I was reading how two pages of Anne Frank's personal diary that she covered over will be published (and eventually translated). Let's say I am unsurprised that most of the news articles have highlighted how these pages feature a 'dirty joke.' While publishers, writers, and academics debate the line between historical importance and respecting writer … Continue reading Questions and anti-notes on writing
Film Victoria and FremantleMedia have announced the call out for "early to mid-career" writers to apply for placements, writing for the stalwart of Australian evening television soap opera Neighbours. This a great opportunity. Applications are open now and I had a quick look at the preview forms and what is required. Hmmm, I said to myself. … Continue reading When good Neighbours become good opportunities
Hi. Thanks for dropping by. If you've visited before you may note things look a bit different. If you are a new visitor, hey there and welcome to this note that exists mainly to explain that I've updated this site's look. Any new visitor will not care about this because you have never been here … Continue reading Changing things up
Cocksure If you have social media or any connection to the writing world, you would have read about #cockygate. I have little interest in romance writing, and no skin in the game of American trademark laws (although I have stories published in the US). But I do have some thoughts. Cock of the talk? The … Continue reading A cockatrice of language
I don't think I believe in linear time. Lines are just points joined together; they don't have heft or taste. They exist to measure who's winning, but have no extent. They're abstract. You can't sense linear time internally the same way other time is detected. I have moments when I am chock full of vital … Continue reading A matter of time
First published in 1999 and updated last year, DK's Eyewitness Mythology is but one of a number of Eyewitness books for children/youth about literature, animals, weather and other natural phenomena, historical events and aspects of science. I am not in their target audience but I am interested in how myths and the people they belong … Continue reading Review: Eyewitness Mythology
A FB writing group I'm in posed a question about whether writers are born or made. It garnered many, many enthusiastic responses. Most members asserted writers are born, or are somehow a combination of both born and made. You may not be surprised to find I have a problem with this. Otherwise I wouldn't be … Continue reading Writers: born this way?