crazyjane: (happiness)
Y'all excuse me for a moment while I bounce around grinning madly. Actually, I've been doing that since yesterday (well, bouncing on the inside, anyway).

My blog post on The Conscience Vote about Julian Assange's arrest attracted a huge amount of attention. By yesterday afternoon I'd been linked on a number of other blogs, and repubished by Online Opinion.

Then I got an email from Jonathan Green, editor of ABC's The Drum and Unleashed online news sites.

(Quick explanation for non-Aussie friends: the ABC is Australia's public broadcaster. Its standard of journalism is very, very high, particular in the areas of current affairs and political reporting. One of its luminaries, Kerry O'Brien, was last night honoured with a Walkley Award for Journalistic Leadership. I don't know if there is a US equivalent, but suffice it to say that the ABC has an amazing amount of integrity and talent behind it. The Drum is a political commentary site featuring articles from both regular and guest columnists.)

Jonathan Green started out by telling me that he'd liked my blog post.

Then he asked if they could re-publish it on The Drum today!

(does more happy dancing)

This is unbelievably huge for me. To be published by an organisation like the ABC has been an ambition, but I never really thought it was very likely. I'm a citizen journalist - a blogger! For a long time I wasn't sure it would actually happen.

It appeared this morning.

I'm more than a little apprehensive as to the kind of comments it might attract - the Assange issue and the wider question of Wikileaks are all over the media right now, and opinions are, well, strong. But it goes with the territory, I keep telling myself. If people take the time to comment on it - even if they're trashing me - it means they've read it.

I'm also hoping that this will be a starting point. The more people comment, the more hits the site gets, the more likely it is that I might be published there again - or by other mainstream media.

So, here's the shameless plea part of this post - if you have time, please click through, even if you've read it. And if you can comment, that would be wonderful. I can't tell you how much I'd appreciate it - I'd give you all cookies if I could!

Okay, I'm going away to do normal housekeeping things now - but ... but ... wow!!
crazyjane: (poetry)
So, tonight was the last heat for the Overload Poetry Slam, held at Northcote Social Club.

After rushing around like the proverbial chook to get there on time, it was hurry up and wait while everything got sorted. Our 7.30 pm start ended up being about 8.15 - not bad for Poets' Time, actually.

This Slam was run more like the US kind - five judges chosen at random from the audience who are not poets, or affiliated with poets in any way. In fact, they are preferentially insurance agents or bankers. These judges give a score from 10 to minus infinity. The top and bottom scores are struck out, and the remainder added. You are, basically, at their mercy.

Order of appearance is entirely random. The audience calls out a number, and if yours is up, you just gotta schlep out to the stage and pick up the mic. Going first is, of course, something that everyone prays will not happen to them.

Naturally, that's exactly what happened to me tonight. Argh. I got a cold room, new judges and a bagful of nerves. As a result, I wasn't too surprised when I ended up not making the top 3, who go into the Final on Friday night. Annoyed at getting the bum spot, but hey, it's the nature of the thing.

While I'm congratulating the winner (who has the best technique of dealing with hecklers I've ever seen - oh, didn't I mention heckling is not only allowed, but encouraged?), the MC came up to me and informed that the third-place finalist couldn't make the Final. I was only 0.5 points behind him so ...


Yes, it was a technicality, but you know what? To get that close, especially when I was up first? I'm not complaining.

So, now I'm just going to sit here and jitter until Friday night.

If anyone's bored then, and wants to point and laugh, it's at Dante's in Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, at 9.30pm.

(Oh, and did I mention that there's a ninja? She attacks you with a pair of foam swords if you go over the three minute time limit. I shit you not. She's scary.)
crazyjane: (Default)
Wuff just bought me my (early-early-but-will-happen-late) birthday present.

We're going to see Jeff Dunham live at Hamer Hall!!

*bounces uncontrollably*


Now all I need is a Peanut puppet of my very own ...

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