Sunday, 5 September 2010
Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.
These superb images are by :: K a t e ::, whose photographs are some of my favourites on flickr. They are the perfect combination of poeticism and a no-nonsense perspective. It's for this reason they remind me of Sylvia Plath and her own unique blend of ingenuousness and poetry.
Plath's words ring so true for me these days. I don't think I have to worry about her statement regarding unpublished writing anymore. I have very exciting news: I've been offered a book contract from Palgrave Macmillan. My very first book. It's a completely different feeling to contributing to book collections, having your own book.
My book, titled, Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature: Wuthering Heights and Company, will be published in early 2012. What I'm particularly excited about is having my writing out there to be read. It's one thing to sit down and write something, quite another to see how it is interpreted by someone else with a different perspective. It's like a full circle for the creative process. The meaning of books doesn't simply reside in the author, but also, the reader.
So, it's been a busy, but splendidly exciting week for me. I hope you're all having an equally splendid weekend.
P.S. my first article for The Australian Ballet on Behind Ballet will be appearing in mid-September. I can't say much more than that ... I'm afraid I have to be mysterious and top-secret about it until then.