Posts Tagged ‘Stanton Library’

Day 213 – Dawn of the Writer

What happened today, oh well I just got to meet one of my favourite authors of all time, Val McDermid, at the library I go to near college! Not that randomly though, the library had been advertising the fact that she would be there as they do with the other writers who give talks there. What makes this stranger is that she’s actually Scottish and out of about 2 dates that she appearing in places in Sydney one of them happened to be the local library I go to! Celebrity aside, it always seems strange to me, meeting someone from Britain or Ireland at the other side of the world before we ever met back home!

Anyway the old advice of how you shouldn’t meet your hero’s didn’t ring true as she was a charming speaker, very witty and of course that lovely Scottish accent. She emphasied the importance of practice and persistance when she talked about the manuscripts she had to send out before she eventually got published. I think her words were something along the lines of “I was sending to this publisher, and that publisher and they were continually getting rejected and sent back, In the end I was getting scripts back from people I hadn’t even sent them to saying ‘we’ve seen your manuscript, don’t bother!'”

Of course for the photo for today I got someone there (amoung the multitude of retirees, who could manage be there at 1pm on a Wednesday!) to take a photo of myself and Val. It always makes me laugh when I ask someone to take a photo with my camera and they look at it blankly and say ‘but I can’t see anything’! Today was no different, I guess people forget the days before LCDs very quickly!

Quote of the Day: Death is a hollow drum whose beat has measured out my adult life – Val McDermid in Trick of the Dark

Day 54 – Here Come The Drums

For those of you who don’t know I come from quite a musical background!

In my youth (and childhood) I learnt the tin whistle for about 4 weeks. I played the keyboards for a few years and even won an award that meant I was called up to perform at a regional musical concert (well I got there to find that there were actually 2 Marie Keating’s and I wasn’t the one playing, they gave me an award in sympathy for their mistake!). I took a singing class at National school (we were all forced to sing a song every week or else – i think mine was always The Halls of Montezuma as far as I can remember). More recently I was one part (Sr. Mary) of the (in)famous ‘Srs. Mary, Petunia and The Pancakes’ band before I packed it all in for the photography. We would’ve made the big time if it weren’t for those pesky flippin Pancakes!

So I was heading home from Stanton library and for the second Friday in a row they have this Twilight Food Fair going on (yes including a pancake stall!) with free entertainment, hence the picture of the drum kit. I just thought what a fantastic way of spending a Friday afternoon, as I walked swiftly past for fear of being tempted by the pancakes! You still get that Friday-end-of-week buzz but with the freshness of the outdoors instead of  the inside of a pub.

Anyway I’m randomly talking crap about music and the food fair because i don’t want to think about the , OTHER, disturbing photo I took in North Sydney Square about 10 mins after that. Lets just saw if I didn’t see it with my own 2 eyes and have the photographic proof…! One best kept in the archives methinks (not deleted though in case the police need it for some sort of evidence later).

Quote of the day: “Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.” – Saint Thomas Aquinas

Day 30 – Fried Green Brain Cells

If I never hear the words Gestalt psychology again it’ll be too soon! Today, after class, I headed to the library for a 6 and a half hour brain-frying session in an attempt to get one of my hardest assignments off the ground. In the end I did get a structure in place, research done and a few pages typed up. The flip side was I didn’t get a chance to take any proper pictures, the above is a slightly edited picture of my desk at Stanton Library from my mobile phone!

By the way, on a random note, for those that saw today’s MX, what the hell?! An phone-in confessional in France! Dial 1 for options, 2 to confess! And I thought D’unbelievables were bad, this is reeal life!

Quote of the day: “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicuras