Showing posts from May, 2014

On importance of setting priorities

Like many of my over-coffenaited hyper-energised and ambitious peers I have trouble saying no to opportunities. 

To the extend it becomes a real issue when I suddenly realise I have to be in two or three places at once the next morning. 

If only I could clone myself... (But then my clone/s would rise up against me and take over my life. And I wouldn't want that to happen, so I'll have to handle all the consequences of my opportunity-loving nature solo.

So, I wish I could say I have learnt my lesson by now in regards to double-triple-booking myself and taking on more than I can handle, but sadly no, that is not the case yet, not fully. Though I'm aspiring to change my opportunistic yes-saying ways. I plan to achieve that by setting a strict ranking of my priorities for this year and the years to come. 

In the spirit of this priority-setting strategy, today and this week I'm working on a pile of projects I've taken on while I was a doctoral student for the past thr…

On my silver screen lately

Among the perks of being a Melburnian is the amount of foreign movie festivals we get rolling into town year-round. How lucky we are!
My most recent cinematographic experience worthy of a blog post so far this year has been with the Spanish Film Festival where Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (Vivir es facil con los ojos cerrados) graced the opening night and The Witches of Zugarramurdi (Las brujas de Zugarramurdi) (its title oddly translated as Witching & Bitching) was featured in the closing.
But my absolutely transcendental movie-provoked experience took place months prior when I was swept away and massively overwhelmed by The Great Beauty (La Grande Belleza), the Italian jewel of the 2013 International Film Festival and an Oscar winner for the Best Foreign Film.

Here are some thoughts on these three very different works.  
Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed

Set in the 1960s Spain, the story follows Antonio, a mild-mannered school teacher who also happens to be a huge Beatles fan. Anto…

Five Books That Changed Me And There's No Way Back

Books have always been important in my life. Some stories have defined my character, some left a mark on my heart, others made me so angry and restless that I could never forget them. I was thinking what would be the most significant books for me in terms of memorable emotions they provoked or because of something I learnt that affected my own writing craft. There were many, but the next five are those that came to my mind first. 
Here they are in the order of impact and importance to me. 5. Never Let Me Go | Kazuo Ishiguro 


Not far into Never Let Me Go, at every mention of Hailsham you'll start having a wave of cold sweat and shivers coming over you. Ishiguro does subtle menace and suppressed horror well... This book gave me an emotional whiplash. It suffocated me with my own powerlessness. It made me so angry I wanted to throw it against a wall. It made me so pissed off with Kathy and Tommy and Ruth (but especially, Kathy), and with the world in which they were forced …