If Loving Georgia Love is Wrong then I Don’t Want to be Right #BacheloretteAU

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Okay, I admit it, I love Georgia Love. I must confess I didn’t watch a full episode of Richie’s Bachelor Pad this year. I found it all a bit stomach churning and him wooden and formulaic. And I wasn’t in love with the Bachelorette last year. It all semmed a bit like a bunch of meat-heads thugging about… but I’ve watched one whole episode of Georgia Love’s Bachelorette and I love it! Let me count the ways.

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It has been suggested I have too much time on my hands to create this... my phone has a collage function. Pffft.

1. Georgia reminds me of Jane Hall and I quite like Jane Hall. She always comes across as bubbly and humorous in interviews and on radio. I didn’t even watch All Together Now or Neighbours but I still love Jane Hall.

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2. Georgia is willing to protect wine over her dignity. Now if that doesn’t make her best friend material than I don’t know what does. In the first episode, rather than swanning down the stairs like some sort of graceful ballerina crossed with a supermodel, she fell down the stairs. Not only did she fall down stairs, making her even more relatable, but she clung on to her wine glass for dear life. Now that girl has got her priorities. Dignity be damned, but I shall not spill a drop of my precious.

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3. Georgia fell over. Yes I’ve already mentioned it but how often do you get to see the leading lady stack it, except in Chick Lit. I offer you a Bridget Jones salute of awesomely awkward.

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4. Georgia loves lame jokes. Any bad pun that came her way she was willing and able to top. Respect.

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5. The guys seem nice. There were two straight up players, but even they weren’t that bad. Entitled, self obsessed,  but they didn’t come across as violent thugs. And seriously, the “villain” who went home in the first episode had enough class that he didn’t ask for his gift back. He didn’t assume that because he bought her something that he got to buy her. So when you’re “bad” guy has more integrity than the comment section on the Internet, then you’re doing better than a lot of Reality TV. And given they interview the Bachelorette in order to determine her “type” I think how much nicer the guys seem to be, in comparison to other shows, is a testament to how nice Georgia Love must be. I’m calling it, best friend material.

So there it is. I think I’ll be watching full episodes and the whole season. I reckon Georgia Love and The Wrong Girl will be the perfect pairing. Won’t you join me by watching and tweeting along? I’m on twitter as @RobinElizabee

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The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel: #Robinpedia

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The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel is the longest continually licensed hotel in Sydney and the oldest pub brewery in Australia. Given that writers have a tendency to enjoy a tipple from time to time, and ensure they can get it reliably, The Lord Nelson has become popular in the Sydney writing world. Let’s face it, writers are an emotional type and they don’t want to head off to drown their sorrows over their latest rejection at their favourite watering hole only to find that it has closed. That kind of compounded disappointment is too much for our delicate selves to handle so we like to know we have guaranteed service. Given The Lord Nelso’s long history writers have come to count on their licensing and service of, what I term, “writers’ juice.”

Now of course not all writers drink “writers’ juice” but it is a long held stereotype that many like to engage with even if not consuming the “juice” itself. Irish writer James Joyce was said to have drunk so much that his tears were made of whiskey. American writer Ernest Hemingway famously said, “Write drunk, edit sober.” Not to be outdone modern Australian writers such as Alan Baxter have added their own words of wisdom about “writers’ juice.”

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Think of The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel as the Sydney equivalent of The Eagle and Child in Oxford, or White Horse Tavern in New York or El Floridita in Cuba, but without the well known hype and walking tours. I mean, there are tours for historical reasons but people aren’t coming internationally for literary pilgrimages… yet.

The Lord Nelson is quite popular amongst Sydney writers, and writers visiting Sydney, who wish to take a more traditional approach rather than “modern” café writing. Equally popular amongst writers for “work drinks” with fellow writers, crying over rejection, celebrating acceptance, and for solo writing. And yes, they sell pints

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Desak Yoni: #Robinpedia

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Desak Yoni is a writer, business entrepreneur, and real estate mogul, who splits her time between Bali and Australia.

Her debut novel Renditions of my Soul – The Story of a Balinese Woman is about love, life, and karma. It shows how modern Balinese women approach issues to do with love and marriage as opposed to more traditional generations.

Desak Yoni is well known for her dedication and tenacity. Whatever area she is working in she fully commits to and makes sure she gets the job done and excels at. We can no doubt expect to see more books from her in the future.

Her current website is here.
Her blog is here.
Follow her on twitter here.

