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in the foothills of Gippsland
Interests: Books and reading in all its forms, the internet in all its glory and glaring idiocy. Entertaining the children, who share with me an obsession for Doctor Who (the David Tennant years). Studying, working . . . oh, and walking my dog :D
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locallylit is now following Taralazar
Oct 27, 2010
In the meantime, I’ve seen a hybrid that works: take one bestselling author caught between novels, add a hungry fanbase and a blog, simmer daily and here’s what Max Barry and fans cooked up. I can’t believe I missed this when it first came out, as I usually keep tabs on Max’s output (given he’s from my neck of the woods). He had responded to fan complaints about the gap since his last novel, Company, with the idea of writing an online serialised novel, one page a day, Machine Man. It quickly gathered a lot of readers but, more interestingly, commenters who added value to the writing process. The creative outcome was clearly a quality result, and Hollywood clearly agreed, with this week’s news that Machine Man is to be made into a film for release in 2012 to be directed by award-winning Darren Aronofsky. Max is right to be chuffed. Now he just has to get on and release the novel he’s (re)writing from the online serial, with added material, to be released in 2011. Go for it, Max. And if you get stuck – well, you know where to tap into some ideas... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at Locally lit
My little group is mostly Year 3 to 5, although others are going to provide content. They are so receptive to all ideas - even though a lot of the finished work will be online, I plan to make sure they get soaked in the traditional skills: telling a story well, accuracy and good editing. You are going to have a blast, Sherrie. I'll make regular updates and public links once the principal gives the OK.
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2010 on Grow your own authors at Locally lit
Hook them young . . . A few weeks ago, I volunteered to help run a school club and thought about the options. Rubbish at art. Don't play chess. Can't knit or sew. Masterchef, I am definitely not (ask Boy1 and Boy2). Hmmm, maybe those decades in journalism and, more recently, running blogs and tweets, might come in handy... Our local school online magazine club was born, and it is a truly multimedia baby: there will be stories, poems, art, pictures, video. And the pet rabbit has been slated for his own "Ask Fluffy" column. We've only had week 1 so far, but the team seems enthusiastic. Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2010 at Locally lit
Why is writing and telling stories important, and can anyone do it? What makes a good story? How do you connect with your readers? And how do you capture those hidden stories in our communities? These are the sorts of questions this blog will be addressing. Storytelling has been a fundamental part of community and tribal identity across all cultures, for thousands of years. Where once communal discourse spread ideas and information, it later fell to the broadcast media, through newspapers, books, radio and television. The form is now coming back almost full circle. Digital media and the internet have made the publishing world a level playing field, as anyone with web access can create, edit and publish their own stories and multimedia online, and communicate directly with their audience. A new literacy is being adopted: publishing for the masses, instead of publishing to the masses. Grassroots storytelling returns to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2010 at Locally lit
Why am I blogging about how to encourage local writing and reading? Will it be a force for good or evil? And what makes me qualified to speak? So, before the comments start to query my grasp of either grammar or reality, let me explain the rationale, aka the Six Secrets of a Local Literary Life. One. I love reading in all formats; it’s one of the most portable means of entertainment and (usually) requires no batteries or power charger. Two. Change has been a constant these past few years. From workaholic media type in London, to running a bookshop and community web hub in rural Australia, there has scarcely been time to draw breath. I started a bookshop because I wanted people to have access to cheap, good books – plus, it keeps me out of airport lounges. Three. As a mum to small children, I soon noticed how... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2010 at Locally lit
Love these fact-grabber videos, even if you want to dispute some of the claims. (He does cite the sources on his socionomics website) This is the updated "What is social media" video Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2010 at Locally lit
Knocking one more task off the to-do list. Rather than try to shoe-horn this more generalist blog, associated with the post-grad studies into my bookshop blog, it really needs its own space to stretch. I'll be digging out the best bits and links on my passions: local literacy and local journalism. Fairly broad church stuff, but it covers everything from how to encourage local writing and reading across all age groups, to making sure that local stories, and local histories find their place in print or on other media. More of that in posts to come... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at Locally lit
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