Category Archives: Writer’s_life

The Tortoise/Turtle creaks across the finish line

Against all odds and flying in the face of doubters, I’ve reached the end of my Masters in Creative Writing.  I handed in my final paper around a week and two days and thirty minutes ago but who’s counting.  But … Continue reading

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Searching for the Literary Grail

David Lodge’s novel “Small World” has been variously described as a “campus novel”, a clever piece of “critifiction” (a combination of literary theory and practice) and an example of “metafiction”, a literary technique which self-consciously draws attention to the fact … Continue reading

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Vote for Me (please)!

The People’s Choice Award in the Best Australian Blogs Competition is now open for voting. If you’ve read and enjoyed anything I’ve written on here, I’d love it if you’d vote for me. Just go to http://www.writerscentre.com.au/bloggingcomp/peopleschoice.html and vote before … Continue reading

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Behind a Bush with Nietzsche

In his famous essay “On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense”, Nietzsche proposed the metaphoric scenario “when someone hides something behind a bush and looks for it again in the same place and finds it there as well, there … Continue reading

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Have Lance will Travel

Here’s a “did you know” that I bet you didn’t (unless you’re better informed on the origin of words that I am).  The word “freelance” derives from the middle ages and refers to knights  who, rather than jousting for one … Continue reading

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Home on the Range with Freud or How I’m Learning to Love Literary Theory

Freud and cowboys aren’t concepts one intuitively links together; not like say fish and chips or (to be Freudian about it) boys and girls.  They weren’t to me, at least not until I read Clare Connors’ book “Literary Theory:  A … Continue reading

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A hundred things to like about Canberra

Last time I visited Canberra was some time back in the 1980s, when there was only one Parliament House.  My recent visit coincided fortuitously with the hundredth birthday of the capital, which was founded on 12th March 1913.  It’s not … Continue reading

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Writers’ Week Wrap-Up

My Writers Week experience was, as noted previously, my first but it certainly won’t be my last.  What I saw of it I loved.  Regrettably I only managed four sessions out of a huge array of many more, but the … Continue reading

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Best Australian Blogs Competition

With the aim of celebrating the diversity, power and fun of blogging, The Best Australian Blogs Competition (an initiative of the Australian Writers Centre) is back!  The 2013 competition opened for entries last week. If you’re a fellow Australian blogger, … Continue reading

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Bitterly Dreary – aka Literary Theory

I found the image above when I was doing a bit of obsessive-compulsive boning up for my forthcoming final (thank the god of philosophers) subject for my MA in Creative Writing, which starts tomorrow.  It about sums up what I anticipate … Continue reading

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