Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday I'm in love

I have to own this print. Amazing.

When I finally picked up the overdue library book that sat in accusatory silence on my bedside table, I was hooked from the first page. Not so surprising, since I've never read a Margaret Atwood novel that wasn't captivating, but the title 'The Year of the Flood' had seriously put me off. No points for guessing why...

If you aren't yet aquainted with the work of Margaret Atwood, get thee to the library. She spins an incredible story that pulls you in, straps you down and takes you for a ride. From 'The Handmaid's Tale', to 'Oryx and Crake', there is a world re-created, our world but warped and tweaked, where science, politics and the cruel beauty of humanity travel down the garden path and become dangerously lost. 

Sometimes I don't read for months at a time, apart from blogs and a few select magazines (Frankie, Peppermint and New Scientist), and if I'm not reading, then I'm not writing. I can't have one without the other, which is frustrating. I'll be focused on writing for the next few months while I study creative and professional writing through Griffith Uni.

Confession: I'm a touch nervous about study after so long, but really very excited to be doing rather than just saying.


  1. Oh God I LOVE Margaret Atwood. I bought The Year of the Flood at the airport on the way to Malaysia last year and devoured it. As luck would have it Oryx and Crake was in the swappy-swap bookshelf at the bar of the place we were staying, so I got to read that too.
    Am actually reading Surfacing as we speak.
    She is the queen of post-apocolyptic distopia.

    Good luck with your course - keep us posted! I did some post-grad study and it's amazing how quickly you get back into the swing of things.

  2. Ugh I meant dystopia. Mind shut down brain not work good.

  3. Yay Chrissy! Surfacing, you say? I'll have to seek that next. Even her anthology of poetry was very readable... that never happens.:)

  4. Hey congratulations about your up and coming studies. How very exciting, and what a great topic to be working on. I look forward to hearing all about it, so that I can live vicariously through you! I too go through fits and spurts of reading books. I go the library on a fairly regular basis and always come home with a pile of tomes both fiction and non fiction, but find myself getting so caught up in the busy life that I lead, that sadly they get returned, unread. I wish that there was a way of duplicating or triplicating myself!

  5. EEEEEEEEEEEEE - thats my excitement for you bubbling out!

  6. Thanks Catherine - I know what you mean. I bet you are never bored. As a teenager, I said 'I'm bored' a lot, but man, I wish I had time to be bored now! When you figure out how to du/triplicate yourself, can you please let me know?
    Sally -eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Thanks so much! I just want to be better and better, and that's because I'm surrounded by so many talented folks like you. :)

  7. You're right - this print really is AMAZING! I can't even BEGIN to think how long all that detail would have taken to paint! Just beautiful - thanks for sharing xx


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