I’m Not Even Supposed to be Here Today

This is the second piece of fictional writing I submitted for the 'Start Writing Fiction' course. This is a lot more cynical and jaded than how I try to write or how I try to carry myself as a human being. However, it's important to experiment with different voices when writing.

Environmental Preservation is, was, and always will be a Human Rights Issue

On October 8th 2021, the United Nations Human Right Council belatedly recognized a reality that manifold countries have consistently lived with for years.

My first piece of online published fiction

This piece was written as part of a course I am taking on the FutureLearn online study platform: Start Writing Fiction. As a means of getting feedback, I have decided to publish my first piece for this course on my blog. This short story and the characters in it could be the basis for something longer. I haven't decided yet where this will go. Any constructive feedback is welcome!

Review of A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende (2019)

A selection of media I have consumed recently has revolved around three themes: the Spanish Civil War (Homage to Catalonia), imperialism and neo colonialism (The Jakarta Method by Vincent Bevins) and the 1973 Coup in Chile (Chicago Boys). By selecting A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende, I inadvertently found a book that covered all three of these phenomena.

Review of Red Pill by Hari Kunzru (2020)

Proposing to an affluent, white, male, cisgender Left-liberal in 2016 that someone like Trump might be elected president would likely have one greeted with a response comparable to the 'Blue Screen of Doom' that is displayed when one's PC freezes. Or an incredulous laughter borne out of unexamined hubris, although this may have been a defense mechanism against an inconceivable, unacceptable and terrifying truth soon to be tangible.

Retain Hope All Who Enter Here: My love letter to the Melbourne Demons

As I complete this, Australian Rules Football fans worldwide have just finished watching the Melbourne Demons defeat the Western Bulldogs in a match that saw them move back into top spot on the ladder.

6 Things I’ve Learnt Since I Started Running Marathons

On the fourth of April, I started to reclaim an integral part of my identity.

Review of Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret by Catherine Coleman-Flowers (2020)

Since I gained political consciousness, environmental preservation has been portrayed by its opponents in the developed world as a niche cause that wealthy, white hipsters in chic suburbs use to flaunt their moral superiority over salt of the Earth laborers.

Review of No Friend but the Mountains: Writing From Manus Prison by Behrouz Boochani (2018)

The moment that has had the greatest impact on my political worldview and personal morality occurred in 2001. For those outside Australia, Australians under the age or twenty or those not familiar with the enveloping venomous tide of propaganda, vilification and obfuscation concerning asylum policy in said country, what I am about to describe may be completely foreign. For those who are, they will know that the Tampa Affair is a grim cultural landmark for the country of my birth.