It took a long time for me to get something up on the DiVine website (for editorial and circumstantial reasons I won’t go into here), but finally I have one up there – a piece on some of the upcoming free events being held to celebrate International Day of People with Disability, on the 3rd of December.
The ABC has also chosen this day to launch its new disability website called Ramp Up, under the editorial guidance of the fabulous Stella Young (comedienne, writer and former host of No Limits on Channel 31).
They will be publishing one of my articles tomorrow and another next week. You’ll recognise both of them from this blog, if you’ve had a look around.
Ramp Up’s core audience will be the estimated one-in-five Australians living with a disability, their family and friends, people who work in the disability sector and anyone else who wants to be informed and join in the conversation.
I was happy to be asked to contribute to the website. I’m getting clearer over time, as opportunities emerge and pictures gain focus in my head, about what it is I want to write about, what issues really interest me and what areas I have something to contribute too.
And what I am interested in is the Others. Everyone outside the mainstream.
And connecting them to the mainstream.
I’m interested in everything that effects their lives: mainstream attitudes, access, politics, psychology, sexuality, identity, family, discrimination, culture, isolation, love, etc.
Which is why I’m happy to have been accepted to participate in a project exploring Melanesian Identities through discussion, storytelling and filmmaking workshops. If nothing else, I’m hoping to make a few more connections with Pacific Islanders interested in storytelling through the filmic medium and documentary.
Meanwhile the television series writing with my partner (who is busy doing “research” interstate) slowly stammers along, while my own film idea research continues. I don’t want to discuss the concept as it is fucking crazy (I am writing it, after all). Suffice to say it’s going to be an even longer haul that the tv series. As a teacher once said to me: “Don’t shoot for the target, shoot for the moon”. Terrible advice, so naturally I took it to heart.
And in the meantime, I am still broke-ass broke. 😦
Or, better yet, give me work!
(a return to part-time administrative work is probably in order… we’ll see…)