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My Son Pitched a Novel Idea to Three Writers and Not Me

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Today my youngest child, yes the youngest by a minute twin, child number 3, got my phone and tweeted. He went into a twitter conversation that I was not part of, god knows how he ended up there, and decided to join it. He tweeted the following message:

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So yeah, he tweeted award winning author Margo Lanagan, award winning author Deborah Biancotti, and Elijah who I am not familiar with but assume is a spec fic writer. Thanks Bubba, I already do enough “character building” stuff on my own without you adding to it. However, I’m pretty sure I’ve worked out what he was trying to say:

Hey Deborah, Elijah, and Margo,
Here’s my story idea which is so hot you’ll have to invent a new word like “settrfgaaszz” to describe it. You start with a love story. Like seriously in love, double the amount of kissing you’d normally have but then they get angy, and they’re like I can’t take this shit anymore, I’m not just fed up I’m fucking angry. So then this cow shows up, but the cow is like a metaphor for a bird, but the bird is really symbolic of a sheep dressed as a turtle. The turtle is the important bit. Don’t forget the turtle. Look, I’ll put it in twice so that you don’t forget. Trust me, turtles are going to be big! And then they get swallowed by a whale. Yeah it’s been done before, plenty before, but we’re bringing  it back with turtles! Now this whale is allergic to tomatoes. So in the dead of night he accidentally eats a tomato and spews the angry lovers and the turtle off of the planet Earth. It’s like biblical and Pinocchio and Hitch Hikers all at once. So then they get caught by an anchored monolith in space. A sacred monolithic statue in space. But inside there’s like a whole market and town and stuff. There’s even a statue inside the statue. How meta is that. Their main commerce is love so there’s a few love chapels, love factories, love hospitals. And so they go to the love hospital. Will they or won’t they find a cure? Awesome right? We’ll earn heaps of money on this. You’ll earn 6767% more money than you ever dreamed of. Pounds, Euros, you name it, we’ll earn it. Seriously, I cannot express how much money we’ll get. We’ll be bathing in money. Lots of bathing in money. Bathing and showering in money. All because of love hospitals and statutes within statues!!!

Firstly, I’m obviously impressed that he speaks Indonesia. He’s only two and he speaks twin, some English, and apparently Indonesian. Secondly, I’m slightly guilt ridden that I did not realise this before. Where has my head been at that I didn’t pick that up? No wonder he’s off sending tweets to people, I’m clearly not with it. But thirdly, and mostly, I’m hurt. I’m hurt that he didn’t pitch his idea to me first. Clearly we’ve got a lot of work to do on our relationship.

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Leah Kaminsky: #Robinpedia

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Leah Kaminsky is an award winning writer and physician. I’ll just let that sink in for all those people out there saying they don’t have enough time to write. When she’s not off dazzling the world with her literary or medical brilliance she enjoys snacking on a good strawberry and reading. Leah Kaminsky subscribes to the belief that life is too short to finish reading books that you don’t enjoy so will happily stop and put it down for someone else to come along and read, and then pick up something else that tickles her fancy bone.* Different strokes for different folks. She assures me that she never puts down my recaps of The Book Club ABC, a program which she is an avid viewer of.

Leah Kaminsky has written an impressive array of non-fiction titles. Her first solo nonfiction being We’re All Going to Die which was published through Harper Collins in 2016.  She also co-authored Cracking to Code with Stephen and Sally Damiani 2015 published through Penguin.

Along with these two titles Leah Kaminsky also contributed to:

The Best Australia Science Writing published through NewSouth Publishing 2014

Writer M.D. published through Random House 2012

Differential Diagnosis published through Hachette 2011

Stitching Things Together published through Interactive Press 2010

The Pen and the Stethoscope published through Scribe 2010

Your Child’s Health published through Hardie Grant 2006

Issue #46 Creative Nonfiction 2012 https:///www.creativenonfiction.org

ABC Guide to Poisons published through Houghton Mifflin 1991

 

But not content with dominating in medical nonfiction Leah Kaminsky turned her talented hand to fiction and produced her debut fictional novel The Waiting Room published by Vintage Books in 2015.  It was highly praised by critics and readers alike.

