I’m doing a pathetic job of blogging this month but I do have the excuse that last week was Children’s Bookweek here in the land of Oz. Which means I have spent most of the last few weeks giving talks and running workshops in schools around Melbourne. Which has had a devastating impact on both my writing and reading. I’ve been so tired at the end of the day that it’s only been possible to read bite sized chunks of anything. Also, the Melbourne Writers’ Festival is on at the moment so there are a lot of writers in town, some that I want to catch up with over a drink, and that some I want to go and listen to while they talk about their work.
I’ve really enjoyed reading the short stories inside this collection taken from McSweeney’s. Like a lot of people, I like the sharp quirkiness of McSweeney’s editor Dave Eggers. I heard him speaking about his latest book at an event at the Melbourne Town Hall on Friday night. He’s like a big grown-up kid which explains why he is the first author to be able to adapt Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and transform it into a film script. And also why he can take on the excruciatingly painful subject of the Lost Boys, the child soldiers of the Sudan.
I’ve also skimmed a stack of journals and magazines: Scientific American, Griffith Review, Viewpoint and Reading Time. Now that the dust is settling on the week of racing around, I’ll be able to get stuck into some chunky reading. But bite size reads can provide a lot of food for thought when time and energy are in short supply.