Australian Author of Children’s Books and Teen Books: December 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Beginner's Mind


'I'm a musical scientist.' - Bjork

I remember hearing Bjork say this in an awards speech years ago and I thought she was just trying to be Icelandic and weird. But now I understand.

I see the same sentiment echoed in the TED talk above (worth watching), which argues that children are, potentially, the best scientists due to the few pre-conceptions and expectations they bring to an activity or experiment, and for their willingness to play.

The same idea is echoed in Zen master Shunryu Suzuki's book Zen Mind Beginner's Mind when he says 'This is the real secret of the Arts: always be a beginner.'

Science, Art and Religion seem to agree that experimentation, the willingness to be wrong and beginning without a pre-meditated end in mind, is how we discover new things and, perhaps, move forward as a species (if, in fact, there is a 'forward'. But now I'm just being Icelandic and weird). I wonder if experts in Mathematics, Engineering, Business and other disciplines have their own way of expressing this idea.

My new vow is to start each day as a story scientist and to be open to what happens. It will be fun if not productive.
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Friday, December 6, 2013

Children's Author Attacked by Readers


I recently attempted to make a two-minute video for my new book My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong with a bunch of rotten kids. They ruined the whole thing. 

I realised later that one of the kids in the video was the guy who previously sent me a blackmail letter. Let this be a warning to other unsuspecting authors.

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