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December 30th, 2005

Thought of the Day (Aurealis Awards)

Why is it, I ask you, just why, were some of the stories by Australian authors published overseas--such as with the Terry Dowling, Lucy Sussex, and Rjurik Davidson pieces that appeared on sci fiction this year--not considered for the Aurealis Awards? Surely you don't have to submit your own work if you appear in the professional markets? And how much other fiction was published overseas and didn't get considered?

Kinda not right when you think about it.
Okay.

So, originally, this was meant to be called 'The 2005 Soundtrack Meme'. I got it off John Au-Yeung, though he didn't mean it as a meme. The idea, basically, was to assemble a soundtrack of your life/the world around you in 2005. Capture the highs, the lows, the catchy little jingles, that sort of stuff. And this is what I did, for about five seconds, and then I got caught up in the way the words of songs fell together, and started adding bits and pieces here and there. Which is kind of what I do, I guess. Anyhow: the end product is that I came up with something that's not me, but which, because of the political nature of the Herd tracks framing it, I'm going to slap a title on and call it some kind of found poem. A found poem made from my ipod.


Soundtrack for those Made to Watch Soldiers


Opening (Living In the World, Partly Aware, Again)

The Herd - The Metres Gained

2005: Are You Ready?

Explosions In The Sky - Six Days At The Bottom Of The Ocean

The Year, Part One (Awake? Yes, Awake)

Bettye Lavette - How Am I Different
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Complicated Situation
Cog - Silence Is Violence

Pause (Watching Bodies Float Away)

Mogwai - Ex-Cowboy

The Year, Part Two (Pens, Paper, Notes Are Lost Again, Excuses Are Given)

Art Of Fighting - Reasons Are All I Have Left
Nancy Sinatra - Bang, Bang
Art Of Fighting - Come Round & Show Me

Pause (Have You Followed the Bodies Downstream?)

Múm - We Have A Map Of The Piano

The Year, Part Three (Fighting Both Sides Everywhere)

Placebo - Protect Me From What I Want
Broken Social Scene - It's All Gonna Break
The Flaming Lips - Feeling Yourself Disintegrate

Pause (When The Water Becomes Ice You Can Be Preserved)

Explosions In The Sky - First Breath After Coma

The Year, Part Four (How To Move With Broken Legs)

Bloc Party - Like Eating Glass
The Mountain Goats - This Year
Ben Lee - Catch My Disease (That's The Way I Like It)

2005: Are You Done?

Explosions In The Sky - Have You Passed Through This Night?

Finishing (You Were Not Aware Enough In This World, Your Freedoms Diminish)

The Herd - Apocalypta