I am a recovered arachnophobe. I now adore spiders. Absolutely adore them and am endlessly fascinated by their incredibly varied lives. I told that story in my book, Spiders: learning to love them, published by Allen & Unwin in 2009.
I am still enthralled by spiders, go out and watch them and want to tell the whole world that there is nothing to fear in these incredible critters.
I got to wax lyrical about them on the American podcast, MonsterTalk. They describe it as:
ONE OF THE MOST COMMON FEARS in the world is the fear of spiders. But what does a rationalist do when gripped by an irrational fear? MonsterTalk interviews author Lynne Kelly about her transition from arachnophobia to spider enthusiast. Note: This episode deals with spider sexual reproduction which includes masturbation and cannibalism.
You can listen here. It was great fun!
Spiders is available from Amazon and other book shops.
My future books will be all about my research on orality, traditional knowledge systems and archaeology. There is so much to research and write that it will take more lifetimes than I have available.
But that doesn’t mean that past books are forgotten. I am finding myself drawn out each night with a torch and camera to check out the spiders. That is a passion which will never die, although Spiders was published a few years ago now.
I once feared these critters. Now the obsession with them is something I still want to write about.
Last night, I knew that the old thrill is still very much alive as I watched a small orb weaver emerge from her hiding place on the birch in the back yard and spin her web. I’ve named her Little Birch. She’s a young knobbed orb weaver, Eriophora pustulosa. She was flighty, rushing back to her resting place on the tree trunk when I tried to photograph. Previous E. pustulosa have been far less concerned by my presence. I have noticed before that individuals of the same species can have very different personalities.
So I didn’t get any good photos. Above is one of last year’s favourites.
I am still intrigued by why people believe things for which there is no evidence. The topics covered, and cut out of The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal have a lot more to offer me as a writer. There’s so much in my books and online units on education to write about. And Crocodile? It is the chapter In Life and Legend which led me to oral tradition and the science encoded there, so it is still very much alive.
Although these topics will probably not form the basis of a book again, I want to look at freelance writing so I can still wax lyrical about the things I find fascinating. I’ll let you know how I go.