What a month April has been! I’ve been up to my eyeballs in reviews for the Comedy Festival (which finished on Sunday), averaging about 3 reviews a week for the month. All in all, I saw some fabulous stuff and was thoroughly entertained. Going out nearly every night took its toll on my rapidly-advancing-in-years-body however… but… I survived to tell the tale.
These 3 shows were truly outstanding:
Return to Greatness, Diggy Bones & the Tokens of Love; Lickety Split, Monica Dullard and Hannah Gadsby; and Hannah Gadsby’s solo show, Kiss Me Quick I’m Full of Jubes, which was the only festival show I PAID to see, which should tell you something about how I feel about Miss Gadsby’s stuff.
Now that the festival is over, hopefully I can resume some other normal activities. Like sleeping.
In other news, I attended the launch of the Emerging Writers’ Festival last week. You can check out the website here. If you click on the Festival Writers link on the left hand side and scroll down to M, you’ll find a wee blurb on me. The launch was great. CJ and I ended up going out to dinner after it with three of the wonderful folk from the Penheads writing group. Some of you may know from past posts that I’m not really a fan of writing groups, preferring and finding it more productive to work alone, however, it’s been so long since I’ve tried a writers’ group, and these guys were so very friendly, I’m thinking why not? I’m attending my first session tomorrow night, so I’ll let you know how it goes for me.
In regard to what’s happening with Beat, I still don’t know. Sigh. Waiting is not a virtue of mine. The small (Melbourne) publisher who’s had it since the end of January emailed me only about two weeks ago saying that they’re still yet to make a decision. Sigh. It’s not bad news – I realise this, but still, the waiting hurts… everywhere. I’m also still waiting to get a response (of any kind) from three other publishers. I’ll be doing a reading from Beat this Saturday (May 2nd) at the Williamstown Literary Festival (and find out Friday night how my short-listed story for the Ada Cambridge prize fares, will let you know.)
In other, completely unrelated news, I started a new part-time job today. I am now the Weight Loss Coach at my local Fernwood gym. So fatties… watch out! Ok. Perhaps that’s not the best foot to start on. Will go away and re-think my approach….
So, one of the advantages of moving to Melbourne and continuing with my reviewing job is that I get to wear myself out seeing as many comedy shows as I can while the Festival is on. I know, it’s a hard life.
I saw Tim Minchin’s show Ready For This? last night. Here’s a peak at the review, which can be read in full here:
Tim Minchin doesn’t scare me. His song about Guardian reviewer Phil Daoust (who gave his show one star for the 2005 Edinburgh Festival) is disguised as a song of forgiveness and soon becomes a vitriolic attack where Minchin joyfully daydreams about feeding Daoust chunks of “his own face-meat”. Still, at that point I slowly and quietly closed my notebook.
If you feel so inclined you can also read three other reviews from last week on my review page.
Tonight I’m seeing two shows back to back: two lots of talented Perth comedians doing their thing. I’ll let you know how they fare.
Tomorrow night I’m seeing one of my favourite comedians ever: Hannah Gadsby. I’m such a fan, in fact, I’m actually paying for a ticket to see her Tuesday night as well.
Saturday night is a 1920s murder mystery night with a three course meal thrown in for good luck. Yes. I am looking forward to that one; writers who’ve given up their well-paid personal training jobs look most favourably upon free food.
Sunday night is the Raw Comedy final, and I’m topping off the whole comedy festival experience with a bit of Dave Hughes for dessert. Bon appetit!
One of my dear blogging friends, Paul, recently left me a comment asking me where I’ve been – in blogland that is, because I’ve been all over the place lately: I’ve been shopping, been to the movies, explored Melbourne with my Mum, been to Canberra to visit family… but I don’ t think that’s what Paul meant. It does however, bring me to the question of whether blogging is helpful to writers. I’ve read quite a few blog posts on this subject since I’ve been blogging and there does seem to be a divided camp: some say it establishes daily writing practice, and others say it distracts from the ‘real’ job of writing and is time that could be better used on other projects.
I’m hoping that cyber-queen Angela Meyer pokes her head into this discussion, because, frankly, I’d like her opinion(help)… Yoo hoo… Angela?
It seems to be, for me, that the more disciplined I get with my (fiction) writing, the less I blog. I struggle to maintain my energy for blogging along with struggling to think of things to write, which, oddly, never used to be the case. What does that say about me I wonder? Perhaps that’s not the point… I miss it though; miss the community which is much more sincere and like-minded than my Facebook community. (Sorry Facebookers, it’s merely the nature of the medium I guess.)
Maybe it’s just about the nature of what writer’s blogs are about? I mean, if you don’t want to post your actual work, writing about writing can get kinda boring. Believe me, there are plenty of writing blogs out there filled with posts about word counts. I mean, come on. That’s a bit. You know. Dreary. There are also some wonderful blogs about writing that are fabulously written and extremely informative. This one, for example (Angela’s too). But I happen to know that this writer is a brainiac, so, you know, that excuses me…
Hmm, I’ll have to ponder ‘pon it some more. In the mean time, you’ll be happy to know that a biographical short story I recently penned has been short-listed for a prize, I’m doing a reading from Beat at the Williamstown Literary Festival on the 2nd of May (in the People’s Choice awards), contributing to a panel discussion at the Emerging Writer’s Festival, gearing myself up for quite a few reviews for the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and biting my nails as I wait to hear about a 6 month Fellowship I’ve applied for to write my next book. Will let you know how it all pans out!