This is an experiment of sorts. An exercise in stealth. A new lover.

The premise is simple: I have a work of literary non-fiction that I am struggling to complete. With two working manuscripts and some 400,000 words of discombobulated prose ‘Tokyo Dhamma’ has grown in to something quite unmanageable.

I’d originally hoped to complete the book as a Masters in Creative Media: Writing at RMIT in Melbourne. The course while helpful, confronting and in a lot of respects– life changing– did not render me a published author.

However, a book is never complete. It merely ends in an interesting place, if you’re clever. Which at times, I think I am.

In addition to this I really love Leonard Cohen.

The book is not about him. It’s about me.

So here in lies my wee little project.

I plan to write a daily entry in this blog for an entire year in an effort to pull something out of me that is consistent rather than the variety of things I have told myself are necessary in good writing.

I have been getting a lot of hits so far, which is nice. And thoughts, comments and criticisms are most welcome as evidence I don’t just talk to the walls and write to the sink.


Alexandra Coffey was born the day Mount Vesuvius erupted.

She lives alone in Sydney.

She still dreams in Japanese and deplores the excessive use of similes and sporting metaphors.

She will complete her book this year.


6 Responses to “About”
  1. Geoff says:

    Hey a.

    I also think you’re clever at times. Genuinely looking forward to hearing what’s happening next page. In the meantime, you haven’t missed anything except Sporting Metaphors.


    • Barhaha…


      Thanks for the feedback, smart ass.

      I too miss working with your guts, Stanton. x.

  2. Hi, nice to meet you !

    • I don’t really like exclamation marks– as a general rule. But thanks for reading, if indeed you did.

  3. yuk. shame. like totally gross. says:

    oink oink!

    • Why do you bother?

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