Monday, March 14, 2011


Editing; what can I say about this subject? Well although it is interesting, I find it so time consuming and sometimes to be honest boring!

I am starting to think, maybe this wouldn't be the job for me! I do like to edit my own work, but I guess, if the authors work you are editing is somewhat not interesting, than it becomes mind-numbing!

I am editing a book at the moment for class that is actually quite a good book; however, it is not for the 8-12 year-old age range, that it is suppose to be for. It clearly is for a young adult to adult readership.
There is no sexual content but it is written in third person; viewing sometimes from the central protagonist, who is a mother of three. It is an historical based narrative that just doesn't fit into the world of an eight-year-old.

I have finished the chapters assigned to me, however I know I have probably missed a lot of mistakes. I do like how it is written, because it is the type of story I like to read! It's setting and historical content interest me; but if I am to edit it and keep in mind it is for an 8-12 audience, I just don't think it is possible.

The setting; the characters; the storyline I just don't think will appeal to this age range.

Anyway, I will continue forward and try to assume that if it was for this demographic, then it cannot possibly get published. As we know already it did not get published!

Editing; is a hard job and I think it needs to be a very special person who can do this for a living!

Maybe I need to gain more skills before determining its not for me!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Reminder- 'The Man From Snowy River'

I just slipped out of a lecture with the tune to 'The Man From Snowy River' in my head. I was humming it all the way home! After seeing a few scenes from the film, I now think it is about time to see it again!

That famous scene when Tom Burlinson's character rides his horse down the mountain in pursuit of the wild brumbys. So good to know that a real bushmen road his own horse for that incredible scene.

It was also amazing to get a quick glimpse of Sigrid Thornton (she is so young in it) and of course the wonderful Australian character, Jack Thompson! I did forget that Kirk Douglas was in it though!

Anyway, I will have to 'russle-up' a copy so I can relive many of those beautiful scenes of the high country. It is by far, one of the most iconic Australian Films!

We need more 'Aussie' films that incorporate the vast country, we call home!