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I’ve got a new post up over at The Subjects with some reflections on sleep, sanity, capitalism and productivity. The sleep lab was an amazing experience and I’m still digesting what I’ve learned, so will continue to post over there as long as I am able. In the meantime I am enjoying reading back over everyone else’s posts and comparing our states of mind in various states of decay.

All four of us along with the Appleton Institute’s Drew Dawson will be speaking on a panel at Adelaide Writer’s Week on the 6th March, so come along if you’re at the festival or follow the live tweets.

I’ll post all the drawings I made in the lab soon so you can see the progression.

I’m also appearing at a Writers’ Forum at the SA Writers Centre on Friday 1st March, which promises to be a fantastic opportunity for emerging writers by the look of the program.

For three consecutive Wednesdays starting on the 13th March I’ll be running short story workshops at the SAWC. I chose a series of three workshops because I’m excited about the possibilities of going deeper into the work with a small group of writers – I often find workshops only skim the surface of what’s possible. Places are limited so book early via the SAWC website. It will be a blast.


  1. sumer wrote:

    Glad to “hear” u have resurfaced renewed and your mental hide tanned and molded into a creative tool. The closest I have come to sleep dep. of this sort was early motherhood,and with a great discomforting reluctance I had to acknowledge that I could understand how some mothers go off the deep end and take their kids with them in their psychotic delirium.I’m convinced the Nuclear Family was an intentional viscous attack on parental mental health and a great tool for the braking of the human spirit. Sleep was mercy in those early years. without it i felt like a shit mom. glad your on the up and up. propagating love letters.

    Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Permalink
  2. sumer wrote:

    ps. your self portrait doodle is disturbing:)

    Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Permalink
  3. Jessi wrote:

    so very excited to read about the short story workshop. patiently awaiting a response from SAWC to see if any room is left…crossing everything.

    Friday, March 1, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink
  4. jenjen wrote:

    Sumer – the politics of motherhood are exhausting enough without the sleep deprivation, i’m sure. It’s really brought home to me how much my sense of self depends on the integrity of my body. Quite a feminist revelation.

    Jessi, as far as I know there are still a handful of places left – book via the website or call the SAWC on 08 8223 7662 (Tues-Thurs). Hope to see you there!

    Monday, March 4, 2013 at 9:54 am | Permalink