IN ILLUSTRIOUS COMPANY - a reflection on writing, writers, Dame Edna Everage and k d lang......

MAGZ' MUSES Dear Readers: Check out the hilarious video clip at the bottom! How do writers get the good juice? How do they overcome the fright of the virgin page? Perhaps that isn't such a useful way to go...... For me, I start with images: images and the sensations that accompanied them. Add to the mix, the fascinating range of personalities and behaviours that parade before us during our life times. After that I scribble down random images and snatches of ideas and phrases... often an offbeat title will plant itself on the page next to them. Sometimes its so quirky I really think better of actually using it. My brain is a bit like one of those machines that shoots balls at

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