Political blogging

When I started this blog I was very definite that I wasn’t going to blog about politics or religion. I’d seen too many flame wars, too many blogs overrun by indignant trolls. My blog, I decided, was going to be sweetness and light and avoid incendiary topics.

But then the John Howard regime finally fell and I couldn’t contain myself. And, you know, what? I’ve gotten not a single troll. The discussions generated by my political musings have been thought-provoking, fun, and, most unexpectedly, my traffic is up. Who’d’ve thunk it? I love youse all!

I now feel free to blog about whatever the hell I want to blog about. If any trolls show up I’ll just nuke ’em.

That said, I’m facing a whole series of dread evil deadlines over the next month. So my promised posts on how to rewrite1, curing insomnia, my favourite manga, manhwa and graphic novels will prolly all have to wait.

In the meantime I’ll try to keep posting but may not be as substantive as I’d like.

So here, have another quokka:


  1. which has just gotten yet another request []


  1. janet on #

    So here, have another quokka

    Take two, they’re small?

  2. molly on #

    i. want. a. quokka!

    i also want to someday use that word in a scrabble game. so many points!

  3. anonymous on #

    It’s better when you talk about writing.

  4. anonymous on #

    or quokkas!

  5. Patrick, The Space Lord on #

    I don’t know about trolls, but I was fascinated to learn that Australia had a government. When did the UK stop shipping criminals there?

  6. Barratt Miller on #

    I love quokkas.

  7. zebediah on #

    quokas are good!!!!!! πŸ˜‰

  8. Margaret Crocker on #

    According to wikipedia, “the quokka recycles a small amount of its waste products.” !!!! Does that mean what I think it means?

  9. micole on #

    keep the quokka! give me graphic novel recs!

  10. lili-chan on #

    Does this mean you are taking requests?

    More fashion dissing!

  11. Jelly-wa on #

    tell bout ur new book! :=)

  12. marrije on #

    yup, sold on the quokka. please don’t show him to my junior son, he will force us to move to australia.

    and um, can i put in another request for the rewriting post? not to put any pressure on you, but i’ve just finished this heapish, garbled thing of a nanowrimo book, and i could use some rewriting guidance, please…

  13. Patrick, The Space Lord on #

    marrije – just change all of the bad words to good great ones.

  14. Justine on #

    Margaret Crocker: According to wikipedia, β€œthe quokka recycles a small amount of its waste products.” !!!! Does that mean what I think it means?

    It means that a quokka’s litter box is much less full and less of a hassle to deal with than a cat’s.

  15. Kadie-Wa on #

    Aw, the quokka is smiling!

  16. sheryl g on #

    love your political musings, Justine and wholeheartedly agree – here’s hope we’re heading for a more humane, thoughtful rather than reactionary society in australia. we can only live in hope! enjoying your blogs by the way.

  17. Katie on #

    I want a quokka! they’re so freaking cute! And it’s smiling! πŸ™‚

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