“I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all.”
– E. B. White
Shutter and Pen is a blog started by CJ Levinson in early 2006. I’m 31 and live near Newcastle in NSW, Australia.
I’m a freelance writer and photographer. I’ve been writing semi-professionally for almost fifteen years and have been a photographer for five. I use this blog as a window to my thoughts on writing, life and photography.
I’ve been writing since I was 7, when I finished my first story, an adaptation of Tim Burton’s Batman. It ended up being nothing like the movie; I killed Batman – I guess I’ve always had a thing for sad endings! I’ve been writing seriously since I was 16 and have achieved several small publications, as well as received feedback from writers including Greg Bear, Jodi Picoult, Mike Moorcock and Zoran Zivković.
I’m currently working on my first novel and I also write poetry and the occasional song. I’m an avid reader as well and some of my favourite authors include Stephen King, Philip K. Dick, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Cormac McCarthy, Kazuo Ishiguro, Janette Turner Hospital and Kelly Link. I also enjoy listening to music and I’m always listening to something new; I love anything from U2 and Coldplay to KT Tunstall, Sarah Blasko and Feist. I also have a thing for music from the 70s and 80s… not sure why exactly. Maybe it’s the big hair?
Away from writing and photography I also enjoy cricket, tennis and cooking; I cook a mean pizza and my spaghetti carbonara’s not bad either. One of my dreams is to open a small bookshop one day, with a small cafe and poetry readings and some of my photos inside, and combine all of my passions. I’d also love to travel and see more of the world, particularly Egypt and Japan.
My writing style is fairly eclectic and philosophical but if you read my blog for long enough, you’ll see I have a good sense of humour and I love nothing more than discussing different ideas. So please, pull up a chair and join the conversation. I’m also on Twitter and Facebook if you’d like to follow me there, and feel free to check out my writing and photography if you’re interested.
And thanks again for stopping by. 😉