The Raspberry-Pi: a writer’s server
“Kitagawa Utamaro – Toji san bijin (Three Beauties of the Present Day)From Bijin-ga (Pictures of Beautiful Women), published by Tsutaya Juzaburo – Google Art Project” by Utamaro – cgH3Mn22MIBngA at Google Cultural Institute, zoom level maximum. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.View full post
With leather gloves, I seize these bugs, as they breed, as they eat tender leaves and buds. The air stinks and my skin sometimes burns with the acrid juice they spray in fear. ‘I’m amazed how quickly the desire for limes made me a murderer.’ ‘No, you were already a murderer. What’s interesting is how …View full post
The Raspberry-Pi: a writer’s server My website was down again. I walked into the dark narrow server-room. There was a low whispery hum. Fans cooling hard drives—surely a good sign. I looked at the tiny blue, green and orange LEDs. Some were glowing in a relaxed fashion; some were flashing as though they might be …View full post
Authors: Joel Friedlander and Betty Kelly Sargent Edition: first; e-pub viewed using Calibre Publisher: Marin Bookworks ISBN 978-0-936385-37-2 Summary: A useful directory of mainly US resources for anyone interested in indie writing and publishingView full post
My website was down again. I walked into the dark narrow server-room. There was a low whispery hum. Fans cooling hard drives—surely a good sign. I looked at the tiny blue, green and orange LEDs. Some were glowing in a relaxed fashion; some were flashing as though they might be awfully busy. Should they be?
“Kitagawa Utamaro – Toji san bijin (Three Beauties of the Present Day)From Bijin-ga (Pictures of Beautiful Women), published by Tsutaya Juzaburo – Google Art Project” by Utamaro – cgH3Mn22MIBngA at Google Cultural Institute, zoom level maximum. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
July 21, 2014
Last Thursday, I went to a seminar on editing Australian Indigenous texts, held by the Indigenous editors of black&write! The editors, Ellen van Neerven-Currie and Linda McBride-Yuke, were the inaugural recipients of the Indigenous editing mentorships offered by the Queensland State Library. We participants were given a deadly* tour of the many indigenous languages, along with creoles, and local varieties of English – all presenting issues for the unwary or unaware.
They gave us a reading list and also a capacious book bag with the above picture on it. I plan to put both to good use.
There are a couple of free online highlights on the reading list:
Writing Black: New Indigenous Writing from Australia is available as a free iBook.
Now for the ‘not free’.
If you would like to go book shopping, Magabala Books lists their black&write! prize winners here: http://www.magabala.com/books/black-write-winners.html Most of their books are available through the major e-book stores.
UQP also maintain a list of Black Australian Writing: http://www.uqp.uq.edu.au/CategoryBookList.aspx/62/Black%20Australian%20Writing
Their books can also be found in the major e-book stores.
If Australian Indigenous chick lit is your thing, then check out Anita Heiss – also available at an e-book store near you.
* ‘deadly’ means ‘excellent’ in Indigenous Australian English
Sometimes, for whatever reason, a writer can really put his hoof in it. Take, for example, Nathan Myer’s description of Otis Hope Carey, an indigenous Australian surfer:
‘With his apeish face and cowering hair-curtains, I expect little more than Cro-Magnon grunts from his mouth. I am caught off guard by the clarity and eloquence of his speech.’
Astonishingly, this was published. Any editor worth her (or his) salt should have picked this one up and put a big red line through it. Just put the keywords together into these easy equations :
‘apeish face’+ likely to emit ‘Cro-Magnon grunts’=pretty insulting to anyone
‘apeish face’+ likely to emit ‘Cro-Magnon grunts’+indigenous Australian=Why don’t you just go poke a red, raw, angry nerve?
Even when the young man you have insulted seems pretty cool and has said elsewhere, ‘I don’t give a fuck what you say about me unless it’s positive.’ Everyone has their limits.
A single red line and a little thought would have prevented this from become a legal matter.* A moment’s empathy wouldn’t have been wasted either.
If people of indigenous descent take personally Australia’s history of putting Social Darwinism into bloody practice, then good on them. For those wondering about the extent of the cruel attacks made on Aboriginal communities, check out the measured and scholarly assessments made by Lyndall Ryan and Raymond Evans in Passionate Histories (2.8 MB and free!) for Tasmania and Queensland respectively. Or check out the Conniston Massacre (1928) for a brief snapshot.
History matters, and we live with the consequences long after the events.
And for the record, Otis Carey is actually quite good-looking. Well out of my age band though.
* ‘cowering’ needs a red line too, and ‘WW’ next to it; but that’s a side issue here.
‘I’m amazed how quickly the desire for limes made me a murderer.’
‘No, you were already a murderer. What’s interesting is how quickly you became a mass murderer,’ remarks my husband, casting an analytical eye over the crushed bodies beneath my feet.
I do this so we can squeeze limes into our tea, our beer, our curry, and so we can eat death marmalade.
But enough about what I get up to in the weekends. There is much more intriguing (and free) weekend reading online. SQ Mag, an ‘International Speculative Fiction eZine’, includes SF, bizarro, horror, fantasy and the supernatural. In the March 2013 issue, I lingered over ‘The Stills’ by Jeremy C. Shipp. The story makes my weekend activities look quite benign. I like that in a story.