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Awesome gift from the Shirley Jackson Awards admin

A surprise arrived in the post today: the Shirley Jackson Award administration sent me a commemorative token & a copy of the Shirley Jackson Award Ceremony programme. The awards were handed out in July at ReaderCon, & Elizabeth Hand ably won the Novella section where my ISHTAR novella featured. The …

The Real Work, Wendell Berry

It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one …

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 …

Continuum panel wrap: Writing diversely

I was lucky enough to convene the Continuum panel on Writing Diverse Genders, Sexualities and Cultures with Trudi Canavan, Louise Cusack & Gillian Polack. Chatting to some audience members later in the bar, we agreed we probably needed something more like 4 hours than 1. So to cover off all …

Continuum schedule

Like many of you, I’ll be at Continuum in Melbourne this week: Writing Different Genders, Sexualities And Cultures Friday 18:00 until Friday 19:00 (60 Minutes) Twelfth Planet Press Hour Friday 19:00 until Friday 20:00 (60 Minutes) I Don’t Get It! Friday 21:00 until Friday 22:00 (60 Minutes) Book Launch: Ishtar, …

In which I make it into the Shirley Jackson Award list

Yesterday I woke up to the realisation my headcold hadn’t gone away after all. Then the bf cursed me for making him sick, too. And that would’ve been about all that happened that day if the cats hadn’t needed feeding (I hear if you lie still too long, cats will …

Giveaway winners, and more giveaways!

Aaaaaand, we’re back. Life, eh? Marvellous entries to the favourite fictional woman giveaway. Here are some of my favourite answers:   Liz Lemon from 30 ROCK. Nerdy and awkward and sometimes selfish, yet also attractive, determined (if sometimes misguided) and ultimately kind-hearted. And frequently laugh-out-loud funny. – Chris Barnes Jessica …

Another good reason for my AA giveaways

One astute reader has pointed out to me that she’d like a free! PDF copy of my ISHTAR novella for purposes of research & review while she weighs up her Ditmar nomination list. If you, too, are looking for some reading while you ponder your Ditmar list, email me at rous …

Reminder: AA giveaways

Just a reminder that we have not one but TWO giveaways to celebrate the recent Aurealis Award shortlists. Winners of the AAs are announced on 12-May at North Sydney's Independent Theatre (tickets at the Aurealis Awards website). Give-away #1: If you’re interested in reading my AA-shortlisted novella – set in modern day Sydney, …

Aurealis Awards & give-aways

The Aurealis Award shortlists have been announced, & winners will be made public at a presentation on 12-May at North Sydney’s Independent Theatre. You can still get tickets to the event (catered – and with booze!) at the Aurealis Awards website. It was a record-breaking year for entries in most sections, …

Women’s History Month

AND today is the day I rave about Shirley Hazzard on Gillian Polack’s blog for Women’s History Month (cross-posted below, for the curious): Novelist, memoirist and essayist Shirley Hazzard has won the Miles Franklin Award (2004), National Book Award (2003) and National Book Critics Circle Award (1980). She’s been nominated …

Writing news & advice

This Tuesday, I’m tooting in Alan Baxter’s Tuesday Toots series, waxing lyrical about my book, BAD POWER, from Twelfth Planet Press. Last Tuesday, I was at Lisa L. Hannett’s blog doing some Tuesday Therapy. Tuesdays, eh? Pretty interesting days. Speaking of therapy, I’ve accidentally come across some brilliant advice lately, …

Checking my #aww2012 progress

Going back to my 18-December post, I wrote: I’m a Dabbler (according to the rules: more than one genre), & I’m aiming at the Miles challenge level (read 6 & review 3 books by Australian women). It’s a kinda modest number, but the challenge contradicts an earlier rule I’d laid …

Shirley Hazzard’s TRANSIT OF VENUS (& slight rant)

It’s taken me a long time to write this review, mainly because I became aware of how negative it was becoming. But THE TRANSIT OF VENUS is a marvellous book, a literary love story which ponders beauty and time, and is written with Hazzard’s trademarked sharp, searing prose. Hazzard offers …

How to write 80,000 words in a month

NANOWRIMO always sounded like such a fun idea, but I’m always too busy (& usually travelling) in November to take part. So for the last several years, January haws been my personal NANOWRIMO for one. My previous record was around 36,000 words in a month (NANOWRIMO aims for 50,000 words), …

Shirely Hazzard on Writing

If only I could write every day. I look back to the far-off time when I did so, mostly early morning and then late in the day. I do write in my head every day–I’m tempted to say all the time. One does instinctively reserve a part of oneself as the …

And the BAD POWER winner is…

Matthew Powell, for his answer to the question, “If you had a superpower, what would it be?”:   I would like the power to write competition-winning entries just by blinking, because {blink}. Damn. What? It’s funny! Also ironic, because he did win. See? Email me your address, Matthew, for a …