And possibly goo-goo as well. Depending on how carried away I get. Yes, this Sunday I’m being interviewed by the lovely Lynn Freeman for The Arts on Sunday. It’s going out live at 2.30 pm, which adds a certain amount of peril to the event.I’m sharing the danger with Ruth Todd, talking briefly about the Putting Words to the Feelings session for the Festival of Ideas. (You’ve bought your tickets, haven’t you? Silly me. Of course you have. Not that I’ll be noting down who’s there and who isn’t, and meting out an interestingly inventive punishment accordingly. Because That Would Be Wrong.)(Ish.) And a late addition to the lineup for the Festival – we will be joined by Paul Cleave, who has just won the 2011 Ngaio Marsh Award for the Best Crime Novel.
In related news, I’m dabbling with (yet another [insert preferred expletive]) earthquake poem. I know, I know. But we’re going through another little swarm of quakes, so it’s very much on my mind again. (Still.) And apparently the act of putting feelings into words has a measurable therapeutic effect on the brain, so think of it as yet another form of self-medication. In this case, I’m toying with the possibilities of conjugating the verb “to munt” (well, more the verb “to be” with munted tacked on – as an ?auxiliary? Thing). One of the problems is that I have absolutely no idea how to conjugate (typed without even the slightest hint of a giggle or smirk, I promise!). It’s the whole “I was part of the generation of Aussie schoolkids who were experimented with” thing, and unfortunately being brought up by pedants just means I use the various forms in their correct positions, but have no idea of the rules behind doing so (other than “No Joanna, you say [—]”). Never mind, it’s not intended to be high literature. (Did I mention it involves Real Estate Agents?)
But I’d be interested to hear from those with good grammatical knowledge – is there a particular order in which you recite the various conjugations of the English verb “to be”?