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
I’ve been back from the States for a week now, which means World Fantasy was done and dusted nearly a fortnight ago… and yet it has taken me this long to get into the swing of things enough to post about my NY adventures. I need Hermione’s time-turner, so that I can do all the…… Continue reading WFC 2015 (The ‘Better Late Than Never’ Post)
I just got back from a fantastic weekend up in Brisbane for GenreCon 2015. Organised by the Queensland Writers Centre, hosted at the State Library of Queensland, and run by some excellent writerly ninjas (including Peter M Ball, who ran a tight ship all weekend with the help of super-friendly volunteers and staff of the…… Continue reading The Joy that was GenreCon 2015
There are few things more satisfying, as a writer, than having someone read your work and enjoy it. But one of those things is having someone read your work, and take the time to analyse it, pick it apart, and articulate specific things that struck them about the story. This analysis doesn’t have to be…… Continue reading The Art of the Careful Review
It’s that time of year again, when the days are growing longer and hotter (though my Canadian instincts tell me they should be getting shorter and colder) and I’ve baked enough caramel and truffles to know that the Christmas holidays are here. 2013 has been a busy year, hence the complete falling away of updates…… Continue reading 2013: The year that was…
Finally, I can announce that I’ve got TWO stories in the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2012, edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene. HOORAY!! It’s wonderful to see so many great authors in the ToC, which has just been released today: Joanne Anderton, “Tied To The Waste”, Tales Of Talisman R.J.Astruc, “The Cook…… Continue reading Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2012
Wow, awards season is certainly upon us — the Ditmar award ballot has been announced, and I’m so chuffed to see Midnight and Moonshine on the list with so many great books and stories! Doubly-stoked to see Kirstyn McDermott on the lists for Perfections and for The Writer and the Critic (if you haven’t listened…… Continue reading Ditmars!
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!
Midnight and Moonshine is now well and truly out in the wild! On November 30th, we had the World Launch up in Brisbane, at Avid Reader. The evening was sultry, the wine flowing, the bookshop filled with lovely, smiling, book-buying folks. Thanks, everyone, for coming! A very special thanks to Kate Eltham for her unbelievable…… Continue reading Mega-Catchup Post, Part Three: Launches!
Travel, writing, marking essays, launching Midnight and Moonshine, editing, applying for jobs… Any and all of these things explain my general lack of updatery lately. That’s no excuse, you say? True. True. So I shall endeavour to fill you all in on the events of the past month in a short series of Mega-Catchup Posts…… Continue reading Mega-Catchup Post, Part One: WFC