 

And just in case you haven’t already passed out with feelings of inadequacy and shame, as I did when typing this up, here is Leah Kaminsky’s ridiculously impressive list of awards:

Griffith Review Contributers’ Circle Award for novel Ice Theory, February 2016

Awarded a RMIT University nonfiction Lab Mccraith House Writers’ Residency at The Butterfly House, December 2015

DISQUIET – SLS Finalist Fellowship, awarded April 2015 for novel Ice Theory

Inaugural Writer-in-Residence, Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn, November 2014

The Waiting Room shortlisted for William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition 2013

Readings Glenfern Fellowship for an Established Writer (for CNF manuscript ‘We’re All Going to Die’) 2013

Writer in Residence – Jewish Holocaust Research Centre

Hippocrates Poetry & Medicine Prize 2012

The Fish Council awarded the Varuna/Pan MacMillan Publisher’s Fellowship 2012

The Fish Council awarded a New Work Grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council 2012

Stitching Things Together commended in Anne Elder Award 2011

Billilla Studio/Bayside Council Writer-in-Residence Award 2010-2011

State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship 2010 – $12,500 grant for research for creative non-fiction book The Fish Council

CAL Cultural Trust Development Fund – $3,000 to attend MFA (Fiction) Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpellier, Vermont USA 2010-11

Summer Literary Seminars Competition 2010 – merit scholarship award

Glenfern Studio Residency 2010 – awarded by Grace Marion Wilson Trust & Victorian Writers’ Centre

Highly Commended IP Picks Poetry Competition 2010

2nd place winner Angelo B. Natoli short story award 2010 (Fellowship of Australian Writers) for The Cat Feeders

Accepted to MFA program (Fiction) at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpellier, USA 2010.

CAL/Scribe Fiction Award 2009, The Waiting Room long listed

Penguin/Varuna Development Scholarship 2009, The Waiting Room nominated

Varuna Publishers Award 2009 shortlisted for The Waiting Room

Café Poet in Residence 2009-2010, Australian Poetry Centre (Café Loco, Elsternwick)

Writing@Rosebank Residential Writing Fellowship 2010 (Victorian Writers’ Centre)

Selected for Iowa Summer Writers’ Graduate Workshop 2009 – with director Lan Samantha Chang

Grace Marion Wilson Trust – Fiction Masterclass with Antoni Jach 2009

Writer in Residence Shaindy Rudoff Graduate School in Creative Writing 2008

Creation Grant – Arts Victoria 2008 for development of final draft of novel The Waiting Room

Emerging Writers’ Grant – Literature Board of Australia, 2008 for development of final draft of novel

Max Harris Poetry Awards 2008 – commended

John Shaw Neilson Poetry Award 2007 – Second Place (FAW national literary awards)

Winner Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship for Fiction – Varuna 2007

Victorian Ministry of the Arts: Writers’ Project Grant 1989 – for work on novel

Shortlisted for ASA Mentorship programme 2007 (top 10 fiction writers out of 500 total applicants)

Runner-up of Reading’s Fellowship –Writers’ Studio at Glenfern Writers’ Centre, Melbourne Oct 2006 – June 2007

Winner AUJS Short Story Competition 1981 Down Will Come Baby

Children’s Storybook MS There’s an Elephant in my Ear commissioned by Collins Dove 1990

Children’s Storybook MS The Boat that Grew Legs commissioned by the Children’s Television Foundation for development into animation and book for TV series ‘Round the Twist’ 1989

Mothers of War – shortlisted in The International Shin Shalom Peace Poem Competition, Israel 1992

(Aus)chwitz to (Aus)tralia in The Tin Wash Dish , ed John Tranter, 1989 (poem short listed in ABC/ABA Literary Awards Competition)

 

… I’m beginning to regret my decision to invent Robinpedia because writing about all these authors is beginning to make me feel so deeply lazy inadequate… I’ll just sit here and procrastinate about that for a little bit. I seriously want to die in a toilet right now… She’s even done freaking film and poetry. Take a look here for the hideously full list of achievements. She’d make even my mother proud.

 

Find Leah Kaminsky’s website here.

Find Leah Kamisky on twitter here.

Find Leah Kaminsky on Facebook here.

 

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If you feel that this entry is as inadequate as I am in comparison to Leah Kaminsky please feel free to add information for me to add in the comment section. Which I will do so with much sighing and gnashing of teeth.

If you wish to send me Smarties and Moscato… please don’t hesitate.

 

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*Leah Kaminsky tells me that there is no such thing as a fancy bone, I asked her which one of us had a medical degree… apparently we both knew it wasn’t me. Whatever Kaminsky, a fancy bone is a real thing and you know it!

