Why I’m not doing NaNoWrimo but then I sort of am

It’s just into November now, and it’s that time of the year again. NaNoWrimo lights up the blogosphere and the social media world with cries of writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days… It seems like a lot, and it is. It’s about 1700 words a day, give or take, and unless you don’t ...

David Simon talks sense as always

Was privileged last night to see writer and TV creator David Simon at the Festival of Dangerous ideas at the Opera House. Somehow we even managed to get in the second row:   He was just metres away from us, and he spoke for an hour on a variety of topics around politics, the drug ...

The pull of Gravity

The pull of Gravity
Down in Sydney for a few days for the yearly check-up — nearly 12 months on from last year’s adventures. Everything on that count went brilliantly, no visit for me until this time next year, no visit for Will until February. Was able to see “Gravity” tonight — and was as impressed as most of ...

So much going on…

There’s a lot happening for me right now, maybe some new things, maybe some big changes. I’m not putting any of it down here just yet (no fair you say? But there is such a thing as oversharing… or at least premature sharing!) so for now I will be silent. And no doubt, the silence ...

Siding Springs Open Day 2013

Siding Springs Open Day 2013, a set on Flickr. My image set from our family visit to the Siding Springs Observatory open day earlier this month. Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailLike this:Like Loading...

RIP Tom Clancy

Was saddened to read yesterday that author Tom Clancy passed away, aged 66, after a “brief illness”. Guess it must have been sudden, as he had a new novel at the end of the year, and a new Jack Ryan movie directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Pine (a “reboot”, I guess). His passing ...

Lego school promises the building blocks to successful learning | Education | The Guardian

Such an interesting story — the new Lego school in Denmark, and how good would it be to see it in other places? (And I admit, work there too). Kept this in my active tabs for months and months… via DiigoRead the article Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailLike this:Like Loading...

Good Cop, Bad Cop: An Oral History of ‘The Shield’ – Mandatory

Brilliant and lengthy oral history of The Shield — definitely one of the best series of the last decade (and never talked about enough). Quotes from all the main actors and writers. Really detailed look at the creative process. via DiigoRead the article Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailLike this:Like Loading...

Blood in Your Eye: Why We Need Violent Stories — Vulture

Brilliance from Warren Ellis about violence in fiction and society: “Difficult topics must be engaged with, and in the way that fiction invites us to engage but numbing news-porn deliberately does not, because news wants us only to witness and have our buttons pushed, and denies greater emotional and intellectual immersion. The news doesn’t want ...

Joe Hill’s Thrills | xombiedirge: The Little Cornetto Book Series…

Love it… Pegg/Wright/Frost trilogy as Golden Books! via DiigoRead the article Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailLike this:Like Loading...
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