I had such a wonderful surprise this morning when my lovely friend Margot texted to congratulate me on being shortlisted for an Aurealis Award this year — that was the BEST way to find out that ‘Outside, A Drifter’ is nominated for Best Horror Short Story!! So cool! This story first appeared in Looming Low, edited…… Continue reading Aurealis Awards Finalist: Best Horror Short Story!
The Aurealis Awards shortlists have been announced and I’m so very delighted to see my story ‘A Right Pretty Mate’ nominated in the Best YA Short Story category! This is the first story of mine that could even remotely be described as YA, and I’m so chuffed to see it in such good company! Thanks…… Continue reading Aurealis Awards 2016: In which ‘A Right Pretty Mate’ is nominated!
This month, PodCastle is featuring stories that appeared on the Aurealis Awards shortlist for ‘Best Fantasy Short Story’ earlier this year, and I’m absolutely delighted to have ‘A Shot of Salt Water’ (which first appeared in The Dark) included in this feature. Not only is this my very first appearance on PodCastle, which is super-cool, but…… Continue reading PodCastle 441: A Shot of Salt Water!
This is probably the last and latest “post-Natcon” post to show its face on the interwebs — considering it’s now, what, a whole week after the convention ended? — but better late than never, I say. I had a grand time at Contact 2016, which kicked off on the Thursday evening with a completely fun…… Continue reading Home Again, Home Again: Post-Natcon, Post-Retreat, Post-Brisbane Post
In a few days, I’ll be heading up to Brisbane for Contact 2016, the 55th Australian National Speculative Fiction Convention, which is being held over Easter weekend. I’m super-excited but also not entirely prepared (read: not at all prepared) for the trip — I keep thinking it’s weeks and weeks away when, in fact, I’ll be…… Continue reading Contact 2016: Where to find me at Natcon this weekend
A couple of days ago, The Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF), organisers of the 2015 Aurealis Awards, were delighted to announce the finalists for the Awards… And, I must say, I was and continue to be delighted to see that three — THREE! — of my short stories have been nominated for awards (two…… Continue reading Three (!!!) Aurealis Award nominations
You’d think, as a writer, I’d have a full stock of words upon which to draw at any given moment. Phrases prepared for, you know, speaking to other word-based life forms. Quips and witticisms locked and loaded, ready for quick-shot commentary. Words are my business. I’ve spent years thinking about them, reading them, turning them…… Continue reading Aurealis Weekend: In which Awards were won!
I think I should go to bed early more often. Last time I had an early night, thus ignoring text messages and FB beeps on my phone, I found out Bluegrass Symphony was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. And last night, I fell asleep at nanna-hour… and woke this morning to find out that…… Continue reading Aurealis Awards Shortlists!
There’s been a Pinterest image going around on Facebook lately, which shows a Mason jar filled with folded scraps of paper — and I think it came from this website originally. At any rate, the picture, and concept, has gone viral. It goes by various names: ‘jar of memories’, ‘jar of good thoughts’, ‘jar of…… Continue reading 2012: So good, I seriously hope I haven’t peaked.
What a weekend! I always have a blast at the Aurealis Awards, but Saturday night felt like a dream. SpecFaction NSW put on an incredible show in Sydney; the drinks flowed before and after the awards, the ceremony ran super-smoothly (Kate Forsyth in her AWESOME red leather gloves was a fantastic MC) and the vibe…… Continue reading Aurealis Awards 2012 (In Which I Smile and Squee and Lose All Words)