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Writing update 1: mid-December is a stupid time to start something new,

Dear the Internet,

My mother used to say “if you want something done, give it to a busy person.” I think she may have been referring specifically to having people killed, but in any case: I have taken on the job of trying to finish off the year, see my folks, fulfil social obligations and also for some idiot reason chosen right now to split my existing messy, sprawling blog into Songs You Should Rediscover Today Because They Are Awesome and the writin’ stuff, which is no-hyperlink-necessary here. Because I write a lot.

Yeah, that's right: when you get into the writing game, you're just running around with sacks of sweet, sweet scratch.
Yeah, that’s right: when you get into the writing game, you’re just running around with sacks of sweet, sweet scratch.

Like, a lot.

For example, currently at The Vine is 100 Days of Tony Abbott: Reasons to be Hopeful, in which is trying desperately to shore up some Left Wing optimism in the face of a horrendous three months for anyone who doesn’t loathe their fellow citizens of Earth. I’ve also linked the last eight or nine issues of Ten Things below, my Mon-Thurs morning news column where I get up at 5am, drink very strong coffee and get mad at the news.

So that’s the Vine – there’s also loads of good stuff at Time Out, ranging from a bunch of screeds about new schoolyard rivalries in a post-Fod-vs-Holden Australia, pretending to be former PM John Howard, being all satirical about Tony Abbott refusing to apologise for Neighbourhood Watch, whether Bogan is the new Hipster, and did a gloriously inept Venn diagram explaining how the Big Day Out have replaced Blur on the 2014 lineup. Oh, and a new one about How To Protect Yourself From The 2012 Mayan Apocalypse Again.

And I did two dream interviews at Time Out recently: the wonderful, hilarious Neko Case and the goddamn brilliant Edwyn Collins. Oh, and I chatted with Anna Calvi for the Vine as well. Forgot about that.

I’ve done a lot of music stuff, unsurprisingly, including several things for the Guardian, including a chat with Nile Rodgers, asking whether Australian country music is having a big weird crisis, and what the five best ever Saints songs are.

I told Fasterlouder what were the Six Secretly Best Ever Adelaide Songs, reviewed Mick Turner’s woozily brilliant Don’t Tell The Driver album for Mess+Noise,

In the still-breathing world of print, Australian Guitar has a big ol’ Neil Young retrospective as its cover story, which took me ages to write for some reason, Elle has a piece about Young Adult Novels from me, and there are reviews floating around at the Sunday Telegraph (and related News Sundays) for American Hustle and a few other films that I can’t remember right now.

I am very, very tired.

Yet, still so much else to do. And now everyone’s accounts payable departments are closed too, so here’s hoping there are some invoices coming in…

Anyway, get some reading in over the Xmas break. I don’t write this stuff for my health, you know.

Yours ever,

APS

PS: oh, and those 10 Things links are below.

10 Things - Treasurer creates, addresses national budget crisis 10 Things – Treasurer creates, addresses national budget crisis

10 Things - Queensland's dogs are gettin' high 10 Things – Queensland’s dogs are gettin’ high

10 Things - Let's argue about the race of fictional characters 10 Things – Let’s argue about the race of fictional characters

10 Things - Holden out for a hero 10 Things – Holden out for a hero

10 Things - Humans vs Environment: the road to victory! 10 Things – Humans vs Environment: the road to victory!

10 Things - Chicks can't even take a vile, offensive compliment these days 10 Things – Chicks can’t even take a vile, offensive compliment these days

10 Things - So, who's up for war with China? 10 Things – So, who’s up for war with China?

10 Things - Today, we are all bogans 10 Things – Today, we are all bogans

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