Exhaustion

I’m completely exhausted at the moment, as I’m in the middle of applying for a very large and complicated grant. If I get it, then it will set me up through my university for the next three years to do research and write another book. There has been little sleep on my end. However, even when you are so focused on one goal, little things will enter into the periphery of your vision, like small jewels of respite. I have two such things to show you, and I think they’re rather lovely:

Long-exposure photographs of ballet dancers

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Australian dancer Alison McWhinney takes part in a photocall ahead of the “Emerging Dancer 2013” competition. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images.

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English dancer Laurretta Summerscales takes part in a photocall ahead of the “Emerging Dancer 2013” competition. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images.

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Australian dancer Alison McWhinney takes part in a photocall ahead of the “Emerging Dancer 2013” competition. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images.

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Japanese dancer Ken Saruhashi takes part in a photocall ahead of the “Emerging Dancer 2013” competition. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images.

I find these images quite breathtaking; the dancers almost look like butterflies caught in motion.

Soprano

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Procrastinating on Pinterest can sometimes yield something worthy, such as this poem that I encountered through The Paris Review’s Pinterest page.

I’m also working right now on my final edits for my essay in the June edition of Meanjin, so if you read that journal, keep an eye out for it. And I mentioned that my blog was nominated for the Voices 2013 competition, but I seriously had no idea just how big this competition is until I received an email from the people running it. My blog has also been entered into the Sydney Writers’ Centre’s Best Australian Blogs Competition. To be brutally honest, my blog is not really ‘competition’ material. But there’s little point in being pessimistic, I just have to say thanks, and cross my fingers. More importantly, cross your fingers for me about the grant.