As I’ve mentioned before, a writer’s homework is reading.
Since moving to Australia, I made the conscious decision to incorporate more Australian literature into my homework routine. This also doubles as a measure of my cultural competency: where once I used to trip over “textas” and “trackie dacks,” I’ve now mastered many of Australia’s colloquialisms. (I think) thats a good thing.
At the recommendation of one of my housemates, I dove into Jennifer Down’s Our Magic Hour, an aerial view of life after loss.
In an exchange between the protagonist, Audrey, and her partner, Nick, Audrey is scolded with a hard-hitting metaphor:
“Your religion is other people’s happiness. It’s absurd.”
Yes, this post is inspired by a Justin Bieber song and no, I’m not sorry.
A few months ago I posted this photo–cheekily captioned “Love your self(ie)”–to Instagram:
Other than a quick outing on Saturday to watch the Tigers crank out a win at the G (and try out some new footy slang), my weekend has been All Work and (Almost) No Play. I’ve been perched in front of my computer for so many hours that it seems the keyboard has become a physical extension of my own two hands.
Between bouncing from client files to passion projects to school work and back to client files (with a bit of sleep sprinkled in), I became rather unexpectedly nostalgic for a weekly instalment I wrote during my jrwritesthings days of yore. I called it: This Thursday’s Thought.
I’m sure the name speaks for itself, but to clarify: every Thursday I’d write a post similar in flavour and style to what I’ve been publishing for the past twenty-three (!) days. I drew inspiration from everyone and everywhere; as I did, the way I consumed and experienced the world around me shifted.
When you look hard enough, we are surrounded by stories.
Today I’ve decided to share one of my personal favourite Thursday Thoughts. You might call it a cop-out, but I call it recycling – digital eco-friendliness, if you will.