A short play!

12 x 12Another notch in the literary bed-post! Drum-roll…

Saturday night my short play Mummy, Mummy, Mummy was performed at the Potato Shed. This little play had a very long genesis. Way back when I was recovering from post-natal depression, a friend and I applied to our local council for a grant to write a play on er, PND. We were successful! And then, what with life and illness and children and attempting (and failing) to collaborate, I am ashamed to admit that we ended up giving the grant back!

Yes, I can hear all you writers throwing up right now – and I’m sorry, but you know, sometimes life happens. Anyway, at the time I started writing something on my own – the team work thing for one reason or another didn’t really come together. And that something was the short play that was performed on Saturday night.

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Crime Writing tips

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Author Ellie Marney

I’ve been working on a junior crime series and decided to attend a crime writing workshop for further inspiration. The workshop was run by YA author Ellie Marney at the Wheeler Centre last month. Ellie is the author of the three book Every series about a handsome teen ‘Sherlock’ – James Mycroft – and his trusty sidekick ‘Watson’ – Rachel Watts. I have read all three and they are a great read and quite sexy!

 

Ellie shared these tips:

  1. You need a crime (doh!), perpetrator, victim, detective and sidekick.everyMove-Books
  2. Murder is by far and away the best crime because it covers all possible motives – money, control, high emotion (love or hate), political or religious views, self defence or defence of others.
  3. Write something that deeply affects you or intrigues you. Find your passion in the story. Your job as a writer is to create an emotional response in the reader.
  4. Crime is about the human puzzle – what is it to be human? What drives people to do bad things? How does the perpetrator get to this point? Continue reading

It’s beginning to feel a bit like Christmas…

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Here’s one from the vault: my siblings and I in about 1983 at the Christmas Myer rooftop.

When I was a kid, my Mum used to take us into ‘Big Melbourne’ as part of our Christmas tradition. We’d catch the train in, look at the Myer Christmas windows, go to the Myer rooftop (where there were merry-go-rounds and little boats that went around in a pool of water), line-up to have the obligatory photo with Santa (where one of us was inevitably crying), check out the Little Gift room (a secret place for kids to shop with windows for spying parents) and have lunch at Coles cafeteria which featured maroon rimmed white bowls full of chips and jelly in little cups. I loved it!

And so, it was with great joy that I went with the First Tuesday Book Group to check out this year’s Myer Christmas windows.

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