November 21

Shampoo

I found myself pacing the Health & Beauty aisle at Coles looking for shampoo, perhaps the worst kind of Saturday night to have after what was a fairly good day. I’m not loyal to any brand in particular but I do like to pick the most eco-friendly product on offer that isn’t wildly expensive, a weird legacy inherited from my mum after she joined a multi-level marketing scheme selling beauty and cleaning products without sulphates or parabens long before the current enviro movement.

The least evil shampoo there cost $23.99 for a 500ml bottle and it still had sulphates in it. Since when was shampoo worth $24?! I decided I could probably make do temporarily with soap and conditioner.

 As a last resort I headed to the baby section for a bottle of Johnson & Johnson ‘no more tears’ baby shampoo. I don’t remember where it sits on the evil shampoo scale but I do remember how awesome my hair looks when I use it, which I discovered by accident one time when I stayed over at my parents’ place and found a third of a bottle that a previous guest had left behind.

‘No more tears’ was no more, but I did find significantly more not-evil shampoos there, also at exorbitant prices. I left Coles without shampoo, but I also cried a little for ‘no more tears’, for it was like the end of an era. Grown-up shampoo from now on, Ads, the world – Coles’ new world – seemed to say.

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November 19

In which I decide to get over myself

When I was 7, one of my favourite books was a tall joke book called, I think, 1000 Jokes for Kids. It had a bold blue cover with the title in large snazzy orange font and was roughly the dimensions of a foolscap sheet folded lengthwise.

One segment was a list of fictional books and fictional authors all with punny titles like ‘Songs for Children by Barbara Blacksheep’. I remember clearly one from the list because it was the first time I had ever seen my name in a book. The pun title was ‘The Unfinished Poem by Adeline Moore’.

Fast forward some decades and I’ve decided I’m not writing enough for myself. I know exactly why, too: I’m one of those writers who don’t like to show their work-in-progress. I hate admitting that I have half-baked ideas, I don’t like my foundation of knowledge to be too fresh. But what this does is stifle the natural learning process of working through an idea, an argument, a voice. I want to get over myself. I want to forgive all the mistakes I’m going to make before I make them, knowing I’m going to make them but also knowing that I need to make them to progress.

Bear with me. Prepare for changing perceptions as I uncover new information. Allow for paradigm shifts.

So here it is, my newly anointed blog: Unfinished writing by Adeline.

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January 3

Books I read in 2015

  1. Veins by Drew
  2. Bound by Alan Baxter
  3. Obsidian by Alan Baxter
  4. Abduction by Alan Baxter
  5. Boyfriends we’ve all had (and shouldn’t have) by Mandy Nolan
  6. Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
  7. Mind the Gap by Tim Richards
  8. Charlotte’s Web by EB White (re-read)
  9. Stuart Little by EB White
  10. The Trumpet of the Swan by EB White
  11. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  12. El Dorado by Dorothy Porter
  13. The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane
  14. Clade by James Bradley
  15. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  16. Unnatural Selection by Emily Monosson
  17. The Biography of Tea by Carrie Gleason
  18. New Tastes in Green Tea by Matsuko Tokunaga
  19. For all the tea in China by Sarah Rose
  20. Great Writers, Great Loves by Ann Marie Priest
  21. Chinese Tea by Liu Tong
  22. Cha Dao by Solala Towler
  23. Dead Famous by Ben Elton
  24. Tea: A History of the drink that changed the world by John Griffiths
  25. For God’s Sake edited by Jane Caro
  26. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  27. So You Have Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
  28. Hikikomori by Saito Tamaki (translated by Jeffrey Angles)
  29. The Humans by Matt Haig
  30. Convergence by David Henley
  31. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  32. Magic Steps by Tamora Pierce
  33. The Poison Eaters by Holly Black
  34. Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Marc Hendrickx
  35. Zombies versus Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
  36. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  37. To Hold the Bridge by Garth Nix
  38. Lock In by John Scalzi
  39. The Silo Effect by Gillian Tett
  40. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  41. The Death Cure by James Dashner
  42. Mistakes were made by Liam Pieper
  43. Surveillance by Bernard Keane
  44. Creating Cities by Marcus Westbury
  45. Mister Monday by Garth Nix
  46. Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix
  47. Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix
  48. Sir Thursday by Garth Nix
  49. Lady Friday by Garth Nix
  50. Superior Saturday by Garth Nix
  51. Lord Sunday by Garth Nix
  52. Mad about the boy by Helen Fielding
  53. The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
  54. T2: The Book by Maryanne Shearer
  55. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
  56. Lion Attack! by Oliver Mol
  57. Holding the Man by Tim Conigrave
  58. Theophilus Grey and the Demon Thief by Catherine Jinks
  59. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison [Hugo nominee]

Some random stats:

  • Junior fiction and YA titles: 18
  • Books about tea: 7
  • Non-fiction books: 21
  • Books by Australian authors: 27.5—the 0.5 for Zombies versus Unicorns, edited by Holly Black (USA) and Justine Larbalestier (Australia)
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