I came second in Karen’s flash comp

You may remember a little while ago I asked you to go and read a few flash fictions and vote for mine if you liked it? Here’s the post in question. Well, you’re all crap because I didn’t win.

However, to look at it another way, you’re all brilliant because I came second. Turns out I win an ebook. Thanks everyone. You can see the announcement here. I’m very pleased with that. I’ll post the story here at the end of the week as a Friday Flash entry.


I will kill George Lucas with a shovel

My friend Michael over A Nadder put me on to these and I did enjoy them. I have to say, I am in pretty much total agreement. Firstly, from the You AUGHT To Remember blog (wherein I’m hoping, by the capitalisation, that the spelling mistake is deliberate) we have a Cease & Desist letter addressed to George Lucas for crimes against his own previous brilliance during the last decade.

The letter begins:

Dear Mr. Lucas:

It has come to our attention that your actions over the past decade in the production of the films Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode 3: Return of the Sith (hereafter referred to as “Star Bores”) as well as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (hereafter referred to as “Grandpa Jones”) infringes upon the rights of millions of moviegoers to preserve their childhood memories unscathed. This is a clear violation of your contract with the public to create films worthy of the legacy that you, yourself, began in 1977. Your recent actions have been grossly negligent, displaying a complete lack of regard for taste and artistic merit. Star Bores and Grandpa Jones represent a failure to satisfy the duty of care mandated for a filmmaker of your status.

A partial list of the infringing acts are enumerated herein:

You can read on at the blog in question here.

And, in similar vein, we have this. Which pretty much sums it up for me. Although there’s so much more that also require additional strikes of the shovel (midichlorians, for example), but this is plenty to be going on with.


Freecon 2009 – you coming?

No posts for days, then three in a row. I am the bus poster.

Just wanted to let everyone know about Freecon 2009 this weekend. This is a small and completely free SF convention held in Sydney each year. This year it’s at Bankstown library (a two-minute walk from Bankstown Railway Station, toward Keating Park, the Bankstown Court complex and the Town Hall apparently).

It runs over Friday evening then all weekend. The sessions are Friday November 27th from 6 to 8 pm, Saturday November 28th from 8.30am to 4pm and Sunday November 29th from 1 to 4pm. Wait, 8,30am on Saturday!? Fuck me, that’s an early start from where I live. I’m going to be there a bit late.

There’s a short story competition, a crazy auction thing, lots of panels and general con-related tomfoolery. I’ll be there along with a glistening plethora of other writers, including:

Alan Baxter – RealmShift/MageSign www.alanbaxteronline.com
David Ko Chin – http://davidkochin.com/
Louise Curtis – Daylight (a twittertale) http://twittertales.wordpress.com
David Dale
Terry Dowling – http://www.terrydowling.com/
Dr Van Ikin – The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
Kate Forsyth – The Puzzle Ring www.kateforsyth.com.au
Pamela Freeman – Full Circle, http://www.pamelafreemanbooks.com/
Richard Harland – Worldshaker www.richardharland.net
Duncan Lay – The Wounded Guardian Blog: www.duncanlay.blogspot.cpm
Lewis Morley & Marilyn Pride – “The Peregrine Besset Omnibus” and “Red World Holiday”
Gillian Polack – Life Through Cellophane www.Trivium.net/gillianpolack
Stella Tarackson

Seriously, for a free convention that’s a pretty stellar line-up. And that’s only the official guests. In alphabetical order, by the way, not some self-congratulatory order where I put myself at the top of the list over names like those. That list is taken from the latest email about the con from the organiser, to which I’ve added a few web addresses where I could find them. Do a little bit of web searching on those names if you don’t know them and be amazed at the incredible spec-fic talent therein. There’ll be loads of other writers and associated folk at the con as well and I’m sure there’ll be a general air of SF partying.

Anyway, I’ll be there on Saturday and Sunday (I can’t make the Friday session) so come along, have fun and don’t forget to say hello.


Speak of characters and critique shall appear

Funny. I’d just published the previous post about characters, then off I went to check my Google Alerts. I found a review of RealmShift by Karen Lee Field. I know Karen from a great writers messageboard that sadly no longer exists and I usually read her blog. I’m rather honoured to discover that RealmShift was the first ebook Karen ever read, on her new iPod Touch, and it was a pleasant experience for her in terms of ebook reading and enjoyment of my novel. It’s an all round superwin!

Interestingly, among other things, Karen had this to say:

I was pleased to find characters with depth, characters I could relate to. Strangely, I could even understand why the bad characters were bad, which means they were well written and fully developed.

I take that as an enormous compliment. At least I know I can do it. Acheiving the same thing in my short fiction might be harder, but I know I have it in me. You can read the whole review here if you’re interested.

Thanks Karen if you’re reading! I’m glad you liked the book. You going to read MageSign too? People tell me it’s better.