A former Australian National Film & Sound Archive (NFSA) SAR Research Fellow), Robert Cettl (HBA, GCTESOL, GDIS, MTESOL) is an English teacher at the University of Jinan, Shandong, China. He develops multi- and trans- media digital resources for teachers, authors, artists and musicians on a freelance basis in addition to English language tutoring by Skype.
Robert's Academic film writing is published through McFarland & Co. Inc. and Bloomsbury Academic in the USA and collected by such as Yale University Library, the British Film Institute and the national libraries of Australia and China. He is also an ethnographic filmmaker whose digital feature films to date - Confidential Report an Australian Transgression, TLK Punk, A Wealth of Nations and Death of Film - are available on Video-on-Demand through IndieReign.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Online databases or keyword searching at individual retailers. I don't read fiction, only non-fiction. Most of that is Academic and peer-review. University library databases have eBook metadata and descriptions and as they stock the subject ranges I tend to be most interested in. So - libraries.
What is your writing process?
My writing process begins with a topic or subject idea. Akin to the research process, I isolate a specific question or sub-topic that I wish to write about and/or research (information retrieval or qualitative, ethnographic participant-observation methodologies being my personal preference). When I have collected the necessary data, made notes and tabulated any report findings (if warranted - rare actually), I set about writing. I go through at least two drafts, usually three before finalizing it.