The month that was… February 2011

DURING FEBRUARY I’VE BEEN…

BUSY WITH… Promotion for Beneath the Shadows. So far I have visited three gorgeous independent bookshops and four libraries proudly supported by Dymocks, and met lots of lovely people. I have only noticed one person nod off briefly during my talks (FTW!), and I think I managed to speak fairly coherently to a brilliant turn-out of 80 at one of my local libraries, Joondalup, on Tuesday night.

THINKING ABOUT… Natural disasters – surely everyone is due for a break right now. My heart goes out to those who has been affected this past month, whether by fires and storms in Perth or the earthquake in Christchurch. I first saw the terrible news from New Zealand on twitter, and it quickly became apparent that it wasn’t a good idea to watch streaming coverage. I’ve been very interested in the subsequent debate about how the media should/shouldn’t report such events, I think it’s a really important issue but a difficult one to resolve. If you are interested, check out these two articles by Jonathan Green on ABC’s The Drum, and the response from Lyndal Curtis on the same site.

READING… I am alternating between Lauren Oliver’s Delirium, and Thich Nhat Hanh’s Peace is Every Step (I’m a big fan of the Buddhist monk/Zen master genre!). I’m also desperate to get back to The Distant Hours by Kate Morton.

WRITING… I’ve been working on an article about London-inspired books and films for the holiday goddess travel book that will be out later this year (www.holidaygoddess.com). It’s been a wonderful piece to research, and as a result I now have an extra-long list of books to read and films to watch.

PLAYING… I’ve been building a lot of towers in my spare time, with an array of multi-coloured blocks. I’m busy trying to teach my daughter to understand that ‘per-pol’ is not the default colour of everything, and loving all the new words she comes out with every day.

3 replies
  1. Rebecca James
    Rebecca James says:

    Ha ha. Clearly you have no idea how to use FTW correctly either! Tho, have to say, I like it much better as an expression of disbelief. (F*&% the what!) And I can’t believe someone really fell asleep while you were talking — I hope you gave them a good stern dirty look when they woke up.

    I need to get into some Thich Nhat Hanh too – I am needing some zen in my life.

  2. sara
    sara says:

    Ha, I’m feeling very behind the times, but at least we’re trying! The lady who kept nodding off was very sweet so I didn’t mind too much! I’d recommend Thich (hope it’s not rude to call him by first name!) – very grounding!

  3. Kylie Ladd
    Kylie Ladd says:

    80 fans FTW! Blocks FTW! The Drum FTW! Per-pol FTW! Earthquakes NFTW. Getting it now? ;)
    The pr stuff sounds great- good for you! Find that nerve-wracking but it IS important.

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