SUE JACKSON Therapist/Writer/Photographer/Activist

Last year, as the unofficial blogger/photographer to the anti-East-West Link campaign, our battles were my blog's entire focus. But by Christmas, with the electoral win for people power and the dumping of the dud Tunnel, I was suddenly at a loss. What to write about now? Not sure yet. But there will be ongoing musings and images from this Australian life. So please leave a message. (No need to sign into an account. Simply comment as ‘anonymous’; then leave your name within the comment itself.)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

No to Notoriety

I can't believe it's almost a year since my last post. But here goes...
All of a sudden 'nesters' are everywhere. There's a reality TV show, based in Sydney, called 'The Nest', which includes a home visiting family therapist. And just this week Channel 7 launched a show called 'Packed to the Rafters'. I haven't been directly involved in either project though the wording for the promo used for 'The Nest' sounded uncannily/suspiciously like the wording in my book. One day last week I was bemoaning to a friend how I'd been overlooked. But you have to be careful what you wish for...
The very next day I was called by a producer from Channel 7's Today Tonight programme inviting me to be involved. I'd never seen Today Tonight. (Where does she live? you might well ask. All I can say in my defense is that I can't bear ads. But I do recognise there's a yawning gap where my knowledge of popular culture should be.) Anyhow, in my innocence, I agreed. And it was only my 21-year-old daughter's response 'Mum, you can't possibly go on there!' that alerted me to the fact that it mightn't be such a smart career move. It wasn't easy saying no or convincing the producer that I'd prefer to forgo the opportunity to publicize my book. But in the end I felt greatly relieved, particularly knowing that I wouldn't have to wear that false beard in public after all.