Writingfix http://www.writingfix.com.au Writing Projects and Services Fri, 15 Jun 2018 01:45:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 His flat above the shops (short fiction by Josephine) http://www.writingfix.com.au/2017/07/11/his-flat-above-the-shops-short-fiction-by-josephine/ http://www.writingfix.com.au/2017/07/11/his-flat-above-the-shops-short-fiction-by-josephine/#comments Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:17:38 +0000 http://www.writingfix.com.au/?p=1284 First published in Three and Three chapbook 2o17 by the Slow Canoe Press. Read at Live Journal – The Slow Canoe, Winter 2017, Friday 9 June, Sundry Studios, Fitzroy. I ride past his flat above the shops each Saturday morning. There are other streets I could turn down on my way home from the pool, [...]

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First published in Three and Three chapbook 2o17 by the Slow Canoe Press. Read at Live Journal – The Slow Canoe, Winter 2017, Friday 9 June, Sundry Studios, Fitzroy.

I ride past his flat above the shops each Saturday morning. There are other streets I could turn down on my way home from the pool, streets where I’d be less likely to be crushed between an opening car door and a tram. His grubby white polyester curtains drawn in the middle of day are my only assurance that he still lives there. He is a late-sleeper. If I pass in the early evening the curtains will be tied up in a knot and the windows pushed up halfway, but nothing else can be seen of the dark interior. Along with Yah Yahs, Sonsas and the second hand record shop, his flat has become my orientation point. But I know that in a story I shouldn’t say it represents safety. He would just say, affectionately, that it’s stalking. I haven’t seen him for years.

He’d been a fixture on the street for half his life, in one of those old arrangements where the landlord fixes nothing but the rent doesn’t go up. I had one of those arrangements, too, in my Californian bungalow in the mid-eastern suburbs till they razed all the trees in the backyard and sold the block off to developers. Now I live closer to the river in a neighbourhood which just breaks the blue shadow of Ikea and where old grey money still has the muscle to fight off high-rises. At times, the oft-triggered car alarms are far enough off for me to mistake them for birds. In his front room, on two old desks, he’d set up two typewriters on which we were going to write a mystery set on the islands of Greece. We’d even visited Naxos once, climbing a goat path up the mountain above Filotti, but were so unfit we couldn’t make it over the crest and down to Zeus’s cave. We’d clatter away at our desks but get distracted by queens dressing in the upstairs window across the street, pulling on wigs and fitting breast-inserts, for their show downstairs in the spaghetti bar. Or I’d start wondering again about the leopard skin bra that dangled off the top of his bookcase, high up near the ceiling. He couldn’t recall whose it was. The twin typewriters would fall silent, and he’d start rolling cigarettes or we’d end up in the galley kitchen boiling the kettle to make heart-stopping Turkish tea. While the tea was steeping, I’d study the cans of soup and baked beans lined up on his shelf, Andy Warhol-straight. He used these minutes to roll more cigarettes.

Sometimes when I ride by the flat, I wonder if he’s still like a Triffids’ song where everything I ever touched, he keeps locked away. The narrators in his stories were shadowy, but now I don’t believe that he was obscuring the identity of a real person from real life. Sometimes you just don’t know what you’re hiding, and even if you dig there’s nothing there – no lost objects, nothing. I am still like a Go-Betweens’ song, scared of finding our bed in a second-hand furniture shop window. One day I look up to see that the curtains have vanished. A lone aluminium A-frame ladder stands inside the window. I pull into the kerb between the parked cars and haul my bike onto the footpath. I can see where, one night, his teenage daughters clambered out of the window with spray cans and scrawled their names on the brickwork above the awning, but there’s nothing else left. The flat interior is light and unmistakably empty. I gaze at the ladder. Once I said that the city was his and he said, well if it’s mine, then you are my council. I used to run up his stairs. And then the infrastructure crumbled. He said you can’t have a honeymoon forever, and you know you speak way too much about your ex. Right now I would overlook all the subject shifts in his stories to be up in that room drinking tea at his teak coffee table with his hand on my thigh. Slowly I wheel my bike around the corner, hop on, and sail down the hill, not looking for car doors opening out into the bike lane, or broken glass or nails. I’m lucky this time.

