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Final Reminder for the BAD POWER giveaway

Last reminder! Win a copy of BAD POWER today by answering the question: “If you had a superpower, what would it be – and why?” Answers in the comments or via email deborahb AT livejournal DOT com. Competition closes in about 24 hours! But if you prefer to buy your …

More Book Business Links

I woke up to a Twitterverse full of book industry talk. a) “All sorts of middle-class folks agree with the billionaire owners of sports teams that the millionaire players make too much money.” Good point, Sherman Alexie. Some interesting questions raised here about the effect of the current eReader gold …

BAD POWER giveaway

A bunch of BAD POWER review copies arrived today & in celebration I’m giving away a copy to the best answer to the question: “If you had a superpower, what would it be – and why?” Answers in the comments or via email deborahb AT livejournal DOT com. Competition open …

Book Business links

Here’s a quick round-up of some of the articles I’ve been reading on the whole ‘book industry’ future panic that’s going on. Mostly as a result of Amazon’s move into publishing. Which is the kind of smart capitalist move that makes a worldwide centralised marketplace so worrying. What’s Amazon worth, …

Shirley Hazzard’s CLIFFS OF FALL

“Elizabeth got used to the sound of her own laughter, which she had at first found faintly improper.” (From “Cliffs of Fall”.) Ugh, I hate reviewing Shirley Hazzard’s CLIFFS OF FALL. What words can be used to describe such beautiful, lyrical, bittersweet, intelligent writing? Better, surely, to just read the …

Great Character Moments in Film #2: BOURNE IDENTITY

(With SPOILERS) BOURNE IDENTITY has so much to recommend it: it’s an action movie, an amnesia story (gosh, but I love amnesia stories) set in some of the more stunning parts of Europe, & it’s the movie where Matt Damon discovered he could be an action hero. Or, as Bourne …

Via The Hairpin on the book ‘Are Women People?’

Brilliant! Via Matt Cheney’s post at The Mumpsimus, which links to Lilli Loofbourow’s post at The Hairpin on the book ARE WOMEN PEOPLE? by Alice Duer Miller comes, eventually, this poem:   Women (With rather insincere apologies to Mr. Rudyard Kipling.) I went to ask my governmentif they would set me free,They …

Blog: Finishing my first book for the AWWC2012

I’m cross-posting my first goodreads review for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012. I read Helen Garner’s THE SPARE ROOM in a couple of days, having left it on my ‘to read’ list for far too long. And, look, I admit up-front that I admired it more than I liked …

Blog: AWWC 2012, Item #1

Yesterday was Day One of the Australian Women Writers Challenge for 2012 – & the day I commenced with Helen Garner’s THE SPARE ROOM. I’ve been meaning to read this for a long while: I loved THE CHILDREN’S BACK in the eighties as a gritty & honest look at motherhood …

2012 Australian Women Writers Challenge

I’m taking the Australian Women Writers Challenge in 2012. Whatever your preference, whether you’re a fan of one genre or a devoted eclectic, the 2012 Australian Women Writers Book Reading & Reviewing Challenge invites you to celebrate a year encountering the best of Australian women’s writing. I’m a Dabbler (according …

Blog: the Goodreads giveaway

Man, I love giveaways – especially giveaways from Goodreads. My book, BAD POWER (which is now, apparently, a Real Book) is now available as a giveaway. Enter to win. And if you don’t win, you can still buy it direct from the publisher at Twelfth Planet Press. In other news, …

Blog: In my absence, much happened

I’m back! WFC was great, Peter Beagle was absolutely charming, & the Mexican food was exceptional – especially at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, where I was lucky enough to spend an evening with editor Danel Olson & some of the writers from TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY GOTHIC. AND bunch of stuff happened back …

Off to WFC, for me

Thanks for paying attention during the Burnout series. I enjoyed that so much I’m already devising questions for another Blog Briefs tour. That ‘one paragraph’ mandate made for some great reading – & inspired writing. Don’t yer love when a constraint becomes a creative coup? Tomorrow I travel back in …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, the wrap party

Burnout happens when people who have previously been highly committed to a job lose all interest and motivation. [snip] It mainly strikes highly-committed, passionate, hard working and successful people – and it therefore holds a special fear for those who care passionately about their careers and about the work they do. …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Steph Swainston

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? This series was initially inspired by an article on author Steph Swainston’s willing exit from her two-book deal. Swainston didn’t pinpoint burnout as the reason for leaving her writing ‘day …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Rob Hood

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? Author Rob Hood once told me to aim for just one sentence a day. It’s often achievable even in the most desperate state, & it can lead to much more. …