Monday, 26 September 2011

10 Life Lessons from Jane Austen

1. Never trust a man who is too charming.

2. If you wish to explain yourself, write a letter.

3. Never trust the one you love around actors.

4. Sometimes, the child must parent the parent.

5. Age is just a number.

6. Jealousy is never becoming and often unfounded. (It's also a useless emotion)

7. If you go looking for scandal, you're likely to create one.

8. Happiness is never far from home.

9. Not all women turn into their mothers.

10. Affection is born of compassion.

And a bonus one for luck:

11. Shallow relationships will come to shallow people.

Thanks to Elisa for helping me make this list.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Introducing COMET

Some of you may know that I am a part of a Creative Writing group at my uni. I started it with my great friend Jade Carver late last year and we have more than 20 online members through Facebook. We meet weekly at a cafe on campus to discuss writing and related topics. And most of all, we have a lot of fun.

I am very proud to announce that as of this weekend, our very own Blog has gone live. Each month, COMET will showcase a selection of work from the group including poetry, fiction and non fiction writing of up to 3000 words.

Please support my talented, talented friends, and my dream to revive and improve the literary community here in Perth, Western Australia.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Live an Inspired Life #1

For Sharron.

Yesterday, a friend of mine from Uni began speaking to me about what it feels like to run out of motivation. I don't believe she expressly asked for my advice, but I gave her some anyway. (I hope that wasn't too forward of me.)

What I told her was this: The best way I have found to motivate myself is to remind myself why I am doing this. Why am I at uni? Why do I write stories? Why do I enter competitions which I never win? Why bother?

Some days, the answers that you come up with sound a bit hollow. And some days, The Big Bang Theory is on TV and it is so much more interesting than America between the wars.

When the answers can't come from you internally, it can help if they come from you externally. This is why I have an Inspiration Wall above my workstation. It's the little visual clues and support that I give my future self on the days I feel inspired.

I've collected quotes, nice wrapping paper, post cards of places I've been and want to visit, and I have even drawn the cover for my own novel, albeit badly.

What kinds of things would be on your wall?