Category: Memoir writing
We hear a lot about the "mummy blogger", but to (belatedly) celebrate Father’s Day, we thought we'd give a shout out to stay-at-home dad Clint Greagen – whose blog Reservoir Dad won Best Australian Blog 2013 in the Personal and Parenting category. Clint lives in Reservoir, Victoria (hence the name, although he admits the Tarantino connection is nice too) with his wife and four boys aged between two and nine.
His blog win turned heads at publisher Random House, who approached Clint to ask if he was interested in writing a book. His reply was easy: he would love to. And a year later, his “fifth child” was born – this time made of paper and given the same name as the blog that made it happen – Reservoir Dad.
For Clint, who began his blog back in 2008 when he started his stay-at-home duties, it felt good to receive validation for his efforts. "Yeah, it was just a great pat on the back and it's sort of like, 'Keep going, man, you can do it. You're doing it right.' Validation that I’ve got something to offer."
Meet Luke Ryan – a comedian who survived cancer twice; first at 11 and then again when he was 22. So instead of just waiting around to turn 33, he thought he'd tour the country performing a show called Luke's Got Cancer – A Comedy, and then write a memoir, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo. (Because that's what all those brochures in the waiting room say you should do.)
His plan has been to take 'laughter is the best medicine' to the next level. Luke's idea wasn't to diminish what he or other cancer patients were going through, but to bring it out in the open and get people discussing it and feeling okay to discuss it.
Always a fun assignment, comedy and cancer. So we thought we’d throw a few questions his way.