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The glorious ray of light

I’m waiting impatiently, I’m going to explode – Tiny Tim was apparently going to explode, but that was with sexual tension – I’m going to explode because I want to START. I want to start whatever this Penguin/Varuna Scholarship project is. I think I’ll hear more about it next week, after the Adelaide Writers’ Festival. This interview with Markus Zusak reminds me of the ray of light. That I write anyway, regardless, no matter what.

My hebetudinous day

Raglan

Brain fog today. Utterly unfocused. Then discover that artwiculate’s word of the day is hebetudinous. Okay, now I understand. This is bigger than me.

Fascinated by dead creative people like Graham Chapman and Tiny Tim. Slightly spooky. Need to go outside and see what is out there. Need to take Bertie for a walk somewhere. Let us now identify a place on the map and take Bertie there for a walk and see what happens.

Google maps suggests the following, once one is out on the Great Western Highway pointing in the direction of Sydney:

Turn right at Napoleon St

Take the 1st left on to Christie St

Take the 1st right on to Nelson St

Nelson St turns left and becomes Cross St

Turn right at Barley St

Turn right towards Cotton St

Continue straight onto Cotton St

Later

I dun dat. I took Bertie to Raglan. I was going to walk around on Cotton Street (rural dirt road) but got concerned about Bertie disturbing any grazing livestock, so headed back over the railway line for a more urban experience. Pulled up next to the Raglan Public School grounds. Walked down Frome, Nelson, Landseer and back to Frome, then drove away. A bit windy. Will it rain?

To hell with target audience

This is wild, this is brilliant. It cares not for its target audience.

This is what I like about the 1970s (maybe this clip happened in the late ’60s but its spirit didn’t really arrive in Australia until the early ’70s): things weren’t so pinned down. Popular entertainment relied on entertainers, not target market. The entertainer came first, not the vehicle. It’s why things are so empty now.

I’m working on teaching resources for a course called Write Simple Stories and it’s all about identifying the target audience first and going from there. I agree that this is a good course of action if one is writing a training video about how to operate a fire extinguisher. But it’s killing entertainment.