Cool Stuff Sunday

The bloody Oscar nominations are out and I am SO HAPPY because Tanna has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film! I’m also stoked for Land of Mine, a Scandinavian film on the clearing of landmines from the coastlines of Europe after the second World War, and the fact that Arrival (a genre film) has been given a nod for Best Feature. Literally cried that Lin-Manuel Miranda has the chance to become the youngest EGOT recipient ever for his track How Far I’ll Go from the Moana soundtrack, and that Lion–an Australian film!–has been recognised across multiple categories. Speaking of Lion, are you wondering why Dev Patel has been relegated to the Best Supporting Actor nominee when he is clearly a lead? Take a look at this piece by Stephen A Russell for SBS on the push for a new category to recognise the contribution of stellar casts

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I grew up listening to a pretty eclectic collection of music thanks to my punk Dad and my hippie Mum. Van Morrison was on frequent rotation, and I know that my mum will weep desperately when he stops making music (ie dies because he’ll never stop tbh). Anyway, BBCRadio ran a program last week on the influence of Van’s incredible career, and it is magic (Glen Hansard is my foreverking and I never tire of his rendition of Into The Mystic). If you’re a Brown Eyed Girl like me, catch it before the link expires on February 20!

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Adaptations are swell when they’re done right. But with such a wealth of top-notch literature coming out of Australia, why aren’t we (or any other filmmaking country for that matter) optioning more of it for screen? Mark Poole looked into this over at The Guardian back in 2014, but it’s just as relevant today.

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Anne Gracie is by far one of my favourite romance writers, and all-round excellent human being. Over on her blog, she’s got tips on procrastination, beating perfectionism and getting on with your writing. Thanks Anne!

Cool Stuff Sunday

Okay so I’m gonna caveat this link with the statement that some of the opinions in this article about self-publishing in order to live as a veritable nomad are laughable (traditional publishing is not dying, you utter bellend), BUT, I read this and felt semi-inspired to get back into my writing projects, so thought I’d share.

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On that, are you looking for more opportunities to spend some time focused on your writing projects? Aerogramme Writers Studio have collated this maaaaaaassive list of writing residencies and fellowships in 2017 from around the globe. BRB, applying for all the things.

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YouTube came the fuck through for me with this UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE Hollywood Reporter roundtable with two of my husbands, Donald Glover and Lin-Manuel Miranda, PLUS Damien Chazelle (of Whiplash and La La Land directorial fame), fierce kween Issa Rae (*dies*) and everyone’s favourite dad, Jon Favreau. Holy HECK this was the best hour of my week BY FAR.

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And lastly for today, over on Junkee, Rebecca Varcoe takes a look at the disparity of experience in the arts. So much of this rings true, but, I don’t know what’s next. Lots to ponder.

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Kicking off today’s post with some pretty sobering news: arts workers are twice as likely to attempt suicide as the general population. In light of this report, I thought it would be good to link back to ArtsHub’s article on self-care in the arts workplace. Be good to yourselves, and each other, babes ❤

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My good pal and writer extraordinaire, Peter M Ball, is full of incredible writing advice over at his blog, but this piece he wrote on the perils and advantages of proper time management is bloody excellent. Even if you’re not actively pursuing a writing career, this precise and encouraging method of calculating your time can be great for allocating time to personal projects, or reallocating your hours to things that matter to you.

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Sometimes freelancing sucks. Here’s a quick read on how to navigate a tricky relationship with an editor, thanks to Travel Write Earn.

They’re doing their job the way they think works best for them, so you need to do yours they way that’s best for you.

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If you don’t know already, I bloody love Taika Waititi. His movies Boy, Eagle Vs Shark and What We Do In The Shadows (plus that little flick Hunt For The Wilderpeople) give me utter joy, and I thank GOD he wandered into filmmaking. Anyway, further to my last Taika post, head on over to his Reddit AMA thread for some amazingness. I had no idea he wrote the original screenplay for Moana?! *dies*

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Cool Stuff Sunday

How not to get published, a guide by David Some-guy-who’s-never-getting-published-now. What a dickbag.

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Neil Gaiman talking books and why what we read makes us who we are. What book did you read as a child that still sticks with you today?

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Check out these bloody lovely photographs from 1950s New York that were recently found in storage and wish you had the ability to time travel. (I may or may not be hyperventilating over the pigeons outside the cinema feat. Judy Garland and Marlon Brando.)

Cool Stuff Sunday

In celebration of my first week back at uni, please take a look at this guide to determining whether you’re stressed, or experiencing anxiety. I was surprised to learn some of my own symptoms point to the one I wasn’t expecting. Take care of yourselves, babes!

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child came out today! I nearly betrayed my bookstore roots and went to K-Mart to save $20 but how could I betray my OG fandom like that? In any case, I’m 65 pages in, loving it, and also weeping at any and all references to the original HP series. “Best to do it at a run if you’re nervous” absolutely destroyed me, and this is gonna be a tough week both for my emotions and my studies. Whoops. ANYWAY. In the most depressing news to ever find out while mid-Cursed Child, JK Rowling has all but confirmed that this is Harry’s last hurrah.

Please prepare my funeral, because I will actually implode with grief when I close this book.

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YA rom-coms! How does life get any better?! Take a look at these 10 new Australian YA reads and get your god damn mitts on ’em!

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So, the Ghostbusters reboot was super fun, and like so many others I fell deeply in love with Holtzmann, played by Kate McKinnon. This article over on Junkee takes a look at how Sony ‘Dumbledored’ her character, and how queer representation still isn’t where it should be in 2016 (no shit).

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This article needs a solid edit, but YES TO ALL OF THESE REASONS WHy New Zealand is better than Australia. I would live there in a heartbeat, and reading this makes me want to visit again. I miss that peace.

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Writers! Enjoy this great 10 Cool Writing Tips graphic. Simple and smart. DO IT.

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A friend of mine recently posted a link to Every Noise At Once, a weird and awesome algorithm based on the near-1500 genres of music found on Spotify. Click on a weird one and be thrilled by the sudden realisation that you enjoy Freakbeat. ….???

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Alain de Botton has published a new work called The Course of Love, a novel (!!) set in Scotland. Over at Daily Life, Alain has also penned a meditation on the reasons Why You Will Marry The Wrong Person. It’s super interesting and highlights some of the key reasons I think marriage is for idiots.

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I think Vines are inherently dumb (I am being so negative today, I’m sorry!). But they’re everywhere, and fill up my algorithm-y Facebook feed every single day. Occasionally I’ll spy one that makes me giggle, or howl, with laughter. Like this ball of adorableness which you HAVE PROBABLY ALREADY SEEN but idc I love this stupid video the end. You’re welcome.

Tomorrow, tomorrow; I love ya, tomorrow

You’re always a day awayyyyyyyyyyyyy.

Except, it’s not going to be a day away when I go to sleep. Because when I wake up it’s going to be tomorrow, and tomorrow is the first day I’ll be teaching people things about writing. And that is scary because I’m not sure that I’m going to be able to not fuck it up in some monstrous way that means I’ll lose my job.

So yeah, I may or may not be white-knuckling as we speak.

The thing is, I am comfortable with public speaking when I have notes and a basic script. I’m all up in that and gladly so. And to be honest, I think I’ll be okay with the actual content of the course too. But there’s this nagging thing going on in my brain that’s making me worry that for some reason, I’m going to monumentally fail at this. I think it’s mostly just got to do with it being the first time I’ve done this, and so it’s big and scary and unknown, and that’s what’s worrying me.

I’m really not sure.

I’ll update tomorrow with details on how (and if I even) manage to get through the day. Cross your fingers for me, interwebz!