January Whip-Around: the future of Remi Gallagher

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Well, here we are: 2019.

I made the decision a long, long time ago to not touch this website until I had a better idea of what direction I actually wanted it to go in. I’ve gotten burned out with writing fiction if I’m honest; my heart isn’t really in it as much as I think it probably needs to be in order to be successful. Call me an old fashioned stiff, but I think if I’m going to do something I should either do it with my heart or not do it at all.

Upon taking the time reflect on what I had originally wanted this website to be for me, and thinking about what kind of writer I wanted to be, it was never about fiction. Rather, my joy comes from the art of intelligent discourse about such frivolous topics as pop culture and media in general. If I’m honest with myself I think it’s always been there, though the allure of being a fiction writer is surely quite a hard one to resist.

Growing up, when I thought about fiction writers, I saw them as representative of reaching a higher level of intelligence; of knowing the secrets of the world and human behaviour that mere mortals do not possess. Maybe I’m too old (lmfao), or a little bit jaded, maybe both, maybe neither, but that image of a writer has been disillusioned for me. Not because I think fiction writers aren’t all those things, but because I’d assumed a level of arrogance and superiority came with it. Every time I meet a fiction writer, I am meeting someone who presents their own window into the world and has the grace to share it, along with the humility of someone who I suspect may have been born without an ego.

Anyway, as most of you know I probably have double the amount of ego I should  have, which makes me perfect for writing opinion pieces!

So in 2019 the content I am bringing is more focussed on my musings of pop culture and literature, and less to do with my own creative works. Who knows, I might come back to them one day. Then again, I said the same thing in 2009 about wearing band shirts and listening to metal that boys liked. Needless to say, now I wear a tropical fantasy wardrobe with every colour of the rainbow and listen to Lady Gaga.

Who knows.

This year I’m doing my best to fulfil the 52 book challenge. One of my favourite things to do in 2013 when I was deep into writing novels was to read blogs that took the challenge upon themselves. I loved to read other people’s opinions on things, and found myself exposed to a lot of things I otherwise wouldn’t have been. In fact, not for the first time in my life, I fell really in love with blogs and the writing on them. I’ve been reading blogs since I was 13, and I still love and defend it as its own art form.

Over the coming weeks I’m going to start uploading an extended piece on each book I’ve read thus far, one at a time, at a pace of my liking. I’m also going to provide my commentary of different things going on in the media – from pop culture contributions to critiquing controversial advertising and so on.

Thanks for all being here on this journey with me.

From Paris (it’s pronounced “Brisbane”) with love,

Remi.

August Whip Around

This is more of a traditional “blog post” as opposed to an article or piece of creative writing. My main purpose of this post is to outline some things going on for me with my writing, and just to break up the routine a little bit.

So, first and foremost, I am writing an extended length piece of writing at the moment. I went to a great conference over the weekend where I got to see Nick Earls speaking about his series on novellas – what I’m writing will probably be around that length.

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and, while I’ve finished the first draft of another extended writing idea, I’ve moved straight onto a second project. This is mostly what I’m like when I’m at the “peak” of my writing – I usually have two projects going at once: one that needs editing, one that needs creating in the first place.

I’ve both missed and feared this part of my writing journey. The last time I was writing, I was studying and could handle staying up all night writing between studying. With my job in education, there’s a little more demand on me and my energy levels are noticeably more diminished by the end of the day compared to when I was at university. However, as daunting as it may at first be, I’m just glad to be back.

What this means for you as the reader is basically that I won’t be posting short stories as routinely, though I definitely will still be posting them.

Secondly, I’ve submitted one of my short stories to a more public forum which I will hopefully be able to share with you soon! This is really exciting for me because it’s another one of the scary steps towards sharing my writing with people. I’ve always been pretty scared to share my writing publicly. Step one was starting this website, step two is submitting my work to other forums, and I suppose step three will eventually be seeking publication, or some yet to be gleaned facet of writing.

Anyway, last but certainly not least, I want to take this opportunity to thank anyone who reads my work, gives me feedback on it, or just follows me. Being a writer is something I’ve always wanted to be, but it’s pretty hard to be that without an audience. So thank you.