Something about opp shops inspires me. It’s just really that je ne sais pas moment … I can’t put my finger on it but then again I’m writing a blog and currently my fingers are to keyboard so maybe I can… Is it the 'people-watching'? Today, as I looked through the racks – methodically, with … Continue reading Why Opp Shops Inspire Me
It's been a little while between posts. Let me tell you what's been happening, dear reader. Well, I got attacked by a wild grizzly bear who held me down and said, "you are going to be quite busy for a few months. Updating your website with fresh content is going to have to wait until … Continue reading What to write when you’re not sure?
Last year I, like millions of other Aussies, curled up on a couch and watched The Voice. This wasn't the first TV talent show I had watched - my gosh, there had been so many leading up to that: Australia's Got Talent, The X Factor, Australian Idol and probably half a dozen I can't remember! - but The Voice had something different about it which succeeded in drawing me in.
The saddest thing in art is when an artist is debilitated unfruitful by the ruling of an over-grown Inner Critic. It can happen to many great artists, and not great artists, and to people who yearn to be artists but never quite get there. The formula is simple: the inner critic intervenes and the artist … Continue reading A widespread artistic affliction: silence the inner critic!
Should you only write when you're inspired? Only write when you're feeling positive? Should you only sing when you feel good? Only put hand to key when you are happy? Should you only paint when you want to? Dip brush into water when you feel a joy bursting out of you? The same way you don't just … Continue reading Be led by a vision, start dreaming again.
Is this going to be a cheesy blog post going on about the beauty of Autumn? Is this going to be all flowery descriptions (“sunburnt leaves,” “crunchy red” “weak sunlight streaming on lemon, orange and cranberry coloured leaves?”) – something akin to a travel brochure for no particular thing, only called “Autumn?” Perhaps.Perhaps it is, … Continue reading An Autumn Day Dallied in Daylesford …
Writers.They’re funny types. Weird. By this, obviously I am including myself. Think about it… if there was an athlete training for a triathlon or a marathon or some serious, inevitable event, what would they be doing? Training. Training. Working with a coach, being disciplined, off to the pool at 5.30am, only eating roast potatoes on … Continue reading The sport of writing
What makes the subject of history so compelling is the sense of unity - and also likeness - between the past and the present. The 'humanness' that provides a channel of similarity between people who live in 2011 and those who lived in 1786 or 1044 or even 2000 B.C. The fact that humans 3000 … Continue reading Mummies-in-waiting: Ancient Egyptian beliefs