You know how scientific analysis sometimes requires killing what it is seeking to understand first? I feel like this at the moment about writing. As soon as I talk about it, even here, the idea, or the impulse or the work itself is killed, stone dead. Sure, we can look at the structures of the … Continue reading Disrupt this writer
A well told story needs no further explanation from the tellers. This is not an adage the makers of Avengers: Endgame subscribe to as they continue niggling at their massive and popular hit film, like they are not done. As a writer, I get the notion that no work is ever complete but that inner … Continue reading Review: Endgame?
Much like a paddling duck, writing things are happening, but the effort is mainly invisible, below the surface, or not very exciting, but again, like a duck, I am slowly getting somewhere. Firstly, I have just had an article published on the blog of global publishing platform Submittable about the craft of writing flash novellas. … Continue reading Calloo, callay, publishing day
This is a quick note to mention writing things are in motion. I have an article for the Submittable blog coming out this week, and a tiny morsel of flash fiction has been accepted for publication in issue 20 of Speculative 66 which is out the week after. These events are very welcome. These are … Continue reading Writing things in motion
Captain Marvel, or A Pilot Earns Her Wings (Twice). Here be spoilers. I had a flying lesson once. It was a spur of the moment event, after my mum spotted the hand-lettered cardboard sign along the highway. It was a birthday present, the year I turned 18. I was struggling in school due to bullying, … Continue reading Review: Captain Marvel
Ballarat Art Gallery is currently exhibiting the Vollard Suite by Picasso. It is immediately Picasso, same shapes, same women, same same, but as etchings. Yes, I saw them, but I lingered over the cardboard wonders of artist Eliza-Jane Gilchrist. These organic shapes were part three-dimensional Doctor Zeuss decor, part summer-dried phantasms of this region's flora. … Continue reading Review: Strange Garden
The National Gallery of Victoria is currently exhibiting their collection of Felton Bequest images of scenes from Rajput courts. They are intimate and symbolic, and from 2019 there is something timeless about them, even though many of the paintings depict historical events and individuals. I think this has to do with context, some of the … Continue reading Remnants of paradise
It's the time, once more, to render unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar. Caesar can have these back: kindly crafted words of praise from anonymous accounts seeding spam everywhere they tread across the internet. Much like this: I am lucky that I observed this blog, precisely the right information that I was looking for! Or … Continue reading Perfect just what I was searching for!
Valentine's Day has never been a significant date, except as a historical curiosity featuring long dead martyrs. I'm not going all woe is me either: if your beloved requires a commercialised saint's day as a reminder to up the romance, your romance might be a bit past revivification. Or not. I am definitely not an … Continue reading Feeling the love
Over December and January I properly perused my flash fiction file, collated a bunch of little narratives, then re-edited the lot as one document. Then I found a couple of opportunities and frantically tried to shape this cobbled together thing into a flash novella. Before sending it off, it needed something extra, so I tore … Continue reading Sisyphean writing update