Emerging Writers’ Festival – Digital Writers: taking your words online

I’ve been invited to be a guest speaker at an Emerging Writers’ Festival event in Brisbane called Digital Writers: taking your words online. It’s a very exciting idea, but it needs some funding and the whole project is currently being crowdsourced. You can support the event simply by buying a ticket to attend. Here’s the event explained:

On 15 October, the Emerging Writers’ Festival want to run a mini-conference called Digital Writers: taking your words online. The event will equip writers with ideas and inspiration about sharing their work and words with audiences online. Panel discussions full of practical advice will explore how to write for online audiences, and where the opportunities are in the digital space. Our talented line-up of writers will share how they use new technologies to create, to market and to make money by their writing.

From blogging and tweeting to online journalism, and everything in between, Digital Writers is an event for writers wanting to use the online space to take their writing to the next level.

The line up of speakers are experts in online writing, publishing and marketing, including:

Sophie Black, Editor, Crikey.com.au
Andrew McMillen, Freelance Journalist
Jason Nelson, digital and hypermedia poet
Simon Groth, novelist & If:Book Director
Alan Baxter, spec. fiction author
Karen Pickering, commentator & editor
Christy Dena, Director, Universe Creation 101
Lisa Dempster, blogger & festival director
Daniel Donahoo, writer, blogger & geek

& more to be announced

As you can see, it’s a cool idea and very useful for writers both established and emerging. I’m honoured to have been asked to be a part of it and really hope it can all go ahead. So, how do you help to make it happen? Simple. Just by paying a few dollars in support or pledging now with $45 which will buy you a ticket to attend. All the details are here: http://www.pozible.com.au/index.php/archive/index/2214/description/0/0 You’ll also find a video there, and that video includes a moment of me in my garden. That alone must be worth the visit, right?

Support writing and writing events in Australia by getting involved. Just a few dollars and you’re earning the good karma. For every dollar pledged, a good thing will happen to you.*

*This is not a guarantee, but it is my fervent hope.


The One That Got Away – ToC announced

TOTGAI am really excited to be announcing this one. I’ve got a story forthcoming in the crime/mystery anthology, The One That Got Away, from Dark Prints Press, edited by Craig Bezant. I’m excited for several reasons. Of course, it’s always fantastic to sell a story, especially to a publisher like Dark Prints. It’s also a great concept:

Too often our crime-solving heroes do just that – solve crimes. But what about the ones who get away – the grifters who con and don’t get caught, the criminals who play cat-and-mouse games with the law only to disappear into the unknown? What goes through their minds, or the minds of their victims and pursuers? What legends do they leave behind, both inspirational and terrifying?

Pretty cool, huh? But I’m mostly excited by the other fantastic authors I’ll be sharing this anthology with:

(Note: The following contributor list does not represent the final content order in the anthology.)

Lawrence Block – ‘Catch and Release’
Chris Simms – ‘Gaffed’
Will Elliot – ‘Hungry Man’
Deborah Sheldon – ‘Garland Cove’
Zane Lovitt – ‘Kahraman’
Cameron Ashley – ‘Whole Lotta Julio’
Vanessa Skye – ‘The Piece’
Brooke Maggs – ‘My Wife and I’
Alan Baxter – ‘In the Name of the Father’
Brian G Ross – ‘A Rhyme for the Crime’
Kathryn Hore – ‘Late Night Train’
Andrew Nette – ‘Two Blind Cats’

Yeah, that’s right. Have another look. Check out those names. The book is due out in early 2012 and pre-orders can be made at the website from September 1st. It will be available in print and ebook simultaneously. All the details can be found here.

Excuse me while I Snoopy dance.


Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror: Recommended Reading List

Year's BestI’m am still bouncing around and Snoopy Dancing because I have a story reprinted in the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror from Ticonderoga Publications. It’s going to be an awesome book and is out just about any time now. As part of the release celebration, editors Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene have assembled a Recommended Reading List for stories that didn’t quite make it into the collection, but are equally worthy. It’s always the case with collections like this – there are so many worthy stories and only a certain amount can be edited together into a book. It’s become normal now for these editors to also release a list of other stories they would have included if space, money, etc. had allowed.

So here’s the Recommended Reading List for Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2010. I’ve read most of these and they are all excellent!

