Faking normal in Narita I asked a student why he loved so much to travel. What a weird question he said. Because when I travel I'm free. Istanbul is home and people who love me and obligations. All the time I am pretending to be happy but I'm not not till I fly to Japan— … Continue reading Why he loves to travel to Japan
In our survey of older bloggers we wanted to discover something about their motivation, rewards, and feelings around blogging. First we asked why they blog, and gave them the chance to choose several answers. 117 people answered this question. Any blogger may have several reasons for blogging. The three most popular reasons chosen by these older … Continue reading 8. Motivation: why do older bloggers blog?
When talking with friends, their philosophical thoughts fly by and we may toss them around a little before we move on. But often, I want to hold those thoughts in my own mind a little longer. Maybe I need to incorporate them into my own practical philosophy. Then it helps me if I make such … Continue reading Maddie’s thought
Tomorrow I'll bus to a little town two hours north of Wellington for the inaugural Manawatu Writers Festival. An impressive programme includes more than 40 sessions over four days. I was asked to speak at the official opening and to run a workshop, and am delighted to be part of this boutique writers' festival. This … Continue reading Joy of Writing in Feilding, Manawatu
It began in high school and continued to puzzle me for a few more years, those non sequitur answers to a stock Eng Lit question: "Why did the author write this book?" These are examples of acceptable answers: "To show a peasant class being destroyed by industrialisation" "To criticise Victorian notions of sexuality" "To show that fate and a character flaw … Continue reading The message is not the motive: why we write what we write