Confessions of a Mad Mooer: I wasn’t okay #RUOK

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When I was in my early 20s I was living with my boyfriend, studying teaching at university, studying kung fu,, creating short films, I was on New Start, and was working periodically in libraries, science labs, bars, and essentially anywhere I could. It’s not exactly an abnormal existence for a girl in her 20s. Lots of people work odd jobs to get through uni, lots of people move out of home, albeit the trend is to move out much later these days. Most people would have thought I had it pretty together. I had a smart boyfriend doing a prestigious degree, followed by honours and then a PhD, I was working towards getting my degree, I had active hobbies, short film and kung fu, that I was progressing well with, I was fit, and I was living relatively independently. Acquaintances would have thought I was doing well… but I was not okay.

On moving in with my boyfriend I had become increasingly isolated from my friends who I had previously seen regularly. Prior to my relationship I had a wide circle of friends in multiple friendship groups. I could dip in and out with different people from time to time. Strangely being an introvert this suited me well. I could see people briefly then flitter off to recharge. I didn’t burn out on people this way as I did when I had intense, one-on-one, friendships. My new boyfriend was the opposite. He had a very tight circle of friends and enjoyed intensity of time and attention. His friends were all living hours away in his hometown whilst he had moved to study. I became the sole focus of his attention. My friends began to balk, why does he always have to come? I was hurt by my friends shutting out my boyfriend and so withdrew. This led to my increasing isolation and suffocation in a relationship that wasn’t healthy for me. My boyfriend and I had so many activities that we loved in common that we just kind of assumed that we were meant to be. We were not.

Anytime I started seeking out new friends and wanting to go out on my own my boyfriend would see that as an attack on our relationship. He would in turn attack by saying that my new friends weren’t really my friends and they were just using me. I hadn’t come out of high school with sufficient self esteem to shake off his comments. One of my friend’s older brother had called me the walking forehead in year 7 and the name stuck. I had “cool girls” drawing pictures of me in year 9 science and passing them around the class saying how stupid I looked and what a try hard I was. In year 11 other kids complained that sometimes I wore shorts and sometimes I wore skirts and I should always wear one or the other. It wasn’t even that I could never win, I could never be neutral, I could never be just me. I withdrew in high school and did the same in this relationship.  I became increasingly depressed. My boyfriend needed a rather closed relationship and I needed to roam. Not in a non-monogamous sense. I’ve always been monogamous in romantic relationships. It was a mismatch of relationship styles.

A year or two into living with my boyfriend I encountered an old friend. She could sense something was up. She asked me if I was okay, and I said no I was not. Not only did she treat it seriously and not try to diminish or dismiss it she helped me deal with how overwhelmed I felt. She booked me an appointment with a GP and she even went with me because she knew I was too anxious to go. Now unfortunately after that point things unravelled for a variety of other reasons but what she did was important.

She didn’t just ask R U OK? and then move on.

She helped device a plan of seeing a doctor and helped me get there.

Sometimes when you’re at your lowest and feeling overwhelmed you need someone to step in and take care of you. You need someone to not defer and say that the parents, or the boyfriend, or the family, or someone else SHOULD be helping, but to say I will help you and here’s how I’m going to do it.

So if you know someone drowning in their iwn depression offer them a life line and sit with them and make that call. Take them to the doctor. If it’s an online friend send them links to Black Dog, or Relationships Australia, or Beyond Blue. Try to take a concrete step beyond just asking. Because words are nice but often people are already overwhelmed with sites and sounds and they need action to be taken. Ask R U OK, but let that be just the start.

Emma Viskic: #Robinpedia

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Emma Viskic is a critically acclaimed writer, and a concert clarinetist. Not only did her debut novel, Resurrection Bay published through Echo Publishing, win the Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut and 3 Davitt AwardsBest Adult Novel, Best Debut and Readers’ Choice, her shorts winning the Ned Kelly S. D. Harvey Award and the New England Thunderbolt Award, but she has also performed with the likes of Jose Carreras.

Despite being so sickeningly talented she is well regarded by fellow authors and is an advocate of mentoring and supporting other writers. Emma Viskic used the mentoring services  of Janette Currie, through the WoMentoring Project started by Kerry Hudson, for the final draft of Resurrection Bay. She has described the experience as eye opening.

Emma’s sheer array of skills have led to much speculation about her birth and whether or not she is indeed human. The most popular theory being that she was born on a pirate ship with a tail like a Xenomorph. This is possibly simply confusion over the fact that she was born with a tale about *alien pirates* to tell.

Rumours of her hatred of mangoes, however, are quite true. Not only does she not like mangoes but she refuses to use any words the rhyme with mango. Do not ask her to tango, I repeat, DO NOT ASK HER TO TANGO.

You can find Emma Viskic’s website here.

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You can find Emma Viskic on Twitter here.

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