I have read from a very early age. I have, for as long as I can remember, challenged myself with what I read. I often congratulate myself at reading something classical, controversial or art-house only to find that I really am still pretty much mainstream. But still, I do try to push my own boundaries and that's worth celebrating, I think.
My default reader setting is escapist fiction be it Sci-Fi, crime, mystery, etc. I have a desire to read good quality history, archaeology, historiography non-fiction, which I satisfy regularly. Currently (well the last 18 months anyway), I have been bound up in escapist fiction written brilliantly by Terry Pratchett. His ‘Discworld' series, of which there are over 30 books, has helped me through a period of terrible debilitative depression. On the surface, Pratchett's books are funny fantasy novels, but in fact they are joyously, sharply accurate parodies and allegories of modern life and other ‘big picture' issues. The books make me laugh, think and allow me to be angry, fascinated and inspired by existence's random crushing indifference and beauty.
As an author...well I'm not really an author. I don't even regularly write in blogs. It's very frustrating; I am a frustrated writer that doesn't write. I think a lot about what I'd like to write but rarely, if ever, do I make the next step to being a writer of any sort. I think that if I got my shit together I could do something with my only real passion: imagining and creating stories.
This doesn't mean that I've not been published. In 2000, I co-authored an archaeological treatise on an historical archaeological goldmining site in the Howqua Valley Victoria, Australia. This treatise was published in ‘The Artefact' an Australian scientific journal.
Finally I work as a government archivist. It can be very rewarding and exasperating that I work so closely with all this raw information. This is because we are so busy that the Staff generally doesn't get the time to read and absorb the information. But just occasionally we do come across some amazing information. My favourites include the series of inventions submitted by civilians to the Australian Army during WW II as a way of assisting the war effort. This has included (failed?) designs for perpetual motion engines, triangular metal buckets and beach defences.
Reading, some writing...TV, movies, music, computing...Australian Rules Football...
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