90s Novel Research is Going Well

Thanks to everyone who has emailed, messaged, posted things etc. I’m incredibly grateful to get your own personalised remembrances of the mid 90s. Feel free to keep on sending. Did anyone know anyone who was in a band in Australia then? Perhaps MySpace can help me with this. Wiki, YouTube, and eBay have all been great tools thus far – the internet is my friend – immersion in those music film clips again, the magazines, the movies. It’s one reason this novel is set ‘just prior’ to net-explosion. There are more big reasons for the choice of 1996 as year of setting, which some of you have figured out, and most of you haven’t and won’t. But that’s okay, because you’ll read the book.

So here’s the plan:

Research/immerse/remember up until the end of November. Make timelines; create workable plotlines with imagination space but defined peaks and valleys; name and shape the secondary characters (I will name one after the eBay seller who had all the Dolly and Girlfriend mags – Joey). Take notes, form scenes, write down every idea.

Then in December – just write.

Going with some advice from a writer I admire and respect I’m going to trial getting up one hour earlier and writing in the morning. In the quiet, when the dream-fabric has just lifted. I’m excited.

~ I’m also putting together a project with my photographer friend Sudeep Lingamneni involving my ‘consumerism/materialism/technology’ short stories, and photographs he is taking inspired by them. The photographs will be their own little narratives and we think as a book, with these cultural themes, the visual aspect will be quite apt. I’ll blog about it soon and show you some of Sudeep’s amazing work. Click the link here for his site.

Sudeep and I are both in Sketch, a newbie lit journal, too. I’ll post the launch invite next week. We also both made it into Story To… zine. Yes, we’ve been sending to the same places, but by being accepted by these same places it seems like we’re destined to work together. And don’t forget to come to the Page Seventeen launch if you’re around Melbourne next weekend.

Nam Le on here tomorrow!

9 thoughts on “90s Novel Research is Going Well

  1. hi angela,
    have you read eric dando’s ‘snail’, richard king’s ‘kindling does for firewood’ or phillipa burne’s ‘fishnets’ – these are the books I remember from that time (oz ones anyway.) Have fun with your research!! And zinesters like Pagan Kennedy and Lisa Crystal Carver …rriot grrrls worth googling.
    simmone

  2. Simmone! Thanks heaps for your input – and yeah, it is fun! 🙂

    Rachael – in Aus? Perhaps you can let them know I’d love to ask a few questions of someone who was in the ‘scene’ then. Did they tour? Thank so much!

    Gez – I know! 😀

  3. “Did anyone know anyone who was in a band in Australia then?”

    Err, me! I was in two bands when I lived in Canberra — The Have Nots and The Entwined — that got to the stage of touring Syd and Melb. We played at the Espy, the Punters Club, the Lansdowne … all the sticky carpet joints! One of our videos was even on Rage (once … albeit at 3am)

    Once I got to Melbourne in ’92 I was briefly in a band called emily faithfull (defiantly lower-case!) — but we didn’t play many gigs. By then I had done an audio engineering course and was doing a lot of live sound work, honing my kick-drum sound and my tinnitus on innumerable completely forgotten (but not always forgettable) bands.

  4. No oz memories, but some musical ones — 1996 was the year I got back into pop / rock music after a break of 10 years. It was mainly the siren-calls of female rock-leaning artists that enticed me back, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, and the early Texas are the first that spring to mind.

    Oh, and I launched my website on new years eve 1996. There was this great spirit of discovery, as in “did you know you can now book your travels on the net… ?” and such, there were new things coming up all the time, and one didn’t expect to find everything and everybody on the net by default.

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