 

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Between Wedding Cake Island and here – recent collaboration with Daniel Dewar http://www.writingfix.com.au/2017/07/11/between-wedding-cake-island-and-here-recent-collaboration-with-daniel-dewar/ http://www.writingfix.com.au/2017/07/11/between-wedding-cake-island-and-here-recent-collaboration-with-daniel-dewar/#respond Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:56:24 +0000 http://www.writingfix.com.au/?p=1282 The post Between Wedding Cake Island and here – recent collaboration with Daniel Dewar appeared first on Writingfix.

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Reverberation and parody: An invitation to the spaces of sound http://www.writingfix.com.au/2015/11/19/reverberation-and-parody-an-invitation-to-the-spaces-of-sound/ http://www.writingfix.com.au/2015/11/19/reverberation-and-parody-an-invitation-to-the-spaces-of-sound/#respond Thu, 19 Nov 2015 05:50:46 +0000 http://www.writingfix.com.au/?p=1237 Josephine’s recent article is published in TEXT Special Issue no. 33: Art as Parodic Practice. You can find it here: Reverberation and parody: an invitation to the spaces of sound. This essay came out of research with The Deakin Parody Moves Research Group who are investigating the relations of parody to violence in this [...]

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Josephine’s recent article is published in TEXT Special Issue no. 33: Art as Parodic Practice. You can find it here: Reverberation and parody: an invitation to the spaces of sound.

This essay came out of research with The Deakin Parody Moves Research Group who are investigating the relations of parody to violence in this age of terror. The interdisciplinary group are examining parodic practice across the arts in their relation to everyday life under global capitalism.

 

 

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Spam and poetry http://www.writingfix.com.au/2015/10/14/spam-and-poetry/ http://www.writingfix.com.au/2015/10/14/spam-and-poetry/#respond Wed, 14 Oct 2015 11:25:08 +0000 http://www.writingfix.com.au/?p=1233 We received this as spam from a seller of Jerseys.  Better than anything I’ve written for a long time, so I offer it unadorned… component of yeast extract. Now, this passage confirms an aspect of God being merciful. Billy Roethlisberger, what and good natural flexibility in his lower body to avoid tacklers in the open [...]

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We received this as spam from a seller of Jerseys.  Better than anything I’ve written for a long time, so I offer it unadorned…

component of yeast extract. Now, this passage confirms an aspect of God being merciful. Billy Roethlisberger, what and good natural flexibility in his lower body to avoid tacklers in the open field and of people who have beautifully aesthetic homes, or you’re probably one of those people who have cultivated in France since the 1600’s. In the Far East, however, the likewise centuries old cultivation present detailed instructions for developing statistical answers, using spreadsheet programs or any TI-83/TI-84 compatible calculator.Corky enlisted

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2SER interview on creativity http://www.writingfix.com.au/2015/09/21/2ser-interview-on-creativity/ http://www.writingfix.com.au/2015/09/21/2ser-interview-on-creativity/#respond Mon, 21 Sep 2015 11:16:09 +0000 http://www.writingfix.com.au/?p=1229   All things creative, a radio interview with Josephine on Sydney radio 2SER  

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All things creative, a radio interview with Josephine on Sydney radio 2SER


 

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The Thin House http://www.writingfix.com.au/2015/04/19/1213/ http://www.writingfix.com.au/2015/04/19/1213/#respond Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:22:16 +0000 http://www.writingfix.com.au/?p=1213 My script for The Thin House, adapted from a chapter of Josephine’s novel, ‘Thin House’...thin house

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My script for The Thin House, adapted from a chapter of Josephine’s novel, Thin House’...thin house

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Teaching creativity: born that way or waiting for the muse? http://www.writingfix.com.au/2015/02/20/teaching-creativity-born-way-waiting-muse/ http://www.writingfix.com.au/2015/02/20/teaching-creativity-born-way-waiting-muse/#respond Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:52:44 +0000 http://www.writingfix.com.au/?p=1208 An article by Josephine published in The Conversation 19/2/2015

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An article by Josephine published in The Conversation 19/2/2015

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a good voice is hard to find http://www.writingfix.com.au/2015/01/18/good-voice-hard-find/ http://www.writingfix.com.au/2015/01/18/good-voice-hard-find/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:04:00 +0000 http://www.writingfix.com.au/?p=1200 Flannery O’ Connor’s short story ‘A good man is hard to find’ is a palpable lesson in the creation of narrative voice. Another term often  used for voice is ‘style’ since we can locate voice at the level of sentence in the way the author puts words together to create the voices of characters. Even [...]

