Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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Saturday, August 21, 2010
It’s true, lately there have been zombies everywhere – games, films, books. But I think that’s more that zombies are currently part of the mainstream. Once they drop out of the mainstream, they will still be popular with the people they were popular with before they were ‘cool’.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Greens spokeswoman Ebony Bennett confirmed The Greens contacted the ABC and Republic of Everyone over the possibility of using the ad, but the ABC would not allow the clip to be used during the election.The ABC says it cannot be seen to pick sides in the campaign.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I retweeted this link to an article by Max Barry (Jennifer Government, Machine Man) today and, as you can see above, I declared it 'excellent'.
"When your scene won’t quite come together, your novel idea won’t stay interesting, your main character refuses to fill out: it’s not because you lack talent. It’s because your idea is stupid. You’re trying to push shit uphill. And you may be a good shit-pusher, with a range of clever and effective shit-pushing techniques, but still: it’s going to be hard, frustrating, and ultimately you’ll discover you still don’t have your shit together."
"The way I got out of it was to write a page of something new every day. The first week, I flushed out a lot of ideas that had been humming around the back of my brain, promising me they were brilliant. They weren’t. I captured them one page at a time and set them aside. The second week I wrote two things that were kind of interesting. Not very interesting. But not abominations, either. It was possible to imagine that in some alternate universe of very low standards, they could become novels. Not popular novels. But still.
"The third week, I wrote something interesting. And I discovered I could write. That the reason I’d been stuck wasn’t because I’d forgotten where the keys were. It was because the story I was trying to make work sucked."
I fear that if I tried the Max Barry strategy, I'd end up with lots of one-pagers, and not much else.
So what do you think? When is it time to cut your losses? And when is it worth pushing the shit uphill?
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Sunday, August 08, 2010
"Any time someone puts a lock on something you own, against your wishes, and doesn't give you the key, it's not being done to your benefit."
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop regaled us with tales from the Berlin Film Festival:
As well as schmoozing, Sean fired off questions at the likes of Sigorney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Robert Altman and Hugo Weaving.Later in the year Sean sparked controversy when he admitted he couldn't see what all the fuss was about when it came to Rolf de Heer's Ten Canoes. Articulate readers came out for and against the film, which went on to become one of the highest grossing Australian films of 2006.Meanwhile, I found out at the 45th National Science Fiction Convention that Spock ears are an optional extra, and also got to interview sf dignitary Bruce Sterling and author and activist Cory Doctorow.
I also got to probe the dark underbelly of the arts world, interviewing horror writers, editors and film-makers from Australia and abroad, and taking the pulse of Australian speculative fiction. I even got to see Stephen King do a rare reading in London.Emma Rodgers lifted the tone, immersing herself in the world of literature at the 2006 Adelaide Writers Festival http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200603/s1583180.htm, where she says one of the highlights was hearing Michael Cunningham (The Hours) talk about his writing.
More recently, Rosie Ryan probed public opinion on public art, gender bias in the Hottest 100 and, ah, Andre Rieu, as well as MP Graham Perrett's controversial The 12th Fish.
We also had lots of fun with our long-running film trivia spot, Movie Minutiae, less long-running but nonetheless enjoyable Endnotes and lots and lots and lots of Eye Candy.On behalf of Articulate, I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed, either by writing blog posts, being interviewed, or sending up tip-offs and leaving comments.I'd like to leave you with the timeless words of Kurt Vonnegut: Things die. All things die.(And so on...)