I recently finished reading Foreign Soil by Aussie author Maxine Beneba Clarke; the book that inspired this piece. Quite simply, because it’s like nothing I’ve ever read.

It’s edgy and unpunctuated. Thick with challenging topics, and accents. A rucksack stuffed with ten short stories set all over the world, from Australia to New Orleans. Voices written not as they speak, but as they actually sound. Southern drawls, Jamaican twangs, cool Caribbean coos. Like dis, mun. And it’s wonderful. It’s refreshing. It’s heartwarming to hear the souls of her characters echo in your ears. And it’s real life, real genius, captured in words. xJ

Running and writing #1.

Run to repeat your thoughts
and over.

Line by line,
by word.

Until the page unfolds
writes itself – in the sky.

– jl

I wrote this poem the other day while out running. Yes, writing. While running. It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? The guys at work thought I was crazy, which I assure you. I am. And I have author Ben Law to thank. I saw him give his ‘5 x Rules of Writing’ at the Emerging Writer’s Festival last month and it has been running through my mind ever since (boom tish). “Exercise to write well” was lucky #3.

As soon as he said it, I knew I could immediately relate. I’d been doing it for years without realising. Getting home and rushing to my notepad after stumbling upon “THAT” word. Yelling “aha” mid-run, when my big idea had finally decided to show up, quickly looking around to make sure that no one had heard me …

See, I told you. Crazy. xJ