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Locus Spotlight

Locus interviewed yours truly a few weeks back, and the spotlight is now up online. ‘Yours truly’ means me, btw. Do people still use ‘yours truly’. In other recent news, my novella sale to PS Publishing (as reported in the recent PS Publishing news which I cannot identify online) is …

In preparation for Melbourne Writers’ Festival

… and with the generous assistance of Twelfth Planet Press’s resident designer, Amanda Rainey, I made bookmarks. If you’d like a bookmark of your very own – and I can’t blame you, they’re adorable – make sure you come to the Twelfth Planet launch Sunday 26th August, 5:30pm at the …

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*Now* read that sentence, & see how much power and meaning Hazzard has packed into it:

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Which I strongly urge you to read.

"For the fact was that they were not really suited to one another, which he would have discovered if he had ever tried to understand her properly."

(From "The Picnic".)



O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall

Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed.

- Gerard Manley Hopkins, 'No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief'


This review is part of the AWWC2012 challenge & is cross posted on Goodreads.com.


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Alan Ball on creation

Was lucky enough to attend the Alan Ball interview at the Opera House tonight. He’s a warm, funny man & down to earth, surprised, I think, by the event & the crowd. I thought: this is what you get when you talk to a real writer, that acknowledgement of how …

The War of Art

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The irony of writing: Joss Whedon

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How cool, A BOOK OF ENDINGS has made the shortlist for the 2010 William L. Crawford Award! I’m assured the readers are ‘very picky’, so a heartfelt *hug* and congratulations to fellow short-listers, Kari Sperring (LIVING WITH GHOSTS), and Ali Shaw (THE GIRL WITH GLASS FEET — wow, I love …

Well, that’s kinda cool

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And in today’s unusual discoveries…

… turns out you can still buy Redsine #7, edited by Trent Jamieson & Garry Nurrish, from about 2002. I loved Redsine and always wished it had continued for longer. It was a classy zine, and short (a good characteristic for a zine, imho: one-sitting-reading always scores well with me). …

Readers and writers and short stories

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A brief delay

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Now you can hear the Hush

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Balancing day and er, not day

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The books are in!

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Signed over

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Sydney launch reminder

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The Disappearance of Richard Ridyard

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