Piper’s Reach Blog Stop – Alan Baxter

Jude uses music as a bridge to link him to the past (the experiences he shared with Ella-Louise as a teenager) and to the present. Jude sees the broken Ella-Louise and remembers the girl he loved. ~ Adam

Alan Baxter has been a devout supporter of my work as an editor and publisher for many years–he was the first professional writer whose words went under my razor blade. In true Al style he issued the first invite when Adam and I floated the blog tour and began looking for launch ambassadors a fortnight ago.

In all honesty–Adam and I struggled to keep the answers short. We could have talked endlessly about the influence of music on our lives and writing, and how music has a powerful symbiotic relationship with the narrative, the characters and the shape of the online delivery of Post Marked: Piper’s Reach. But we kept it short. Well, short-ish.

The lyrics [Ella-Louise] shares are tiny glimpses inside her, but for every answer they illuminate, twice as many questions are spawned. ~ Jodi

You can read the entire interview here. For those interested, the original soundtracks to the answers (the ones tapped out Sunday afternoon from our respective balconies, before they were cut them down to palatable size) were Audioslave (Adam) and UNKLE (me).

Piper’s Reach Blog Stop – Tuesday Serial

This is serial fiction with no fixed agenda or completed narrative arc. It has the organic feel of two old friends reconnecting after a 20 year absence and silence. ~ Adam

As the new kids on the block, it is a great honour to be sitting on the Tuesday Serial couch today with PJ Kaiser talking about Post Marked: Piper’s Reach. We discuss the nature of collaborative brainstorming and how the project naturally fitted the parameters of serialisation. As far as I know Adam did not leave sticky jam prints all over the coffee table when we left, but word is in there may have been some inappropriate cupboard surfing.

Neither of us wanted the letters to be rushed or be stressed about writing this project, given we went into it as a bit of fun. ~ Jodi

You can read the whole interview here.

Piper’s Reach Blog Stop – Tim VanSant

In this day and age of hyperconnectivity, we get flustered and frustrated when we do not receive instant gratification, notification, response, call back or feedback. ~ Adam

Adam and I are hosted by Tim VanSant today, on the 3rd stop of the blog tour… and for me, it’s a chance to get out and meet new people. Tim asked us to share our thoughts on delayed and instant gratification, the place of letter writing in a digital world and the management of time and expectations. There’s a distinct possibility we might wax poetic (that would be Adam) or verge on the philosophical (probably Adam too!)… definitely no mention of who is wearing the pants today,… and  we even offered to clean up when we left (yes, Adam again!)

I feel as though I am living in two separate but connected time streams. There is the slower time stream where Ella-Louise and Jude exist and the faster one where Adam and I live. ~ Jodi

You can read the full interview here. Feel free to drop in and ask a question or share an observation in the comments.

 

Piper’s Reach Blog Spot – Paul Anderson

Handwriting is the soul of a person.~ Adam

Any type of literary project launch would feel decisively empty without the presence of my business partner and best mate, Paul Anderson. Adam and I talk to Paul today about what exactly an organic narrative is and the embellishments handwriting brings in the digital age. Paul also unknowingly pitches a potential theme for the Piper’s Reach Class of 1992 Reunion.

Handwritten letters convey so much more than plain text… the words forgotten in the run of an idea, the way the writer tires and writing becomes progressively harder to read, the watermark of tears… ~ Jodi

You can read the whole interview here… the most intimate and organic of conversations Adam and I have for the entire blog tour!

New Articles at Write Anything

Following in the  footsteps of the wonderful Jen Brubacher, I’m posting an update on my Write Anything articles for the month of March.

March was a tough month for all of Write Anything’s staff writers. Paul set the daunting task of a writer’s self audit, followed up by a blog post sharing what we unearthed.

Out of the process came Shall I Compare Thee,  followed up here with The Perils of Comparison and the Posse of Imposters Answered. My second article for the month, Friend or Foe: The Impact of Your Belief System on Writing, explored a slightly different area of my writing life:

In the early weeks of January I set off to find the person I knew and loved as ‘writer’. It meant a harsh process of deconstruction; demolishing what was left of myself as writer after recurrent bouts of depression, severe loss of self-confidence and long period of inactivity. I knew I had to do this, or I would never make sense of how I came to be marooned in this charred no-man’s land of writing, much less leave it for lusher locales.

With the aid of my journal and a few well-timed tarot cards, I realised it all came down to my belief system. Over the past few years I’ve become very good at creating absolute paradigms for my creative life. And if that wasn’t bad enough, I doused the paradigms in flammable value judgements and for want of anything better to do, flicked a match in and watched the whole shebang, previously known as my writing life, burn.

At the core of the mess lay the belief I could only ever write OR edit.

You can continue reading the article here.

I’m proud to say, since originally writing the article back in early February, writing and editing are cohabiting a better space. It is still a struggle, especially around deadlines, but having a new set of beliefs to fall back on, makes it far easier to move forward, to write every day and to accept the times when editing must take precedence.

Piper’s Reach Blog Stop – Laura Meyer

I wrote to Adam just the other day that all my hopes, thoughts and fears were committed to ink and sent elsewhere for safe keeping as a teenager. It feels like that here too… though I am just a cipher. ~ Jodi

My writing BFF (a term newly learned today) Laura Meyer’s is hosting first stop on our virtual tea, cake, (pants checks!) and conversation in the lead up to launch of  Post Marked: Piper’s Reach.

Adam and I talk about our most favourite part of journey to date, which came first story or form and the pull of the original concept: nostalgia versus challenge.

As a young lad, I was a prolific letter writer. A friend once joked she could create an inspirational desk calendar from my writing.~ Adam

You can read the whole interview here… and discover for yourself, who is and isn’t wearing pants!

Eighty Nine Book Trailer

Last year, Devin Watson pitched the idea of a live action book trailer to accompany EIGHTY NINE… an ease into the idea of LMT’s Movie Project. I’m not one to stand in the way of moving pictures, so I sent him on is way with our blessings, eager to see what became of the idea.

I’ve watched the book trailer grow and develop over the past few months, from a video hello from the shoot site and Devin’s hand drawn story board back in November, to the rough cut and most recently, the soundtrack just a few weeks ago.

On the weekend Devin released the book trailer into the wild…

Many thanks to Devin who birthed this from concept to reality (and all the work he put in to make it happen), to his DP who shot it, those who helped with the soundtrack and colour, and lastly to ‘Amiga’… who ironically lived only an hour away from the shoot site! Even my son picked her as the ‘girl from the front cover of the book’.

 

On the weekend Devin unveiled the final product.