My paragraph today comes from ‘3010 Melbourne University Magazine’ Issue 1, 2017. I think I must have picked it up at an Open Day. Some things that are sitting on my TBR pile probably should have been read a while ago…just saying… The paragraph is in a short article in ...

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That time of the week where I take a paragraph, mostly at random, and talk about it however I wish. I picked up the book I had on my desk, opened at random and found a passage about urinating. I changed pages for a different paragraph. If your elders don’t ...

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Where I take a paragraph and examine it in whatever way takes my fancy. Today, I’m taking a look at a paragraph from a piece called ‘One Plot, At Most’ by Jane Rawson. It was published in Overland Issue 230 Autumn 2018. An Australian short story is short. That is ...

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Here is where I take a paragraph, at random…actually, I lie, today’s paragraph is almost at random. I found a paragraph I wanted to use but it was a comment on a fan fiction and although it was brilliant I felt it wasn’t right to use the entire comment. Instead ...

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My usual column where I take a paragraph at random and talk about it in whatever way I wish. I never know what I’m going to look at or say until I get there. Today I’ve picked up an Overland magazine, Issue 234 from Autumn 2019. Now to open it ...

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So, here is my weekly indulgence. It’s a time where I take a paragraph and examine it however I wish. I struggled with this one. I picked up a magazine, something I’ve been doing for this column recently, and opened at random. I landed on a really great first paragraph ...

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Where I type out a paragraph and examine it how I wish. I never know what I’m going to get from this until I start work. Let’s see what I’ve got today…open Overland at random and…turns out I had nothing with any of those paragraphs so I moved onto a ...

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Today’s paragraph comes from The Victorian Writer. This magazine is published by Writers Victoria and comes to me as part of my membership. This is the April-May 2019 edition, from a different time, a different era; a time when most of the world felt safe and could go out at ...

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Today I am looking at a paragraph from the Wordly magazine from 2018 published by Deakin Writers. These are the people who published my short stories in 2017 and made me so happy as that was my last long-term goal. I have short-term goals such as staying alive until tomorrow ...

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Where I choose a paragraph at random and rattle on about it however I want. Today I’m taking a paragraph from a short story written by Elizabeth Hall called The Swimmer. I’m not sure I understand the story but it’s nicely written. The paragraph really hits home at the moment: ...

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Today I am looking at a paragraph from Voiceworks Issue One Hundred and One. I pick a paragraph at random and will examine it as I choose. Today this paragraph comes from a story by Bam Saengsri called ‘She put mai ben’. I get off the plane, breathe humid and ...

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An old column where I present a paragraph from a book or magazine and talk about it however I want. It took a number of years for me to understand that craft is important women’s work – that it is an expression of creativity, a way of giving voice to ...

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This week Paratalk? or Torque comes to you from The Big Issue. A weekly magazine with really fabulous articles or stories. This publication supports many people who may be homeless, marginalised or disadvantaged. When you buy a copy of The Big Issue from a street seller fifty percent of your ...

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Where I show you a paragraph and talk about it in whatever way I wish. Today’s paragraph is from What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge. This was one of my favourites when I was young. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked it up to just check out ...

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An old column where I take a paragraph and examine it in whatever detail I choose. Today I’m taking two paragraphs because I can. He sighed, and then looked into my eyes, seeming to forget the road completely for a time. Whatever he saw there must have encouraged him. He ...

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