At the end of November, I had an absolutely brilliant time talking with Kirstyn and Ian (aka The Writer and The Critic) about Maria Dahvana Headley’s incredible new translation of Beowulf alongside her equally incredible reimagining/retelling/revisioning of this epic story in her novel The Mere Wife. Full disclosure: I had suggested this Headley double-barrel episode…… Continue reading The Writer & The Critic … and me!
Look what arrived yesterday! My contributor’s copies of The Bestiary, a GORGEOUS volume edited by Ann VanderMeer with artwork by Ivica Stevanovic, and authors including (amongst others) Karen Lord, China Miéville, Catherynne M. Valente, Amal El-Mohtar, Karin Tidbeck … and me! This is (without too much hyperbole) an absolutely stunning book: hard-cover, filled with incredible…… Continue reading The Bestiary, The Library, and a New Awesome Patreon
Gazing back at 2015, I feel a bit like Scuttle in The Little Mermaid, flipping the telescope to look through both ends. What is near weirdly seems so far off and then — bam! — what was well away in the distance is brought instantly close. All of a sudden it’s New Year’s Eve, the…… Continue reading Here’s Looking at You, 2015
I am no longer a podcast virgin! Back in June, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond invited Angela and I to join them for The Writer and the Critic podcast — and our episode is now live. We chatted about books that we’ve loved (Angela picked Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore and I gushed…… Continue reading Writer and the Critic — with Dr Brains
Slackness the First: I’ve been back from Continuum for two days and have yet to post a con report. In short, the convention was brilliant. Got to Melbourne on Thursday evening, had a lovely dinner with Angela, Kirstyn and Mondy and then recorded our ‘guest appearance’ for the Writer and the Critic podcast. We had…… Continue reading I have been remiss…
It’s fair to say that I’ve been a hermit since the Year of the Grant began. January and February have flown by in a whirl of words, chapters, stories… and very little else. Sure, I’ve emerged from the oubliette once or twice — for provisions, say, or to reassure my friends that I’m still alive…… Continue reading The Week That Was: In Pictures and Words
In all the end-of-year hoopla, I completely forgot to mention that the readers over at Not if You Were the Last Short Story on Earth rock! Bluegrass Symphony got much love on their Top 2011 Stories lists: ‘Carousel’ gets a nod from Alisa; Mondy also picked ‘Carousel’ as well as ‘Fur and Feathers’, ‘To Snuff…… Continue reading Top 2011 Stories: Not if You Were the Last Short Story on Earth
OMG the pod has been cast! This month’s episode of The Writer and the Critic, hosted by the ever-awesome Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, features Bluegrass Symphony and Rob Shearman’s fantastic collection, Everyone’s Just So So Special. I haven’t yet mustered up the nerve to listen to the podcast — though rumour has it that…… Continue reading The Writer & The Critic, Episode 12
Happy, exciting, scary news! The happy: Episode 11 of The Writer and the Critic podcast went live yesterday. The freshly-pressed ep is now sitting patiently in my iPod, waiting for me to listen to it and, inevitably, embarrass myself by giggling like a maniac while doing so. There should be a warning label that says…… Continue reading Ooooh, the scarexcitement!
1) Podcasts So, I’d listened to the first two episodes of ‘The Writer and the Critic’ (aka Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond sharing news, opinions and reviews about mostly-speculative-fiction books) and then in the madness of finishing the PhD of Doom I apparently forgot about anything that wasn’t directly related to medieval Icelandic literature. However.…… Continue reading Loves, New and Old