Thursday, December 17, 2009

Writers unite and Embrace your inner Eccentric!

(Photo by Rochelle)

The truth is out. Over here, at Mad Genius Club -- Writers Division, Kate reveals what we've all long suspected. Writers are odd.

I think it is time we all embraced our inner eccentric.

My confession is that I can only take so much of being social, then I have to go away from people and be by myself. In fact, when my children were small, to be alone was the greatest luxury I could imagine. Now days I have time alone but I have so many responsibilities that, time without things pulling me in a dozen directions is the greatest of luxuries. I find conventions enjoyable, but exhausting. (Glutton for punishment, I've put myself down for Aussie Con 4).

Some days, the thought of running away to become a monk and living in a cell where someone shoves a plate of thin gruel under the door, looks very enticing.

Did you grow up watching other people trying to learn 'the rules' that everyone else seemed to know instinctively?

Do you watch the mass hysteria associated with football and car races with bemusement?

Do you watch the adulation of celebrities and wonder why no one else can see the Emperor's new clothes are worthless?

OK, confess, what are your secret eccentricities?


Flinthart said...

Confess... you have GOT to be joking.

First up, I have so many goddam eccentricities hanging out there in the public purview already that I'm practically a chapter of the DSM on my own. I mean - where to start?

I created my own Art Movement once, back in the late 80s. It was called "Rejectionism". I used to swallow non-toxic paints and then regurgitate onto canvasses. I explained in my manifesto that I was using the most fundamental human act of rejectionism to defy the critic-based construction of "Art" as a concept and an experience.

I have a suspicion there may well still be a handful of people around Brisbane with 'Rejectionist' shirts on their walls, or in their cupboards. And I still maintain that with better management, I could easily have been at the forefront of avant garde Art...

... but I think that's sufficiently eccentric for today, don't you? Let's just say this: if you think that's the most eccentric thing you've ever heard from me, you really don't know me all that well, do you?

Rowena Cory Daniells said...


You know, I think you have mentioned this once before, during a night of drinking and talking at a ROR.

Aren't you going to have fun, one day, telling your children about it!

Brendan said...

Would putting a quiz on Live Journal that asks a Yes/No question but only allow Yes answer count?

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Rowena Cory Daniells said...


I think that comes under the banner of 'playing with people's minds'.

Rowena Cory Daniells said...


And I meant to add, that it is something my sons do for entertainment.

Satima Flavell said...

Yeah, that's me to a T. I even did run off to a monastery for a while, but found non-contact time was non-existent there, too, at least in daytime.

Thee and me's OK. It's the rest of the world that's strange:-)

Rowena Cory Daniells said...


I think I'd have to join a monastery that had a vow of silence. Then I could write in peace!

Nicky Strickland said...

Secret eccentricities? (& boy doesn't that word look strange when you've typed it too fast). I think most of mine our out there somewhere for people (& animals & possibly aliens) to see....

Given the definition I'm given by all non-writerly friends is quirky (or eccentric or nuts).....I'd say it's out there :o

Rowena Cory Daniells said...


The wonderful thing about the spec fic world is that it is so embracing of the weird and wonderful in others!