Life is on super-speed at the moment.
Parenting Avery is fantastic, but challenging as always. Yet again I thank my lucky stars (and good taste in men) that Himself is such an amazing co-parent. He gets up with Avery every morning, does the lion's share of the bedtime routine almost every night and comes to my rescue when things are tough. Which lately, thanks to my new diagnosis (I've now been told I have an Auto-Immune Disease rather than Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and have therefore started a whole new round of testing and specialists to get to the bottom of what is going on, along with a course of steroids) has been frequently.
The John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers closed this week, so I have hundreds of entries to process and read. Things at Express Media generally are pushing along quite quickly. I feel like I haven't achieved anywhere near as much as I wanted to this year. We have powered through Write Across Victoria, National Young Writers' Month, launched the New Voices Series, run a 6x6x6 event, The Pun/Buzzcuts for MICF in Melbourne and other Buzzcuts in Perth, Canberra and Adelaide, Signal Express for Emerging Writers' Festival and the Signal 37 program and our usual Voiceworks, Under Age and Signal Express publications.
I've been writing about Big Brother for The Flack, who are kind enough to publish my weekly rants. You can see everything to date here: 1, 2 and 3. I have submitted a proposal to contribute to a book in the coming months. I was asked to be Lip's feminist of the week, which is lovely, and I look forward to seeing my contribution on the site in the coming weeks.
Then, in launching what I was thinking of as a small sandpit to do some writing in, it seems some friends and I have created something that people are very engaged with. Limited News went live on August 21 and the positive feedback just keeps coming. It's a joy to have something you have put your hard work into be received so well.
Writing more, rather than just facilitating other people to write, has made me realise how long it has been since I've been doing anything creative. Must try to achieve a better balance on this front.
On top of that, I have been producing my friend Andrew's show for Melbourne Fringe Festival. If you like political cartoons then maybe you should come see First Dog on the Moon in How to Draw Cartoobs and Other Typos. It's over a month until the show starts and opening night is already sold out, plus half the season... so you know... get on it.