Legacies and Legends

Well, this is truly the beginning of the end of the beginning. As December draws near I look at my body of work and I am feeling quite sad – not for having the opportunity to complete my work under the guidance of professionals – but for the fact that I wanted to accomplish so … Continue reading Legacies and Legends

A day’s writing with the Author and the Internal Editor

Wakes up on the two seater loveseat. Alone. Feet dangle over the tiled coffee table. Wrapped tightly about in a duvet. Through the window Thursday clouds threaten rain.  Crosses fingers; that would be nice. Heads into the kitchen. Has to rinse himself a clean cup, dishes undone for a while now. Has to empty ashtray … Continue reading A day’s writing with the Author and the Internal Editor

Hunting for truth in history

Writing a true account of history is no easy task. Bias and perceptions may influence the story and to some extent can change the historical record. Unfortunately this bias will sometimes be replicated and assume a place in history as fact. As a researcher I look for several references to an account of an event. … Continue reading Hunting for truth in history

Suiting the taste of a target audience

We are nearing the halfway mark of our journey and I have just completed the manuscript in its rawest form – the unformed clay if you will. My mentor has allowed the following week to go over this first draft and begin the editing process, so I am a bundle of nerves. Even now, I … Continue reading Suiting the taste of a target audience

Eru shares snippets of past and present

I’ve recently had broadband connected at my house. The digital revolution finally revolved its way to my place, flashing its light speed optics in my direction. It was a bit of a mission. First of all Telecom refused to set up an account in my name. I have a credit history as peppery as the … Continue reading Eru shares snippets of past and present

Larree makes a stand on unsteady ground

A few Sundays back we went to the Art Show in Wellington and I bought a picture. A small black and white print by Joe Wright of a figure standing on this very precarious base of branches like a kereru nest, holding a megaphone up to the sky, and out of the megaphone comes all … Continue reading Larree makes a stand on unsteady ground