Project Songbird: Week 2

Week two of working on Project Songbird in a serious and methodical way went reasonably well. I feel like getting into this practice now will get me writing-fit (like fighting-fit, geddit?) for NaNoWriMo, coming up in November. The thought of averaging about 1667 words a day for 30 days is still pretty daunting, so IContinue reading “Project Songbird: Week 2”

Podcasts: on being late to the media party

In February this year, I found some podcasts to listen to on my way to and from work. Also earlier this year (or maybe towards the end of last year), I started watching several Youtube channels a lot more frequently. These are forms of media that pretty much everyone in my generation takes for granted,Continue reading “Podcasts: on being late to the media party”

Sometimes, writing just isn’t interesting

One of the things I have learned from previous paid writing gigs is that sometimes, it is just not interesting. Sometimes, it is like pulling nails. Or, if you want a less gruesome metaphor, like trying to thread a needle with black thread in the dark. Or maybe it’s like folding the laundry, and thenContinue reading “Sometimes, writing just isn’t interesting”

Project Songbird: a start

Over the course of the last nearly two months, I have scratched out a little over 25 000 words of blog. It has been immensely satisfying to keep writing daily, and to maintain my unbroken streak as yet. At some point, I’m going to have to symbolically end my streak. Obviously. Today I’m starting aContinue reading “Project Songbird: a start”

Mystery boxes, immunity challenges and pressure tests: oh my!

At the end of 2018, I started watching Masterchef Australia. I don’t really know why it took me so long to start, but it was the re-ignition of my love for food and cooking, and since then, I’ve watched all but I think three seasons (Season 1, 3 and 4) – mostly because I couldn’tContinue reading “Mystery boxes, immunity challenges and pressure tests: oh my!”

PoP! goes my heart!

Ah,another cheesy soundtrack from another Hugh Grant rom-com; and by no means, his best one. It does however, contain the epic line: “I googled you, and you are good!” in his most peculiarly English upper-class inflection. This has become a standard pronunciation of the verb “to google” in my family – to the extent thatContinue reading “PoP! goes my heart!”

The Great Adventure

Today, I downloaded Scrivener, which is a fabulous and fabulously-complex writing programme that brings together all the things its creators decided that you may need to get your novel out into the world. It’s got lots of nooks and crannies and interesting features, ways of tagging and comparing and building out your story. According toContinue reading “The Great Adventure”

Flash fiction: Different vs Same

We’re totally different. The thought rose in the general’s mind as he surveyed the barricade ahead of them. Grim faces, good discipline. Sad eyes though. They were hoping it would not come to this. All they want is the destruction of my people. These soldiers were mostly young men, drafted into the national effort, toContinue reading “Flash fiction: Different vs Same”