...And the winner is Tomorrow, When the War Began!
In third place: Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
Your runner up: Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
And the winner is: Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden
What a great list!
And what a great month of discussion too.
Check it all out on the Kill Your Darlings site.
Anddddd, you all can read my short story from the residency! It's gone up super-quickly, so thanks Yarra Plenty Libraries! Check it out - tell me what you think! (There's some spacing issues so bare with it!)
I feel very disconnected from the literary world lately.
Like within the last month or so.
I've been living, breathing and eating media for the past two days at Mamamia, before that the residency, the USA Consulates Office, then Bendigo Writers Festival...
August has been my insane month.
Melbourne Writers Festival starts this week, and I'm crying ...
Some words to describe Bendigo thus far:
Do you guys know how much thought and preparation goes into sessions?!
There are so many things to discuss and I've had meetings all afternoon fine-tuning details.
It should be good, though.
The main street in Bendigo is beautifully lined in those flags that attach to poles advertising the festival.
The theatre the festival is held in is just gorgeous.
I'm really looking forward to it. There's a great mix in the line-up and it's going to be a weekend full of literary goodness!
Tomorrow I'll be back with all the gossip from my sessions and tonight's interview - don't forget to tune into Phoenix FM!
What are you doing this weekend?
... on Friday night. A literary show on a community radio station in Bendigo.
I'll be in Bendigo from Friday and all weekend for the Bendigo Writers Festival.
The host, James, as told me he's going to upload the show to SoundCloud which is excellent as it means you can all listen to it.
I've never given a proper interview before. I mean, I've emailed my opinion about things to different people. I did that interview last year for a girl at uni (part one, part two).
But that's about it.
I asked if I should bring anything and he said just information about my site and some music I wanted to play.
I'm feeling nice, so I won't inflict the unsuspecting people of Bendigo with Miley Cyrus :P
If you've got some spare time this weekend and are from Melbourne, Bendigo is a nice two hour ...
GUESS WHAT! My appearances page has been updated with news of my new residency!
Winter in Banyule Festival 2012 (Winter In Banyule program)
Visit the shortest and most intense pop-up residency ever! Four artists sweat paint and words as they attempt to start and finish a complete work of art in only 24 hours. Come by the studio to watch and talk to the artists as they work. Celebrate with them at the finish line!
Friday 17 August – Saturday 18 August, 8am-8pm Banyule Arts Space, 14 Ivanhoe Pde Ivanhoe
‘Finish line’ celebrations, 6pm-8pm Saturday 18 August
If you're in Melbourne, you should come down.
I'll be writing about suitcases and there are three other brilliants artists there as well as me so you can see them too!
And there are closing celebrations on the Saturday too!
This week in class we're talking about ethics.
It's interesting, and has been making me think about ethics around what people post online.
I've got my own set of ethics that I made for myself.
And by that I mean, I usually judge each thing on a case by case, but I know what I generally do.
For instance, these new courses I'm teaching or the new residency: I choose not to release those details until it's official.
Or during the Online versus In Store Book Buying Series, when I decided not to name-and-shame publishers who denied me an interview.
Uni was talking about the differences between America and Australia, and: whether ...
... Which are quite crazy currently.
Some exciting news: I'm going to be appearing at Bendigo Writers Festival!
Check out my appearances page for details.
I'm hosting Emilie Zoey Baker in a Hot Seat session, and I'll be talking with ABC's Jane Curtis on blogging and social media.
See anything below? Look! It's me! A photo! In the printed program! (Curious however, I am not from Castlemaine :P)Kinda hard to read, but you get the point!
Other excitement news is as follows:
I'm starting Certificate IV in Training and Assessment - which will see me as a qualified TAFE teacher among other things (this is going to be fun considering I'm already doing double the full-time requirements at uni :P)
I'm also starting RPL for a children's services course, which will see me as a qualified child care worker/nanny. This is excellent as I will finally have ...
Today, Sarah Wilson has a fantastic post about the perils of social media on her website.
Apparently, she's been copping some flack on Twitter about not following people who follow her. She explains that she usually lets things like this slide off her back, but got increasingly annoyed about it.
I thought about it. It’s because I hate feeling social media-obliged. Social media should be free and easy, not bogged down in rules. The twits were e-arguing that social media should be about reciprocity. I guess I feel that there shouldn’t be any “shoulds” when it comes to social media. For me this is not the spirit of the medium, and I resent it when I feel pressure otherwise.
She has a fantastically long post about social media, and ends with her personal boundaries which include using Twitter ...
What a big, journalistic day.
I know everyone's heard about Fairfax. Simply shocking.
On a slightly better note, yesterday was the public forum on the Future of the Book: the last day of the Words in Winter Writers Residency.
It was a really interesting discussion, and one that was somewhat hopeful: there will always be a place in the world for the physical book (hopefully).
It's sad that the residency is over, and The Emerging Writers Festival in general for this year.
I'm going to miss the space, the sense of community and the opportunities.
I'm also going to miss the people and the ideas.
Aww :( I wish it was one of those on-going things.
On to more chipper news, here's a great behind-the-scenes video about Random House, thanks to the lovely Steph at Read In A Single Sitting:
Call My Agent via The Ampersand Project on how ...
This isn’t a new debate, but what’s got me thinking about it recently are two main things:
1. Julia Lawrinson’s Losing It, which is frank, honest, groundbreaking (and beautifully written) exploration of female sexuality
2. Hardie Grant Egmont’s Commissioning & Managing Editor Marisa Pintado’s speech at The Emerging Writers’ Festival publishing trends session, where she explored the new genre of ‘New Adult’
For those unaware, the theory is New Adult follows on from where YA drops off and covers issues facing those in early to mid-twenties: sex, drugs, alcohol, university, graduate jobs, relationships, independence and so on.
Those issues deemed too old for traditional YA, but too young for adult books.
This is something I think about a lot, especially when I hear rumours of publishers who might change details of a manuscript to fit either YA (lowering ages, removing some of the more ...
Self-published writers, or ‘indie’ writers as they refer to themselves are, are a growing bunch. Many writers are now by-passing traditional publishers to do it themselves. Is this the future? Are writers becoming so disillusioned with publishers that they have to do it themselves? And what do you call a self-published person? An author? A writer?
Titles and labels mean a lot to me. I love them. In relationships, I feel safe knowing where I stand (are we a casual fling? Am I your girlfriend? Are we in an open relationship?). In life, to know my role (I’m a daughter, employee, boss, sister and many more).
In writing, I find many labels are slapped on by the person instead of given by a company or someone else. You might have noticed the use of the word ‘writer’ instead of ‘author’ above, however ...