Swings and roundabouts.

A lot of creative people seem to suffer from roller-coaster moods. One week (day?) there’s sheer delight to be alive: birds are chirping, coffee is brewing, butterflies are on the wing and ideas are flowing like a river. The next week (day?) that old black dog (depression) is nipping at our heels: the damn birds won’t shut up, the coffee tastes foul, all those moths flapping about drive us crazy, and the ideas well is totally dry. A poet friend of mine recently said that a day in the open air, doing something creative and constructive works better than any anti-depression pill, and she should know, ‘cos she’s taking the medication. (No names, no packdrill…whatever the heck that means!) So, perhaps it’s something to do with...

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Dear Agent (with apologies to the Beatles)

Dear Agent, won’t you come out to play? Dear Agent, whatcha got to say? I did all that you told me to It’s beautiful and so are you Dear Agent, won’t you come out to play? Dear Agent, open up your eyes You might find, it’s a nice surprise The word count’s low, but the text does sing There’s character development and everything Dear Agent, won’t you open up your eyes? Please, answer my emails; answer my emails, make the effort to reply Dear Agent, want to see me smile? I’ve been waiting a very long while Have my emails got lost; should I try again? Are you avoiding me; Are you having a lend? Come on Agent, did you lose my file? Dear Agent, won’t you come out to play? Dear Agent, my hair’s going grey Why won’t you tell me if it’s yes...

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Some good reading

In the last 12 months I’ve been particularly impressed by the work of two authors. Both have written for the younger market, but don’t let that fool you. Any adult who appreciates an engrossing story and skillful, beautiful writing, will love them. Don’t be a literary snob and think YA/children’s books aren’t for grown-ups. Some of the best writing going on these days, is in that field. In fact, the latest work by both these authors shouldn’t be classified by an age group. They’re in the bracket: 10 years up to, can-no-longer-read-not-even-my-bifocals-are-helping; similar to the Narnia series, or Lord of the Rings. I challenge you to put them into an age restricted grouping. 1. Ness, Patrick, Chaos Walking (series),...

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Happy New Year (again)!

Tomorrow is Chinese New Year. After the January we’ve all had, isn’t it nice we get another go at starting 2011? In the top half of the world (the Southern Hemisphere) we’ve been deluged with floods. (Who says you Northerners are the top half? Just because it was a Northerner who drew the map. Phooey! Anyway, the earth’s a sphere so, technically speaking, there’s no such thing as top and bottom, so I can say what I like, so stop arguing! Back to the topic…) Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Brazil and Australia have all had massive floods: many dead, thousands homeless. And, we’ve just had the biggest cyclone since the whites settled this country. Thank the Lord, the people were extremely well-prepared (good job, Qld...

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