I have been um-ing and ah-ing about blogging for some time now. You know, the usual sort of self-doubting questions most writers indulge in every now and then. Should I do it? Will I have enough things to blog about? Will I have enough time to do it? Will anyone out there actually read it? The part of me that wanted to blog was beginning to win out when this Boomerang Blog opportunity presented itself. I took it as a sign from … um … someone. And so here I am, inflicting my thoughts upon the unsuspecting denizens of cyberspace.
I have a cluttered mind and a cluttered bookshelf, so there’s a high probability of randomness on this blog. But I’ll start off by stating some of my literary likes so that you’ll have at least some idea of what may show up in my posts.
I love picture books. I have two young daughters, so I read a LOT of picture books. And guess what? Picture books aren’t just for kids.
I love science fiction and fantasy and horror (although not the blood and guts, splattery type horror). I quite like vampire fiction… but I feel the need to say that Twilight is not my cup of tea. Edward who?
I write books for kids and teens. I read lots of books aimed at kids and teens. Man, there’s some amazing stuff out there aimed at this market. So I’ll probably write about these sorts of books a fair bit. And I’ll probably write about the process of writing as well.
My favourite Aussie authors include Richard Harland, Carole Wilkinson and Terry Dowling. My favourite o/s authors include Neil Gaiman, Poppy Z Brite and John Christopher. I’ll most likely write about these people and their books at some point.
And now for a list (I like lists). My favourite books from 2009:
- Worldshaker, Richard Harland, Allen & Unwin.
- The Loblolly Boy, James Norcliffe, Allen & Unwin.
- Vulture’s Gate, Kirsty Murray, Allen & Unwin.
- The Slightly Skewed Life of Toby Chrysler, Paul Collins, Celapene Press.
- The Puzzle Ring, Kate Forsyth, Pan Macmillan.
- It’s Yr Life, Tempany Deckert & Tristan Bancks, Random House.
Oh, one more thing… I’m a Doctor Who fan. Yes, I know — it’s a tv show, but there are Doctor Who books as well, so you can be guaranteed of at least one Doctor Who post at some stage. So just deal with it!
Right! I think that’s enough for my first post. Tune in next time, when I’ll tell you all about my clutter.
Catch ya later, George