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I must be famous now

In today’s exciting news, apparently I’ve been plagiarised. A man called Angel has alerted me to the theft by a man called Ridyard who apparently is a co-founder of a business called Valentine Publications. Proving that reality can confer upon you the need to write sentences that are more bizarre …

Spring in the step

Spring is a crazy time. Not just because of odd things like dust storms, but also because spring is when I want to do EVERYTHING at once. I want to write and read and paint and sing and watch great cinema and scour my brain of all the ideas it …

Today’s outcomes

This morning a good morning on The Great Unsaleable. It’s coming together nicely on this draft. By taking a secondary character and making her more primary, I’ve — unexpectedly — added a layer of logic to the events. This is gratifying & confusing in equal measure. (I’m trying not to …

Some final notes from a cold brain

The lurgy is finally lifting, thankfully. For a while there it was impossible to sleep AND breathe simultaneously. Which can add a layer of difficulty to, oh, everything. From the weekend surfing: * Rebecca Solnit, “You know, a lot of my work has been based on the field of disaster …

Next stage: promotion

Years back, when I was clearly more of an optimist than I am now, I started collecting links on ‘promoting your book’. Just the links, not the articles, because I didn’t want to fill up my computer with useless words. And now that I have a book, of course all …

Hurrahs!

A quick update because I have to do some novel writing tonight, but wanted to say hurrah! and thanks! to all the people who came to the very first launch of my very first book, A Book of Endings at Cabinet Bar over the Continuum weekend in Melbourne. I’m not …

At which point does it become real?

It’s here. Well, not here. It’s in Perth, but it’s also (hopefully) on its way to Melbourne for launch during the Continuum weekend. It’s A Book of Endings & it looks like this (byo cute puppy). So at 5:15pm on Saturday 15 August, it will (hopefully) be launched at Cabinet, …

Soooooooo….

An update! Firstly, my program items for Continuum include just one confirmed very cool, event: Reading with Sean Williams! Sunday 2.00pm Sun Sphere Yes, reading WITH Sean, who graciously agreed to my cunning plan to avoid reading my own stuff. The idea was planted in my head years back by …

Bookending

Now that A Book of Endings is largely done — for me, at least (until the launches. Stay tuned!) — I can get back to projects I enjoy, have been missing have put off for the interim. My first task was to come up with a timeline to get me …

Rest of the year

At highschool I had a friend who insisted it was important right after an exam to take the rest of the day off and not study. Important to rest the brain and re-establish your energies. Workable idea, provided you didn’t have a second exam that day. I treat a lot …

Edited out

*Apparently* — and I don’t quite believe it — editing is completed on A Book of Endings. I am heartily sick of everything I’ve ever written. On the plus side, nice to know I can endure a rapid editing phase (I remember Karen Miller telling the story of her worldcon …

Ninety per cent

The window is replaced, the excitement has died down, I still can’t find anything missing from the house after last week’s uninvited visit. But now we have a motion-sensitive light over our backyard & a locksmith scheduled to make our internal door even more steadfast than it proved to be …

Economical writing

Reading today about John Cheever: He wrote stories in his underpants, not to wear out his clothes. — Morris Lurie, The Big Issue, #331, 16-29 June, 2009 Which is the kind of detail that grabs your attention. “No one, absolutely no one, share his life with him.” This is Federico, …

The week already feels long

Somewhere around the beginning of June I wondered why I was still receiving the poets.org April Poem-a-Day emails. Not that I’m complaining. I love getting a new poem every day. And today it was revealed: in honour of the poets.org 75th anniversary, this year the website sent SEVENTY-FIVE poems! My …

Covering up

OK, so I’m getting a little obsessed with cover art (ever since Nick Stathopoulos turned in the fabulous A Book of Endings cover!). Yesterday I spent a couple hours staring at these sites: http://www.thebookdesignreview.com http://shelvedbooks.blogspot.com http://henryseneyee.blogspot.com I also followed various links, finding myself in a world of cover debate. Including …

A Book of Endings gets a cover!

It’s here! Nick Stathopoulos has done something really special — and really quite different to his usual work — to create this striking, modern, urban cover. A far cry from his trademark surreal landscapes or beautiful portraits. I love it! Buy the book, get yourself a Nick Stathopoulos cover. There’ll …

That sly addiction?

Yay! For Will Self: I gain nothing but pleasure from writing fiction; short stories are foreplay, novellas are heavy petting – but novels are the full monte. Frankly, if I didn’t enjoy writing novels I wouldn’t do it – the world hardly needs any more and I can think of …