First things incredibly first
Welcome to a new year of Round-Up! It’s 2015, you’re going to finish writing whatever it is you have not yet completed, have it published, and I’ll be able to mention how wonderful you are at doing whatever it is you are best at. If your resolutions are to write and read more, attend literary events and stop Facebook-stalking your ex’s dog, then you are in the right place.
Resolutions/Help from better people
Begin the year in the best, most positive way that you can imagine, by listening and laughing along with Olympic ranters and slam poets on January 20. Hosted by Seizure’s own David Henley and National Poetry Slam Champion Zohab Zee Khan, the event will be held in Hyde Park as part of the Sydney Festival, 7–8pm. Best of all, it’s free. More info here.
If you have neglected to make any New Year’s resolutions, take inspiration from some of the greatest minds of all time, thanks to Brain Pickings. Eleanor Roosevelt wants you to live by your own standards. Ralph Waldo Emerson wants you to cultivate true friendship. Maya Angelou wants you to choose courage over cynicism. I just want you to stop acting like you didn’t eat my last slice of pizza out of the refrigerator.
If you are looking for a list of essential books, who better to help you than Cèline’s new poster-girl, Joan Didion? Brain Pickings has obtained a copy of a handwritten list of Didion’s favourite books, thanks to her documentarian nephew. Link contains more links to more Didion.
In slightly stranger news, Haruki Murakami will be accepting questions from fans during the month of January, and will publish his replies on his website during the following two months. Murakami is offering advice as well as general information about cats and his preferred baseball team, and will accept questions in a variety of languages in hopes of opening communication with his admirers for a short time before returning to his private life. As of yet, his upcoming website, “Murakami-san no tokoro”, has not materialised.
Seizure contributor Emily Brugman will be collecting short stories for the surf magazine, Tracks, in the coming months, and is looking for submissions based loosely on a surf or sea theme. Your reward for your oceanic endeavors is a cool $200 per published story, 1000 words max. Email Emily at email@example.com
Here are the latest competitions for writers during the months of January and February from Aerogramme Studio. Whip sound. (Being that I am a cowgirl, I am at a loss as to why I have not employed this sound effect previously).
Io9 has listed their picks for the best of January’s science fiction and fantasy releases here. For my cheap nerds, here is the best of Tor.com’s 2014 short stories and novelettes, now available free to download. Do yourself a favour and read Daughter of Necessity by Marie Brennan while you’re waiting for the rest to download.
Fun/Stop sending me those weird emails
It is January and I can tell that you are already stressed. You’ve been sitting at your computer all year (#Dadjoke). Here is some yoga for writers from Electric Literature.
Do you think that audiobooks still count as reading? Apparently we’re all being lazy and not listening to the audio version of Gone Girl properly. Find out why you should read a real book, if you are able, over at Co.Design.
Lastly my dear ones, I must ask: do you enjoy amazing feats of clockwork engineering, impeccable craftsmanship and also nightmares? Has anyone ever looked at your work and told you an automaton could have written something better? If your fear of a robot uprising is increasing from mild to severe, please click.