Topic archives: blogging

Some notes on the ‘new world’ of publishing

September 16, 2010

On the weekend I was a guest of the Write Around the Murray Festival in Albury. Besides giving a blogging/social media workshop, I was on a panel called The New World of Publishing alongside author Cate Kennedy, zinester Anna Poletti, self-published memoirist Melinda Marengo, and Barry Dorr and Jo Costello from JoJo Publishing. I thought I’d […]

Byron Bay Writers Festival 2010 diary, part 1

Byron Bay Writers Festival 2010 diary, part 1

August 9, 2010 2

A sun-drenched and possibly superficial series of blog posts Around 9pm on Wednesday night I rolled into Gold Coast airport. My talented friend Omar Musa was on the same bus into Byron and we decided we should go out and wreak some havoc. Havoc was kebabs and a quiet pub where a young blonde man by […]

Last weekend’s literary connectivity, and what I’ve been reading lately

Last weekend’s literary connectivity, and what I’ve been reading lately

July 14, 2010 1

On the weekend I was up in sunny Brisbane for the Australian Booksellers Association 2010 conference. It’s a conference for members and friends of the ABA – so, booksellers, publishers, and some librarians and media. I was officially there as a ‘blogger’ – on a panel called ‘Customers, Connections and Communities’, with Andrew McDonald from […]

On writing, blogging and social media: an interview from <i>Victorian Writer</i>

On writing, blogging and social media: an interview from Victorian Writer

April 14, 2010 4

After reading A.S. Patric’s thoughts on blogging, in an interview he did for Nigel Featherstone at the Canberra Times, I thought I’d reprint a recent interview I did for Victorian Writer, the Victorian Writers’ Centre magazine, to add to the conversation. Enjoy! And please share your thoughts in the comments, or via the Facebook fan page, Twitter, your own blogs, […]

Avatar: a mash-up

Avatar: a mash-up

October 25, 2009 1

This piece is a mash-up of an undergrad essay from a couple of years ago, plus present thoughts, imaginings and speculation on the narrative of self in a virtual environment. Storytelling is as old as humanity. The human has always actively projected him/herself into realms of fantasy (through song, art, drama, writing). Modernity advanced the visual aspect […]

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part four: finding meaning in the media

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part four: finding meaning in the media

August 23, 2009 6

…in which the audience gasps audibly at the mention of Twitter! Official festival blogger Estelle and I are aptly blogging this morning’s session laptop by laptop, sandwich by sandwich, in a cafe overlooking one of the festival venues. Jeff Sparrow spoke to Margaret Simons about Finding Meaning in the Media. Simons is a fellow Crikey blogger, and […]

The inability to relax (an experiment in the confessional)

June 14, 2009 25

It’s not often that I feel calm. I have supernovas going off in my head, squirmy things in my muscles and fingertips. I’m sore all the time because I exercise so much. It’s one of the only ways to expend the energy, wear me down, expend the effort effort effort. And I love the zing […]

Embracing the medium: what makes a successful cultural blog?

Embracing the medium: what makes a successful cultural blog?

June 12, 2009 36

The following article is a slightly amended version of the speech I gave during the Emerging Writers’ Festival panel The Revolution Will Be Downloaded, May 2009. In my reading of cultural blogs (particularly literary blogs), and through a growing audience for LiteraryMinded, I have found that some recurring elements exist in blogs which could be deemed successful. My measure of […]

<i>LiteraryMinded</i> turns two

LiteraryMinded turns two

May 9, 2009 7

Happy 2nd birthday to LiteraryMinded! Two years! I was going to link to the very first review but to tell you the truth I find it clumsy, and my writing a little too presumptuous and bold. But this is a good thing because the cringe shows I have come quite a ways since that virgin […]

<i>Machine Man</i>… an interview with Max Barry

Machine Man… an interview with Max Barry

April 16, 2009 1

Max Barry, author of Company, Jennifer Government and Syrup, agreed to satisfy my curiosity about his online novel Machine Man, and other writing projects… It’s not like it’s never been done before, but you may be one of the first Australian authors depositing installments of a novel into cyberspace day-by-day with Machine Man. What made you decide […]

Adelaide Should Not Be Shut Down

Adelaide Should Not Be Shut Down

March 18, 2009 16

I arrived home from Adelaide to find Lord Mayor of Melbourne had been quoted as saying Adelaide should be ‘shut down’. The feeling of oddness was still with me from traipsing up and down Hindley Street all weekend – sex shops and tittie bars (and cyber sex cafes – the point?); R&B-type slick and shiny […]

Numbers, Solitude, Cinnamon Cookies + New Voices

Numbers, Solitude, Cinnamon Cookies + New Voices

March 7, 2009 10

According to my dashboard, this is my 200th post since I started this blog in May 2007. And you know what? In the past couple of years through this blog, my novel manuscripts, my short stories and thesis, and my work, I’m quite sure I have written over a million words. I mean, I probably […]

Let’s Have a Conversation

Let’s Have a Conversation

February 28, 2009 16

Good-weekend lit-lovelies, Check out the crowd in the reading room! You can view some more pictures from The Death Mook launch here. This was absolutely the highlight of my week. I had to have a few wines before reading to deal with the nerves, damn them, and because there was such a big crowd! Dion and Lisa […]

I’ve Joined the Twits, the Dead (or Undead) and More Festivals!

I’ve Joined the Twits, the Dead (or Undead) and More Festivals!

February 21, 2009 10

I’m spending my Saturday making bookmarks for the blog to give out at the Format Festival next month (as it’s a DIY festival, I thought crafty-collage-style bookmarks would be apt). They’ll be on different colour cardboards with words, little images I like, and gel-pen artwork! It’s so much fun – I haven’t done craft for […]

I Do it For Love

I Do it For Love

February 14, 2009 3

Let me start out by saying I have a terrible headache, but I blog because I love you. Happy Valentines Day, readers. I hope you didn’t get too commercial. I hope you wrote a heartfelt poem or song, no matter how shoddy. I spent the day with Charles Darwin, but more on that later in […]

Poetry Readings, Launches, and Parties Galore

Poetry Readings, Launches, and Parties Galore

December 14, 2008 5

This week was again full of events, book buying, inspiration, parties, and somehow reading and writing amongst it all. Here’s a bit of a round-up: Rebecca Clare Page launched her chapbook full of short-sweet gems Teacups and Birds.You can email her for a copy – rebeccaclarepage [at] hotmail [dot] com. Here’s a sample ((c) Rebecca Clare […]

Matilda‘s Australian Litblog Snapshots

December 11, 2008

Established Australian litblog Matilda is doing a series of snapshots on Australian literary bloggers. Number seven was little ol’ me. Check out the interview. And be sure to scroll down the main blog page to check out the others. Perry Middlemiss has also just announced the death of Dorothy Porter, very sad news.