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nicely written again Jo!touching too
You actually read all that? Yikes.
Thanks for your comment.
I’m trying to do something with less shock value that still drives home a point. I have no idea if it worked.
yeah it did. more than you will know.
how long does it take you to write something like this?
interesting choice of topic, Jo. can you explain a little why you chose it? i love your photography, by-the-way.
This took about 20 minutes of solid writing to bang out. I don’t do drafting- I think and think and think about it and then sit down in one sitting and purge!
I wrote this to highlight a few things (and I apologise for going all ‘artsy fartsy’ on you)- the purpose of ritual, otherness vs belonging, the importance of story telling, slow devolpments in life having big impacts on us as human beings.
I used a topic that I hoped would be outside most people’s existing experience (an SAA meeting). The idea was that as a reader, you would have limited familiarity with the content and may even have objections about it. Then I tried to normalise that unfamilarity by using common experiences such as being late, feeling awkward in a group situation, reminiscing about school reading and wanting to interrupt. The idea is to provide the reader with ‘just enough’ familiar and comfortable experiences that you are able to read into some of the deeper issues without feeling like I threw you in at the deep end.
As I said above- no idea if it worked but that is what I was roughly aiming for.
it’s certainly a good choice as to my understanding- and i could be wrong- there are very few SAA groups in Australia, let alone Victoria. Again, i could be wrong on that…any1 correct me if they know better.
After reading your previous posts on deleting ordinary comments i must say i agree, even though i have occassionally been known to write the odd ordinary comment…
Anyway, well done on your story.
To help satisfy your curiousity, there is only one Victorian SAA meeting that I could find while doing my research. It is held on Wednesdays in a community centre.
thanks jo! even though i a big fan of the practice, i hope i’m not at the addict stage just yet.
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