It all brings forth the vision, long dreamed of by sci-fi writers, of much longer and healthier lives. Have a heart problem? Just plug in a new one. Losing your memory? Just let me give you a little injection of protein (note from me – could you get right onto that research please?)
So, all those books on reversing your age and increasing your longevity may not be just wishful thinking after all. The doctor demanding that you look at your diet and exercise regimes could be starting you in the road to rejuvenation and practicing yoga and meditation are starting to look age defying.
Will this all start us on the road to healthy living I ask myself, or will we carry on eating junk food and slouching in front of computers in the hope that injections and transplants will overcome our bad habits?
Nancy Sinatra’s boots are made for walking, however my boots are not. My sneakers are, and I’ll need good sneakers for The Breeze Walking Festival. This ten day festival features 25 walks across the city. The walks are graded, so you can choose anything from easy walks on flat terrain to hard walks on hills. Some walks are suitable for buggies; some are dog-friendly; all of them look like fun and will make a pleasant change from my usual walk through Bottle Lake Plantation.
Now I like winning stuff, though most of the time I can’t manage to win an argument. During the Walking Festival, for every walk you do, you can enter a draw to win one of two prize packs from Stirling Sports.
The walks will be very social, so if you see me say hello. I’ll be the one wearing white sneakers. It is quite possible that you will see me at the Halswell Quarry, or at The Groynes, or at the beach, or in the city, or…
I want a shed. Why should men have all the fun? I think I’m missing out. Barbara Hepworth had a shed and so did Dylan Thomas. I read all about their sheds in My cool shed. I might have to make one, but I will have to visit a shed owner so I could borrow their tools. I love the old sheds that men have. They built them from recycled materials and didn’t have to worry too much about earthquake proof foundations and building codes. I think my husband would be happy to have my knitting wool and sewing machine relocated to a shed.
In my shed, I would escape from the ironing. I could curl up with a good book,and enjoy a cup of tea with a jam tart. I think my shed should have a big window with red curtains. It would have a long bench for my craft UFOs (Unfinished Objects) and there would be lots of shelves for my bucket list books.
If you were to visit my shed at around 3 o’clock and I wasn’t there, you would find the key under the garden gnome. The jam tarts will be in the tin labelled ‘buttons’. Make yourself a cup of tea. I’ll be back soon.
The Press Christchurch Writers Festival event A novel idea at Christchurch Arts Festival was a corker. Author (and Christchurch Writers Festival literary director) Rachael King talked to novelists Stephanie Johnson, Sarah Laing, and Carl Nixon.
The authors read from their latest books. It worked well; each author was quite different in style and personality. They also had a lot to say about the creative process of writing.
Here are some quotable quotes:
There are more people writing novels than buying the bloody things. (Rachael)
Writing novels is like being a piece of fly paper. (Sarah)
Novels enable you to inhabit another person’s space … your own personality becomes richer and more informed. (Carl)
It is good to be struggling to find time to write. (Stephanie)
I have the rhythm of stories in my head. (Sarah)
Writers should have a really good bullshit detector. (Stephanie)
How about a quote from a character in a novel? Here’s Merle, from Stephanie’s novel The writing class:
The beauty of the novel in full sail will never be lost even though we are choking in a plume of electrical soot.