While I’m good at updating parts of this website – particularly details of my publications – I’m less rigorous about writing regular blog-style posts. This is especially the case when I have deadlines for commissioned pieces to focus on.
Seeing as it has been now several months since my previous post, however, it seemed like time for a general recap!
- Impact of COVID-19
As is the case for virtually everybody involved in the arts industry, COVID-19 has certainly impacted my schedule. My work reviewing plays has dried up and launch events and readings have had to be postponed. Of course, I’m happy to see the pandemic being taken seriously and don’t resent being told to stay home – but I do hope various arts organisations and workers currently in precarious financial situations receive support and funding.
On that note, I wrote a bit about this subject for The Canberra Times. I was happy to be asked to report on the impact of COVID-19 on the local arts industry, and I hope my article went some way towards raising awareness in the wider community.
As for me personally, I am well and safe and balancing out writing with gardening and baking (tomorrow shall be apple pie day). That said, however, it would be wonderful if 2020 could move beyond bushfires and pandemics. It has been a nerve-racking year for everyone so far!
- I’ve have several pieces published
Happy days! It’s always a good feeling when one’s pieces of writing find good homes.
I have written several reviews, including a particularly well-received one for Australian literary journal The Lifted Brow, as well as two poems.
I was also quick to pen a satirical take on the way the media was was treating Meghan Markle back in January 2020, when she and Prince Harry announced they were stepping back from royal duties. I had a great deal of fun writing Hello, I Am A Freelance Writer Who Specializes In Judging Meghan Markle. I hope you enjoy it too!
- Cicerone Journal published its anthology
At last! Cicerone Journal, the literary journal I co-edit, officially published its debut anthology of short fiction, poetry, and visual art in March 2020. This comes after many months of hard work editing, compiling, and planning behind the scenes.
You can find out more about the anthology (as well as how to purchase a copy) here. My co-editor Nancy Jin and I were also interviewed about the publication, and about why we put it together and what we hope it will achieve. The write-up of the interview can be found here.