All in the name of research

I’d have to say that one of the best things about being a writer is that you can justify anything under the guise of ‘research’. Okay, maybe you can’t justify anything anything, but you can pretty much justify most things. As long as it isn’t illegal. Or immoral. Or bad taste. But everything other than…

Rarely linear, sometimes chaotic, always meaningful

One of my dear writing friends wrote to me recently, saying that she thought she shouldn’t be blogging because she felt that her semi-regular posts which touched on a range of topics made it look as though she had five personalities. ‘Your posts don’t strike me as being inconsistent at all,’ I reassured her. ‘If…

Multifaceted, not multiple

Interviewer: Great to have your here to talk about what it means to have multiple online identities. Me: Absolutely. Except, of course, that I don’t buy into the idea of multiple identities. Interviewer: Okay. Can you elaborate? Me: Well, I play many different roles in my life. And even though I give myself wholeheartedly to…

Growing old as an art form

You may recall that one of my summer reads was The Luminous Solution: Creativity, resilience and the inner life by Charlotte Wood. In the book, Wood shares work that she has written – and rewritten – over many years in her pursuit of understanding other people’s creative lives. Her astute observations about not only her…

It’s in the way that you use it …

Spoiler alert – I’ve tried to be careful with what I’ve posted here, but if you haven’t seen or read The Circle and you think you might like to, I’d strongly recommend that you look away now. This week in one of my classes, we were tasked with thinking about the portrayal of social media…

Day 28. Tick.

Today marks the final day in my ‘post everyday for a month’ challenge. While I have absolutely enjoyed pushing myself to get something up each day, I’ll happily admit to finding the schedule rather brutal. It’d be fair to say that I’m not unhappy to have the pressure off for a little bit. To those…

My favourite street art

It’s festival season where I live – my absolute favourite time of the year. The city is vibrating to the thrum of theatre, film, visual arts, comedy, street performers, world music, artisan markets, forums, a week-long writer’s festival, and a celebration of food and wine, all with a backdrop of gorgeous summer evenings. Out and…

A literature clock … literally

This is one of the coolest things I’ve discovered lately and it’s all thanks to Jane Friedman and her Electric Speed newsletter. If you are not already signed up for her newsletter DO IT NOW. Each edition of Jane’s newsletter is packed full of useful information relating to the publishing world and writing generally. And…

I’m sorry wind, but I’m just not that into you

I don’t like the wind. It makes me agitated and unsettled. I think maybe it’s because my body struggles to settle into its own rhythm amid the noise and chaos of a windy day. Everyone in my family feels the same. Anytime we’ve ranked the weather elements on a likeability scale (yes, I have the…