Hello again, dear friends. I write this missive to you in the utmost depth of despair, as the cowboy and I have recently learned that our herd of dachshunds has all but perished in a freak tidal wave. Alas, life on the prairie is hard, and the life of the sausage dog is fleeting at best.
To ease our collective sorrows, here are three amazing Flashers from the likes of authors as yet unknown! Read That Plot Problem by Paul Dalla Rosa in less than 30 seconds, and then read it a few more times to check that you’ve just read what you think you have. For a step into the future with a glimpse at words of the past, turn to your left and administer The Ture, by Mason Masters. Lastly, The Benefit of Self Education by Grant Cochrane will have you questioning your ancestry.com subscription. Now you know the authors, no excuses not to click.
We also have an extract from Vogel Literary Award winner, Murray Middleton. Read a choice selected piece from When There's Nowhere Else to Runhere.
The latest from AltTxt is here to educate you, not to titillate. MSN Messenger and IRL Love: Communication, Polyamory and the Internet, by Kat Muscat, offers up an honest and open exploration of polyamorous relationships and the difficulty of navigating relationships in and out of the wonderful world that was Livejournal. For some lovely words on the importance of communication in relationships as well as a trip down msn messenger memory lane, Kat’s piece is not to be missed.
And hurry up! Submissions and pitches for the second issue of the quarterly Editions series are about to close! The first Edition was themed around technology, and contained some amazing writing. This Edition will be themed around writing which explores concepts of intimacy and ageing. Experimentation and wide-ranging interpretations of the theme are violently encouraged IN CAPS. Submissions are closing today, so waste no time getting that weird and wonderful writing to us! We are all intimately ageing, so there is definitely no time for procrastination. Submission guidelines be here.
Less urgent, but still important that you stop dilly-dallying and get your ticket, is our RANT! event at Sydney Writers' Festival, coming up on Sunday 24 May. Steve Kilbey, Dee Madigan and David Hunt will be there, ranting about how naff you are if you aren't.
Children must listen
It’s good news for geeks over at BBC iplayer this week. You can't be expected to listen to the hideous music they play at the gym when there is an interview with Ursula Le Guin, as well as a serialised adaptation of her groundbreaking classic, The Left Hand of Darknesson offer. Listen to Naomi Alderman interview Le Guin about her life and work, as well as words from literary fans including award winning authors David Mitchell and Neil Gaiman. An Earthsea adaptation is on the way soon, but in the meantime, you can also catch up on Good Omens (which is back by popular demand) and The Shadow Over Innsmouth by HP Lovecraft. The latter will help you run faster, towards home, and the safety of your panic room.
The anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s death has recently come and gone. To learn more about the wonders that resided in her mind, read her stance on writing and androgyny here, and listen to a rare recording of her voice, an extract from the talk ‘Craftsmanship’ which she gave on the BBC in April of 1937. Even better, listen to Patti Smith speak about Woolf and give an improvised homage to a woman who influenced her work. Furthermore, here are 59 things you didn’t know about Virginia Woolf, all of them fascinating.
How on earth did Stephanie Meyer come up with all those amazing ways to describe the colour of that old pedophile vampire’s eyes? Probably this cheat-sheet from Aerogramme Studios, containing what amounts to be approximately all the colours of the wind.
Which book inspired you to be a writer? Buzzfeed asked 33 writers to share the titles of the books that sparked that little spark that told them they too could be writers.
Before I leave, I must ask: have you locked down your EMF schedule? Cross reference here.
Alas! Now I must close my gingerbread-cedar eyes and go to sleep, farewell.