Deborah Biancotti, “Home Turf” Baggage
Jenny Blackford, “Adam” Kaleidotrope #9
Simon Brown, “Sweep” Sprawl
Mary Elizabeth Burroughs, “The Flinchfield Dance” Black Static #17
Steve Cameron, “Ghost Of The Heart” Festive Fear
Stephanie Campisi, “Seven” Scenes From The Second Storey
Matthew Chrulew, “The Nullabor Wave” World’s Next Door
Bill Congreve, “The Traps of Tumut” Souls Along The Meridian
Rjurik Davidson, “The Cinema Of Coming Attractions” The Library of Forgotten Books
Stephen Dedman, “For Those In Peril On The Sea” Haunted Legends
Felicity Dowker, “From Little Things” Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #43
Felicity Dowker, “The House On Juniper Road” Worlds Next Door
Felicity Dowker, “Bread And Circuses” Scary Kisses
Will Elliott, “Dhayban” Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears
Mark Farrugia, “A Bag Full Of Arrows” Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #48
Jason Fischer, “The House Of Nameless” Writers of the Future Vol. xxvi
Bob Franklin, “Take The Free Tour” Under Stones
Christopher Green, “Jumbuck” Aurealis #44
Paul Haines, “Her Gallant Needs” Sprawl
Lisa L Hannett, “Singing Breath Into The Dead” Music For Another World
Lisa L Hannett, “Commonplace Sacrifices” On Spec
Lisa L Hannett, “Tiny Drops” Midnight Echo #4
Richard Harland, “Shakti” Tales of the Talisman
Richard Harland, “The Fear” Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears
Narrelle M Harris, “The Truth About Brains” Best New Zombie Tales: Volume 2
Robert Hood, “Wasting Matilda” The Mammoth Book Of The Zombie Apocalypse
George Ivanoff, “Trees” Short & Scary
Trent Jamieson, “The Driver’s Assistant” Ticon4
Pete Kempshall, “Dead Letter Drop” Close Encounters of the Urban Kind
Pete Kempshall, “Signature Walk” Sprawl
Martin Livings, “Lollo” Close Encounters of the Urban Kind
Penelope Love, “Border Crossing” Belong
Geoffrey Maloney & Andrew Bakery, “Sleeping Dogs” Midnight Echo #4
Tracie McBride, “Lest We Forget” (audio) Spectrum Collection
Kirstyn McDermott, “Monsters Among Us” Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears
Andrew J McKiernan, “All The Clowns In Clown Town” Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears
Simon Petrie, “Running Lizard” Rare Unsigned Copy: tales of Rocketry, Ineptitude, and Giant Mutant Vegetables
Michael Radburn, “They Own The Night” Festive Fear
Janeen Samuel, “My Brother Quentin” Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #44
Angela Slatter, “A Porcelain Soul” Sourdough and other stories
Angela Slatter, “Gallowberries” Sourdough and other stories
Angela Slatter, “The Dead Ones Don’t Hurt You” The Girl With No Hands and other tales
Cat Sparks, “All the Love in the World” Sprawl
Grant Stone, “Dead Air” (poem) Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #46
Lucy Sussex, “Albert & Victoria/Slow Dreams” Baggage
Anna Tambour, “Gnawer Of The Moon Seeks Summit Of Paradise” Sprawl
Kaaron Warren, “Sins Of The Ancestors” Dead Sea Fruit
Kaaron Warren, “The Coral Gatherer” Dead Sea Fruit
Kaaron Warren, “Hive Of Glass” Baggage
David Witteveen, “Perfect Skin” Cthulhu’s Dark Cults

Meanwhile, here’s a reminder of the stories that are in the collection:

RJ Astruc: “Johnny and Babushka”
Peter M Ball: “L’esprit de L’escalier”
Alan Baxter: “The King’s Accord”
Jenny Blackford: “Mirror”
Gitte Christensen: “A Sweet Story”
Matthew Chrulew: “Schubert By Candlelight”
Bill Congreve: “Ghia Likes Food”
Rjurik Davidson: “Lovers In Caeli-Amur”
Felicity Dowker: “After the Jump”
Dale Elvy: “Night Shift”
Jason Fischer: “The School Bus”
Dirk Flinthart: “Walker”
Bob Franklin: “Children’s Story”
Christopher Green: “Where We Go To Be Made Lighter”
Paul Haines: “High Tide At Hot Water Beach”
L.L. Hannett: “Soil From My Fingers”
Stephen Irwin: “Hive”
Gary Kemble: “Feast Or Famine”
Pete Kempshall: “Brave Face”
Tessa Kum: “Acception”
Martin Livings: “Home”
Maxine McArthur: “A Pearling Tale”
Kirstyn McDermott: “She Said”
Andrew McKiernan: “The Memory Of Water”
Ben Peek: “White Crocodile Jazz”
Simon Petrie: “Dark Rendezvous”
Lezli Robyn: “Anne-droid of Green Gables”
Angela Rega: “Slow Cookin’ ”
Angela Slatter: “The Bone Mother”
Angela Slatter & LL Hannett: “The February Dragon”
Grant Stone: “Wood”
Kaaron Warren: “That Girl”
Janeen Webb: “Manifest Destiny”

The Year’s Best should be hitting the stores any day now, and can be ordered through a number of online stores (including www.indiebooksonline.com)

2011 Hugo Award winners

The Oscars of the SF world, the Hugos, are awarded at Worldcon every year. They’ve just been announced for 2011 at Renovation in Reno, Nevada. The winners of the 2011 Hugo Awards are:

BEST NOVEL: Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)

BEST NOVELLA: The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)

BEST NOVELETTE: “The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010; also in audio)

BEST SHORT STORY: “For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)

BEST RELATED WORK: Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea (Mad Norwegian)

BEST GRAPHIC STORY: Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM: Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM: Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang”, written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)




BEST SEMIPROZINE: Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace; podcast directed by Kate Baker

BEST FANZINE: The Drink Tank, edited by Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon

BEST FAN WRITER: Claire Brialey



I thought there were a few givens in this year’s nominations, and I was wrong on almost every count. Inception was always going to win. Huge congratulations to the winners and to all the other nominees.


Winds Of Change launch at Conflux

My short story, Dream Shadow, is going to be published in the new anthology from CSFG Publishing, Winds Of Change. It looks like it’s shaping up to be a great anthology and it now has an official launch.

Here are the details:

Friday, September 30th, 2011 at 7pm

Conflux Science Fiction Convention
Launceston Room
Quality Hotel, Woden

That’s in Canberra, of course. So if any of you are likely to be around the area, do drop in. I’ll be there, along with a number of the contributing authors, and we may even do a bit of reading.

Of course, that’s just the start of the whole Conflux convention, so make a journey to the nation’s capital and stick around for the whole Con. It’s one of my favourites and I’ll be there all weekend.