After months of nothing, finally this week I wrote something. Something fictional. Creative, even. And it felt *good*. For the first time since, hm, September maybe, I’ve got voices in my head unveiling their lives to me, piece by piece, and I’ve got more than seven pages of notes and assorted scene grabs to show for it. Not a lot, but it’s a start, a blessed start. I hadn’t realised how lonely I was without them, these people in my head. I don’t know where they come from but I’m sure glad they’re back.
I think perhaps we all need downtime. A recent article brought this home to me, the importance of giving oneself permission to do nothing. To recharge and revitalise. And then there’s this piece from Cory Doctorow in Locus about maximising writing time amid the distractions. Great advice, especially the bit about leaving something for tomorrow, leaving something for you subconscious to niggle at while you do other things. Resting included.
I figure a little bit of crop rotation in the fertile fields of the mind can’t hurt.
Now I should go write something. The voices are calling.
A friend’s son produced this stop-animation Star Wars using Lego. I think it’s pretty darn cool. Especially since Thomas is only 10. Watch out, George Lucas!
You can see some of Thomas’s earlier works at his YouTube channel.
Oh, and then there’s this: A trailer for Dark Knight, probably my favourite flick from 08, done in Lego.
sean williams and margo lanagan
Good news received today is that some of the tutors in Brisbane for the Clarion South workshop will also be doing readings.
The list is:
Sean Williams, Thursday, January 15, 6:30pm
Margo Lanagan, Sunday, January 25, 3pm
Jack Dann, Thursday, January 29, 6:30pm
Kelly Link & Gavin Grant, Thursday, February 5, 6:30pm
These all take place at Avid Reader Bookstore, 193 Boundary Street, West End.
I stumbled across this new-ish form of circus act today, Roue Cyr, and it’s way cool.
I came across mention of it in an article about Gypsy band Doch
doing a show with circus performers at Brisbane Powerhouse
. We caught Doch at the Woodford Folk Festival
and they were pretty darn exciting. Add in some gymnastics and whatever else, and it would make for an interesting show.
At last year’s Woodford, I was blown away by another Gypsy-style band, The Counterfeit Gypsies. Worth checking out!
counterfeit gypsies at woodford 07
Anyone in Brisbane on January 25 — maybe for the Aurealis Awards, say — might like to consider catching Margo Lanagan at West End book shop Avid Reader at 3pm. Margo’s Tender Morsels was one of my favourite books from 2008, and her short fiction is to die for.
Just found out about a convention in March in Melbourne featuring a swag (well, four) actors, who’ve appeared in horror movies and TV shows, and for some inexplicable reason, Suicide Girls. I guess for a certain demographic horror and T&A go together. Pity, that. Anyhoo, the Hub horror con reads like one of those Star Trek-style cons where the guests parade through a Q&A panel or two and sign autographs for a fee, and certainly the talent is attractive (Suicide Girls not included, attractive yes, talent… debatable): Robert Englund, Brad Dourif, Jeffrey Combs and Tony Dodd, and a promise of more to come.
Also of interest is the Supernatural con they’re planning for April, with the stars of the TV show Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. Incredibly, tickets costing $1400 and $800 have sold out. Are these boys hot or what?
There is also some do related to Twilight, but I think both the book and movie are naff, so I didn’t check that out 🙂
Passing on this juicy piece of info about the new Dr Who, Matt Smith!
For me, Dr Who was Jon Pertwee and then Tom Baker, after which I lost interest, until the latest series from the BBC got me hooked again. We’re still catching up with the new stuff (season 2, enter David Tennant) and hoping to revisit some of the old stuff as the budget allows. Timeless indeed!