Lisa Fuller is a Murri woman from Eidsvold, Queensland, currently doing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Canberra. She has won a 2019 black&write! Writing Fellowship, the 2017 David Unaipon Award, among others. Her first novel, Ghost Bird, was recently shortlisted in the 2020 CBCAs Book of the Year Older Reader category, the 2019 Aurealis Awards and the Readings 2020 YA Book Prize.
All essays by Lisa Fuller
Fight or Flight
Trapped inside my house, I exist in multiple worlds at once: the shocked writer with the shortlisted first book; the absent academic with the unfinished manuscript; the aunty who reads her latest manuscript to her nieces and nephews every night, and revels in their excitement. I feel trapped in a waved-tossed dinghy: Can I write? No, I can’t! Maybe I can? No wonder I feel nauseous.