When I was growing up, if you'd asked me what a writer looked like, I'd probably have answered along these lines - thin, pale, wan, intense, bespectacled. Picture an older Harry Potter, sans wand and that would have been it. At no point would my thoughts have wandered along these lines:
This is Mark Dapin, Good Weekend columnist, author of King of The Cross and various amusing travel books, launcher of Kerri Sackville's very funny book and general writer about town. He's on the cover of his local, free newspaper. He will present several Features Writing workshops at the Sydney Writers Festival - and I'm sad that I am not attending as this is a man who really knows his way around a feature. This is not a sponsored post, though (disclaimer coming), I have had a beer or two with Mark. Merely a reason to share this particular image with as wide an audience as possible.
Mark blogs here. Ignore the recent posts featuring pictures of roundabouts and have a read through. He's funny when he's not obsessed by roundabouts. And he needs some blogging encouragement.
Oh, and if you could tell him you really like it when bloggers end their posts with a question that would be great.
And then tell me, do you have, or have you ever had, a picture in your head of what a writer looks like?