Birth, School, Work, Death

Yesterday, I had a lovely chat and cuppa with a lovely fellow who brought along cakes. How very civilised!
He also brought some of his very creative sculptures and the two children’s book he has both written and illustrated. We talked about a whole heap of stuff including this somewhat negative perspective of life in modern world, which I wrote for Shift Magazine what seems like a lifetime ago.

SHIFT magazine

By Sean Crawley

There is no greater modern illusion, even fraud, than the use of the single term “work” to cover what for some is … dreary, painful, socially demeaning and what for others is enjoyable, socially reputable and economically rewarding.

– JK Galbraith


In good faith, many of us accept the conventional wisdoms of our times and get on with life according to the scripts already written for us by society. Parents, schools and workplaces enculturate us to believe that being a member of a modern progressive liberal society is a blessing that we should grateful for. Respect for the traditions of family, education and work is expected and if one does adhere to the rules a rewarding and comfortable life is the widely advertised outcome. Governments and business promote a strong narrative that the current versions of democracy and capitalism are the essential (and only viable) foundations…

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This, I did

Today, I finished the Digital Writers’ Festival’s Swinburne Microfiction Challenge.

Here is a snapshot of my work, showing the daily prompt, the story name and my digital filing.


And here is a picture that sort of captures how I feel after completing the challenge.

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Postscript: I have to confess that the first story I wrote was not entered. The deadline for entries was 9:00am AEDT each day. As my desk is currently located in Queensland operating on AEST, and being oblivious to the fact that I was one hour behind, I missed out submitting it. Doh! Well at least the curtains aren’t fading so fast.