I know that at least three of us in this group enjoyed a childhood in regional Queensland - so here's a glimpse of the past, for me anyway.
A new year.. and time to write a new post. New people continue to join us, which is excellent. I'm hoping everyone will overcome their shyness and become more interactive with one another this year. It's always helpful to know someone has read your work and thought about it, and perhaps it's easier to be more direct online, than it would ever be in a traditional writers group. Over the holidays I bought and read the Robert Drewe edited 'Australian Short Stories' for 2006, which contains some fabulous stories, a few of which I've read several times in order to unpick their machinery, as it were. I've also read a collection of short stories by Cate Kennedy, a writer I've come to admire a lot. Another Australian writer I'm planning to read more of this year is Anson Cameron. I'm quite keen on a couple of blogs that I read regularly too. But we don't all look for the same things in what we read. I'd be delighted to have a few other recommendations added here as comments.. maybe we should all be discussing online some of our particular likes, and the reasons we admire those writers. Analysing another writer is a good way of learning I think. Anyway, happy posting everyone - Barbara