• It’s OK to do drafts I’m writing a book. A book that’s extending me in ways I probably wouldn’t have chosen. But I did. So here I am, strapped in, doing the work. I’m particularly attuned to insights about writing and the creative process right now. A few weeks back I wrote Just do it like a motherfucker. Michelle Barraclough shared this wonderful more
  • A trick for writers and artists: create with low expectations I did an interview with ABC radio host Mary-Lou Stephens the other day, chatting about food sustainability. Before I went on air she shared she’s just finished writing her latest book (she’s written several) and actually loved the process this time, churning it out in just three months. What was different this time, I asked more
  • a book I’m involved in… A few months ago I was approached to be part of a book project – a collection of  60 essays on love, knowledge and freedom by web kids like Seth Godin, Danielle La Porte, Jonathan Fields and yours truly. All of the authors’ proceeds goes to the Not For Sale Campaign, an organisation fighting to more
  • are you feeling social media-obliged? A few weeks ago a bunch of “followers” on Twitter arked up about the fact I don’t follow all the people who follow me. One tweet (twit?) said I was arrogant for not doing so. For keeping my “follows” so low. Funnily, the brohaha was sparked by my tweet that shared how I seek more more
  • why it’s good to give your stuff for free I like this story: Trevor from Youth Lagoon recently told my friend Tim (who told me) that back before he was Somebody he decided to release his first single “July” on Bandcamp for free. Everyone told him he was mad. That he should monetise his efforts. But then the track went viral. And he got fans. more
  • are you all dress rehearsal, no play? It’s hit me just recently: this is the rest of my life. This awareness has arisen because I’ve had to face a few realities lately. I’ve led my life thinking it would look a certain way: high school, uni, work, husband, house (that I’d build with a view into bushland), things to own, kids with more
  • is it your job to fix it? TED.com posted this from Seth Godin, one of the most favouritist authentic people on the plant, IMO. It’s a really funny rundown of stuff that annoys him because it doesn’t work. Mostly it’s stuff that’s “broken” because someone hasn’t put care or effort into it. They’re the upshot of flaccid engagement or when a whole more
  • The three most authentic gurus I’ve met So, this week I’ve packed up and racked off to Bali for “annual leave”. I’m here with four boys – Jim, Sam, Jason and Karl (a little more handsome than the lot below). Boys are funny on holidays. They arrive at consensus in crazy cruisy ways. All cool, so long as they get a surf more
  • is this why you blog + tweet? actually, why do you blog + tweet? This popped up on TED.com this morning – a rant by Clay Shirky an expert in “technology as a force for good” (who I’ve interviewed previously and just loved his energy) . Here he rants about how our excess brain energy – we have a trillion spare brain hours up for grabs, apparently – can more
  • sunday life: in which Seth Godin gives me a gift This week I give gifts There’s this thing I do in cab queues at airports. I don’t find it weird. Although you might. When I get to the front of the queue I sing out to the crowd to ask if anyone would like to share a cab to Bondi (which is where I live). more
  • naming your blog/business/book: some inspiration I’m thinking of a new name. For this blog (feel free to send suggestions?) and some other bits and pieces I’m working on. I like thinking of new names and marveling at other people’s clever names. One’s I’ve liked: I Peck Your Pun (fashion label), I Was Told There’d Be Cake (a book by …and more
  • have a sweet weekend March 19 xx It’s Friday and sunny. Who’s to complain? I hope you STILL have no plans for Sunday. And that you’re paving your own road out there, perhaps through a green field??!!! Me, I’m off to a wedding in Perth. My mate James Thomas, a reporter on Today Tonight, is getting married. Finally. James was the first more
  • how to own your cliches (in writing and in life) Seth Godin, the maestro of idea generation, posted this musing this morning about using cliches to your advantage. He starts with the wiki definition: In printing, a cliché was a printing plate cast from movable type. This is also called a stereotype. When letters were set one at a time, it made sense to cast more
  • high school politicking 2.0. (shudder). Marketing supremo Seth Godin wrote today: “Any sufficiently overheated industry will eventually resemble high school…filled with insecurity, social climbing, backbiting, false friends, faux achievements, high drama and not much content. Much of this insecurity comes from a market that doesn’t make good judgments, that doesn’t understand how to reliably choose between alternatives. So it turns more
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