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Flannery O’ Connor’s short story ‘A good man is hard to find’ is a palpable lesson in the creation of narrative voice. Another term often  used for voice is ‘style’ since we can locate voice at the level of sentence in the way the author puts words together to create the voices of characters. Even if the narrator is outside the story, this voice gets created in a similar way. In ‘A good man…’ the narrative voice is integral in establishing the parameters of the story and in providing orientation for the reader by virtue of transporting us so convincingly into the time and place of its characters from America’s South because of the way they speak.

Voice, at the same time, is a shadowy concept. It’s this intangible quality that has many writers struggling. Nevertheless, trying to articulate this struggle for ourselves  – maybe as something to explore in a journal – can lead us down fascinating paths.

In her teaching of creative writing O’Connor advocated for character-based fiction and the imperative of creating a palpable physical world on the page for the reader as opposed to using our characters as vehicles for our ideas or to send a message….Milan Kundera put this in a slightly different way, saying that there was no place for dogma in fiction. In fiction we are in the realm of hypothesis not ideas. We need to operate in the realm of the physical, no matter how fantastical this physical world is.

A book by Al Alvarez called The Writer’s voice is a great study on voice via Plath, Rhys, Shakespeare, Donne, Yeats and Coleridge. Jack Hodgins’ A passion for narrative: a guide for writing fiction has a great chapter on voice and point of view.

 Product Details

 Alvarez, A 2006, The Writer’s Voice,  Great Britain, Bloomsbury.
 Hodgins, J 2001, A passion for narrative: a guide for writing fiction, Toronto, McClelland & Stewart.
O ‘Connor, F 1990, The Complete Stories, London, Faber & Faber.

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Despoliation, a cinematic poem http://www.writingfix.com.au/2014/12/14/despoliation-cinematic-poem/ http://www.writingfix.com.au/2014/12/14/despoliation-cinematic-poem/#respond Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:03:07 +0000 http://www.writingfix.com.au/?p=1194  Uploaded by Climate Change and the Arts on 2014-12-11. A cinematic poem in two parts featuring Josephine’s poem ‘South West Tasmania’, produced by Naomune Anzai. The second part features a poem by Rina Bruisma with text overlay by Gareth Ward Film footage by Ann McCulloch & Tony Hood. Production Tony Hood. Music by Kevin McCleod [...]

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 Uploaded by Climate Change and the Arts on 2014-12-11.
A cinematic poem in two parts featuring Josephine’s poem
‘South West Tasmania’, produced by Naomune Anzai.
The second part features a poem by Rina Bruisma with text overlay by Gareth Ward
Film footage by Ann McCulloch & Tony Hood. Production Tony Hood.

Music by Kevin McCleod ‘At rest’ (obtained under Creative Commons licence)

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‘Television people’, a short story published in Bumf http://www.writingfix.com.au/2014/10/12/television-people-short-story-published-bumf/ http://www.writingfix.com.au/2014/10/12/television-people-short-story-published-bumf/#respond Sun, 12 Oct 2014 01:43:59 +0000 http://www.writingfix.com.au/?p=1181 ‘Television People’ originally won the community prize in the Judah Waten National Short story competition in 2001. Its first publication is in the latest issue of Bumf, an independent, not-for-profit literary magazine based in Brisbane & San Francisco. Read Television people here   Illustration by Matt Mawson.

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‘Television People’ originally won the community prize in the Judah Waten National Short story competition in 2001. Its first publication is in the latest issue of Bumf, an independent, not-for-profit literary magazine based in Brisbane & San Francisco.

Read Television people here

 

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Illustration by Matt Mawson.

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