Number of items on to-do list: Nine. Not too bad.
The next five books I’m planning to read in no particular order: Jasper Jones (Craig Silvey), Siren (Tara Moss), Parrot & Olivier in America (Peter Carey), The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (J Randy Taraborrelli), The Year of the Flood (Margaret Atwood).
Time I got to bed last night: 3:30am.
Number of creative projects I’m currently working on: four.
Currently reading: Brothers and Sisters (ed. Charlotte Wood), Collected Stories (Richard Yates), Rushing to Paradise (JG Ballard), Ulysses (James Joyce) – yes, still – and various poetry books.
Recently framed photograph:
Books recently returned from friends: The Slap (Christos Tsiolkas), Conditions of Faith (Alex Miller).
New position at Bookseller+Publisher: Acting editor (of the print magazine).
Book my sister and two friends are going to borrow: The Boat (Nam Le). A huge congrats to Nam on his Prime Minister’s Literary Award win! So well deserved. Congrats also to Evelyn Juers, Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds.
Language I’m going to learn next year: French (I’ll explain more about this later).
Link of the week: ABR‘s Favourite Australian Novel (FAN) poll – get your nomination in.
Out of the fifty billion launches on in the next week, the one I’m most looking forward to: Iain ‘Huey’ Hewitson’s Bloody Good Recipes. Huey will be cooking lunch. Mmm, mmm.
Recently interviewed in: An extensive one in Voiceworks #78: Fluid (interview not online – buy it!); an in-person one (part one, part two) with Chris Flynn on Fly the Falcon (he’s been doing a few with up-and-coming creatives, check them out); and Damon Young interviewed me about my favourite tool for writing.
Recent flights booked: To Adelaide for Adelaide Writers Week – Feb 28 to March 5. Join us.
Current craving: pretzels.
Coming up on the blog: Review of Cate Kennedy’s The World Beneath; ‘responsive’ interview with Hollywood Ending author Kathy Charles; an interview with Lisa Dempster re her travel memoir Neon Pilgrim; more from my interview with Alex Miller – extended from our talk about his new novel Lovesong, in Readings Monthly; and more fresh faces bringing you guest reviews.
Want: An e-reader.
Number of bookshelves needed for new pad: About eight.
What I’m going to do now: Watch The Seven Year Itch.