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The Year of Reading & Writing

I thought I’d recap on my year of reading during my Year of Writing (since my ‘six months off’ kinda snowballed there). Goodreads tells me that in 2011, while I was allowing the bulk of my productive time to be sucked into the pitiful task of ‘earning money’, I read …

Women’s History Month

AND today is the day I rave about Shirley Hazzard on Gillian Polack’s blog for Women’s History Month (cross-posted below, for the curious): Novelist, memoirist and essayist Shirley Hazzard has won the Miles Franklin Award (2004), National Book Award (2003) and National Book Critics Circle Award (1980). She’s been nominated …

In today’s consumptions

Some kind of weird sleeping sickness has taken over me & is attempting to right the balance of the last several weeks’ insomnia. It’s kinda inconvenient. But, since I’m stuck in bed, I did invest some time in reading The New Yorker’s lengthy article on Paul Haggis (writer of Due …

Free Books put the fear into booksellers

World Book Night, 5 March, is freaking out booksellers. One million free books on the market are gonna kill independent book selling. (Obviously they’ve never heard about Bookcrossing. Shhh!) Which goes against a lot of the authorial commentary on Creative Commons & the value of the ‘first one free’ approach. …

December! 2010!

What. A. Year. It’s pretty much done: one more day of day-job, several weeks of resting AND writing, and then back for another round in 2011. January seems so long ago I can’t even remember what I wanted to get out of this year. Of course, I *should* have written …

Crossed

The bf, familiar with my irregular craving for ‘brit cop drama’, was surprised to find an actual brit cop drama on TV last night that he hadn’t seen before. ‘Why haven’t we seen this?’ ‘Ah, yes. This is CRACKER. It’s very dark. I mean, it’s excellent but … too dark.’ …

The le Carre distortion

“‘The Spy Who Came in from the Cold’, my third book, changed my life and put me on bare-knuckle terms with my abilities. Until its publication I had written literally in secret, from inside the walls of the secret world, under another name, and free of serious critical attention. Once …

Coming in from the cold

I’ve been reading THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD (John LeCarre) for the past month now — or so Goodreads tells me — because I’m spending a lot of time staring out the train window instead. This has nothing to do with the book. More to do with …

25 May: Towel Day

There are few drawbacks to living ‘in the future’ (i.e. in a city which is 10 hrs in advance of GMT), but one of them is not realising until reading it on BoingBoing that today was (or, is, for some of you) Towel Day, in honour of the great, late …

What I’ve been reading

Yes, I actually have blogging time today! Because I am home sick. It is a bittersweet kind of deal, eh? Lately I’ve been working full-time, alas, but one of the silver linings of full-time work (apart from cold hard cash) is commuting. But only because commuting grants reading time. Here’s …

David Mitchell’s Rat

Yes, yes, we all love David Mitchell. How can we not? The man’s a bloody genius. For proof: a story about a rat and a divorce. Thank-you, Guardian. I love you. Today is typically Sydney: both overcast AND muggy. To compensate I am watching In Treatment Season 2, which is …

I remember now

I was gonna say, my stars are warning me that I’ll be very happy this year, provided I’m not too prescriptive in what I want. Man. I only just got through setting those goals. In other news, I went into Dymocks today to spend some of my Xmas book voucher …

The year that was

If you asked me how I feel about 2009 being over & I started with “WooooooHOOOOOOO” and ended with “thankgod, thankgod, thankgod”, then you’d probably have a pretty clear idea of your answer. No? There were some highlights, of course. Apparently my name is now on the cover of a …

And in today’s unusual discoveries…

… turns out you can still buy Redsine #7, edited by Trent Jamieson & Garry Nurrish, from about 2002. I loved Redsine and always wished it had continued for longer. It was a classy zine, and short (a good characteristic for a zine, imho: one-sitting-reading always scores well with me). …

A brief delay

I made it. With the emailing of the full draft of my 21st Century Gothic essay on NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, I’m done. That’s it. I’ve met my deadlines for 2009. Which is remarkable because for a while there I thought I wasn’t going to make it. (I think …

Stories: how they end, what comes next

Taking a breather from trying to come up with finish an essay on why I consider No Country for Old Men gothic, to close some browser windows. So, then. If this is the future of storytelling, I don’t think I mind it at all. Also, some reading for 2010. Could …

A deathknell!

Well, I didn’t have to go very far to find my welcome-back-to-the-blogosphere deathknell. Fictionbitch calls this the end for writers, but I wonder if it’s more about the end for readers. The end of a nice sit down in a bookstore, that is, heralded by Waterstones — a British bookchain, …

Full armour and a hot fudge sundae

Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae. – Kurt Vonnegut Oh, all right, I admit I’ve laughed along with the best of ‘em at Dan Brown’s …

Some final notes from a cold brain

The lurgy is finally lifting, thankfully. For a while there it was impossible to sleep AND breathe simultaneously. Which can add a layer of difficulty to, oh, everything. From the weekend surfing: * Rebecca Solnit, “You know, a lot of my work has been based on the field of disaster …