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
I didn't mean to, but I started something. I have an Instagram account, and it's mostly full of sunsets, art, and visually arresting things (and puns) and now RedBubble promotions. I don't really use Insta for writing related efforts. This week I started to. It's been both frustrating and creatively fulfilling. After endlessly tinkering with … Continue reading Starting something
I've decided to put some of my writing work on Medium (you can visit my profile here. Some items will have been previously published, so these will be re-posts, or will have appeared in actual print, on paper years ago. Other things will be new fiction, or at least little bits and pieces that were … Continue reading Rare or well done?
No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man. - Heraclitus I am getting to understand that in the swimming pool, the volume of the water bears you up as much as it weighs you down. One week I swore it was the deep end that was hard … Continue reading In deep
Well reader I did it. A couple of posts ago I mused about setting up a blog (or some such) to publish some short story-like things I have stored in my computer from years ago. I can now announce it is done, or at least started. The site, called the Adventures of the Affronted Falcon, … Continue reading Amusing Me: to be or Knottbee.
In my fevered imaginings last week as I lay sick, and in pain, I believed and almost still believe, I have an older sister called Nadine who died as a child. Am tempted to interrogate family members on this as it seemed so oddly specific. Then I concluded Prince Charles would never be king because … Continue reading Speaking ill of creativity
I began a story for a particular call out for submissions. In a keenly felt tragedy of non-epic proportions I lost what I wrote in the first draft mid way through. I managed to start again and finished it. Mind you, I wasn't going to, but the ideas for this project kept percolating. What I … Continue reading Writing somebody else’s world
There's nothing like writing procrastination research- attending a free gig by three members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing three movements by Beethoven, while in between Ronald Vermeulen, Director of Artistic Planning, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and John Payne, Senior Conservator, National Gallery of Victoria, chat enthusiastically about Beethoven and a William Turner painting they sit before but did … Continue reading Beethoven/Turner (Overdrive)
Hearken, ye. Herein dwells the frustrated rant of a writer. I think I'm reaching a critical impatience point with certain types questions some writers ask. Or I'm getting old and crotchety and not jiving with how newbies work their creativity. Social media is exceedingly useful for writers. There's endless advice and interplay of ideas and support. … Continue reading Stop Crowd Sourcing Imagination
I'm not against eBooks or technology. In may ways they are preferable to bits of paper and cardboard. I remember thinking this the last time I moved, for instance. However, there are benefits to physical books for writers. One of my favourite second-hand book stores is cosy and full of interesting texts, but it does … Continue reading Marginalia Code