finding your voice

The most difficult task facing a writer is to find a voice in which to tell the story. To be heard, you must find a voice. For your ideas to be accepted, for your arguments to be believed, for your work to be admired, you must find a voice. Each of you is an original.

discovering einstein’s god

“A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate…” – Einstein I read something the other day by John Polkinghorne. I wont get into the obvious debate re: physicists-turned-priests or things like the Templeton prize, and I’m not suggesting, by mentioning Polkinghorne, that he and Einstein held similar philosophies. But I do want to


I had this dream. I was being proposed to. In my high school gymnasium. It was all a bit unsettling. Like dreams sometimes are. Before you realize they’re dreams. And my suitor, my suitor says “Buffy, will you marry me?” Before I can say ‘what’, before I can say ‘huh?’, this really hard-knocks, city centre

forbes: highest earning authors

According to Forbes, 1 in every 17 novels sold in the US is written by this man, making him the highest paid author in the world. James Patterson. Photo by Rankin James Patterson writes about eight books a year. He works with a team of collaborators on everything from children’s books to thrillers and makes

a luminous halo

Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end. – Virginia Woolf I’m reading The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf and enjoying it a good bit but I’ll leave the expounding to clever types like Flynn.


We drove eight hours and listened to Footloose and blew bubbles. We climbed a mountain. Twice. Traveled through fog. Sucked strawberry and banana through a straw. We played with rubber foots – FOOTS – fingers and snakes. We ate these apple things that looked like cakes.

acting and writing et al.

“I trained as an actor in New York, and one discipline I studied was the Stanislavski technique, the basis of which is to live truthfully in the imaginary circumstances. That is what I try to do when I write. I set up an imaginary world, and try to let the characters live truthfully in that

any number of old ladies

“The artist’s only responsibility is his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one…If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate: The Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.” — William Faulkner

water for elephants

I avoided Twilight phenomena because, to be frank, I didn’t want anything to pollute my image of a shirtless, ageless David Boreanaz. Still, I’ve always had a thing for British Boys, and Robert Pattinson has a superbly fascinating face. So, on Sunday I stole into a screening of Eclipse. Today I read Water for Elephants

a summer’s night

Lucky, this point in time and space Is chosen as my working place Where the sexy airs of summer, The bathing hours and the bare arms, The pleasant drives through a land of farms, Are good to a newcomer. –Auden

martin amis. literature and violence.

On Thursday, 1 July 2010, Martin Amis will be discussing literature and violence at The Martin Harris Centre with guests Blake Morrison and John Gray. They’ll be mulling over… The psychological and cultural roots of violent acts, and the ways in which writers from Shakespeare to JG Ballard depict and respond to it. Martin Amis

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