Monthly Archives: April 2013

Toolkit for Writers

toolkitJust in case no one’s thought to mention it, I’m teaching a day-time course for Queensland Writers Centre, starting on 8 May.

It’s the Toolkit for Writers, and will take place on Wednesdays 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. There are
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Mail causes Snoopy Dancing

Okay, this is what arrived in this morning’s mail – sorry for the dodgy video (hey, I’m a writer, not a cinematographer), but I wanted to show how gorgeous and special this book is. A Book of Horrors, super-mega-ultra-special edition.

 

Professionals -v- Amateurs

couychDear Writers,

Professionals have a range of bios of varying lengths and depths that can be tweaked at a moment’s notice when an editor asks you for it.

Amateurs shudder, throw themselves on fainting couches and howl ‘Whatever shall I say about myself in the
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THE YEAR’S BEST AUSTRALIAN FANTASY & HORROR 2012

years-best-fantasy-and-horror-v3-slideThe ToC for the latest YBAF&H (yes, you *should* sing that to the tune of “YMCA”) has been released into the community – on parole, really, with little chance of it respecting its good behaviour bond. With fiction from the likes of Margo
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Conflux 2013

confluxSo, the Conflux program is now live.

This is the NatCon for 2013, so probably the biggest gathering the tribe will see in Oz this year.

I’m doing  a late night panel on Old and New Fairy Tales
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The Night Stair

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

So, with “St Dymphna’s” in the bag for now, I’ve started on a new Bitterwood Bible story. Here is an extract from “The Night Stair”.

The Night Stair

The Steward is a tall man, entirely bald, gaunt in
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St Dymphna’s – Redux

John Singer Sargent, The Misses Vickers

John Singer Sargent, The Misses Vickers

So, “St Dymphna’s School for Poison Girls” has had a redrafting, which means the beginning is a bit more interesting than the version I posted a few weeks ago. It is
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Literati 2013

literati-button-smallThe program for this year’s Gold Coast Literati Festival is now available here.

I’m on the bill and very excited to be going – I’ll be giving a masterclass on polishing short stories.

You can also come along and
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Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales edited by Paula Guran

once-500The cover and ToC for the new Paula Guran edited anthology, Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales, has been released! The book and ebook will be available in September of this year – go Read more…

In the mail …

65377_10151394475322304_735512060_nIn yesterday’s mail, my author copies of One Small Step from FableCroft.

This is the first Australian, all-female, speculative fiction anthology since 1995’s She’s Fantastical.

The ToC is awesome and there’s a giveaway on Goodreads.

“Sand and Seawater” by Joanne Anderton & Rabia Gale

“Indigo
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