23 November 2012

All Good Bookstore

The Space in Between is now available at the All Good Bookstore in the Imperial Shopping Centre on 171 Mann Street, Gosford. Phone: 02–4342 2482. This gives people on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia yet another possibility to purchase the book off-line. Hopefully, there will be more 'bricks and mortar' shops stocking the book in the very near future.

Don't forget to look in on my website occasionally. There you will find information about where to purchase the book (online and off-line). You can also read what some people have written about the book.

15 November 2012

Book Draw

The Book Draw has now taken place, and I would like to thank all the people who participated. Unfortunately, only one person could win, and that lucky person is:

Vicki Spain

CONGRATULATIONS Vicki. Your free copy will be on its way to you within the next few days. For those of you who missed out this time, there will be a new draw early in the new year, so keep an eye on this blog for information.

13 November 2012

The Book Bazaar

For those of you living on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia, and who would prefer to be able to buy your books from a 'proper' bookshop, you will be happy to know that The Space in Between is now available at The Book Bazaar  in Umina. The address is: 327 West Street, Umina, and the phone number is 02-4342 2482.

10 November 2012

For all who have registered for the book draw, Thursday is the day; for those of you who have not yet registered, there is still time. Refer to the information on the right-hand side of this blog.

Returning for a moment to the subject of fabricated and altered pasts, I believe that, to some degree, this tendency to edit and add to that which has already happened is part of being human. In many cases, it is done subconsciously; in others, it is carefully orchestrated to achieve fame, (even notoriety), sympathy or merely acceptance. Most alterations to the past are completely innocent, tied as they are to photos and the verbalized opinions of those around us. Within a short space of time, the opinions become ours and the images, conjured up by borrowed photos, are part of our visual, and often even emotional, memory.

06 November 2012

It is interesting how, at times, just one event or one experience can create so much of what we call the past. The experience might be a 'one-off' experience, completely surrounded by other experiences, but it is the one that stands out and is remembered. Take, for example, the man who, as a boy, on just one isolated occasion, went fishing with his father. The experience summed up everything he wanted in his relationship with his father, and, as a man, he is fully convinced that he and his father often went fishing together; in fact, the idea of fishing has become an important part of who he is. Whether this is a negative or a positive experience is difficult to say. However, when it comes to the girl who subconsciously borrows the trauma of the woman accosted in a dark street by a couple of men - so eloquently described in the newspaper - and later firmly believes that she herself was similarly accosted on several occasions, it is not difficult to discern between positive and negative experiences - real or not. In both cases, the interpretation of the past, false as it may be, has shaped not only the past but also how these two people relate to the present.

Our past, therefore, becomes a mixture of reality and fantasy, of wrongly remembered experiences and even other people's experiences. Eventually any line between truth and fantasy, between reality and imagination, becomes difficult to discern. One can then wonder if it is important to draw such a line, or whether it is even possible.