Attitudes to reading

An intelligent and interesting woman who works hard and enjoys life laughs in a self-deprecating way about how she “doesn’t read”. She reads all the time, of course, bits and pieces to do with her work and also she is a keen facebook reader and writer, but reading, per se, as in books or longer pieces of writing in any form, she isn’t interested in.

“I suppose I should read to learn more,” she says, not with much conviction, like the kind of thing people say when they reckon they should exercise more, or cut down on coffee.

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Two kinds of readers

Rosemary Sorensen

There are those readers – perhaps too few – who cannot resist buying books, for whom the idea of a “used” book is not appealing.

There are others – perhaps too many for the prosperous health of publishing – who never buy books, preferring to borrow from the library.

A book is an interesting object, and there is such a thing as a book fetish: people who sniff the pages of a freshly printed book as though it’s a fine wine.

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A cure for happy-snap syndrome

Julie Proudfoot

Writing advice is like biffo at Christmas: ubiquitous, fun, and not always useful, but procure a professional bio pic? That’s a useful piece of advice, even though I’d rather skulk and scribble and only get to it when it’s really needed.

As a writer, the need for a bio picture stalks you:

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How Bendy Bendigo came to be

Castlemaine writer Adam Ford reminds us of the odd and unlikely origin of the city’s name

 

The city of Bendigo is named after Bendigo Creek, which was named after a shepherd who had a hut on the banks of that creek and who was known as a bit of a boxer, so much so that he was given the nickname “Bendigo” after the 19th-century English boxing-champion-turned-preacher William Abednego Thompson, whose bareknuckled fluidity in the ring, combined with his easily mispronouncable name, earned him the nickname “Bendy Bendigo”.

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When … and where… the mood takes you

Julie Proudfoot

All the annoying little writing memes tell you, ‘don’t wait for the muse’, just get on with it; you don’t have to wait until you’re not so tired, or not so angry, or not so lovey-dovey, stop whining and get on with it.

The interesting thing about writing creatively despite moods is that writing is different depending on the mood. What is written when you’re tired, compared to what you write when bouncing off the walls, busy, or morose, is often very different.

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