- Ten Things No One Ever Tells You About Writing Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Last week someone messaged me to tell me something I wrote was part of the year 12 HSC English exam. Which I found hilarious. I almost failed HSC English. Got 51%. Now I’m part of the exam.
I’m also dyslexic. Like 10% of the population. Fun fact, 60% of Nobel Prize winners are dyslexic. We’re also 50% of ...
- The Rainbow Houses Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
Forward from Stamping Ground-Stories Of The Northern Suburbs Of Melbourne (text used in the 2014 HSC English exam.)
‘I grew up in Reservoir. If you are not familiar with Reservoir it’s not a place where people live it’s a place where people’s cousins who just got out of jail live. And it’s the only place in the world ...
- 3AW. No, I will not work for you for free. Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Young female producer emailed me a while back asking if I would like to talk on 3AW about private schools.
I said “Sure, $500.”
She said “We don’t pay for interviews.”
Me “Like you I do not work for free.”
She said “Lots of people would come on 3AW simply for the exposure they would get from it. ”
- Why I’m Against Step-Parenting Thursday, October 16th, 2014
The three things I’m most happy about are that I never MARRIED, never got tattoos and I never SMACKED my kids.
I’m against the ‘step-parenting’ as much as I am against marriage. I’m not into enforced relationships. Automatic defaults settings? Forget it. A person’s partner is their partner. Their kids are their kids. Why should two ...
- Dear ‘It’s A Personal Choice’ Dickheads Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Dear ‘It’s A Personal Choice’ Dickheads,
You do understand questioning a woman’s decision is not ‘attacking her’?
You do understand feminists don’t all have to agree with each other?
You do understand that women also perpetuate systematic sexism?
You do understand the ‘it’s a personal choice’ bullshit is a misogynists mechanism to shut down debate?
You have asked yourself how ...
- Catherine Deveny’s Gunnas Writing Masterclass – Frankie Darling Friday, September 26th, 2014
I knew I would love Catherine Deveny, despite not knowing much about her before the workshop, except that she was feisty and funny. Slapped over the Gunnas Writing Masterclass webpage was the promise of receiving a creative enema, and really, how on earth could that not be fun?!
As I trotted to the GUNNAS WRITING MASTERCLASS on ...
- You Know You’re A Brunswick Mum If… Friday, September 19th, 2014
So my 12yo talks about Brunswick Mums and my 13yo talks about Lygon St Ladies.
We recently discovered they are the same thing.
Here is a guide to how they are identified according to my sons.
Do you wear:
a) Denim skirts with colored patches?
b) Gardening boots with socks pulled up high?
c) Stupid hair clip shit in your hair?
- I Have Never Told My Children I Am Proud Of Them Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
I tell you what weirds me out.
Me “I just had a great chat with your daughter. She’s an interesting kid.”
The Mum “Thank-you.”
Me “Wh…at? Why are you thanking me? I am talking about your daughter not you.”
That’s when I back away and talk to an actual grown up. Someone who does not think they are the ...
- Pearls of wisdom Monday, July 28th, 2014
I just got a phone call from my friend Cass. She’s a jewellery designer. (Yes all my friends have jobs like this.)
“Dev, I’ve found a pearl to match. It’s $150 which is really cheap. The other ones were all close to $400.”
“Just match the pearl so the earrings are the same. Money is no object.”
- The Stupidest Study Ever Monday, July 28th, 2014
Attention smart sheilas and dumb blokes!
There’s good news and there’s bad news.
Good news is there’s a new study on relationships. Because god knows the world would burst into flames if a day went past and we didn’t have another bunch of nerds in white coats carrying clipboards telling us what their fancy so called science ...