In which my book is launched
In which I discover that things are going okay
In which I begin again
In which there are cigarettes
I’ve spent the last couple of years working on my second novel. Looking back on it, my pattern of work seems to have been to have worked like a demon… Read more
I got offered a writer’s residency this week. Reading the email to tell me that my application for the residency was successful wasn’t quite as exciting as reading the email… Read more
I finished my job last week. Like, you know, not going back kind of finished. I’ve been working in libraries again, this time at a school. The end of the… Read more
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I’m trying to finish my novel. By which I more specifically mean I’m trying to find the point where I say, ‘It’s finished.’ It’s taken me a long time, hasn’t… Read more
I told myself I would get back in to blogging. As fun as facebook is, it steals ideas and time. I’ve never looked back through my journals like I’ve looked… Read more
In the 2012 Abu Dhabi summer, this past Adelaide winter, the lads and I spent most of our escape-from-Abu-Dhabi time in Adelaide, but the mister came for a couple of… Read more
I am closing this blog. I will still be blogging, but not right now and not right here. I did write a long-winded post about how blogging has changed and… Read more
I’ve started a new blog to write about the things I read. a blog load of books I’m not quitting this blog, but the other one will be only about… Read more
It’s official. I am, career-wise, the unluckiest person you know. I am not simply ‘one of the unluckiest’ or the second unluckiest, or ‘yes, that’s certainly unlucky, but I know… Read more
I was just fossicking about in my wordpress account and came across a private blog I kept for a few months a few years ago. It has, quite literally, taken… Read more
Gosh. I had no idea that I would be so annoyed when I got back an assignment and someone had written on it not only, ‘One sentence does not make… Read more
I feel I should clarify the assertion in my last post that writing isn’t working out for me. It makes it sound as if I am in a trough of… Read more
Sorry I can’t stop and chat, but I’m busy putting things in and out of that cubey thing we just bought at the Great Big Swedish Shoppe. We went out… Read more
Got myself into a bit of a funk last night, talking to myself about the fantastic lives other people have managed to create for themselves. Look what she’s done, look… Read more
So, today, I had a bit of an unexpectedly clear day so I spent it teaching myself to use scrivener so that when I have unexpectedly clear days I will… Read more
If you were a fly on my ceiling last night, this is the view you would have had: The spring winds gusted in last night and something or other, which… Read more
I was writing a long and earnest blog post in response to the Booker judge who asserted that, ‘If you look at the trajectory of the average novel writer, there… Read more
Lucky, privileged, ridiculous life that I lead, I am able to spend hours of my life contemplating
my bellybutton the apostrophe. More specifically, this apostrophe:
Whatever else the announcement of the Miles Franklin shortlist tells us, it also reminds us of our mortality. Of our own mortality and of that of the world we inhabit.
At work this morning they asked me, ‘What did you do on the weekend?’ and, after the moment it took me to remember back to the time before I turned into the street and then the gate and parked downstairs, I said, ‘I wrote ten thousand words.’
I blog for the same reason I write or read everything else that I write or read. To try and make sense of it all. To find meaning, to learn what sense others have already learned, what meaning they’ve already found. I blog to make new friends, to keep old ones, to laugh, to weep…same reasons I do most of the things that I do I guess.
Welcome to my new website.
Viv made it. Most of you probably know Viv aka tigtog. She blogs at hoyden about town, and you can ask her if want to make your website more vivid.
I’m not going to bore you with the details of it, but walking up the stairs and back to my desk just now, I remembered that last night I had a dream, the upshot of which was that I made a commitment not only to myself, but to a strange David Brent type person, that I would write a symphony.
To those of you who get shit done (paintings painted, plays produced, frocks stitched, essays footnoted, gardens sculpted, projects generally conceived of then see through to the end), how do you do it?
I have been listening to the same music for the last ten years. Do you have any suggestions for new(ish) music I could try?
Thank you in advance xx
Every year at Adelaide Fringe and Festival time the searches for nutri grain nuts and bolts and ‘slow as a wet wig’ diminish in proportion to the number of searches for ‘jokes about Adelaide’ and ‘Adelaide jokes’. I suspect not all of these searches are by visiting comedians,
Nothing like a pile of unfolded laundry to ruin the Zen-like ambience of your study.
That was nothing more than extraordinary laziness that last post. Goodness me, what would my self help books think of me? Fifi and Pen raise the questions to which I… Read more
One of the questions I ask when I am deciding whether or not I have the right to include a certain person in a story on my blog or in… Read more
Right then, I’ve finally wrangled a draft of the memoir into shape enough that I can call it a draft and today I will ship it off to someone for… Read more
I’ve been reading a lot about creativity lately, particularly about writing, but about creating more generally. And particularly about doing it. About sticking your bum to the seat, about putting… Read more
Okay, here’s the thing: I’m tired. Not emotionally exhausted or anything like that, just good old-fashioned, can-hardly-stay-awake tired. And I’ve been like it for about a week now. I’m eating… Read more
I imagine I’m not the first person with dreams of making a living from her words to stand in front of this exhibit at a museum in London and snap…. Read more
One of the consequences of returning to work is that I never have the house to myself. It is no longer mine to roam around unhindered, moving from my desk… Read more
The mister and the lads got back from their Al Ain daytrip rather late last night, and because I still hadn’t finished my book, when the mister asked about my… Read more
He says: ‘Mum, ever since you’ve got that computer you’ve just been living on it.’ I reply: ‘I’m trying to get my book written, I need to work really hard… Read more
I’ve been writing a set of essays which I hope will one day be published either singularly or as the set that I am constructing them as. Actually, I think… Read more
In an effort to reclaim the self-discipline I’m sure I must once have had, I have been doing that thing where you set your timer and just work at your… Read more
One thing I am working on at the moment is a series of essays on such fascinating subects as me and the things that I think while I’m busy being… Read more
Learning lots. So, so much. And answering a great number of the questions that I hoped doing my first solo show would help me answer. But I’m wondering, still wondering,… Read more
Pleased to report that I am having a most excellent time. Over five performances, my (modest) audience expectations have been reached every night and exceeded three times. More importantly, people… Read more
With a simple production like mine – one person, one microphone, one spotlight – there’s not a lot that can go wrong in the ‘ohmigod the mermaid costume hasn’t arrived’… Read more
eternity but not maternity, paternity or modernity got anything?
Salamanca. Cobblestones, iglesias, and a hotel room that smells like Glade and how do you turn those bloody things off and why does anyone think that Glade smells better than… Read more
One thing giving me the shits is this whole ‘oh, look at twitter, isn’t that amazing? All these people writing things in 140 characters or less.’ Brevity is nothing new,… Read more
Bought a video player back in March. Used it to record myself in Titters! Twice. Have just now been watching said recordings in an effort to improve myself (you know,… Read more
You been using google documents? Just curious, because I’ve finished writing a (very) short article written entirely on google documents and I’m wondering whether this is a turning point. The… Read more
It was boynton first put me on to Dr Wicked, and it got me out of quite a pickle some time last year and then for some reason, I’d forgotten… Read more