the flags that will announce the opening of the Games of the XXX Olympiad, hosted by my GB home. And we’ll do The Games proud! Don’t be fooled by the directionless bus drivers, the threatening to strike train drivers…Britain knows what she’s doing. After all, if the only athletes to make it to the stadiums are the Brits who can walk there from their own homes, we will for sure make an impact on the Medal Board! The ‘games” may already have begun!!!

Catriona CoeAs more late nights then, are penned in on my calendar here in Western Australia, I am grateful for the staying awake practice I have had with Wimbledon, The Open and the sterling efforts of our man in yellow, Tour de France winner, Bradley Wiggins. I will continue to greet the sports filled, wee small hours in square-eyed delight and am committed to hanging in there for the long haul to support these incredible athletes as they leave it all on the track, field or in the pool. (I shan’t elaborate on how I greet my own morning and the prospect of work on limited zzzzz’s but some things happen rarely so we must embrace and revel in them while we can.)

In between sports viewing and inspired by the same, I will be commencing Draft 3 of my novel, working on a short film in September and developing some of my own scripts, written in the wintry wilds of Scotland earlier this year - nothing like a bit of extreme weather to blow out the cobwebs and invite some interesting interactions with colourful characters! (For those in Scotland reading this, don’t worry, I have changed your names!!!)

And while it may take some time for my writing or acting efforts to win me a Booker Prize or a BAFTA …I’m gonna keep trying for what I love to do. After all, Le Wiggo did not win his Maillot Jeune without consistent and repeated commitment, The Big Easy didn’t triumph to hold the Claret Jug aloft without endless and focused practice …to win, to achieve, we must first be in with a shot and that means knuckling down and doing the hard yards.

Yes, my friends, creating the opportunity to write, act or present full time is not easy but in the words of writer, poet (and aviator!) Antoine de Sainte-Exupery, “The one thing that matters is the effort.” So as we applaud the efforts of our Olympians, striving for their goals, let’s continue to work hard to achieve our own. That, I believe, is worth Gold.

To commitment and belief then…..and ‘till next time.

Take care.

Catriona Coe

Catriona Coe

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