Monday, November 23, 2009


I kind of have a love of weddings... some might call it an obsession, I call it an interest? I love to read the wedding of the week in the SMH, but that's been unreliable lately. Thankfully, Georgia has recommended me a wedding blog to give me wedding eye-candy through the week. I've just started reading it, and it's gorgeous, so if you're interested:
Once Wed:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

extracts from my old notebook (part 2)

"Free trip to Blue Mountains with lunch and dinner $99 ($59 without food)
For $99 you get morning tea, lunch and a four course dinner and a free trip to the blue mountains!"
- Sign at Indian restaurant in Surry Hills. Doesn't sound all that free to me...

"You know why? That card's expired- 05/11. Oh, is that the 11th year or the 11th month?"
- Overheard

"Write poetry on property"
- Graffiti on Vintage Cellars

A sandy coastline- Ivan Shishkin
Hot Springs of the Yellowstone- Thomas Moran
The trunks in the grass- Vincent van Gogh
- Paintings

"who are you, little i

(five or six years old)
peering from some high

window, at the gold

of november sunset

(and feeling: that if day
has to become night

this is a beautiful way)

-who are you little i, e.e. cummings

"Totally unfunded blackspot"
- Sign on Princes Highway

"Ye shall find refreshment, thy whose bus is without conditioned air"
- Nestea ad, emphasis mine

"People speak in pentameter, we talk in verse. Prose is the more artificial mode."
- Old English tutor

Monday, November 16, 2009

my old notebook, an extract (part 1)

"He wants me to elope with him to South America... Maybe Central America..."
- Overheard on a bus

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another"
- Proverbs 27:17

"Above all, what interested me was the inarticulateness of grief, that these are two writers who are supposed to be the best at articulating anything in our society who can't articulate to each other... I don't think anyone can articulate it. It's hard to be tangible with your heart."
- Maria Theodotis? (handwriting illegible) on the play 'Construction of the Human Heart' SMH 28.09.07

"Bingie Bingie is one of the best places to be"

"Rachel, where are you? Met Sunday afternoon on the train. Call Steve on -"
- Poster outside Stanmore station

"I glide in on moonlit air
gaze over dew-jeweled grass
to the glass-still sea.
All beauty lies within
the scope of my eyes.
The play of light in limpid pools
where dark/light intersect
create new patterns in the ghost ornamented landscape.
From the decorates clifftop,
up above the jagged rocks,
the firm pull of the tide."

"Three punks sitting on an awning on Enmore Road."

"They had small dreams, but the water drowned them dreams"
- 'Hope'

Friday, November 13, 2009

writers block

I haven't posted anything so long that it's starting to get daunting, so will just have to write and get over it. While I am fairly sure that most people would regard this as a good technique for getting over writers block, I am generally not able to manage it. Blogs are less daunting than many other forms of writing I guess. For instance, November is 'NaNoWriMo' or 'National Novel Writing Month' (the 'national' is a misnomer, it's a global, internet thing originally I believe). Now there's a daunting project- writing a novel in a month. I would be keen to do this, but I am just overall daunted at the prospect. I'm just a chicken, basically. But I have been thinking about my latent novel idea (c'mon, everyone's got one, right?) and wondering what to do with it. I've thought about rejigging the narrative structure to make it easier to tackle, which seem right, but there are a few obstacles I keep running up against:

  1. My idea for this novel was inspired by a story I heard in a Medieval history lecture in first year uni, about a pope (I think Gregory the Great) leading a procession through Rome against the plague. But when I came to look for this story later, I couldn't find it. Did I imagine it altogether? If I did, will I have to abandon the idea in the name of historical accuracy or should I just include it as a fictional event?
  2. Which leads me to think- how should I approach the historical aspects of this story? It's set in the early Medieval period, it will require some research, but I personally am not a big fan of 'historical fiction' per se- or rather what I perceive as historical fiction, I enjoy some things that are set in the past. I think maybe this is because I would prefer the story to take precedence over the setting, and I feel happy about taking liberties with the accuracy of the setting and focusing on the story. But would that end up being even more annoying?
  3. The idea requires a female heroine, but it's a bit of a juggling act in a Medieval setting- how do I approach the whole issue of women's roles in the past? I don't really want it to be the main issue, but it has to be dealt with one way or the other.
I suppose what I should do at this point is take my own advice and start writing something, but as I said- it's daunting! Anyway, don't expect a novel by the end of November from me.