The Rabbit Hole. A simple concept concocted by Kate Eltham of the Queensland Writers Centre to encourage us to peel ourselves off the couch, stop making endless cups of coffee and actually finish those WIPs. The aim is to write 30,000 words (you can set your own Word Target) in 3 days or at least type THE END. Kate is calling for all procrastinators, those who've run out of bottom adhesive and any other insane individuals up for the personal challenge to join her at QWC in Brisbane on Friday 8 July, Saturday 9 July and Sunday 10 July. You can also join in online, add your own updates and stay connected via a special QWC Facebook Page. You'll need to supply your own laptop and food in both instances. Sound like the motivation you need? Register now by emailing RabbitHoleWriting@gmail.com
After all it is the Year of the Rabbit. What better way to celebrate than with a completed manuscript. See you down there...
I am Australia born. And bred. My accent is a batter of Queensland Aussie twang and transatlantic drawl (thanks to time spent residing in Europe and riding the high waves of superyacht crewing). I have the colouring of a Mauri and have been mistaken for a woman of Mauritian or Pacific Islander descent. I have the perverse wit of the Irish and the dark hair of a Romany Scots. Frugal as crazy rich Asian and just as superstitious, I am all of these things and none of them. I identify most strongly as a citizen of the world or perhaps, that is how I wish to be perceived. Maybe this is why I resisted so fiercely to answering the frequent question of my youth, 'But where do you come from originally?' In truth I have no recollection of a former life prior to being born. All that backstory is filled in as ones future narrative unfolds. Why then should it have been a subject of such scrutiny when I was too young to understand the reasons behind their interrogations? I understand better
Now, more than ever, we need reasons to be happy, right! When mayhem reigns supreme and suffering escalates, it is sometimes hard to validate ones own happiness when one is not experiencing hardship firsthand but, as I have learned over the years, one should never, EVER dismiss their own moments of glory nor smother their own exclamations of happiness believing this will make them 'feel better'. True compassion is understanding and supporting, not denying and suppressing your own good feels. Everyone is entitled to feel joy and exultation. And so, on this most notable of days - Dr Seuss' Day - his birthday - I am elated to pop a few virtual corks and announce the Happy Publication Day of, THIS IS MY DAD ! !! This is My Dad is a timely, important and heart-warming look at modern family dynamics. It highlights that families come in all shapes and sizes, and they are all worthy of celebration. With one in four children in the UK living with a single parent, and 90% of those
Living in a land which boasts as many natural disasters as natural wonders, can result in the worst of times and perversely, the best of times. Ex-resident of Far North Queensland's Cassowary Coast, June Perkins , is no stranger to both phenomena. Cyclones are not uncommon in this neck of the rainforest however how their impact affects the lives and livelihoods of those in their wake varies as violently as their magnitude. In After Yasi - Finding the Smile Within , a deeply absorbing collage of images, anecdotes and post-Yasi survivor profiles, Perkins captures the very essence, the profound spirit of recovery. After Yasi distills the stubborn tenacity and resilience of neighbours and friends, loved ones and indeed the entire community into a stirring visual tribute of them struggling to regain normality after an acutely abnormal interruption to their lives. Instead of being a somber exposition of loss and destruction, After Yasi allows hope to permeate through every pa