How is it already November? Isn’t it still April? Nope, you’re right: it’s November. O.o High time I posted a little update about the goings-on around here, don’t you think? Like, the fact that several months ago (*February*cough*cough*) after Neil Gaiman’s latest book came out, I had my first piece published in The Atlantic, called…… Continue reading So, it’s been a while…
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!
So, have I mentioned this stunning new anthology — edited by none other than Jack Dann! — in which I have a new story coming out this year? Jack refers to Dreaming in the Dark as a showcase anthology, a book intended to show off (and I’m using Jack’s words here) the diamond sharp results…… Continue reading Dreaming in the Dark: Gorgeous cover, gorgeous review!
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
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 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
In this month’s column for This Is Horror, I showcase nine of Australia’s best women writers of horror and dark fiction. So much amazing writing happening in Australian speculative fiction, in short stories and longer works alike. I could’ve gone on for ages, but I think the post would’ve buckled under the weight of all…… Continue reading Australian Women Writers of Outstanding Horror and Dark Fantasy: A Not Quite Top Ten
Kim the First: The prolific Kim Wilkins offers six excellent tips over at Ian Irvine’s website — especially handy for new novelists, but as Ian points out they are worth revisiting whether you’ve written two or twenty books… Kim the Second: And this afternoon on her website, Kim Falconer encouraged new writers to go for…… Continue reading Two Kims, Two Sets of Great Advice