A Rare Bird: A Gender Comparison of Stand-ups in New Zealand – Land of Few Female Comics by Jane Mauret

INTRODUCTION The proposal title refers to the New Zealand Comedy Guild listing 108 stand-up comics, of which just 18 are female (November 2010). This trend is reflected overseas too, where, for example, the Perrier Award (now defunct) for new comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival was won only twice by women in 25 years (Dobson, … Continue reading A Rare Bird: A Gender Comparison of Stand-ups in New Zealand – Land of Few Female Comics by Jane Mauret

Advice to Aspiring Writers from PD James

27 May 2012 PD James' memoir, Time to be in Earnest (1997, London: Faber & Faber) reminds me greatly of the writing style of Elizabeth Jane Howard in her memoir, Slipstream, in that they can both make the most mundane of daily activities quite mesmerizing. Nary a redundant phrase to be had. James' memoir is a diary … Continue reading Advice to Aspiring Writers from PD James

You Will Never Learn to Write [April]

30 April Nothing is going to happen re launching my book until I have finished this semester's Masters assignments. Then I will have 6 clear weeks during which I will edit a few chapters each day and post them here; plus - I can put them on Authonomy and once 10,000 words are up, the … Continue reading You Will Never Learn to Write [April]

Excellent Writing Resources

21 May 2012 Writer's Digest (May 2012) suggest using a single channel such as Kindle Direct which sells to Amazon and if successful, switch later to a multiple channel such as SmashWords which sells to all outlets except Amazon. There is also the option of assisted self-publishing with Abbott Press (part of WD), Harlequin and … Continue reading Excellent Writing Resources

False Memoirs / Vanity Publishing [May]

25 May 2012 Reading Augusten Burroughs' new book reminded me that he was pulled up for fibbing in Running With Scissors by the family his mother 'gave him to' at age 12 or 14 (can't quite recall). I think he had to call it a book rather than a memoir but it did not hurt his success. … Continue reading False Memoirs / Vanity Publishing [May]

You Will Never Learn to Write [May]

26 May 2012 Reading Augusten Burroughs' new book reminded me that he was pulled up for fibbing in Running With Scissors by the family his mother 'gave him to' at age 13. I think he had to call it a book rather than a memoir but it did not hurt his success. His book, A Wolf … Continue reading You Will Never Learn to Write [May]