Week 17, 2010
It’s taken me a year and a half to work it out – but then I am a slow learner – finally I have realised what I should be blogging about. It was right under my nose all the time. ‘This blog is about my personal experience in the (stories are) light’ my blog header promised. Except I never did that. I tried to be all the things I wasn’t. Now I am going to concentrate on what I am. I am a puddler. I write short bursts in between long stretches of thinking. I am a cyber-flit hopping from blog to blog, giggling and learning. I spend half my life inside my head and I like it in there. I think with my heart and my gut. I am an obsessive wordsmith.
So from now in this blog is about all the little bits and pieces of this writerly journey. Starting with last week.
WHAT I READ
I reread Margo Lanagan’s TENDER MORSELS. First time round I had mixed feeling. Parts I loved. Parts I cried to have written. Some bits I didn’t like and others I just didn’t get. But I kept the book. It was confronting and it made me think a lot. I was still thinking about it when I picked it up again this week. And I loved it. This is a book that grows with the reader. I am richer for reading it. Now I am reading TALLOW by Karen Brooks
I completed the first complete draft of Samurai Kids 6, tentatively titled Golden Bat and rumoured to be ‘the blue one’. While I am sorry to see the end of this book (lots more to come in the series though) I am super keen to get started on my new project. It’s unlike anything I’ve written before and it keeps invading my head space.
WHAT I DID
WHAT TWITTER TOLD ME
Did you know you can knit a Dalek? Thanks to Alice Bell I found a pattern here: http://www.entropyhouse.com/penwiper/who/extermaknit.html (I am not much of a knitter these days but still a huge Dr Who fan). And here are some great book recommendations thanks to Fiction Focus who pointed me to Why the Wierd Books Matter. I’ve added GOING BOVINE by Libby Bray, PUNKZILLA by Adam Rapp and THE WHITE DARKNESS by Geraldine Mccaughrean to my must read list
WHICH BLOGS I ENJOYED MOST
WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON had popped up on my radar before but this is the blog post at FairfieldBooks on Station that made me go out and buy it. The Book Chook provided me with some great on-line history resources.
WHICH BOOK TRAILER I ENJOYED MOST
Frane Lessac and mark Greenwood’s Ned Kelly and the Green sash. Enough said. Have a look.
OTHER GOOD STUFF
This week I got a Gold Certificate from Engadine High School for ‘attending the Year 5,6 &7 Literacy Linkages Program and for being a fabulous, inspirational and interesting speaker’. Do I feel proud? Yes I do. More about the day here
Jaguar Warrior: Set 500 years ago in Aztec Mexico, this gripping and gory adventure will have you on the edge of your seat – DMAG, May Issue