To the Clarion West class of 2016

  To the Clarion West class of 2016, Herly shit, guys, you’re in week 2 already. It goes so fast. Doesn’t it go fast? I should know because my class was two years ago and I still can’t believe it’s over. Here’s some stuff I learned there, and… Read More

So that was 2014…

  I don’t blog much at the moment because I’m busy working my two casual jobs and writing my butt off or alternatively, procrastinating about writing and being distracted by all the beautiful dirtbags everywhere here in Melbourne… Anyway, somewhere in there it became a new year. 2015!… Read More

Clarion West 2014: Part 2

Do you know that they issue a heat warning in Seattle when it reaches 32 degrees? (that’s 90 for you Fahrenheit-ers) I went ‘pah’ and told them stories about the 45.8 scorcher we had in Sydney last year, but honestly I was boiling my ass off. It was… Read More

Clarion West 2014: Part 1

I’m home. I’m home! Shit. Do you know how hard it’s been to even start these posts? Do you? It’s like trying to describe something intangible, like pinning words to smoke or vapour. Gah. Look, I’ll try. I can’t promise sense or anything. I remember waiting in the… Read More

Notes on the Last Day of a Writers Workshop

1. Sob. 2. I fucking love these people. For realsies. I plan on doing a bi-yearly world tour to see everyone again. 3. Our unusual word tally was thus: reverberate: 11 tendrils: 10 slough/sluff: 10 Brian: 7 loam/loamy: 5 Wu: 5 cerulean: 4 juddering: 6 …and by week… Read More

Fifteen More Notes On A Writers Workshop

  1.  Ask me to explain the rules of 5-Player-Running-Ping-Pong one day because it’s way awesome, sweaty and amazing. 2. I repeat my perfect-writing-cafe order again and again in my head in line (‘large no-fat iced chai, extra spicy please’) but when I get up to the counter… Read More

It all happened so quickly…

Apparently it’s 9.30pm but to me it feels like about two in the afternoon, tomorrow.  Confused? I’m here! In Seattle! In the Clarion West house! Yesterday (was it yesterday? Or the day before? Shit, I have no idea, I’m jetlagged to the point of delirium right now…) Anyway,… Read More

32 Days

Guys, guys – this time next month I’ll be a bunch of hours into a fourteen hour flight, no doubt already starting to get antsy. Did you know I can’t sleep on planes? True story. Well, kinda true. I’ll toss and turn (as much as one can do… Read More