I'm a short story writer at heart. If I had my way, I'd spend the rest of my life writing them, rather than wrestling with words at novel length. Although conventional wisdom has it that no one reads short stories, that collections and anthologies are a hard sell, I love fiction in the short form. … Continue reading Varuna Short Story Competition and Masterclass
The wickedly talented Angela Slatter is conducting a series of short, drive-by interviews with spec fic authors on her website. Sean Williams and Karen Miller have already been left twitching in her wake, and today she has me in her sights. Cakes, donuts and danishes are all mentioned. Hungry?
The Australian Horror Writers Association is hosting a Nightmare Ball at AussieCon4 (WorldCon). It's a masquerade event, with the dress code being described as "formal / nightmare". Do you think a Zombie Bride costume will suffice? Date: 3rd September 2010 Time: 9.00 pm to 12.00 pm Place: The Banquet Hall (Room 201) at the Melbourne … Continue reading Australian Horror
Australian writer of "rollicking adventure fantasy", Rowena Cory Daniells, has written a lengthy and entertaining overview of the fantasy genre for the Australia Literature Review, with an emphasis on Australian authors. She includes several thought-provoking quotes from notables in the field, of which my favourite is from Ursula Le Guin on the function of fantasy … Continue reading Writers on Writing
Because I am not going to allow that last piece of self-indulgence to sit at the top this blog for any longer than necessary, here is the first of my Closing Tabs posts. Earlier this month, the nominees for the 2010 British Fantasy Awards were announced and I was extremely pleased to see that Rob … Continue reading Awards, Awards, Awards