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Sep. 30th, 2020 | 10:21 am

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Books read, 2016

Dec. 31st, 2016 | 08:53 pm

Buchi Emecheta. The Moonlight Bride.
Judith Burnley (ed). Penguin Modern Stories 4.
William Gibson. The Peripheral.
Ha Jin. The Bridegroom.
Krys Lee. How I Became a North Korean.
Neal Stephenson. Seveneves.
Neal Stephenson and George Jewbury (as Frederick George). Interface.
Charles Stross. The Jennifer Morgue.

Anthony Bourdain. Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical.
Dean Buonomano. Brain Bugs: How the brain's flaws shape our lives.
Roger Luckhurst. The mummy's curse: the true history of a dark fantasy.
Serena Nanda. Neither man nor woman: the Hijras of India.
Hunter S. Thompson. Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72.
Kevin Warwick. Artificial Intelligence: the Basics.
Fay Weldon. Auto da Fay.

The Probably Unwise "Man's Inhumanity to Man" Reading List Project:
Hannah Arendt. Eichmann in Jerusalem.
Anne Frank. The Diary of a Young Girl.
John Hershey. Hiroshima.
George Orwell. Animal Farm.

Manga etc
Hirano Kōta. Hellsing vol 1.
Hamish Steele. Pantheon: the True Story of the Egyptian Deities. No less silly (or rude) than the myths it's based on. :)

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Words in Print, 2016

Dec. 31st, 2016 | 01:04 pm

Keeping Mum, short story, 4800 words (published by Cosmos magazine online, March 2016)

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Completed writing projects, 2016

Dec. 31st, 2016 | 10:44 am

Set and the Goddesses, essay (submission for A Silver Sun and Inky Clouds: A Devotional Anthology for Djehuty and Set)

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Oct. 1st, 2016 | 02:53 pm

Absorbing the knowledge and wisdom of many writers and editors here at Conflux. Equal parts intimidating and inspiring.

The advice I've given to many newcomers to writing - not to worry too much about any individual story, because as a writer you'll write hundreds in your life - has come home to bite me on the bum. I've been 110% invested in my novel for a long time; now that the dust is settling on the first draft, I'm gaining the perspective that it's not the be-all and end-all of my writing career or my life either.

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Some links on cognition and mental health

Sep. 29th, 2016 | 02:01 pm

How climate science deniers can accept so many 'impossible things' all at once (GA, 23 September 2016) No use being smug about it - every human brain is full of shortcuts, bugs, and quirks, and the best we can do is to be aware of them. And stay curious.

Who Will Debunk The Debunkers? (FiveThirtyEight, 28 April, 2016) "Does skepticism self-destruct?" Once again smugness is a trap for peeps like me who enjoy pulling the rug out from under fallacies: we can end up creating new ones.

The Devil's Wager: when a wrong choice isn't an error (Mind Hacks, 25 April 2016)

Born to Be Conned (NYT, 6 December 2016)

Living with social anxiety disorder (and how it differs from shyness) (ABC, 16 June 2016)

Australian Psychological Society issues official apology to Indigenous Australians (SMH, 15 September 2016). "Professor Patricia Dudgeon, who was Australia's first Indigenous psychologist, said the science of psychology relied on a Western, individualistic understanding of "self", which was fundamentally different to the communal sense of self experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.'You've got family, community, country, land, culture and spirituality. A patient sitting in front of you - you can't just see them as an individual removed from that.'"

Gambling is killing one Australian a day, but it rakes in billions in tax (SMH, 28 September 2016) Governments make $5.8 billion a year; this costs the community $4.7 billion and 400 lives.

Australian suicide deaths rising among women and teenage girls, ABS figures show (ABC, 29 September 2016)

Dogs understand both language and intonation, making their brains similar to humans' (ABC, 31 August 2016)

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Strange Flesh, First Draft

Sep. 27th, 2016 | 01:01 pm

Oh, my gods.

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I am in considerable danger of completing this novel.

Sep. 25th, 2016 | 07:59 pm

Of course, then come rewrites. And then more rewrites.

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Krys Lee: "How I Became a North Korean"

Sep. 24th, 2016 | 12:57 pm

I was struck by the blurb which says this novel is written with "heart and passion", because I was hypnotised by its flattened affect. The narrative is drawn from the author's real encounters with North Korean refugees. The cruelty faced by its characters face is described so matter-of-factly that it reminded me of journalism, which in turn was a reminder that these fictional events are the shadows of the real abuse suffered by thousands of North Koreans who have fled across the border into China. The danger of being caught and sent back makes them everyone's prey. Lee lets the misery speak for itself.

The story is told from the POVs of three young people, two North Koreans, one rich, one poor, and a Korean-American who goes to ground with them after facing exclusion and abuse from his American peers and betrayal by his family. They fight tooth and nail to stay alive. The rage they accumulate is intense when it finally finds expression. The fact that it is possible to come out the other side of it all, damaged but still human, makes the story bearable. Anyway I couldn't put it down: go and read it.

Krys Lee interview: ‘North Koreans became part of my world, and then I got threats’ (GA, 12 August 2016)

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Dear gods, we can't lose another one

Sep. 18th, 2016 | 12:08 pm

Nauru refugee denied emergency evacuation after suspected heart attack (GA, 18 September 2016) "He definitely has acute and unstable coronary syndrome. His results are also consistent with having suffered a myocardial infarction [heart attack]. In any Australian tertiary hospital he would be taken to emergency and admitted immediately, and would receive a cardiac angiogram within 24 hours."

Can we please get this guy and his sons to Australia, or to anywhere he can receive life-saving treatment? Have a quick read of the article, then contact:

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton

You can say something like "I was deeply concerned to read the report on the Guardian Australia Web site today about..."

ETA: A few more details: Refugee waits for 'urgent' evacuation from Nauru three weeks after suspected heart attack (SMH, 18 September 2016) The man is 42 and his sons are only 12 and 13; one is mentally ill.

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