January 24, 2007

“To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.”

Filed under: Books, Comics, News Articles, Overseas — liberrydwarf @ 8:54 am

Okay, back into the swing of things. Teaching lined up for APRIL already, for goodness sake. This year I will be busy, this year I will be busy (ruby slippers moment!)

This week’s project is to start writing up my C&RL article for publication… *shudders* Chicago style! So in my normal procrastinatory(?) style, drumroll please…

1) If you like web comics, check out Cat and Girl (, “About a cat, a girl, and experimental metanarrative.” Kinda Calvin & Hobbes with a girl-power twist. In case you care about these things, “Cat and Girl Answer Your Questions” is my current favourite.

2) Stuck for what to get from your library-slash-bookshop? (A problem I never have, but then I don’t have a lot of problems other people have. Like Tourettes, or bulimia, or having too many work outfits to choose from.) ( can help with their handy book-selecter! Move the sliders to change your preference between happiness and sadness, expected and unpredicted; select a race/age/gender for the character; tick off what you want in the plot or pick the setting on the rotating globe! I came up wit “The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse” by Robert Rankin (and I don’t even like that guy!) What will you come up with – and will you read it?

3) Working with undergraduates, I have fast come to realise that young people have no soul. (Technically there’s NO WAY I couldn’t be classed as a young person too, I know, but I can pretend like I’m better than that.) Our students think they’ve got it hard with HECS fees? Make like these German students ( and hire yourself out as a protester. Makes me think of Ancient Rome and feel all warm and fuzzy inside…



  1. I was offered a spot as a hunt saboteur for twenty quid when I was at uni in the late 80s. Didn’t go but lots of others did.



    Comment by babychaos — February 15, 2007 @ 10:47 pm

  2. It’s a darn shame we don’t have hunting here…whaling, perhaps, is the closest, but there’s no shortage of nuts to throw themselves into the water in front of full-speed whaling ships, you probably have to pay to get a spot like flight attendants do…

    Comment by liberrydwarf — February 17, 2007 @ 9:46 am

  3. […] a to 10 of similar books to try next. A bit like which I blogged about way back in January 07, but sans annoying sliders… hateful sliders… and not a Rankin book to be […]

    Pingback by I hate being cold and I hate being wet… « LiberryDwarf — February 12, 2008 @ 4:54 pm

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